December 22nd, 2009
12:14 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama makes surprise phone call

President Obama surprised Gov. Kaine Tuesday morning.
President Obama surprised Gov. Kaine Tuesday morning.

Washington (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine got a holiday surprise Tuesday morning when a mysterious "Barry from D.C" called WTOP's call-in radio show to complain about traffic.

Turns out the call was coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and was none other than President Barack Obama.

"Well, uh Governor Kaine, this is actually the President of The United States calling," Obama said after being announced on the show as "Barry from D.C."

Kaine, seemingly taken by complete surprise responded with laughter saying, "No. Oh my gosh."

"I just wanted to say how proud we are of your service as governor of the Common Wealth of Virginia," Obama continued. "And just wish you and the family all the best this Christmas season after just a terrific round of service for the people of Virginia."

Kaine thanked the president for his warm wishes, and said in his four years as governor his happiest day was when Obama was elected president.

The two went on to joke about their wives being "superior" to them.

"You and me have to stick together since we're married to better people," Obama joked.

Kaine, who was named Chairman of the Democratic National Committee last January, will be succeeded as governor by Republican Bob McDonnell in January 2010.

Kaine said he looked forward to continuing to be "helpful."


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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Tom Kaye

    (Remember when the office of the presidency had dignity? What's next, Howard Stern?)

    Oh please! You actually believe Geroge Bush led with dignity? And Dick Cheney? "You lie!" . . . "Let's pray someone doesn't make it in to vote". Oh yeah Republicans are just brimming with dignity!

    December 22, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Traj

    Republicans are still "Bitter and Angry"... Hehehe...
    Loved your prank call Mr. President... Keep making the in-breeds made... they're not gonna support you anyway., but us normal folk "Love ya Mr. President and Mr. Kaine... OK in-breeds, back to your bashing of YOUR President... Hehehehe!!!

    December 22, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Sam

    "You and me have to stick together" ???? What poor grammar. It should be "You and I have to stick together." Glad to see Obama has nothing to do but call radio talk shows and wish and wish a mediocre governor well.

    December 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    God I'm trying to maintain an upbeat spirit but some of you people can suck the good out of goodness. But hey, freedom of speech is a wonderful thing ain't it? That's why I can say that if Barack made the time to wish somebody a Merry Christmas and thank them for all they've done in the midst of handling the twenty thousand things that he multi-tasks ON A DAILY BASIS on our behalf, then more power to the hardest-working, and smartest President we've had in a LOOONG time. You go Mr. President! I'm wiping off my own drool, thank you very much!!

    December 22, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. SA

    Taking a moment to thank and congratulate Kaine for his service was a nice gesture. I hope it wouldn't matter if the Governor of VA had been a Republican.

    December 22, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. The Root Word of Progressive is Progress

    That's my President! A REAL human being!

    December 22, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Funny, how Republican now blame Obama for unemployment. lol

    December 22, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. LATINO FOR OBAMA-VA

    The economy is doing better each time, that mean President Obama got us out of this recession. Yes he can. I am sure Mcdonell will raise our taxes. Welcome to America

    December 22, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I love it when real men speak highly of their wives, we need a lot more of that in American regardless of what's going on in the World and women need to give their husbands the same respect. Merry Christmas.

    December 22, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. AUSTIN,TX

    all of you Prez Obama haters...get over yourselfs because he will be in the white house until 2016....use all of your energy to do something productive like find a job.

    December 22, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Tim

    Pass the barf bag. I've already filled it up part way, but I know others will need it.

    December 22, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. GNW

    Way to go. Keep showing these GOPers that no matter your social or political position, you still remain a human being and you still feel the same about your friends and other relatives. You're for real and not a tale like the Bushes, Cheney ,Rush Limbaugh, and other morons who keep posting really stupid comments on any act you pose.

    December 22, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Doug

    And how many jobs were created on this this ridiculous exchange,NONE because the Presiident had already created him as head of the DNC. So much for the time of the bigwhigs, everybody else and their lives are big jokes, we do not owe them anything, right Barry?

    December 22, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. FAYE, NV

    That was so nice, how caring our president is.

    December 22, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Dee G. - CT Voter

    He is an AWESOME president! You right-wing morons always have to find something to complain about,. Don't you people have lives? The man has a right to call in to a radio show to surprise someone. Had it been a repukelican you would have been gushing – you people are crazy. I mean, seriously in need of some psychological help.

    December 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    My Governor – it will be a sad day to see you go – and we have a lot to LQQK forward to with the new governor.....................NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's nice that you got a call from our President – you were behind him through THICK and THIN and that is a true friend!!!

    December 22, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. i love democracy

    so shoot him for having a heart you guys are so stupid now a days kaine and warner were the best 2 govs in this state and the repubs did nothing but lax on guns for them to get stolen and end up in N.Y. to kill police with DUMMIES you know one of you fence playas should be POTUS we be down the toilet faster than joe the plumber

    December 22, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Glad he can find time to joke aroung on the radio when so many people are out of work.

    December 22, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. KM

    I might feel a bit more of that cute hope thing If the president spent as much time studying economics as he spends promoting himself & his friends.

    December 22, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. brainns...

    science shows that when a team or in this case, an election, when a man picks a losing side, he has a decrease in testosterone....

    (not to be sexist, just to be mean :P)

    this could explain why lots of republican men are whining so much...

    December 22, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Julio

    O Jeezz!!!

    The Guy called a friend who happens to be a Governor of a great state to whish him a Merry Christmas like any friend could have done with another. Here you find a bunch of Repub-licains comdemning him for doing that.

    I don't understand what is happening here. That is scary, frankly. So, if the president of the United States is not a Republicain He has to be the devil, the thief, the liar, the worthless.
    That's just not fair people.

    Where are the good manners and the morals of the American People?

    GGrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

    I know CNN is not going to post my comment but I just find it very SAD.

    December 22, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. snood

    Oh isnt that sweeet now how about making a phone call to stop the wars you promised or to get some more cash in the unemployment benfits. you have to admit he knows how to wast time in style a finice.

    December 22, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. PR

    Hey Barry why don't you try to find some more cameras to jump in fromt of because that's about all you do. I guess it is all a big joke and no one has a sense of humor. Some real deep thinkers here "way cool", "cool stuff!"....morons.

    December 22, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Adampowell

    You can tell bitter losers are here by their PARTY OF BIG NO philosophy. America is WE CAN COUNTRY please can you go back to your Facist country join your Al qaeda friends who hates anything American. Hate him but the bottom line is he is THE PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES get used to it haters!!!!!

    December 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Jim

    How dare the President take a few minutes to wish a friend well when he should be working 24/7 to destroy capitalism and the American Way??? I'm so angry!!! RAAAWWRRR!!!!

    December 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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