July 8th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama family talks campaign life

The Obama family spent The Fourth of July in Montana.
The Obama family spent The Fourth of July in Montana.

(CNN) - Whether or not their dad becomes the next president of the United States, the Obama kids are already winners - of a dog, that is.

In an interview with the entire Obama family to air later Tuesday, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, told Access Hollywood their famous mom and dad promised to buy a dog after the rigorous campaign season comes to an end.

Watch: Obama family celebrates The Fourth

"Win or lose, win or lose," the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said.

In the interview, Malia also said she often gives her dad campaign tips on how to reach out to young people her age.

"You really don't shake kids’ hands that much, you shake adult hands," she said. “And I say you just wave and say hi, so I do that kind of stuff."

What's it like to have parents in the spotlight? Malia said now she reads about her mom in People Magazine.

"They always have those sections with you know, how much people's dresses cost, and so I saw that magazine, and I said, 'Oh mommy you're in this!' I've never seen mommy in that. Because I usually see people like Angelina Jolie –”

"You know, important people," mom Michelle quipped.

"Yes, real important people, no offense," Malia said.


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soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. Anthony, Dallas, Tx

    Family man indeed. For the people who have a problem with this, ask yourself why McCain left his first wife in her time of need.

    July 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Andy J, NY

    The medias love affair with Obama is pretty disgusting, and anything but professional.

    We get it. He's a father, he's a human, you love him, thats great. Why don't you point out the fact that this guy is a socialist who wants to tax and spend, which isn't surprising at all, seeing how he toes the tax and spend liberal party line.

    What a phony.

    July 8, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. joe in VA

    yep, more "cult of personality" politics. BHO belongs in the tabloids, not in the white house.

    July 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. TSAH

    ERIC-PA – YOU MUST BE "WHITE" AND GREEDY – NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE – MOST LIKELY DON'T GO TO CHURCH AND THRIVE ON HEARING THE SAME "NEGATIVES" OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO SATISFY YOUR URGES.

    GET OVER IT – WE HEARD ENOUGH ABOUT REV. WRIGHT AND IT'S OLD NEWS – ALONG WITH YOUR OTHER QUERIES.

    WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS THAT ANYONE – WHO ATTENDED REV. WRIGHT'S CHURCH AND HAD "PROBLEMS" IN THEIR EARLY LIFE COULD "NEVER" GROW UP TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES???????

    IF YOU HAVE NEVER SINNED THEN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CAST THE FIRST STONE!!!

    July 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Anne

    If any of the animal rights loonies get their way with BSL and their S/N BS he wont be able to have a dog for his kids. He needs to look into ways to work with animal welfare and responsible breeders when making laws ot animal rights loonies who are domestic terrorists.

    July 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Mark from El Paso

    ADOPT a dog, don't buy one. There are thousands of great dogs at Human Societies.

    July 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Anonymous

    How about ADOPTING a dog?

    July 8, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. think people

    Too cute. It'll be nice to have some young kids in the White House. Of course, we could have that with McCain too–grandkids! : D (No disrespect intended)

    July 8, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. rachel

    Yeah the kids are cute, get them the dog, hope they are treated better than chelesa was at 13. Theirdaddy still hasn't convienced me to vote for him.

    July 8, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. muffy

    The whole family is just so adorable and charming. I can't wait to see what kind of dog they get, they deserve it.

    Love to hear heartwarming stories like theirs, there is enough doom and gloom an article like this makes me happy.

    Barack for President

    July 8, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Heidi

    OUR FUTURE FIRST FAMILY. "BEAUTIFUL"

    July 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. wondering

    cute as his kids are, how cute are those who were not given the chance to be born because of his legislature ?

    July 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Suz Michigan

    If O wins ( and I hope not) that will make 2 "dogs" in the White House.

    July 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Ron

    Eric- PA – Lighten Up!!! It is a fun story about a man, his children and a dog. Try not to spoil it with your bitter comments and cheap excuses to take a pot shot and someone who is trying to untangle issues you can't even comprehend.

