Call-In: Obama's Veep

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Only Barack Obama gets to decide who fills out his Presidential ticket -- but that won't stop the rest of us from chiming in. Would Hillary Clinton take the job, and is that the best route to party unity? If Bill Richardson helps Obama with Latino voters, could they build a winning coalition without working-class whites?

Call us with your opinion and comment below!

Comments [125]

Nancy T. Rockwell from Brooklyn, NY (11232)

I thought I had just posted my comment, but it seems to have disappeared. I apologize if it appears twice. Hillary should NOT be Obama's VP. He'd have to spend so much time fending her off that he wouldn't have time to run the government. Bill Richardson would be a good choice, because he has a great resume and would help with the Latino vote. Hillary might do well with a cabinet position, perhaps Health and/or Human Resources. Al Gore should be in charge of the EPA or the Dept. of the Interior. John Edwards should have any other job he wants (perhaps even Health), but he might be a good Attorney General. Colin Powell should run the Department of Defense. Bill Clinton should be ambassador to the U.N. or ambassador at large (does such a position exist?), which would keep him out of Washington and prevent a Hill/Bill vise.

Someone commented that Hillary would make a good justice on the Supreme Court. That would be a great idea, since it would keep her busy (presumably) for the rest of her life.

Jun. 05 2008 10:33 PM
mc from Brooklyn

the truth,
Do you think by laughing at it or asserting that it was deserved or asserting that it never happened is the best way to make it go away?

Have you ever been told that you are "paranoid" when you sense racist attitudes around you?

Jun. 05 2008 04:33 PM
the truth

I dunno, I think somebody once called her a B-word, but I dunno. *giggle*

Jun. 05 2008 02:09 PM
D Torres from Manhattan

Why doesn't Hillary just pack up and go home.

She is not suspending her losing presidential
campaign, she is terminating her campaign,
she lost.

The Fat Lady Sung, Hillary, go home!

I think it stinks, that Hillary is trying to
pressure Barack Hussein Obama, into putting her
on the ticket as a Vice Presidential candidate.

That is Obama's call, and his call only.

What is wrong with Hillary!

Go home to Bill, maybe he still wants you.

Jun. 05 2008 01:57 PM
the truth

i agree w/Seth. 100% post 122

Jun. 05 2008 01:43 PM
seth from Long Island

Obama should not choose Hillary as his running mate. She ran a Karl Rove/Lee Atwater style campaign and sought to win votes by fear-mongering and race-baiting.
Hillary said McCain is better qualified than Obama to be President. How much more contempt or disrepect could she have shown towards Obama than that statement reveals?
Hillary also carries too much questionable ethics baggage. Obama must resist efforts by Hillary surrogates to force her on to the ticket.

Jun. 05 2008 01:38 PM
the truth

DR, you mentioned race first, see your post #110. If you don't want it mentioned don't inject it into your comments. It is still racial when you call him "the Black president". Gender, race issues, will never go away in this country, sorry to disappoint you.

Jun. 05 2008 01:29 PM
DR from Brooklyn

thetruth: I know he is bi-racial. There is that word again: (bi)race. He is, however, considered by Americans, to be black. No one, espcially in the media, and in this white world, considers him even to be half white, they always say he is black. And who cares? that's just another tag that people put in another person so that they can judge him characteriscally by the color his skin. Same thing with the gender issue, and this is the truth: white american men have a problem with Hillary as a candidate. She is way smarter than Bill and anyone around including Obama but people have a problem with her because she is a woman with ambiitions. You can see that in the media and this so-called political talking heads portray her and characterize her as a "bitch". I suppose you are a bitch if you are a smart savvy woman with the highest political ambition, and if you are married to someone like Bill Clinton who cheated on her many times and she's still with him. Only they know what goes on in that marriage. Media= msogynists.
Morrison: people who are running this country (and who have run this country in the past) have what you call a lot of experience. Does it do us any good now that Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and co. have experience? Of course not. Look where we are now: scared letting this administration run this country to the ground.
OBAMA/HILLARY is the dream team

Jun. 05 2008 01:16 PM
maryE from new york

For women who supported Hillary who are threatening to vote for McCain, have you forgotten the McCain had a good chuckle when asked "How do we beat the b***h?".

i was disgusted. if he had any respect he would have asked the questioner to be more respectful.

shocking that women threatening to vote for John Mccain seem to forget episodes like this.

Jun. 05 2008 01:14 PM
the truth

and...maybe his wife, although NOT a mean spirited woman, may have some race related issues, WTF we don't have to love y'all!! or haven't you heard? Black people have feelings too! and all of them aren't of AFFECTION buddy!

Jun. 05 2008 01:14 PM
the truth

It's this run-a-muck, redneck logic that has this country at a stand still on race relations!

Jun. 05 2008 01:11 PM
the truth

and....morrison a whole lot of "experienced" White have F'd it up before him!! Don't make me list their names, let's just call them "republicans" the current can't even pronounce NUCLEAR...please give me a break with the ignorance.

