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.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. GO AWAY!!!!!

    To-dgal878 I'm an independant voter and my vote is absolutely not going to B-O.....Good no IDIOTS Allowed!!!

    August 20, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Val, Ky

    To reporters of tv media:

    Will you PLEASE chill out? You're beginning to act like paparazzi.

    If you really are in love with Obama's campaign like everyone says you are, STOP over-saturating the country with Obama coverage/speculation. You're hurting his campaign by making us all sick of him. Focus on McCain's VP potential VP pick instead and make us sick of McCain.

    OR- perhaps you actually LOVE McCain and you are intentionally overexposing Barack so that McCain is seen more favorably. Brilliant!

    August 20, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Robert

    Obama isnt funny, and he would be a terrible president. Probably worse then Carter.

    August 20, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |


    August 20, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. NObama 2008

    Yeah, that's a riot. Don't quit your day jobs, if you think that was even remotely amusing.

    But, this is what we are relegated to in this day and age of CNN's "over the top, let's get Obama elected in aynway we know how" coverage of this election.

    August 20, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Nono in Virginia

    It's often heard that Religion and Politics should be avoided as social conversation topics. I would add that whoever makes jokes of either Religious or Political topics, is bound to fall flat and be found NOT FUNNY by most audiences. McCain insists on thinking himself funny... It's clear that only half-wits agree on finding him funny or even amusing. When he goes up on the polls I conclude that more and more half-wits are making their opinion count.

    August 20, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Caryn, Washington DC

    That's cute.

    August 20, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Db

    is it from Bill Burton to daily reporters or From daily-reports to Bill Burton ?

    August 20, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Remy

    Laughing is good for health.If a human fail to laugh, they will get nervous breakdown soon!

    August 20, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA



    August 20, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Steve, Madison WI

    Well let's see – damaging stuff not yet talked about on McSlime.

    Keating 5, left his 1st wife and married Cindy before divorce was final, flip-flopped on abortion, oil drilling, tax cuts, repeatedly mixes up facts and seems confused (debates should be fun!).

    Contrast that to the sleeze being thrown at Obama and the real headline should be – Even with all the sleeze, McCain still trails Obama".

    Time to take the gloves off and beat the Repugs at there same game. The media will not report the facts on McCain, so it is up to Obama to get nasty!!!

    August 20, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Cynthia

    Those of you on the blog with negative comments should just chill. You all did not say anything when Senator McCain was teasing the media that he might name his VP choice when Senator Obama was overseas.

    August 20, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Jill in Chicago

    It will be more funny on Nov. 4 when McCain is President.

    August 20, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |

    Its really strange. Senator Obama has clearly and factually has gotten more negative press than McCain. Yet, he invites the press everywhere and McCain didn't bother with them when he took his European tour. Senator Obama has been as open as reasonably possible and very transparent. McCain has been deceptive, closed, and censor them when they give him negative press – he refuses access for interviews. In light of all this Senator Obama still allows his campaign to befriend them and accept that most are just doing their jobs. These actions and behavior speak volumes about each candidates character.

    August 20, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. steve

    hmm second ticker story in a row on this? how did this make the ticker even once. well i'll repeat my comment,

    hopefully the next email will say "barack obama is the democratic candidate for the presidency – just kidding"
    coronating obama can't be anything other than a very elaborate, long-running joke from the dems by now. they can't be serious about foisting up this empty suit in the real election

    August 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Kelby from Houston, TX

    The joke was funny. The anti Obama, PUMA rhetoric that attempts to put a negative spin on this story is even funnier. Obama didn't even send that email...

    August 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Deb, Allentown, PA

    CNN is making me crazy this morning.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Jesse and Debby, get over yourselves. If the McCain camp had done this, you'd think it was soooo clever. I don't think this belongs on the Ticker, but it was a cute little "break the tension" joke.

    August 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Obama/Biden '08

    the only humor the McCain campaign is capable of is blatant lies about Obama.

    August 20, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Jeffer65

    Laugh it up. Obama's use of the web, texting and other technologies helps him reach more voters. It may help him win in November.
    If McCain wins, America loses.

    August 20, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. B J

    All of you moan about McCain being a hothead, what do you think you will get if Barry picks Biden for VP?

    August 20, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Boston For OBAMA

    What a tickle.....................a little humor from the Obama side.

    August 20, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Phil in KC

    Yeah, the reporters probably didn't think it was so funny, but I thought it was hilarious. One thing I like about Obama is that he has a sense of humor. Evidently, so does his staff.

    August 20, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Chris

    That is so funny! Hahaha.

    August 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Alice in Florida

    The only thing funny about Obama is how clownish he looks when he doesn't have his teleprompter in front of him

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12

    August 20, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Denise Groves

    This is newsworthy?

    August 20, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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