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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  1. Lisa- NC

    KD
    June 30th, 2008 1:28 pm ET

    "Intelligence and beauty–wow–we'll have a great first lady."

    You have got to be kidding. Hillary is the beauty, brains and humanity. The real deal, one package.
    Go McCain !

    June 30, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Michelle's The One

    No Michelle, boring is listening to Barbie McCain talk about how her family taught her to give back, as if this is a revelation.

    Barack 08

    June 30, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Abbey

    BTW Cindy McCain's hair color is about as natural as Michelle's straight hair although I fail to see how either has anything to do with their husbands running for office. Also Cindy has a Masters in special education and did spend some time as a teacher. She is chairman of the board of her family's company-obviously an inheritance.That is somewhat similar to the way Michelle got into Princeton without the needed scores-as a legacy to her basketball-playing brother.

    June 30, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Peter E

    And yet CNN can't stop talking about those boring lives.
    Get a clue CNN!

    June 30, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. keepitreal50

    Olivia, I wonder what information you have to feel that way about Michelle Obama. Nothing that she said or did warrants a view like yours. Maybe all you got is that she is black and might you be a tad bit racist? You seem like the type of person who needs to feel negative about someone who looks differently and lives a different (ethinic) lifestyle than you and I figured all that out with less than 50 words from you. But that's what you need to feel good about yourself and I bet people often leave you – BY YOURSELF! SAD

    June 30, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Down with Obama

    There is nothing normal or real about the Obamas!!!

    Hate, hate, hate that is all they spew and their supporters!!

    June 30, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Nova from NV

    Another attempt to relate to ordinary folks. It's not going to work. Both Harvard law grads trying to say their life is not interesting? Why not just be truthful and be yourself?

    June 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. RyandD.

    Barack and Michelle are the closest thing we'll ever get to "normal people" in the White House.

    Obama 08'

    June 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. James

    Don't get me wrong, I love the Obamas and Barack has my vote in November. However, it does sicken me to know that everything the politicians say are put together by their publicist and pr people. Michelle and Barack's lives are not like many Americans. They went to top schools, have the best connections, and in the "inside." Although they do want to get away from the "elite" image, they are JUST that...

    June 30, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. NC voter

    So Michelle Owannabe, if you can stand the heat stay out of the kitchen, sweetie!

    June 30, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. NJ DEM

    Michelle has the grace, beauty, and eloquence of Jacqueline Kennedy.

    Cindy McCain....NNEEXXTTTT!!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Dave in Atlanta

    Just great, so now we have TWO presidential candidates who have trouble staying awake.

    June 30, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. The Obamas Rocks

    So, now an intelligent, striking-looking, strong BLACK woman is arrogant, hateful and spiteful? Why is it that black people with a little bit of education and pride are always called ARROGANT? Why is it that a black person who criticizes the treatment of blacks in this country is always called HATEFUL or un-patriotic? How is it that a 20-second clip of a craxy rant by a pastor translates into 20-years of hateful sermons?

    It's called RACISM and the double-standard. Michelle and Barack are two intelligent, successful, highly-educated black people. There are MANY out there who can't stand to see black people do well financially and professionally outside of entertainment and sports. Some people love watching Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Tiger, Michael Jordan, or Venus and Serena dominate their respective professions, but can't fathom that there are black folks out there whose intellectual skiils rival the physical skills of dominant black atheletes.

    Get over it! Barack and Michelle will occupy the White House and it will be for the BENEFIT of this country. Anyone who thinks Obama will do a worse job as President than Bush is a fool. Anyone who thinks Michelle is hateful and racist actually need to look in the mirror.

    June 30, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Independent Voter

    Michelle is as fair game as Cindy McCain and Bill Clinton. This is no delicate flower. Professional packagers are hard at work filing down the rough edges, but this is a major challenge.

    Why, of course ordinary American families are made up of two highly paid lawyers who make deals with the likes of Rezko to get a good deal on a house. If you believe that, I've got this bridge you might want...

    We see who these guys are, not in their prepared, laundered speeches, but in their offhand remarks. Remarks like, "I'm finally proud of my country" and "Okay, Sweetie." You get the picture. Taking their young daughters to listen to Wright for most of their childhood until they got caught. Yup, we're just a church goin' family, yup.

    So many moms are on the View and have Oprah to talk to on tv. Yup, they do. Don't we all hang around with left over terrorists from the '60s who are glad McVeigh blew up the federal building in OK City? Why, sure we do, we're all just plain vanilla Americans here.

    Oh, please!

    June 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. aware

    Yes, the Obama's are boring. They have manipulated everyone and everything throughout their whole lives to gain the ultimate prize. They want to reign in the White House. Their only problem is the lack moral center.

    Obfuscation, pandering, egomania and lust for power are boring to watch!

    America doesn't need or want a king or an American Idol Messiah figurehead. :)

    America needs servant leadership from a caring, wise president in touch with mainstream America! McCain )8! :)

    June 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Michelle is fantastic!! She's a strong, articulate, intelligent woman and she should just be herself. She'll be an incredible first lady!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Jeff Longley

    Why does it look like she has a prison jacket on? LOL!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. aware

    Yes, the Obama's are boring. They have manipulated everyone and everything throughout their whole lives to gain the ultimate prize. They want to reign in the White House. Their only problem is the lack moral center.

    Obfuscation, pandering, egomania and lust for power are boring to watch! :(

    America doesn't need or want a King or a Messiah figurehead or an American Idol.

    America needs servant leadership from a caring, wise president in touch with mainstream America! McCain 08! :)

    June 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. keepitreal50

    Character is something someone told TONY to say. The only thing TONY knows about character is the cartoon type.

    June 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. JO

    To the many of you making derogatory remarks about Cindy McCain, you need to read up on all the great things she has done for underprivileged and disfigured children around the world. It is not her fault she was born into money. She is not sitting idly by ... she just doesn't spout off like big mouth Michelle.

    June 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. whatime

    Michelle Obama will be a great first lady

    Obama all the way!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. RuthieM

    That's funny, they have to do either dinner or a move because they can't stay awake for both. That's funny. They sound like two old people and they haven't even reached 50 yet. Cute.

    June 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Michelle

    To all the Hillary or McCain people:

    If you are truly going to vote for McCain then I don't think you really ever believed in Hillary Clinton and her stance on issues. It is so clear that Obama and Clinton are virtually the same on all important issues. McCain on the other hand is SOOOOO THE OPPOSITE of Clinton.

    I just don't understand how any true Hillary Clinton supporter can now go against EVERYTHING Clinton stood for and vote for McCain.

    I just don't get it!!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Nicole, Atlanta

    I admire the Obama's soooo much. They are not boring people to me. When I first heard Michelle Obama speak I saw and felt her honesty her strength and her humblemess. These characterstics are only a few of why Barack loves her so much and we as Americans will love her too! This first family really makes me proud to be a young black african american!

    Go Obama08!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Harry C

    I find it so SAD that some people are so PREJUDICED that they will do and say anything but the truth about why they are against Obama!! Obama is the most QUALIFIED Candidate for President that this Nation has had in many many years..

    June 30, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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