Jun. 05 2008 01:09 PM
morrison from short hills NJ

obama has no clues how to run the country, has less than 4 yrs experience in D.C., is mean spirited (mainly his campaign), his wife has some heavey duty racist problems about to surface, and has yet to put his foot solidly in his mouth, which he is about to do. Hillary should hang in there until barack husein obama self destructs and people realize that he and the new democrats havent done a thing for the small person.

Jun. 05 2008 12:41 PM
the truth

DR: HE is BI-RACIAL and we will still be living in the "white-world" my boss is not going to magically change into a Black/Bi-Racial man as a result of his win.

Nonetheless, I am happy and proud that OBAMA is 0f 50% African Heritage.

Jun. 05 2008 12:29 PM
Chris O from New York City

i like the siegelman idea, that's good, but obama ain't winning alabama;

mark warner could be a good choice but he is Dems best bet for a Senate seat in Virginia

Jun. 05 2008 12:23 PM
jtt from jackson heights

How about Alabama governor Don Siegelman?

* Democrat elected in a red, southern state.

* Framed and imprisioned by the Bush/Chaney

* His name alone will be a soothing balm to
the doubting souls of Boca Raton.

just a thought...

Jun. 05 2008 12:06 PM
DR from Brooklyn

Watching Obama the other night on TV made me cry (with happiness) because the reality of having a black president in my lifetime sets in, that that race is starting to fade away as an issue. Maybe that's a wishful thinking but I'd like to believe that because as a first generation immigrant, I identify with Obama: all os us immigrants who have been living in this "world of whites" identify with Obama. And when the day comes that he's sworn in as president of the free world, we won't be living in just the "white world" anymore but in the world of human beings where race doesn't play a part of of what makes up a person's character. GO OBAMA!

Jun. 05 2008 12:05 PM
lars from brooklyn


Jun. 05 2008 11:57 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

#36, BORED:
I agree that Gov. Mark Warner should be on the national stage; however, not quite yet. I wish he would have run in the primaries for ’08; I voted for him in ’01 for governor and I think he governed brilliantly. I don’t agree with him 100%, but he would have gotten my vote in ’08. As a native Virginian, I actually think the state could go blue in November without Webb or Warner on the ticket. Virginia has its second Democratic governor in a row and Webb was elected as a conservative Democrat. Now, Governor Warner, with a 70% approval rating, is running for John Warner’s senate seat. If Warner doesn’t run for senate, it will remain a Republican seat. After at least one full term in senate, Warner could be unstoppable. The margin would be slim, but Obama could take VA if he chooses wisely and VA could have a Democrat for both senate seats and governor.
(My reasoning for Biden is he is respected on both sides of the aisles and has more than enough experience.)

Jun. 05 2008 11:41 AM
paul peacock from manhattan

i think it would be useful to discuss the security surrounding obama to show that security has moved on since kennedy.

Jun. 05 2008 11:34 AM
Kate Steinberg from Brooklyn

Nobody's yet brought up the Kennedy-CLINTON [Bill, that is] correlations from the 92 race, starting with the movie clip of young Bill shaking the hand of JFK, and the sort of rogueish charms of both. I wonder will every new-ish, young-ish Democratic candidate be compared somehow to JFK for years and even generations to come?

Jun. 05 2008 11:29 AM
Lincoln Harrice

Best for the television show "U.S. President", thinking of balanced imagery, might be Senator Edwards and Edwards is a substantially good guy.
Mrs. Kucinich also comes to mind, right brain side of mind, and someone such as Bloomberg; smart, mildly ethnic, pragmatic/traditional with a touch of humor.

Jun. 05 2008 11:26 AM
Robert from NYC

LOL you are a silly person who needs a rest, Megan. Go nap, you'll feel better. LOL

Jun. 05 2008 11:20 AM
the truth

Jesse got quiet...hmmm didnt know it was going to take him so long to look up two words! lol

Jun. 05 2008 11:17 AM
hjs from 11211

what's "Bill's "fairy tale" rant"

Jun. 05 2008 11:07 AM
Protagoras from Tribeca

I'd go for Wesley Clark. He is a clear thinker and has the military credentials to balance McCain's, which Richardson lacks although in every other way Richardson would be wonderful. (Or Gore but I doubt he would be willing.)

But if the VP is not Hillary Clinton let's hope she doesn't try to start a third party. That would throw the election to the GOP again. And she has shown herself so unrealistic in her thinking she just might. The night Obama won she was asking for input like it had never occurred to her at all that she might not win even though the handwriting had been clearly written on the wall for weeks.

Jun. 05 2008 11:07 AM
the truth

I agree w/posts #96 and #98.

Jun. 05 2008 11:06 AM
Tim Young from Hell's Kitchen

I never bought the line that Hillary was evil.

I am now supporting Obama and beginning to think that Bill Richardson would be an excellent pick for Vice President.

Jun. 05 2008 11:01 AM

I do not believe Sen. Obama owes Mrs. Clinton any guarantees (a judgeship, a VP slot). None. If she is really a team player, a truly loyal Democrat, she will get behind the ticket and make sure that a Democrat gets elected. I read this stuff about not wanting to see her take a "subordinate position" and it truly irritates me. After the fear-based campaign she ran - the "three in the morning" ad, the "hard working white people" comment, Bill's "fairy tale" rant, to name a few - she deserves no favors from the nominee.

