August 20th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
10 years ago

The subtle art of campaign humor

Burton’s Wednesday e-mail to reporters.

Burton’s Wednesday e-mail to reporters.

(CNN) - Pity the poor Obama beat reporter – sleeping with their blackberry within arm's reach and their cell phone tucked under their pillow awaiting the looming vice presidential announcement, their job description expanded to include Talmudic-style dissections of vacation itineraries, campaign logistics and grammatical slips.

Having trouble working up any sympathy? So is Barack Obama's campaign. Wednesday morning, as VP speculation reached fever pitch, national spokesman Bill Burton sent reporters an e-mail titled “Vice Presidential….”

First line of the message: “Just kidding.”

It'll probably be a lot funnier after the convention.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Nova from NV

    I love it when a campaign doesn't take the press seriously. I think it would be much funnier if the Obama campaign would name Rezko as VP because he contributed so much money to Obama when he was in Chicago. Or a funnier headline might be Obama to join his buddy in federal prison, and we would all have a laugh and enjoy the moment.

    August 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Colin -- Southern California

    LOL! Awesome!

    Wow, though... Who will it be?...

    August 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Viet Vet

    Hey Erika KS
    Did you like Bush Hopping around the stage looking for WMD's in front of his crowd of HAVE MORES while we have our military getting killed in his name? Man that was hilarious. But nobody said a thing
    about it??!!! HEY CNN how come nobody reports the REAL NEWS.
    This country has gone to hell!!If I had the money I'd Leave. Anybody want to donate?

    Print this CNN – -I want donations and I'm outta here

    August 20, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. LuGotMilk

    Senator Obama's campaign is utilizing the strategy of secrecy and speculation on the VP's selection. Apple has shown us how this translates into sales, just before the launch of one of their anticipated products... I think Steve Jobs made the list too.

    August 20, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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