June 30th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
10 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."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Who is the most normal political couple and family running for President right now? The Obamas (recently earned over $1 million thanks to the book deals) or the McCains (haven been multi-millionaires $70 to 200 million since their marriage 28 years ago).

    ANSWER: the Obamas

    June 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Bill

    Why is this a political ticker? This isn't news!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Jim

    Awsome lady, will be a great first lady, but que in the trailor park trash haters in 5...4...3...2...

    June 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Pol

    There are things that you cannot buy for money: honesty, dignity, love, good family. All others, including Clintons – Master card.

    June 30, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Terrence (Winsotn Salem, NC)

    Just like regular citizens.. which is why I trust you.

    Go Obama

    June 30, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Dawn, MD

    Are you kidding, Michelle? The first African American viable candidate and his family ARE interesting. We can't get enough of you. When you are on the cover, the magazines fly off the rack, this groundbreaking campaign is over the top exciting, and we can't wait to vote for your husband.

    Love you Michelle, but you're so wrong–YOU ARE INTERESTING.

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Clarke Bettencourt

    Hate will not prevail in this election cycle
    Michelle will make an outstanding first lady

    And for the record, there was nothing wrong with her OLD image; this whole media-pronounced "makeover" is laughable

    June 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. L

    To set the record straight. McCain was SEPERATED from his first wife and was in the final processes of divorce when he met cindy. Dont go on about her stealing him from another women. I'm sorry but a 5 year gap in a relationship is not always going to bring people closer together...
    He met Cindy, married and a few years later they had 3 beautiful children together and adopted another one who was at one of Cindy's operation smile hospitals in Bangledesh. what a great family, they have the respect of so many Americans.

    June 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    You Are Going To Make A Wonderful First Lady!

    June 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. jr

    I'm sure that their free time is just as mundane as the rest us. I'ts what they were doing with the rest of each day that interests me. You just don't get to this point unless you've been a mover and a shaker.

    June 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Sharon


    You are wrong–you are the manifestation of Dr. King's Dream, and you are interesting.

    Obmas 08

    June 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Chris K

    I remember a few years ago Barack and Michelle were in my home town (Burlington, Ontario) to visit his sister who lived here at the time.

    I didn't actually see him myself, but I know some people who did. He was with Michelle and they took the kids down to play in a park by the lake near where I live. Then they rented a car and drove down to see Niagara falls.

    I guess he was pretty shocked to see so many Canadians recognizing him. But it was after the big speech he gave at the convention... and Canadians watch a lot of US TV.

    Anyways, the people I know described him as very down to earth and nice. Just a normal guy taking his kids to the park to play. It's refreshing. Somehow I can't see George Bush doing something like that.

    June 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. nola

    Michell, is a smart, intellent woman who has over the years been able to prove her ability to achieve greatest even when dealing with great obstacles.

    June 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Guy Kasweka from Toronto

    That's the kind of first lady we need in the white house. God bless!

    June 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Terrence (Winsotn Salem, NC)

    ang – GO. Who cares? Good ridance. I'm tired of hearing these crybabies who would have never voted for Obama anyway. I rather speak to intelligent people who'll listen to reason.

    June 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. webster208

    Who cares what you do when you date? No one is really interested. But when you go out making speeches for or about Barrack, expect that people will analyze your words, and you will be both criticized and admired. If you decide to participate in the campaign, prepare for both. Your husband should stop asking the media or your crtics to stop criticizing you just because you are not the candidate.

    June 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Hussein

    You Go Michelle!!!!! .. People are just intimidated by an articulate & out-spoken Black Woman.

    Michelle is not no step-ford wife like the rest of the step-ford first ladies except Hillary

    Michelle Plz don't change yourself to plz those haters!

    June 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Bill, IL

    Michelle, If you and your lame "senator" husband cannot stay awake long enough to enjoy dinner AND a movie, I wonder how he'll be able to answer the 3 AM phone call once he's in the White House?

    Hillary '12

    June 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. JL

    BREAKING NEWS: the Obamas breathe actual air and ingest actual food with corporeal bodies, just like the rest of us! sigh.......they are just SO wonderful!

    June 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Cathy

    I've always like Michelle Obama. Michelle is learning how it is to be in the public eye but she does it with style and grace and without losing her own identity or humor.

    Michelle represents what every women should strive for in life.

    June 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. jonathan

    Image makeover = politics as usual.
    I thought these people are about change? They sure aren't about honesty if she has to have an "image make over".
    What B.S.
    And ya'll are falling for it.

    June 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Jim Shimmer

    She is the greatest! She is soooo downt to earth and she is definitely articulate and presidential material!

    June 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Phil, FL

    Ula Nejad

    What right to you have to comment about anyone's name?

    What country does your name represent? Were you born in the U.S.?

    June 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. tony

    Dawn & Sharon & the rest
    You guys are so stupid –you fall right into the hype-
    But guys like General Clark are out there doing your bidding-

    Just remember when people go in to vote just like in the primarires-
    People say they voted for him but the numbers didn't dhow up then and won't show up in November–
    BY the way–
    This has nothing to do with race and everything to do about CHARACTER -

    June 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. David

    It doesn't matter if it is a white cat, or a black cat, as long as it catches the mouse.

    June 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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