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. Carol, Lansing MI

    Wow, even though the "whitey" comment has been proven to be an outright racist lie, the Republicans keep on insisting on stating that Michelle used it.

    The fact is, the some Republicans and McCain through his surrogates have continued to try to use racism by making up false claims of racism by the Obamas. What makes it sickening is that McCain has not denounced these statements publically or asked his followers to stop using them.

    Out of desperation, ignorance and racism some Republicans will keep interjecting race into the run up to the GE.

    This is beyond scraping the bottom, it's taking a shovel and starting to dig.

    June 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |

    Give me a break! I cannot stand 4 years of this woman. The Obamas surely do not worry about what average Americans worry about. Maybe he goes to bed as early as Bush does, but I could care aless about either of them. They do not understand middle America. He still thinks we are bitter and cling to our guns and religion.

    June 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. nothing

    The most stuck up- with no cause to be- political couple to ever disgrace the public stage.

    June 30, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Funny

    Dear B Ugly & Hateful,

    Funny, I was going to say the same thing about the person your mother raised, or did not raise in your case.

    June 30, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Steve

    I think Michelle is the embodiment of the successful modern woman, well educated, well spoken, family oriented, strong and resilient. She is much much more than the sum of a few words taken out of context that so many bigoted americans want to brand her with.
    She is heads above Cindy McCain, a woman of exceptional privilege, far removed for her entire life from the so-called "normal" life most of us experience. She has no "common" credentials with which we can identify with her.
    Personally speaking Michelle represents me, a successful, well-educated white woman, far more that Cindy, who I can't even relate to. I've worked hard for my education and my career, as did Michelle, and was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth like Cindy. I'm sure Cindy is a good, decent woman but she has nothing in common with me.

    June 30, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. DJ, LA, CA

    The GOP realizes (as did the Clintons) that Barack is just too popular and resilient to attack directly. So the GOP attack machine will target Michelle because she seems like an easier target and isn't as popular as Barack.

    June 30, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Didine - Maryland

    I would love to see the Obama family in the White House because they are just regular people. With God grace, Barack will be our next president.

    June 30, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. saga for Obama

    you know as an African American, i am soooooo tired of some of these people calling her a raciest..
    quick question to those presumably white people out there who feel th eneed to use that terminology...
    1)how many of your ancestors were stolen from their homeland?
    2) how many of them died during the 1000 mile march to the west coast of Africa?
    3) how many of them died during the transport?
    4) how many of them were enslaved forced to work 18 hours a day with little break?
    5) how many of them were lynched beaten and raped?
    6) how many of them had to learn to read in secret because it was against the law?
    7) how many of them were dehumanized?
    8) how many of them had to die for the right to vote?
    9) how many of them have been denied a job, loan education food shelter and other human rights?
    10) how many of you have to worry when you see a police officer following you for no reason?
    11) how many of you know someone who was chained up behind a pick up truck and dragged until your body was torn apart?
    12) how many of you are followed when shopping?
    and it goes on...contrary to many, most African Americans i know are not voting for Barack because of his race...but because of his character. i like him and his wife because they both over came the obstacles of being black in America.
    if they were Jewish you people would probably be calling the anti Semites...

    Go Obama's
    and Mi

    June 30, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Stupid Is As Stupid Does

    Only a complete idiot would criticize a bright, successful, woman who is also a very good mother and wife. Leave Michelle alone. You haters are misquoting her and overblowing her statements. You're too stupid to see the real person that she is. Some of you are obviously so hateful, you make the dumbest comments without realizing how dumb the comments are.

    Michelle is a fine woman and will make a wonderful First Lady. Laura Bush wish she had the intelligence and charisma of Michelle. I'm glad Michelle has the courage to tell it like it is! Who can be REALLY proud of a country that has so many dummies posting on CNN's website everyday?

    June 30, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Vig

    These two (and they trash Bill and Hill) will say or do anything to land in the White House – ingraciate, not a problem. Flip-flop to suit the circumstances, not a problem. Resign from church, not a problem. Disown a long time friend and mentor, not a problem. Wear a flag pin, not a problem. Put my hand over my heart during the pledge, not a problem. Love America will all our hearts, not a problem. Go to Iraq (after not being interested for 2 years) not a problem. Take an interest in foreign affairs, not a problem. And yes, Obama is a bore when he isn't scripted or when he's not surrounded by a pep rally and playing the role of cheerleader to himself.

    June 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Joseph IRAQ WAR VET


    June 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    We are hiring her husband....the first lady is a ceremonial title...(as a first man would be for a female president) – as with Hillary....you would not sit in on cabinet meetings...and would perform the role of first lady....ceremonial status....the only way you would get to be a senator from that...would be to move from your home state to NY – who will elect any Democrats..

    June 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. L

    did you think you were being boring sitting in the Trinity Churd for 20 years listening to hatred of white people. Father Pfleger had to do a sermon that appealed to the congregation at the church, and that was to do a racist sermon against Hillary thinking because she's white she's owed etc.., to the sound of cheering from the crowed.

    Its just not what we need right now in the white house. McCain all the way

    June 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Hey "lyncher"... regarding your poll results, you might want to refer to the SOURCE of the poll so we don't have to take your word for it.

    Considering you called the poll's result an Obama "lynching", it's hard not to think you're unbiased, so how about letting us know who did the poll so we can examine individual results?

    June 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Sarah Bonner

    Sorry, my comment was posted under my husband's name "Steve", no he's not the "successful, well-educated white woman", that would be ME!
    The perils of sharing a computer!!

    June 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. ron

    so far we know because she told us that barak loves her and respects her so much that he lets her plunge the- out of the toilet and put out the trash. he is so proud of her that he as had people in to show her how to dress, talk and carry herself. soon she will be as real as he is? look at the bright side for her anniversary he might even get her a new plunger.what the hell was wrong with her in the first place. i thought she was pretty cool. what happens if she don't measure up to your expectations oh. yeah under the bus.

    June 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. RH

    And she's right. She's not.

    June 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Aleida

    I hate this woman.

    June 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Kit

    Dear Ang,

    No, don't go on, because you can't spell– your grammar is horrible.

    June 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. karen-phoenix

    Love you Michelle!!! Real American family!!! Great image for our new young families!!

    June 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Apologize to Hill

    The wife of the thief who cheated, strong-armed and threatened his way to the nomination.

    We do not trust Obama nor his nasty hateful wife.

    Apologize to Hillary for your DISuniting comments.

    We too are thinking whether we should vote for the party nominee.

    So far I am not convinced.

    June 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. DoubleOKool

    all you Obama haters are just upset because history is in the making. The first African American President is gonna turn this country around and his wife is gonna be right by his side making it happen. All you haters need to stick your fingers in your eyes, then up your butts, and finally in your mouth.

    June 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Republican for Obama

    If Will Smith were to play Barak Obama, then based on this pic of Michele Obama, I would have to go with Oprah playing Michele.

    Now wouldn't that be ironic casting?

    On subject: She really isn't that exciting, so she's honest. I'm electing her Husband, and he IS exciting, at least to me.

    Obama '08

    June 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Jim

    Well maybe the "new" Michelle is boring but the old Michelle was an angry hate-filled women. Sad to think that SOME of the people are buying it.

    June 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Bibek ME

    so modest and down to earth... We love you Obamas!

    June 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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