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. Harvey Gant .. aka Two-Face

    The message will come Tuesday evening ... one night before the VP's speech.

    August 20, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Sweetie

    Bill Burton is a Joke!

    He will go down in History as a fool that lost an election in a year that the Democratic Nominee was a shoe in!

    McCain 08

    August 20, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    Get a Grip Haters.... You know that was funny....
    Don't be soooo bitter....we know come November you will be voting the TRUE candidate!!!

    B.O. 2008thru2016

    August 20, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Tjaye in LA

    Okay....THAT was funny. And I am SOOOOOOO glad to see that I am not the only dork keeping my cell near by so I won't miss the text. LOL

    I guess the McCain and HRC supporters aren't laughing because they have no hope for the future and can't afford to laugh.

    August 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. lol election

    Considering how immature the media has been hanging like paparazzi all over a presidential candidate, this message was a good dose of fun.

    Its kinda ironic that the media releases a poll stating obama is to publicized while following the report with a 1 paragraph footnote that he was seen getting a McDonalds.

    August 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Theresa

    Just name the VP already......Grow up
    Awesome that Hillary will be entered at the's not over til it's over

    August 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. ANGIE

    At least obama knows how to use a computer and e-mail more than i can say for mccain 21st century and mccain doesnt know how to use a computer funny and you people want this old dinosaur for president shaking my head!!!!

    August 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Roxy, New York

    I'll never understand how anyone can look at Obama and think he's arrogant... and this is coming from a McCain supporter. You can level the inexperience charge if you want. Hell, call him exotic or unpatriotic, but he's just not arrogant at all. He seems like a genuinely nice person. In fact, I'm pleasantly surprised that McCain has been able to do so well so far, given his often dour and stiff demeanor. Obama is just much more pleasant to look at.

    August 20, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Kenneth F.

    It is funny. But Obama did not do it. His camp did.

    August 20, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. PUMA

    Good Joke...

    Just like Obama...

    August 20, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Typical White Person

    This is another one of those things like the New Yorker did that everyone but Obama-maniacs thought was funny...

    Has anyone called him racist yet for doing it? Oh, that's right. He's on the Obama team so he CAN'T be a racist.

    August 20, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Andrew

    Why is it that every time CNN throws something into the mix for a bit of brevity in our day, they get slammed as wasting people's time? If people would watch CNN like they're supposed to rather than saying that they do and listening to the evils of Fox News, they would know that CNN DO talk a LOT about policy, and talk a lot about the real differences between campaigns and also let the candidates speak in their own words for prolonged periods of time.

    Get off of CNN's back. They're the best out there, by far.

    August 20, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Keith

    Kathleen, are an idiot. Donne Brazil for VP? You might as well have said Minnie Mouse because at least Minnie Mouse speaks well and has a brain!

    August 20, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Dave Diamond, Mont Vernon, NH

    OOH that so makes me want to vote for McCain! just kidding!! 🙂

    August 20, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Erika, KS

    Roxy, New York,
    Obama is arrogant to think that as a junior, three year (and only actually being in Congress for half that time because he's been on the campaign trail the rest) Congressional experience to think he has what it takes to win the presidency. That, my dear is arrogance. And the fans that follow him are blind and buy into every word this empty suit says. Pathetic on both counts.

    August 20, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. PoliticallyIncorrect

    McCain will be outraged when he sees this, as soon as he figures out what this new-fangled e-mail thing is..."what's a blog anyway? Sounds unamer'can, to me..."

    Cmon, you neocons....admit it. That's clever....

    August 20, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Jane

    What is going to be funny when they find out Obama is going to be Hillary's VP.

    It ain't over 'til it's over.

    August 20, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. P.

    This is hysterical! I really couldn't contain my laughter at work..

    I'm glad at least some people have a sense of humor. It just further highlights the differences in attitudes and demeanors of the campaigns. When I see Obama on TV, I think "smart, personable, inspiring, confident." When I see McCain on TV, I think "boring, uninterested, cold, looks mummified."

    August 20, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Latina for Obama...NJ


    OBAMA 08

    August 20, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. A CANUCK

    Jane...good grief....give it up !!!! Go have a bake sale to pay off Hillary's stupid , useless debt !!

    August 20, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Slow Down, You're Going Too Fast...

    Well, we'll all no soon than later. He has to have some news before Saturday, which is just two days away.


    August 20, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. PoliticallyIncorrect

    News alert!: PUMA attacks are on the rise all over the internet. Be warned, PUMA's are very dangerous creatures, fearing only 47-year-old charismatic African-American men, the words "Hope," "Change, "Yes We Can," and blue dresses. PUMA's are found anywhere sore losers congregate, and have been known to smell blood from miles away and sense fear. If approached by a PUMA, mention delegate counts, the last eight years of the republican't regime, or winning fair and square, and they will immediately burst into flames.

    August 20, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Bill in Minnesota

    I love it when a campaign doesn't take the press seriously. And guess what - the press retaliates in very subtle ways for being slighted. Thank you Obama campaign decision makers for helping John McCain....again.

    August 20, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Morgan

    I am an American in Europe, This is a message for my fellow Americans. Not this time! Not again!! We should never allow a war monger to look patriotic. That is not what patriotic means. We should never allow turf talking look presidential. We don´t need to tell anyone we are strong, they know how strong we are? If we allow that my fellow American, we will see how isolated we will be from the rest of the world. The world is changing we have to follow, otherwise we will not be calling the shorts again, another country will rise!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Ken in NC

    HOT OFF THE WIRES…. Senator McCain is going to broadcast his VP pick by smoke signal. Remember too that all beers will be vetoed.

    August 20, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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