Jun. 05 2008 11:01 AM
Yiorgos from Astoria

Joe Lieberman is a traitor!

Am i also an anti-semite megan?(post 79)
or just an American with an opinion.

He was Vp candidate in 2000 and since then he has left the party, supported republicans and supported the war mongering in the Middle East even attempts to go to war with Iran. Which i'm sure the Israel-y government would love for us to do.

Jun. 05 2008 10:57 AM
Mangus from Manhattan

Obama should pick John Edwards for VP and Hillary should be ambassador to Iceland.

Jun. 05 2008 10:52 AM
the truth

JESSE: I did see the "sometimes" and those ten will without a doubt be 65 to 70 years old...please approach a young Black American during your survey and call him/her a negro, and then come back and tell me the results of your little test.

by the by did you see my question? CALIFANO, spic or wop? look those up in your webster please. thanks.

Jun. 05 2008 10:51 AM
Tony from Brooklyn

Chuck Hagel. This should be a strategic decision to sure up Obama's weaknesses and attack McCain's strengths. Maverick? Crossing party lines at this point in America's decline as an empire trumps anything McCain has ever done. Geography? There's a lot of "hard working white Americans in Nebraska." While Hillary Clinton ducked sniper fire in Bosnia, Hagel's military bonafides are slightly more impressive. Square jaw, crew cut, flag pin, christian? Check. This would be an example of a strategic choice as opposed to the emotional choice that the irrational Hillary for VP crowd has been making. Bill will never release his Library funding sources, so it's a moot point anyway.
Edwards couldn't win his own state and would make the ticket too intimidating to American's phobia of educated attractive people who don't speak down to them. Biden--great attack dog but it's hard to keep the attack dog from biting the mailman. Dodd would be a great choice if he had a womb, was hispanic, or was from say...Kansas. Richardson? If he were Cuban instead of Mexican and could deliver He'll have to settle for Sec./State however. The women candidates being floated lack the credentials of the men mentioned above. The absence of foreign policy/military experience, etc. McCain's selection of a woman as VP will completely backfire. Obama/Hagel 2008. Because it's the best strategic move.

Jun. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Linda from Sunnyside Queens

I think strategically, Edwards is his best bet. He could bring in many, many votes, especially from that "white working class" that everyone seems to think Obama can't court.

As for a more experienced VP, Edwards is not necessarily the best choice. Richardson for his foreign policy experience, Clark for his military background. I think Clark would make many indecisive security-focused independents feel more comfortable.

Jun. 05 2008 10:47 AM
Barbara Hanson from NYC

I just cannot read beyond "takes the reigns," which is meaningless nonsense. He "takes the reins," as in takes control. It's an equestrian metaphor.

Jun. 05 2008 10:46 AM

Jessie Califano:

Did you see the "sometimes offensive" reference in that definition you posted? I'll bet you that if you go outside right now and and call 10 black people "Negros," you will at best get 10 "he said what?" looks. At best.

Jun. 05 2008 10:45 AM
the truth

correction: for (post86)

Jun. 05 2008 10:43 AM
Liz from brooklyn

He definitely need someone with a military background. Clark sounds good.

Jun. 05 2008 10:42 AM
Emran from London, UK

I thought Obama's speech at AIPAC yesterday was very predictable and very telling. 'Our support for Israel is unshakable' etc. For a member of the rest of the human race (that's a 'non-american' for all you Americans) having a Republican or a Democrat in the White House is very much the other side of the same coin, nothing really has changed.

What irritates me is how candidate after candidate never bothers to connect the Israel-Palestine issue with the greivances of the entire Muslim world. It is simply a microcosm of the larger problem that every US administration has actively decided to avoid.

So you can vote in anyone you like from any race other than white if it makes you feel better, but at the end of the day it's just a token gesture and it won't change the fact that the United States is very insulated from the happenings in the rest of the world.

Obama like the many candidates/presidents before him will do what they've always done: appease whichever audience that they're talking without understanding the sheer hypocracy of the act.

So if you think you like him now, let him get into power and then ask yourself the same question.

Jun. 05 2008 10:42 AM
Amy from Bay Shore

I was a Clinton supporter. I have always been impressed with Senator Clinton's work in the Senate. For example, a friend back from service in Iraq saw directly over the years how the men under him were helped by Clinton's tenacious work to help secure better medical care for returning soldiers.
I would actually be quite sad to see Clinton take a subordinate role as VP. I'd much prefer for Obama and Clinton to work out a Supreme Court Justice Clinton agreement. Her experience as a lawyer and law maker would serve our nation well.
And I would be very disappointed to see any of the former primary candidates on the ticket. Let's make a fresh new start with a fresh new ticket.
Ed Rendell has a populist appeal, a folksy approach. Having lived in Philly at the tail end of his tenure as mayor, and working in marketing the city's tourism, it was clear his appeal was across the board and huge. One of the few things the city agreed on was their love of Ed Rendell. Now as PA Governor, he has a record and reputation to elevate him to VP status. He would be able to bring in voters where Obama was weak in the primaries and in the polls. He'd provide a well-rounded, balanced ticket.