    As for dog stories, everyone should be familiar with Nixon and Checkers. This became one of the the most important dog stories in presidential history. Then there was LBJ and the photograph of him picking up his beagles by their ears. The first Bush administration not only had a dog but she wrote a book about living in the White House. Clinton followed him with Buddy, another White House pet that was often photographed but thankfully declined interviews and book signings. Looks like we'll have a new puppy in the White House if Senator Obama is elected and there are two little girls that are probably a lot more excited about the puppy than moving into a big old museum.

    July 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Debby, NJ

    WHAT A WONDERFUL HEADLINE...THESE KIDS ARE GREAT...SO WELL DISCIPLINED.
    WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE MCSHAME'S FAMILY...YOU KNOW THE KIDS THAT HATE HIM ?

    July 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    I don't understand why people always complain and say "why is this news?" The campaign is serious and is always filled with serious news. What is wrong with trying to get to know these candidates on a personal level?

    If you don't like it, you don't have to read it!! Just quit wasting time for the rest of us with your whining!

    July 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Malia and Sasha are beautiful children.
    It is going to be so exciting watching them
    grow up in the White House!

    July 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Bill From Florida

    So I guess his daughter will be giving advise when and if he becomes
    President. It's very comforting to know this.

    July 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    PRIME MINISTER MALAKI OF IRAQ AGREES ON OBAMA'S TIMELINES TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ. THIS IS A TRUE SLAP IN THE FACE FOR JOHN MCCAIN WHO HAS AND WILL ALWAYS AGREE WITH BUSH. LET'S SEE HOW MCCAIN WILL TRY TO FLIP FLOP ON THIS ONE. OBAMA IS THE BEST.

    July 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Typical White Person

    CNN – why aren't you covering the story of how Obama plans to fill the stadium???

    If you make a donation of $5 or more between now and midnight on July 31st, you could be one of 10 supporters chosen to fly to Denver and spend two days and nights at the convention, meet Barack backstage, and watch his acceptance speech in person. Each of the 10 supporters who are selected will be able to bring one guest to join them.

    July 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. JIM

    Whether you suppport him or not, I think anytime a father is taking care of his responsibility to his kids no matter the color of his screen, he should be recognized for it. I want the media to highlight ordinary dads that are taking care of their responsibilities more often and not just doing father's day.

    July 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. android

    Yahoo has an article today that says "Pet owners prefer McCain over Obama" – coincidence?

    July 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Bethany Joy

    Eric-PA said:

    "What we should be evaluating is some of the racially sensitive material he mentions in his memoir including the use of the phrase 'white greed.' Additionally, his memoir talks about his days of heavy drug use and reveals that he was in fact aware of Wright's sermons. This information is very troubling and it should be revealed to the American people."

    I guess you are worried about some of what you read in 'Dreams of My Father'. I think you are missing the picture on some of it, but you are certianly entitled to take a candidates history into account when you consider your vote. But in what way should 'this information be revealed to the American people'? They can read too, right? Or are you the only one capable of picking up a book that is in every library and bookstore in the country and 'critically' analyzing the contents?

    July 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. NO OBAMA CRY BABY OBAMA

    i THINK THE OBAMA GIRLS ARE ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE AND IF I WAS VOTING FOR CHILDREN THEY WOULD HAVE MY VOTE IN A SECOND. AS CUTE AS THEY ARE DOES NOT MAKE THEIR FATHER QUALIFIED TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THIS IS MAKING NEWS. I ONLY HOPE HE DOESN'T FLIP FLOP ON THE DOG LIKE HE DOES ON US POLICIES. I PERSONALLY DON'T THINK THE CHILDREN SHOULD READ SOME OF THESE MAGAZINES BECAUSE THEY SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO NEGATIVE ARTICLES. ALL CHILDREN SHOULD ONLY HEAR GOOD ABOUT THEIR PARENTS AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THEY ARE GOOD PARENTS. THE FACT IS OBAMA HAS ZERO EXPERIENCE TO BE COMMANDER AND CHIEF. I HOPE HE ISN'T SUCH A CRY BABY IN FRONT OF THOSE CHILDREN
    DEMOCRATS FOR McCAIN 2008

    July 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Thomas

    Can we name the dog Checkers?

    An awesome family like this deserves an awesome dog. :)

    July 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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