Irish gamblers bet on inauguration speech cliches - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

To mark the inauguration of Barack Obama as the forty-fourth President of the United States of America, Irish bookmaking chain Paddy Power are offering a wide range of Obama themed betting opportunities.

With an expected domestic TV audience in excess of 50-million, customers of Paddy Power can place bets on the duration of President Obamas speech, what "cliche" he will first mention during his address, the actual number of viewers that tune in and whether the TV audience will exceed that of Superbowl XLIII.

Other Obama bets on offer from Paddy Power include which country (after Canada) Obama will first officially visit as President of the United States, his first year approval ratings and how many Oscar winners will mention Obama in their acceptance speech!

Paddy Power famously paid out over EUR 1,000,000 on Barack Obama winning the 2008 Presidential race a full 10-days before polling day last year. Already President Obama is the bookmakers odds-on 4-5 favourite to win in 2012 which gives him a 56% of success.

Paddy Power said, "Its no secret that President Obama has Irish roots so were delighted to mark this very special occasion. Well be keeping a pint of Guinness standing by in the hope the President will come and visit us soon."

Paddy Power Inauguration Betting

How long will Obamas first address last?

8/1 Under 10 Minutes

6/1 10 Min - 13 Mins

4/1 14 Mins - 17 Mins

10/3 18 Mins - 21 Mins

9/4 22 Mins - 25 Mins

3/1 26 Mins - 29 Mins

9/2 30 Mins or more

News Network Battle - Which Network will have the most viewers?

4/6 CNN

11/8 FOX


Number of viewers in USA?

4/1 Under 30 Million

8/1 30 - 35 Million

6/1 36 - 40 Million

4/1 41 - 45 Million

7/2 45 - 50 Million

11/10 Over 50 Million

President Obama v Super Bowl XLIII - Biggest TV Audience?

1/5 Super Bowl XLIII

3/1 President Obama Inauguration

First Celebrity shown in the crowd?

7/4 Oprah

6/1 Bruce Springsteen

10/1 Aretha Franklin

10/1 Tom Hanks

12/1 George Clooney

14/1 Beyonce

16/1 Sting

18/1 Susan Sarandon

20/1 Elvis Costello

20/1 P Diddy


20/1 Spike Lee

20/1 Mary J Blige

20/1 Anne Hathaway

20/1 Tim Robbins

25/1 Maggie Gyllenhaal

25/1 Peter Sarsgaard

25/1 Ron Howard

25/1 Angela Bassett

25/1 Patricia Arquette

25/1 Ed Harris

33/1 Dionne Warwick

33/1 Chaka Khan

33/1 Chris Rock

33/1 Britney

33/1 Paris Hilton

100/1 Arnold Schwarzenegger

Obama Cliche Betting

What will Obama say first in his first Presidential Address?

8/1 Change has come

12/1 As I stand here today

12/1 Fundamental belief

12/1 Defining moment

12/1 God Bless America

14/1 Let me be clear

14/1 War on terror

14/1 Politics of hope

14/1 Common purpose

16/1 Crossroads of history

16/1 I have a dream

16/1 Pursuit of happiness

16/1 Im fired up

16/1 Building a better America

18/1 My civil liberties

18/1 Same old politics

18/1 Core Values

18/1 Hungry for change

18/1 It wont be easy

20/1 Honour for me

20/1 Safe from harm

20/1 Dont get me wrong

20/1 Decent shot at life

20/1 They said this day would never come

25/1 There are better days ahead

25/1 Challenges that face us

25/1 Make Washington work

25/1 Hard to believe

25/1 We cannot lose hope

25/1 We can be one people

25/1 Well have to make hard choices

25/1 Make college more affordable

33/1 For far too long

33/1 Beacon of freedom

33/1 All men are created equal

33/1 Faith in simple Dreams

33/1 Jobs to the jobless

33/1 In the words of JF Kennedy

33/1 All of them with a story to tell

33/1 Divided, we are bound to fail

33/1 Where North, South, East and West come together

33/1 Washington has a long way to go

33/1 Reshapes our economy

33/1 Let us transform this nation

40/1 Homes to the homeless

40/1 A new direction

40/1 Deepest Gratitude

40/1 We all made this journey for a reason

40/1 There is power in words.

40/1 There is power in conviction.

40/1 Willing to listen to each other

40/1 We can work together to keep our country safe

50/1 Abiding Faith

50/1 Possibilities of this Nation

50/1 Greatness of our nation

50/1 Believe in what this country can be

50/1 In the face of despair, you believe there can be hope

50/1 Unity is the great need of the hour

50/1 Serve as a model for the world

50/1 The vehicle, of your hopes, and your dreams

66/1 Legacy of our forbearers

66/1 Doors of opportunity

66/1 Brighter day will come

66/1 Where I learned the meaning of my Christian faith

66/1 Disagree without being disagreeable

66/1 Let us be the generation that begins that work

80/1 Diversity if my heritage

80/1 Promise of future generations

80/1 Overcome the adversity

80/1 We have more work to do

100/1 Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

100/1 An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind

250/1 Lets get ready to rumble

250/1 Life is like a box of chocolates

500/1 Always bet on black!