Jun. 05 2008 10:40 AM
the truth

This is why we need true change, even the immigrants have developed a disrespect and mild? hatred four the Black American.

Jun. 05 2008 10:39 AM
Janice from New York, NY

In response to the caller who sounded indignant about Obama's "race neutral" stance, I wonder why race neutrality is such a bad thing. If we are ever to move beyond racism in this country, we need to begin to think about all the other things that make up a person other than race. Of course institutional racism is an issue that needs to be addressed, but it is just another issue that every candidate should be expressing opinions on (just as they should be speaking out about the war and the economy) regardless of the race of the candidate. I think it is hypocritical to hold Obama to a different standard than the White candidates because he is Black.

Jun. 05 2008 10:39 AM
Ashley from NYC

I think people should remember that the presidential race is politics and Obama is a politician (a very good one!). I norder to get elected, a strategy of standing for just bakc people will not work. He must bring together all sorts of factions to get elected.

Jun. 05 2008 10:39 AM
the truth

MERRIAM-WEBSTER (written/developed by a caucasian.

Jun. 05 2008 10:37 AM
the truth

Date: 1555

sometimes offensive : a member of a race of humankind native to Africa and classified according to physical features (as dark skin pigmentation)

— Negro adjective sometimes offensive

— ne·groid \ˈnē-ˌgrȯid\ adjective or noun often capitalized sometimes offensive ...


But since that is okay with you is CALIFANO spic or wop? are either of those polite?

see how ignorant it sounds jesse?

Jun. 05 2008 10:37 AM
the truth

BRIAN & CALLERS: The term Black American is correct but He is BI-RACIAL, my gosh I wish I could get through and get this across the air-waves!!

Jun. 05 2008 10:34 AM
Jesse Califano from NYC/Tampa

Main Entry: Ne·gro
Pronunciation: \ˈnē-(ˌ)grō\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural Negroes
Etymology: Spanish or Portuguese, from negro black, from Latin nigr-, niger
Date: 1555
sometimes offensive : a member of a race of humankind native to Africa and classified according to physical features (as dark skin pigmentation)
— Negro adjective sometimes offensive
— ne·groid \ˈnē-ˌgrȯid\ adjective or noun often capitalized sometimes offensive
— Ne·gro·ness \-grō-nəs\ noun sometimes offensive
I don't know exactly when the word NEGRO became 'sometimes offensive'...
and exactly WHEN are those 'sometimes'?!
Is 'Caucasian' also 'sometimes offensive'??!

(What nonsense!)

Jun. 05 2008 10:34 AM
megan from Park Slope


pretty week and fumbling response
So all Hagee's millions of supporters put Israel ahead of US? nonsense

Supporting Israel, or any other country does not equate with having allegance to that country more than America

Neither Hagee nor Lieberman's support of Israel says anything about their relative allegance ---
but I understand that you're trying to make insinuations about allegnce in order to smear Liberman...

You'll have to try harder - classis anti--Semitic canards don't really work...

Jun. 05 2008 10:33 AM
LJo from Westchester

I agree on Gen Wesley Clark. Reassuring to the working class white males.

BUT While I'm here, how are Hillary Supporters, and I voted for her, going to let McCain be elected? He says he wants gov out of our lives, but he is anti choice, anti birth control, and the next Pres will appoint one, two, or more Supreme Court Justices. One more conservative appointments and not only are we back to back-alley abortions we will lose civil liberties as well.

Please get passed your disappointment, and see the large, scarey picture.

Jun. 05 2008 10:32 AM
Sainted_Mother from Manhattan

(1) I agree w/caller who said Obama / Clinton had to "hide" their respective selves to appeal to broader groups. That's always true in compromise, but it's ALSO TRUE when change is occurring ... I was struck while walking in to work today from the subway that 100 years ago women DID NOT wear pants. That "Bloomer" woman who "invented" bloomers ... well ... that was an aberration. One cannot always "See" change while one is in the midst of it.

(2) I would LOVE, dearly love, to see an Obama / Clinton ticket. I will vote Dem, no question there ... but I think Clinton's strengths complement Obama's ... anyone else will be just too weak to face, essentially alone, the prejudice that Obama will face ... "white" America (I grew up in Pittsburgh, I _know_ in my bones, Hillary's "constituency") WANTS to believe in the best ... but is VERY VERY MUCH afraid, and it is VERY VERY easy to retreat into prejudicial statements. It will be a long time before gender / race changes ... SOME folks are still getting over German / Irish / Italian / Asian issues ... race / gender are much deeper. Obama (and Clinton) NEED EACH OTHER because they do profoundly understand this.

Jun. 05 2008 10:32 AM
the truth

He is Bi-Racial we need to adapt that term in this country. He does not NEED Hillary to win this, and JESSE, now that's "cranky" HRC.

OBAMA/Powell maybe

Jun. 05 2008 10:31 AM
Tom from NYC

Here, here to the caller Chris!

Jun. 05 2008 10:31 AM
Tam from brooklyn

Why don't they announce a cabinet?

