June 30th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Michelle Obama: We aren't interesting

 Michelle Obama.
Michelle Obama.

(CNN) – Her husband may be running for the most powerful job in the world, but Michelle Obama says the couple’s lives are as boring as anyone else's.

"Barack and I don't have interesting lives, never did," the potential first lady told USA Today in comments published Monday. "We're basically family people. When we go on a date, it's either dinner or a movie because we can't stay awake for both."

The comments come as the Obama campaign has sought to soften Mrs. Obama's image among many voters who are less familiar with the Illinois senator’s outspoken wife. The campaign has retooled her stump speech to include more details about her family and humble upbringing on Chicago's South Side.

Watch: Michelle Obama's new image

She also made a recent high-profile appearance on the daytime talk show "The View," and graced last week's cover of U.S. Weekly under the banner headline, "Why Barack loves her."


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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. tj

    She is so hypocritic!
    She used to tell everybody what she had to go thru.
    In reality her life was pretty easy, her family was functional, her mother was at home all the time.
    She have to be a good student to enroll in Princeton & Harward, so what – all students have to do this, expectially she definitely got benefits of affirmative actions.
    I find her arrogant as her husband tryting to teach people.
    Expecially I was turned off by her when I watched on TV interview whe she stated :" you better have to elect us now, because will will not run again" – what arrogance!
    Don't like neither her, nor her husband and will not vote for him!

    June 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. SLIMSISTA

    TO BUTTS MEOW....AND THE REST OF THE HATERS....

    IT IS NOT ABOUT HILLARY ANY MORE.....PLEASE....AND IF YOU PEOPLE CHECKED YOUR FACTS...IT WAS HILLARY & BILL WHO STARTED THE NEGATIVE ATTACKS FIRST AT OBAMA...

    THINK BEFORE YOU BLOG....READ THE FACTS, IF IN FACT, YOU CAN READ....WHAT ARE YOU SCARED OF....A BLACK MAN BECOMING PRESIDENT!!!!!

    I NEVER HEARD THIS KIND OF HATEFUL TALK IN ANY OTHER PRESIDENTIAL ELELCTIONS, SO THAT IS TELLING ME YOU PEOPLE ARE BIGOTS.....GET OVER YOURSELVES...HRC IS GONE AND WE DON'T WANT HER...AND OBAMA DOES NOT NEED HRC TO WIN...HE IS LEADING THE STATES BEFORE THEY EVEN HAD THEIR RALLY ON FRIDAY....HE DOES NOT NEED HILLARY...HE WON MORE VOTES THAN SHE DID, AND HE DIDN'T STEAL ANYTHING FROM HER...IF IT WAS MEANT TO BE, THEN SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE NOMINEE....

    YOU GO SISTER GIRL.....MICHELLE YOUR INTELLIGENCE SHINES AND DON'T LET THE JEALOUS, BIGOTED HATERS NEGATIVITY RUB OFF ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.....

    June 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Daniel

    I didn't like her in the begining, but I really like her now.

    Obama 08
    Hillary VP

    June 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Sue Is A Shrew

    Dear Sue,

    Our culture has ALREADY been destroyed by people like you. Shame on you.

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. K

    Yawn. Tired of Michelle and tired of Obama speeches and preaching on racism, patriotism, etc. Where are the debates between Obama and McCain? Let's get down to business.

    June 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. gwenir202Georgia

    michelle is a smart woman and you haters can't stand it. Hillery would be a good pick for vp, but she has bill for a husband. He is so up set about her loseing to obama what about what he did to her with all the lovers he had and stell have, he wasen' hurting for her then. Not even in the ovel office with a woman on her needs.( how nasty) how can you treat a woman you say you love like that get over it bill,obama doing jast fine without you. I am so sorr you won't be the first black (P) . This country needs to come togather. Obama stop trying to please bill and hillery its not about them, ti's about the people. obama/jim wess 08

    June 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Gaby

    I just love Michelle Obama! Such a strong, intelligent, and smart woman.

    Obama 08!

    June 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Michael

    I know. This whole rock star thing was a media sensation, probably spearheaded by by Mr. Parsons (TimeWarner chairman). Obama has got the nomination and is sitting on it. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, in 1992 had visited every state in the union and then some and the media and the Obama campaign have the nerve and audacity to try to marginalize him.

    June 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. saga for Obama

    BTW...affirmative action, who benefited most? white women..

    silly wabbit...tricks are for kids.

    it takes a lot for two people who came from nothing to work hard and be at the top of their games.

    the Obamas are great examples of the American Dream...Yes We Can

    June 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Terry from North Carolina

    Lets get real here were not voting for the first lady, it doesnt matter who she is. This country is in serious trouble and its time for us to elect a serious leader who is going to surround himself with the people who can support him in his efforts in getting this country back on top where we belong. At this point in time we have become a third world nation.

