Obama on “Ellen”

By Michael Elmore

Feb 28, 2008 6:18am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illi., taped an interview with the talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres from a campaign stop in Duncanville, Texas.

Ellen reminded Obama of their joint on-air boogie in October, to which Obama chalked up to a good luck charm of sorts, "We were kind of in a slump until I was dancing on the show – my poll numbers skyrocketed after that."

Obama gave an update on kicking his habit of smoking, confirming that he has been successful thus far. "I’ve been chewing on this Nicorette, which tastes like you’re chewing on ground pepper – but it does help."

Ellen asked Obama what his first day in the White House would be like – if he were to win the nomination and then the general election.

"Well for of all I think I’ll just go into the Oval Office and sit at the desk and say, ‘Wow, this is really cool,’" Obama joked.

The Senator then got serious and gave his stock answer – that he’d call in the join chefs of staff to start talking about getting troops out of Iraq in a safe way.

Obama’s interview – which will air Thursday morning – comes just three days after Ellen made a cameo appearance, via satellite, at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in DC.

The Obama campaign said that the timing is not at all linked – that Obama’s interview had been on the books for awhile.

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