Makes lots of sense to you and me, it would give us more information on which to base our vote.

But people who run for president have HUGE egos. I'm sure they'd rather not even share the spotlight with a VP.

Speaking of VP, absolutely not Hillary, she deserves better, i.e. Sec'y of State or Defense. If not that kind of position, then we need her here in NY representing us in the senate.

Jun. 05 2008 10:29 AM
ali m. kas from ny

Al Gore would make the best VP for the following 3 reasons:
1. because he previously selected Lieberman as VP that would neutralize Lieberman's attack on Obama
2. makes it easier for Clinton supporters to join Obama's campaign since Gore was selected VP and worked with Clinton for 8 years


Jun. 05 2008 10:28 AM
Robert from NYC

Joe Lieberman's mongering war in the Middle east with Iran and Syria and his Middle east policy in general, and his continued support of Rev Hagy even after McCain separated himself (so we think) from him. We all know or if not look it up, what Hagy's Armagedon/Rapture scenario involves USING Israel. It's all very sick and Lieberman is there.

Jun. 05 2008 10:27 AM
megan from Park Slope

B.R. #64

I think #51 is/was trying to be anti-Semitic..

Jun. 05 2008 10:25 AM

Gov. Sebelius: she's smart, knows how to work both sides of the aisle, and unlike Mrs. Clinton, has neither baggage (like Bill) or a polarizing personality. She was the party's choice to respond to Bush's State of the Union address. A rising star.

Jun. 05 2008 10:25 AM
the truth from Atlanta, GA

No to OBAMA/Hilary

Jun. 05 2008 10:24 AM
JC from New York

No way to Jim Webb. This country does not need a misogynist in a leadership position. If Obama chooses Webb he can say goodbye to his chance for presidency.

Jun. 05 2008 10:24 AM
Yiorgos from Astoria

Lieberman is a traitor!
and should go down in history as one.


Bill C. - Secretary of State
Al Gore - Head of EPA
Edwards - Domestic Policy
Powell - Secretary of Defense

Jun. 05 2008 10:24 AM
wb from NYC

The person being proposed may become the president of the United States (God forbid) not just a figure to help win the election.

Govenor Dean would be a good choice. Senator Biden is good. Not Hillary.

Jun. 05 2008 10:23 AM
ann from mendham nj

Hillary has the depth and experience that Obama doesn't and she deserves the right of refusal for the position of vice president. If she does refuse she should be given some other prominent place in the administration.
Having her on the ticket would assuage a lot of hard
feelings about the way the election was taken from Hillary. She has the popular vote and it was the delegates and the organization of the youth vote that gave him the edge. He will not carry the country without at least offering her the vice presidency.

Jun. 05 2008 10:22 AM
B.R. from Manhattan

#59 Megan,

He was trying to be funny in that arrogant, 'stuff white people like "I swear I'm not racist"', hyper-intellectual, elitist kind of way.

Jun. 05 2008 10:22 AM
the truth from Atlanta, GA

WAKE UP CALL FOR JESSE Post #9...we haven't been "Negro" for a while now.

Jun. 05 2008 10:22 AM
Stuart Cadenhead from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Colin Powell has been hinting for months that he will endorse Obama.

Except for hard-core racists, an Obama/Powell ticket would appeal to every demographic that is currently ambivalent to Obama and present a real puzzle to John McCain and the republicans.

Jun. 05 2008 10:21 AM
Des Cardenas from NYC

Kansas Gov Kathleen Sebelius 1st choice
NM Gov. Richardson 2nd choice

Obama's Campaign Manager, David Plouffe, was quoted in today's WSJ expressing interest in town hall style debate.

Jun. 05 2008 10:21 AM
Phil from Brooklyn

Clinton still supports almost half the delegates. If she's not the VP candidate then Obama should let it be known in some way that Clinton is playing the largest role in picking the VP. It should be someone from that side of the party! That may be the only way to unite it. THat's pretty much a no brainer. . .

Jun. 05 2008 10:20 AM
megan from Park Slope


Please produce some factual evidence that Joe Liberman's first allegiance lies in Israel.


Jun. 05 2008 10:20 AM
Micheal from upper east side

Obama should make McCain his Sec of Defense.
The republicans think that Obama will look aloof, and not do well in small settings. Thats why they are picking this "small town " (read mostly white ) venue. The conventional wisdom is that Obama does not do well in small forums as he does with large crowds.

Jun. 05 2008 10:20 AM
JC from Queens

Edwards... Is the only chance to get the white votes in the south.

Jun. 05 2008 10:19 AM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

brian, you've jumped the shark. did your unscientific poll really say that people wouldn't accept hillary "playing second banana to a man," or is that your tired old bias against her rearing its head again? we turned you off for many a week earlier in this race, not because we backed hillary unequivocally, but because your own opinion found its way into too many conversations on the subject.

Jun. 05 2008 10:19 AM
culprit from brooklyn

Barbara Boxer. VP is president of the Senate, so doesn't make sense to pick a governor. Nancy Pelosi would be great, but House Majority leader is a better position.

Good idea to pick a woman, but NOT Hillary.