    June 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Sue Get A Clue

    Sue,

    Michelle is an American, so who is the "our" that you are talking about? It's too bad your mother didn't talk to you about racist statements.

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Dinner or a Movie

    Our dates are either a dinner or a movie becasue we cannot stay away for both. That is wht we flew to the Canne Film Festival in europe on the Med to watch some premiers one week; and then the next week, we jetted off to San Francisco for a seaside dinner on the Bay. We couldn't have possibly done both and stayed awake for the 5 days.

    June 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Mike in NYC

    To: saga for Obama:

    How is being black in America an obstacle? Affirmative action, mandated diversity programs and set-asides, glorification of minorities in the media, endless excuses for seemingly incurable social pathologies, and whites continually bowing and scraping to “protected groups.” Not to mention the over $1 trillion spent in the four-decade War on Poverty, paid for overwhelmingly by whites.

    And let’s not forget the 300,000 Northern white men whose sacrifice made the abolition of slavery possible. An unredeemable loss.

    Cry me a river, “saga.”

    June 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Joseph IRAQ WAR VET

    MICHELLE OBAMA IS SMART, FUNNY, ATTRACTIVE, DOWN TO EARTH, AND LOVES THIS COUNTRY! I WATCHED HER SPEAK ON CSPAN AND SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY GREAT! MICHELLE IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE FIRST LADY. MICHELLE HAS THE BEAUTY AND CHARM OF JACKIE, THE INTELLIGENCE OF HILLARY, AND THE STRENGTH AND SPPORTIVENESS OF ABAGAIL.

    OBAMA/ 08

    June 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Redbug-ohio

    They do seem to be just everyday people. Which is why he understands the everyday people that will be voting for him. I find it refreshing. Because we all see what the super rich have done for us working people. I'm ready for a change and I'm sure the rest of America is also. I guess they expect them to act suckup and above others because they are educated and intelligent. Like Mrs Obama said they are family people. Don't change just be who you are. You both are wonderful and will make a great president and first lady.

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY.

    June 30, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Can't say I agree with her - She and Barack are very interesting. Looking forward to having them in the White House.

    June 30, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Born In The USA

    I'll take boring when it is wrapped in American pride, honesty, intelligence, and beauty. Thank you Michelle and Barack–I can't wait to vote in November.

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Michael

    We never said she was interesting. We say she's an affirmative action baby who evinces nothing but hostility toward her country and those bitter people who "embrace" guns and religion. And the prospect of a First Lady doing "fist bumps" is appalling.

    June 30, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Sacred

    Ms. Obama is about as "soft" as a cactus...a lady she is not. She is however a woman who is intelligent, out spoken, caring mother and good wife though a great speaker she is not therefore leave that to Mr. Obama. For those who are defending Ms. Obama let me just ask: Do you know her that well?

    June 30, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Swing Voter in Virginia

    How is Trinity United racist? I am trying to understand this point. They pick out 3 controversial sermons from the former Pastor and all of a sudden the church is racist. GIVE ME A BREAK!
    I LOVE Michelle, I actually was undecided about Obama until I heard his wife speak. Now I will definately vote for him.

    June 30, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Deeznuts

    I can't believe the ignorance of some people. Calling Michell Obama a racist? Do you know what a racist is? Prejudice with Power and systematic oppression. Michelle's white dormies have been interviewed and very openly discuss the racial discrimination at Princeton. Please reboot your neurons or just kill yourself before you reproduce you filthy retards.

    June 30, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. YOU ARE RIGHT MICHELLE

    YES – FOR THE 1ST TIME IN YOUR ADULT LIFE, YOU GOT THIS RIGHT. YOU ARE BORING, UGLY, ANGRY AND VERY UNLIKABLE. THEY CAN PUT TOGETHER A TEAM OF PEOPLE TO SOFTEN YOU UP BUT IT AINT GONNA WORK – PERIOD. PLEASE STOP TRYING AND JUST BE YOUR MEAN SELF. WE WILL EVENTUALLY GET USED TO IT.

    June 30, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Dave

    CNN is becoming more and more biased & unreliable source these days especially with respect to Obama Candidacy. But the truth is no matter how hard they invest their money and energy Barack Obama will be the next president of the united State. I am saying this because he manages to handle so many wrong labels with a grace including the way he did it today. Shame on CNN!!!

    June 30, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Pat Va

    Mrs. Obama, the strength and courage that you are portraying in the midst of the attacks upon you and your family are nothing short of phenomenal...and for those who fail to see this... it can only be attributed to their own low self-esteem. You're a wonderful role model for your girls and women everywhere. God bless and keep you all safe from harm.

    June 30, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. NWBAR

    Dear "Was A Democrat",

    After reading your post, I can see why you can't see beauty. Your heart is too hateful.

    Signed: Never Will Be A Racist

    June 30, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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