August 22nd, 2008
06:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Fake VP announcements sent...even to White House press

Obama has yet to name his VP candidate.
Obama has yet to name his VP candidate.

(CNN) – Eager VP-watchers waiting for the text message announcement of Barack Obama’s choice of running mate have gotten their answer: It’s Hillary Clinton. And Tim Kaine. And Kathleen Sebelius.

Since declaring the Democratic vice presidential pick would first be announced over e-mail and text message, several hoax announcements of the Illinois senator's choice have circulated, purporting to be from the Obama campaign.

The latest came in e-mail Friday morning that hit the inboxes of many White House reporters, carrying the subject, "My Vice President."

The e-mail, from the address obama08campaign@aol.com, was purportedly from Barack Obama and read, "I said you would be the first to know, and you are - I have selected Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as my running mate!”

No word on when the real e-mail will be sent.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. ginger

    That's funny!

    August 22, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. anonmouys

    now clinton and her puma can stop complaing

    August 22, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. DEMOCRAT

    Let the games begin!! I just love it!!! Everyone is speculating !! hahhaha!!! I bet he won't announce until after 5pm ;-) trust me :-D

    August 22, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. CT voter

    Heh...I just signed up I'm anxious as hell. I hope it's a women to be honest.

    August 22, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Brian S.

    This was bound to happen.

    August 22, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Vegas

    And the Oscar goes too..... hold your breath... hold your breath....

    What a tool....

    Obama... A School Girl Joke you can Believe in!

    August 22, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Mario

    He's really at risk of alienating people now. He should have at least announced when he'd announce.

    August 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Maggie

    Old news

    August 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Bill From Florida

    This is so sad that a Presidental nominee is playing these childish games to get media attention. No wonder McCain is leading or
    neck in neck with Obama. Obama needs to grow up and so should
    his campaign.

    August 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Spencer in California!!

    Wow!! The right wing media playing tricks on the mainstream media. This is the definition of a media created story. The right wing trying to dampen the impact of the text messages by sending out fakes, and the mainstream media reporting on it to try and get Obama to spill the beans.

    Personally, I, nor any of my friends, have received fake text messages. So again this is just media hype trying to get Obama to release the info.

    Obama 08!

    August 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Kenneth F

    I hear its Biden.

    August 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. DC Insider

    If Obama plans to call all the losers in the Democratic party, then he will be on the telephone for the next month

    August 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. semp

    Ooooooo ... I'm all a tingle.
    Change ... real change? Amy Winehouse for VP.
    Now that would be CHANGE!!

    August 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Spencer in California!!

    Keep um in suspense and McCain in the shadows where he belongs!!

    Obama 08!!

    August 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Mike

    He can pick anyone he wants as vp, I will never vote for this person.

    Idiocracy is being created with Obama and his obamabots.

    Hillary 012

    August 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    So, according to the picture, Obama has chosen the Riddler.

    August 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Election Watcher

    Fake announcements are fitting for a phony like Obama
    "O"bama; "O" = zero

    August 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Denise

    This is such BS and really adds to the "arrogant" label. I am leaving town for the weekend and no longer care who he picks. It will be so anti-climactic, anyway, and likely just another white guy. What a tool.

    Undecided no more.

    August 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. anonmouys

    if its clinton will her puma stop whinnig no

    August 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Liz T

    The media brought this on themselves.

    August 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Used to be a Demo-CRAP

    In the Saddleback Church forum last week, in response to Rev. Rick Warren’s question, “At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?” Obama responded: “Well, uh, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or, uh, a scientific perspective, uh, answering that question with specificity, uh, you know, is, is, uh, above my pay grade.”

    August 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. anonmouys

    hey puma you should be asamed of yourself

    August 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Toot

    It is so kindergarden of him anyway. This was just another one of his scams to try and get people to vote for him.

    August 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Kevin

    man, this is crazy how the media is hanging on every second.
    I guess I am too.
    Obama 08

    August 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Latina for Obama...NJ

    is HIS choice..and it shoul be done on HIS timing..

    GET A LIFE!!

    OBAMA 08

    August 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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