Jun. 05 2008 10:19 AM
kevin from park slope

Obama need a choice that is as original as his campaign. After hearing a number of interviews with Chuck Hagel I have to sqy he is a great choice. He represents the post partisanship that Barack has proprosed. ANd Hagel has shown that he puts values over party loyalty and personal ambition. And he undermines McCain's touting his Viet Nam experience.

Jun. 05 2008 10:18 AM
no atlantic yards from brooklyn


Hillary gets nobody and nothing excites the right like beating up on the clintons

Edwards is a fraud. His wife is more legitimate than him.

Let's not go nuts here.

Jun. 05 2008 10:18 AM
Paul Marten

Governor Kathleen Sebelius she's intelligent, capable and popular. Also Midwest gets opened up.

Jun. 05 2008 10:18 AM
Robert from NYC

Joe Lieberman should just move to Israel, to where his first allegiance lies.

Jun. 05 2008 10:18 AM
Chris O from New York City

Lieberman endorsed McCain and is actively campaigning for him.

Jun. 05 2008 10:18 AM
Frances from NYC

Jim Webb would an EXCELLENT choice, given his national security/foreign policy credentials, ex Secretary of the Navy, Marine, etc.. AND, very important in a campaign: he's an intellectual and VERY articulate..

townhalls? yes of course, Obama would do MUCH BETTER than McCain..


Jun. 05 2008 10:17 AM
jenna from staten island

General Wesley Clark. He was a great candidate 8 years ago, and all his military experience is equal to McCain, perhaps making people feel more secure about the ticket.

Jun. 05 2008 10:17 AM
Jesse Califano from NYC/Tampa

It's difficult for me to take Democrats seriously- because they are seriously delusional!

Webb? Edwards? Biden? Clinton?

All guaranteed losers! (What a joke!)

Jun. 05 2008 10:17 AM
culprit from brooklyn

Barbara Boxer!

Jun. 05 2008 10:17 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

Obama/Gov. Napolitiano (d-AZ)

She would delvier Arizona from under McCain.

Jun. 05 2008 10:16 AM
B.R. from Manhattan

And the gushy love affair between Lehrer, New York, and Obama continues...

Oh... he speaks so well!
Such a great smile!
Oh I love you so much mmm mm mm mmm *smooch smooch*!


Jun. 05 2008 10:16 AM
Robert from NYC

Hillary Cliinton as VP is not a good idea. Unfortunately she's been troublesome to Obama's campaign by trying to discredit his trustworthiness and challenges to his experience. She has displayed a disregard for his presence, almost. These things would make for an antagonism between the two, even if one-sided, with her in the position as VP. She has proven that she cannot let go--or doesn't know when to let go--and this could cause problems moving ahead if she were to disagree with any policies he wants to promote. It's not a dream ticket, it's a nightmare!!
I agree with Barbara's choice of Webb, second Edwards.

Jun. 05 2008 10:16 AM

Brian polls say VA is tied as of now

chestinee look at the big picture!

Jun. 05 2008 10:15 AM
Mike from Park Slope

Webb barely beat George Allen even with the macaca handicap. He's almost as much of a loser as Edwards.

Jun. 05 2008 10:15 AM
Dallas from NYC

Hi, I called in yesterday and mentioned Obama should name Hillary just to keep her out of the way. Imagine if McCain named Hillary? You thought I was joking but if you think about it, I believe if McCain chose Hillary, it would lock up the presidency for McCain.

Jun. 05 2008 10:15 AM

I am a Hillary supporter and want her to the Vice Presidential candidate.

Jun. 05 2008 10:15 AM
Ryan from Brooklyn

How about:
Nancy Pelosi
Bill Richardson
John Edwards
Wesley Clark

Jun. 05 2008 10:14 AM
Chris O from New York City

Apparently Webb has female trouble, and Obama does right now because of Hillary and understandable resentment on that front, despite his honorbale behavior.

Jun. 05 2008 10:14 AM


Jun. 05 2008 10:14 AM
John from Brooklyn

NOT Clinton.

NOT Webb.

Who? Kathleen Sebelius.

Extremely popular second-term Democratic governor of a red state. White. Woman. Catholic. Strong executive experience. Strong on domestic issues -- notably the environment. Opposes capital punishment. Opposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Strong on gun control.

Politically and temperamentally compatible with Obama.

Great optics for many Hillary supporters -- 60; stylish but not too slick; with a confident blend of political savvy and Midwestern common sense.

Jun. 05 2008 10:14 AM
chestinee from NY NY

I think Bill Richardson is better qualified for the presidency but is probably too soft spoken - might be a good VP -

Jun. 05 2008 10:14 AM
Robert from park slope


I supported Hillary Clinton during the primarys but I don't think she is a good complement to an Obama candidacy. Jim Webb is a southern white male w/strong military credentials.

Jun. 05 2008 10:13 AM
kK from stamford, CT


Jun. 05 2008 10:13 AM
mark from Washington Heights

John Edwards

Jun. 05 2008 10:13 AM
Jake Koprowski from Norwalk, CT

Jim Webb, balance out the liberalism and give him some foreign policy cred.