Who will design the ball gown for Michelle Obama?

11/10 Maria Pinto

3/2 Narciso Rodriguez

8/1 Marc Jacobs

10/1 Tracy Reese

10/1 Oscar de la Renta

10/1 Monique Lhuillier

12/1 Christian Lacroix

14/1 Chado Ralph Rucci

25/1 Michael Faircloth

33/1 Karl Lagerfeld

What colour will the ball gown for Michelle Obama be?

11/8 Purple

3/1 Blue

5/1 Pink

6/1 Green

8/1 Red

12/1 Silver

16/1 Orange

18/1 Gold

20/1 Black

25/1 White

80/1 Polka Dot

100/1 Lepard Skin

100/1 Zebra Skin

500/1 Star-Spangled Banner

Colour of Obamas Tie?

11/10 Red

11/8 Blue

5/1 Grey

8/1 Black

12/1 White

25/1 Pink

50/1 Bow tie

What will happen first under President Obama?

4/6 American led signed cease-fire agreement between Israel & Hamas

3/1 Full Troop withdrawal from Iraq

8/1 Capture of Osama Bin Laden

8/1 Online Gambling legalised

10/1 Full National recognition of Same Sex Marriage

12/1 Full Troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

18/1 Legalisation of Marijuana

20/1 Constitution changed to allow the President to serve 3 or more full


25/1 Total ban of Capital Punishment

50/1 Moonwalk confirmed as a fake by Obama

100/1 Complete ban on privately owned guns

500/1 Discovery of Aliens on Mars

First Country he visits as President? (after Canada)

11/10 UK

4/1 France

5/1 Iraq

5/1 Israel

8/1 Afghanistan

10/1 China

10/1 Germany

12/1 Kenya

18/1 Japan

20/1 Russia

25/1 Pakistan

33/1 Spain

33/1 Cuba

40/1 Rep. of Ireland

50/1 Syria

50/1 North Korea

66/1 Iran

What will be President Obama approval rating in a year?

20/1 20% or Under

12/1 20.01% - 30%

8/1 30.01% - 40%

10/3 40.01% - 50%

7/4 50.01% - 60%

3/1 60.01% - 70%

5/1 70.01% - 80%

10/1 80.01% - 90%

20/1 90.01% or Over

First Term Specials

10/1 Obama to become a father again during his first Term

28/1 Obama to resign during his first Term

33/1 Obama to be impeached during his first Term

Keep it in the Family!

12/1 Michelle Obama to be President of the US at any stage in her life

20/1 Malia Obama to be President of the US at any stage in her life

25/1 Sasha Obama to be President of the US at any stage in her life

How many Oscar winners will mention Obama in their acceptance speech?

7/4 Nobody

7/2 1 Winner

4/1 2 Winners

5/1 3 Winners

6/1 4 Winners

8/1 5 Winners

4/1 Over 5 Winners

Who will play Barack?

6/4 Will Smith

5/2 Jamie Foxx

4/1 Denzel Washington

8/1 Eddie Murphy

10/1 Cuba Gooding Junior

14/1 Wesley Snipes

33/1 Dave Chappelle

40/1 Samuel L Jackson

100/1 OJ Simpson

Who will play Michelle Robinson Obama?

11/4 Kerry Washington

3/1 Anika Noni Rose

4/1 Sanaa Lathan

5/1 Halle Berry

6/1 Jennifer Hudson

9/1 Beyonce Knowles

10/1 Angela Bassett

16/1 Thandie Newton

33/1 Oprah Whinfrey

50/1 Queen Latifah

What will be the breed of the new White House Puppy?

8/11 Portuguese water hound

Evens Labradoodle

Next to be Black?

7/4 The Pope

9/4 James Bond

4/1 Next Republican Presidential Candidate

6/1 Archbishop of Westminster

12/1 British PM

18/1 Doctor Who

20/1 Taoiseach

25/1 Irish President

33/1 Batman

40/1 Superman

100/1 Leader of BNP

250/1 British Monarch

500/1 Snoopy

US Presidential Election 2012 - Winning Candidate (Next President)

4/5 Barack Obama

7/1 Sarah Palin

10/1 Hillary Clinton

11/1 Mitt Romney

14/1 Mike Huckabee

16/1 Joe Biden

20/1 Jon Huntsman

25/1 Bobby Jindal

33/1 Fred Thompson

33/1 Bill Owens

40/1 Evan Bayh

40/1 Rudolph Giuliani

40/1 Jeb Bush

40/1 Lindsey Graham

40/1 David Petraeus

50/1 Tom Ridge

50/1 Ron Paul

66/1 John McCain

66/1 Al Gore

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