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. Independent

    Im getting really sickand tired of you Clinton people. You got all the time in the world to criticize obama but can't donate 1 penny to hillary. I don't care who you sore losers vote for, just shut up already!!

    August 22, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Michelle, PA

    Obama/Biden 08!

    August 22, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. john

    And the running mate is
    O
    P
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    H

    August 22, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Peejay

    Another gimmick – count me out.

    August 22, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Jason

    Here's a scenario: What if Hillary is chosen by McCain? WHOA what to do there.. Obama is walking a tight rope.. Please the fems in America or appease the McCains.. I hope its someone like Colin Powell.. best choice he could make!

    August 22, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Raymond Duke

    I can tell all you Hillary voters that it will not be her. Obama pulled a Jesse Jackson and had a Mike left Open and stated he did not vet her because she was not even considered. I guess that would be another screw you Hillary and all your voters. You and your people do not matter.

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. anna ga

    What do you expect when you treat your supporters like children. Grow Obama is it not all about you. Announce already sp we can all go back to work.

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Did they send it to Bush at 3PM?

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Mike

    Who cares? This guy is a tool and so immature. All he had to do was tell the media the day that he would announce his choice for VP and that would've ended all this hype. But no, Obama needs all the attention. So pathetic. Is this what it's going to be like if he becomes President? Everything will have to be dramatized and sensationalized to fit his ego.

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. JOE DI LEO

    Obama's running mate should be Caroline Kennedy.

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Marc PDX

    @Spencer in California: LOL! Ummm. I'm pretty sure you're not on the cc list for the text message. You'll have to watch TV or the internet like the rest of us. LOL!

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Shaik

    All these idiots in here (like Vegas, Bill and Mario) thinking that this is some sort of a "game"....every VP announcement has been this way, for decades! It has always been a waiting game. The reason there is much suspense and hype around Obama's pick is because he is such a unique candidate....first time ever in US history! Nobody cares who McSame picks – just another grandpa like him who favors Bush lame policies.
    Grow up, boys!

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. David

    This VP pick for Obama is getting old.

    I'm fed up with all this drama.

    I switching to vote McCain now.

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Mcfame Straight Lies

    Are we there yet.?

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. OS

    What's so great about, if he wants to announce it let him do it. Why the meida is getting freaked out??

    August 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Shawn

    Two words. Paris Hilton.

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Josh

    I got a call from Obama this morning informing me that he did not choose me as his running mate :-(

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Barbara - NC

    Only God in Heaven knows when life begins – above everyone's pay grade.

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Tim in VA

    Na Na Na Boo Boo
    I know something you don't know.

    Definitely not grown up enough to lead.

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Vegas

    VON BISMARK,Vienna

    No... in this country you don't have any rights at conception... or according to Obama... even after birth if it happens during an abortion.

    So the answer would be no... they didn't... but what they did do was volunteer... great troops we have... best in the world.

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. John from White Plains, NY

    Please let it be Biden...Bayh is blah, Kaine is plain. If not Biden or Hillary, I will write in Hillary on my ballot in November at the top of the ticket.

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. dave in RI

    to everybody writing a retort to the initial story, or lack thereof. If you want to be taken seriously, then use spell check. I can't and won't take anybody seriously if they do not know how to speak the very language that is one of the building blocks to our culture, and our society.

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Okon

    People always say race does not matter in American politics, even the press says this............... its a FAT lie. Race matters alot. If race doesnt matter let Obama pick Collins Powel as VP, even though Americans like and respect Powel but two black men in white house............. he will fail in landslide. Race matter alot. Obama should pic a very influencial white VP.

    Obama 08

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Clinton/Kennedy '08

    Got 35 cents – go call someone who cares!

    With a 2 percent difference, it's the top spot that people should be focused on, not the #2 slot.

    However with an INEXPERIENCED self proclaimed leader of the Democratic party with zippidoo da experience, we're all wasting time praying that Obama has at least the horse sense to pick someone who doesn' have to take a world wind plane ride Internationally to be recognized.

    Does he pick someone who can possibly turn a red state for the last 44 yrs purple or blue..oh yeah, they're worth 26 'whole' delegates..wow..OR focus on someone who already has Ohio, Pennsylvania and tha certified vote in Florida all wrapped up so he can focus on the issues? YA THINK

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Mike in Houston

    LMAO! This is getting so stupid, Cmon Obama, I like you and all but I feel like I'm in high school. Dude, just annouce who it is and let's move on. You had to know this was coming. Think Obama Think before you totally upset everyone and then you'll spend the next 2 weeks trying to explain to your haters why you are not arrogant.

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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