Jun. 05 2008 10:13 AM
Adria from Washington Heights

Obama - Edwards!!!!!

Jun. 05 2008 10:13 AM
Dag Sheepshanks from Bed Stuy, BK

I would like to see John Edwards also because of the working class white roots and his populist message against poverty and health care issues.

Jun. 05 2008 10:13 AM
Michael from Brooklyn


Jun. 05 2008 10:12 AM
Naseem from Brooklyn

I see John Edwards as a strategic choice for Obama -- he'll definitely give Obama the white male legitimacy/comfort factor that a lot of Americans are unfortunately going to need before they could ever actually vote for a black man.

I think if he chose Hillary (assumignt hat would ever happen) or Bill Richardson, that might be diversity overload for so many Americans who just can't handle that kind of departure from white male dominance in office.

Jun. 05 2008 10:11 AM

I strongly believe Obama's best choice for VP would be Jim Webb. He has an incredible personal story, including incredible heroics in Vietnam; he's bright; bipartisan; well-liked; Appalachian; Southern; remarkably non-elite; unquestionably patriotic; an expert on matters military; possessed of executive experience; and from a state (VA) that Obama has a shot at and that could put the race out of reach were the Dems to take it.

Jun. 05 2008 10:10 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Senator Joseph Biden.
(only anti-Webb because I think it is unlikely two Democrats will be elected to the senate in Virginia in the same year)

Jun. 05 2008 10:10 AM
David Lorenz from New York

This is my girlfriends prediction, and just might be crazy enough to work.


Jun. 05 2008 10:09 AM
Michelle from New York

Obama should run with Edwards. He would reel in all the working class white votes!

Jun. 05 2008 10:09 AM
Pat Burns from New York

Obama and

Jun. 05 2008 10:08 AM
Chris O from New York City

16 - Chris,
I have to disagree especially with the description of the Dean campaign and comparing it to Hillary. Dean was a dark horse in 2004. Sure, he had a great 2003 but it was Edwards, Kerry, Gephardt that had the party - Dean was bashing the Democratic Party for supporting Bush's war, supporting Bush's tax cuts, etc. He was the consummate outsider, she was the consummate insider.

And with Bush, he was the prohibitive favorite like Clinton, and he ran that way. I see Obama's campaign as much more like Dean's, only correcting his mistakes and being a much smoother, more effective politician.

Jun. 05 2008 10:07 AM
chestinee from NY NY

this is the most amazing BS i have ever heard and I am ready to quit being a democrat, even as my grandfather was a party elder. Hillary delivered the popular vote - the two were a hair's breadth apart - but she was treated like a Republican - this was decided from the top and that is not supposed to be how the Democratic party operates.
And check out taylor marsh's website if you think Obama is sleaze free - we will only get this info outside of MSM to which NPR is connected.

Jun. 05 2008 10:07 AM
AWM from UWS

Re: the HRC as VP talk...

Stop the madness! It is NOT going to happen.

Once again in a world of important stories the media dwells on what they have decided is the most important story.

How about a segment on McCain and how he's a walking gaffe machine?

Jun. 05 2008 10:06 AM
Jeremy from Manhattan

Jesse, this discussion was *supposed* to focus on the Democratic nominee's vice presidential choice. Not misguided and transparent hyperbole. Thanks.

With that said, I have always been impressed with Bill Richardson's demeanor and personality. He just has always come across as easy-going and competent, along with a willingness to speak his mind. I would be quite happy if he was selected to be in Barack's corner.

Jun. 05 2008 10:03 AM
Chris from Brooklyn

It may be crazy, but throughout the campaign, I've been struck by similarities to the Bush and Dean campaigns of 2004.

Clinton ran a very Dean-like campaign. It started with an air of inevitability. It was stocked with staffers who seem to gloat on their own accomplishments rather than their candidate's. And in the end, it was a campaign that was derailed by its own hubris.

And while it might not at first seem very flattering--and thankfully he's avoided the dissembling, the fear-mongering, and the slash and burn tactics--Obama's does resemble Bush's. He's more disciplined with his message. Much more organized on the ground. And his staff has had one laser beam-like focus: winning.

Let's hope that this is the only comparison you can make of the two.

Jun. 05 2008 10:02 AM
Lina from Brooklyn

Obama's Veep: MICHELLE!

Jun. 05 2008 10:02 AM
Jesse Califano from NYC/Tampa

OK- How about this?

O-Ba-Ma divorces Michelle-
Hillary divorces 'Wild Bill'-
O-Ba-Ma MARRIES Hillary-
...and America gets the first inter-racial marries couple in the White House (which would have to be renamed appropriately, or course-)

In this scenario- everybody wins!
[] O-Ba-Ma get to be President-
[] Hillary return to the 'White House' as First Lady (and co-President!)-
[] Wild Bill is 'free at last- free at last!' to pursue his sexual propensities in his waning years as the first black president-rock star Sax(Sex) player-
[]...and dear sweet Michelle will then really have SOMETHING to be angry about!

Gee- sounds like 'destiny-fulfilled' to me...

