August 4th, 2008
12:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama camp launches military families working group

Michelle Obama will meet with military spouses Wednesday.
Michelle Obama will meet with military spouses Wednesday.

(CNN) - Days after a television spot from John McCain’s campaign suggested Barack Obama did not hold enough respect for members of the military, the presumptive Democratic nominee’s campaign announced Monday that Michelle Obama will host a roundtable discussion with military spouses highlighting the launch of a military families advisory group.

Michelle Obama will meet with military families in Norfolk, Virginia Wednesday, an event designed to spotlight "Blue Star Families for Obama," which the campaign describes as "a national military families council" that will provide policy input and coordinate with the campaign on events featuring military families.

Michelle Obama held similar discussions with military spouses last May in Kentucky and North Carolina. Last month, the McCain campaign released an ad that suggested the Illinois senator had skipped a visit to wounded service members on his overseas trip because he could not bring members of the media with him. Obama’s campaign has denied the account.

Earlier: Campaigns spar over canceled troop visit

soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. scott

    More smoke and mirrors! I'm sure that will be a handpicked group of anti war families. Obama has lost on every issue and is now only reacting and following John McCains lead. The empty suit has been exposed.

    August 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Faux News

    I think its humorous to see Republicans attack Michelle Obama. They have no resolution to the problems they created, but have all the time in the world to rip Michelle. It's obivous the people criterizing her thesis never actually read the thesis themselves. It had nothing to do with racism !!!! Well, I'm proud of America for the first time in my life as well. Its about time people open their eyes to new opinions and a different perpective.

    August 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Eric in Ca

    There goes the bigots and divisive folks...You CNN posters are small minded...this county will never live up to it's potential when you have people who leave the worst comments imaginable... Then you ask yourselves.."Why", "Why this? or Why that"?... when you degrade one group or ideology...(African Americans, Latinos, Gays, Blue-Collar, Vets, or any other) you degrade all!
    Obama has my vote!

    August 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Bill from ALabama

    Ref : Bill says he's not a racist. ...I just love the titles you give to articles on people against "the Golden Boy". Implying he had to clarify that.............Is there no depths that you will not stoop to to help Obama? If anyone should have to explain to anybody about not being a racist, it should be Obama! He is the one with all of the Anti-white racist friends.........for 20 years,they were friends.........! Now you tell me who needs to clarify that remark to the American people. Give it up,guys,you can't make a "silk purse" out of a "sows ear".

    August 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Martha, Washington State

    Senator Obama continues to reach across the divides... worldwide... while McSenile looks for fault with the Obama camp -even if they have to make it up!!!

    August 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Jeff

    "the McCain campaign released an ad that suggested the Illinois senator had skipped a visit to wounded service members on his overseas trip because he could not bring members of the media with him. Obama’s campaign has denied the account."

    Please, have some standards. McCain's ad didn't suggest, it spoke as fact. Obama's camp HAS denied the account, so HAS anybody who has looked at the facts. What's your problem?

    August 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Amy Q

    See this is the difference between Obama and McCain – McCain's all talk and whining while Obama actually DOES SOMETHING! What a concept – a politician who listens to what people are saying and actually listens and follows through.

    McCain = 4 more years of Bush. We can't afford that!!!

    August 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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