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."

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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Carolyn

    Our New first LADY Michelle Obama

    June 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Cheryl


    I love the fact that our first lady is beautiful, intelligent and loves her husband.

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. S.M

    People are saying that Michelle Obama needs a makeover, but McCain's wife needs a makeover in the worst way. She is wealthy and still doesn't have any idea how to style her hair for her long face or what to wear. Perhaps she needs to ask Michelle or Secretary Rice who styles their hair and what kind of clothes to wear. Leave Michelle Obama alone.

    June 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Carlson Kumstainer

    You are absolutely right Michelle, you ARE boring. So please disappear from public view.

    June 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. BB

    Who has the better resume? Cindy or Michelle. Let's see... Princeton, Harvard, etc.....

    June 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Barry

    Can you say, first lady-YES WE CAN.

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Obama 08/12

    Way to go Michelle we love you both just the way you are its simply "Yes We Can " all the way to the Oval Office .


    June 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. crazy bastages

    typical my coment doesnt make it. thanks for being non biased cnn

    June 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Fernandez

    How are they going to stay awake when they are travelling to Asia and the Middle East. They may fall asleep during dinner in Saudi or in China.

    June 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. GB

    She's got that right.

    June 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. SaneTexan

    I agree...neither of you are very interesting...what a shame and a sham for the Democratic Party.

    June 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. pp

    Truth hurts, accepting us as we really are hurts, not to us but to others who keep on pretending they are some one else than what they actually are.

    who is perfect? who has been perfect till now? we are slaves of our inhibitions our fears and our secrets which we do not want any one to know, as we have to show our best face to others.

    old philosophy of life has to go, unless we accept us as we are now, now denying our past, we are good human , because we are coureageous to work for our future from now, from this present to what we want to be , what we will love to do as human.

    people who dig graves are grave diggers with no future as they know they have to dig their grave soon goo, no one else will help , except the nature and natural scavangers.

    its takes courage to accept the past, keep it off yr back n bury it, as future is more important. then we all live once only right? so lets do whats is right now n for future.


    June 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. ch

    According to today's Gallup tracking poll, Obama got a "bounce" from appearing with Hillary on Friday.

    McCain and Obama were tied before Friday but Obama gained 4 points after the event with Hillary.

    Hope Obama and his supporters are grateful.

    And if she is not selected as his VP, he will lose those 4 points and many more.

    June 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. puff

    Michelle, do you think we really care about you? Remember that we are a MEAN country in 2008. We wish you would just go back to Chicago and take the clown with you. You will never live in the white house for sure. You are not qualified. You see, American has your thesis and know what a MEAN person you are!!

    June 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Michelle

    Love ya Michelle!

    Ang-join us in the 21st century.

    June 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. fight the liberal media!

    another obama lynching not recognized by the liberal media
    MCCAIN UP BY 10!!!!!

    McCain 53, Obama 43, Barr (L) 1 McCain +10.0

    June 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Formally Women in California for Obama-Now I Am Just Looking On:

    Well at least she isn't kissing up to Hillary. I am becoming more and more disgusted everyday with the Obama's. While I am all for unity in the party-it does not mean you have to go back on all your beliefs and principals. The Clinton's are NOT gods, did NOT part the Red Sea and DID NOT sign the Emancipation Proclamation. The Obama's owe them NOTHING. I am so sick of hearing what the Clinton's did for black people. This is NOT entirely true. As a matter of fact G.W. Bush has done far more for us than the Clinton's EVER did. Whatever the Clinton's did they were paid very well in return because most of us were the reason they were elected. Bush, who has placed us in some of the most prestigious positions in the WH administration knew he would not receive enough of the black vote and he still took that chance. While I am not a fan of Bush's at least he didn't expect much in return. So stop with the Clinton's did so much for us. The fact is under Bill's administrtion he let over 1.5mil. Africans be slaughtered (a lot of them were women and innocent children) he didn't deliver any type of humanitarian effort. Why because the Africans could not vote for them and gave no political gain? Obama will be smart if he distances himself from the Clinton's and just continues to run his campaign on his own. instinct and ideas. Yes, I know there are a lot of Clinton supporters who will not vote for him but you would never vote of him anyway so why should he belittle himself to something that never existed anyway. Those true democrats will always be there for the party no matter what the "others" well, let them do whatever they want.

    June 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Jeronimo

    Olivia, If I couldn't spell I'd hate Obama two.

    June 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Sandy

    Does this mean, i can yell discrimmination every time something does not go my way from now on if they win!!LOL!!! Get ready, we can all start yelling this....McCaine will beat the heck out of them unless hillary is VP. America is not ready for a black president, i do not beleive it will happen at all. Where are all these folks coming up with money to give him, when most are supposedly so poor????

    June 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Jamaal Kansas

    I love this women now this is someone that knows how to be a lately Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. georgie

    this from a woman who's husband had to hire a whole team to make her and himself likeable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a bore? Not when you tie in all of the people he's tied with! No mo, you are a bore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A racist bore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Charlene, 67, white, retired, Republican

    I trust Barack and Michelle so much that I am leaping over to the Democratic side without hesitation. Pandering to politics gets people into trouble and there is no going back when politicians stretch the truth for votes. The American people are brilliant and they can spot a phony and liar in a mini-second.

    Michele, be true to yourself ... that is how God made you and he doesn't make junk!

    Barack has my vote

    June 30, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. sarah

    dam right your not interesting unless we wish to hear from a racist egotistical, lying, arrogant, elitist, hypocrit. dont call us we'll call you.

    June 30, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Carolyn

    Cindy McCain looks like a phoney Barbie doll with lot of plastic surgery.

    June 30, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. ch


    June 30, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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