Jun. 05 2008 09:51 AM
Barbara Lee from Rockaway Park, NY

I'm one of many thousands of Obama volunteers, and at an election party on Tuesday night, I clapped along with everyone else for Mrs. Clinton, trying to keep a positive spirit and give her the chance to save face. Mrs. Clinton's underlying threat was not lost to us and there was palpable discomfort and disappointment in the air.

I respectfully submit that a true leader of the highest order would have had a better instinct on how to leave the race than Senator Clinton has shown, and wouldn't have had to ask everybody what they think. It will always be remembered that she had to be told to leave the race. But I will be smiling and clapping for her on Saturday.

Jun. 05 2008 09:35 AM

I agree with Chris O. The one thing that gnaws at me is her Iraq war vote. If she doesn't vote for it does Obama even run.

Jun. 05 2008 09:31 AM
Chris O from New York City

He ran a great campaign and is a special candidate, once in a generation (or more) type. But he was greatly helped by the failure of the Hillary campaign to plan for post February 5. Hillary said "I'm in it for the long run. It won't be a very long run, it will be over by February 5." That was the fatal flaw of her campaign.

He then went on to win 11 straight or something and she then mounted a furious, impressive comeback but it was too late and she never had a chance, like the team that is down 30-3 at halftime but then makes it a respectable 40-30 finish.

Jun. 05 2008 09:26 AM
Jesse Califano from NYC/Tampa

I don't know what being 'Negro' or being 'Females' has to do with being and effecive President.

It's a somewhat interesting footnote to history- someting on the scale of the word RADAR spelling and reading the same way backwards as forward... certainly nothing more than that!

In any event- America is not going to elect an always angry Michelle O-Ba-Ma to be it's 'First Lady'!

Jun. 05 2008 09:24 AM
darius from brooklyn

Obama never lost the lead in the pledged delegates during the entire primary. If folks want to argue that in the end he didn't necessarily win the popular vote and claim how undemocratic the pledged delegate system is, please don't forget the dozen or so states with caucuses. Obama's campaign was excellent in the fact that some "nobody" from Illinois was able to sideswipe the current heads of the Democratic party, whose name was known in every state. He is not my first choice but the strategy of his campaign took was a different (and successful) route to the nomination.

Jun. 05 2008 08:43 AM
mc from Brooklyn

I celebrate the fact that many beaten down people in whose midst I live, are feeling hugely empowered by this candidacy.

Jun. 05 2008 08:14 AM
mc from Brooklyn

I never bought the mega-narrative that Hillary was this front runner. Anyone who watches these races over years knows that when someone emerges as a front runner early, especially before votes are actually cast, that person's brand usually burns out early. I was surprised that she lasted as long as she did.

I think the Democratic Party needs to take a very hard look at itself. It claims the moral high ground. I'm not sure that it can really claim that ground legitimately. It is easy to pat yourself on the back for not being racist/sexist when you are confronted with someone who is attractive, not so easy when the person is not so attractive.

Jun. 05 2008 08:13 AM
mc from Brooklyn

I congratulate Barack Obama for running a brilliant campaign. His folks have been very focused on their goal and never wavered. Let's hope the focus is able to be re-trained on to governing should he actually claim the White House. I think much of this race shows that people truly do vote their passions. There were several other candidates whom I thought were far more qualified than either of these two. I worry that this will devolve into a cult of personality. There is a similar phenomenon with McCain. We shall see whose brand prevails.

Jun. 05 2008 08:09 AM
Gary from Manhattan

Hillary is like the drunk at a party who won't leave when the host wants to go to bed.

No one should be surprised by Lady Macbeth's selfishness. She's not going to concede because she is hoping to God Obama implodes before November, and then Hill-Bill can get back to the Oval Office (remember, they still have the White House silverware they ripped off on January 20, 2001).

Jun. 05 2008 07:15 AM
John Reuter from Sandpoint, ID

We keep talking about Hillary, but I haven't heard as much about Bill lately. How does the way this primary ended change his future? Can everything be repaired in the general election?

Jun. 05 2008 04:29 AM

Hillary Clinton has now been liberated in a way Obama will never be. She can go out into the world and be her own person now, with little or no media scrutiny, with much less pressure. She can get some rest and heal. And then explore where her various talents take her... it's the beginning of a great, and no doubt more enjoyable, adventure than Obama is about to undertake. She had my support as first lady, and as senator, but she lost it during this campaign. Now that it's over, I wish her the best. And there's no reason for her not to be nominated for Supreme Court Justice as soon as there is an opening. I have every confidence that she would excel in the position.

Jun. 05 2008 01:15 AM

from The New York Times:"We pledged to support her to the end," Representative Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate, said in an interview. "Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is."
Apparently the end is Saturday. And per Shields and Brooks on Jim Lehrer's show, there is no-way-in-Hades he can put her on the ticket as vp after her behavior. Which, for many of us, means that our long national nightmare of dynastic succession is over.
We hereby gratefully hand the mantle to the new, and incredibly talented, kid. Barack: it's not just America - you've captured the hopes of people around the world for a more thoughtful, less warlike, less corrupt America. Don't let 'em down.

Jun. 05 2008 01:11 AM

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