August 25th, 2008
07:54 PM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: What Michelle Obama needs to do

Michelle Obama has a tough task ahead of her.
Michelle Obama has a tough task ahead of her.

Michelle Obama is going to attempt to give us a more intimate view of her husband when she addresses the Democratic National Convention tonight.

That's sometimes difficult with political leaders like Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan whose strength is stature not intimacy.

It doesn't keep them from being president. But that stature keeps them emotionally distant from us. Obama has a bit of that emotional teflon that Reagan had too.

Let's see if Michelle Obama can penetrate it tonight.

soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Bob from Boston

    The last thing Michelle has to do is be Michelle Obama. And what's all this talk about beautiful? What's that got to do with being first lady? Are you liberals really that shallow?

    August 25, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Dee

    OH YEAH!!!! I FORGOT TO LET YOU ALL KNOW. REMEMBER...HILLARY DOES NOT HAVE 18 MILLION SUPPORTERS. THAT IS JUST A LITTLE WHITE LIE. RUSH LIMBAUGH PUT "OPERATION CHAOS" INTO PLAY AND HILLARY RACKED-UP ALOT OF REPUBLICAN VOTES WHEN JOHN McMEMORY-LAPSE HAD HIS PARTY'S NOMINATION ALREADY LOCKED UP. THE VOTES WOULD HAVE GONE TO McSAME FROM REPUBLICAN'S WENT TO BITTER AND HELPLESS HILLARY. HOW SOON PEOPLE FORGET. IF SHE HAS 2 MILLION SUPPORTERS THAT WOULD BE ABOUT RIGHT.

    August 25, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. emjc

    Michelle will have a hard time adding to the Obama Theater. She is strong, intelligent but also hateful and scarred by her experiences as a black woman in America. Funny though, she has risen higher than most women in America and yet she claims foul. As a blond, white woman I would call her on every experience she claims prejudice and match it with my own. And I'll bet every other American could do the same. It is how you deal with difficulties that make a great person. She, with all of her privileges, still chooses to prolong the riff of cultures in America. I could not support a person like this. I had hoped for more from her, but now that more is known I could not contribute to making her a first lady.

    August 25, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. wiser

    Michelle Obama can not erase her negative attitude and words towards the USA.

    Americans are not easily fooled; that is why the polls are static. The press and the DNC are trying to shove the Obamas down our collective throats.

    Democrats for McCain!

    August 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. BK

    Michelle Obama reminds me of Leona Hemsley 2 [Queen of Mean] I can remember the first time I saw her. She was saying "If you can't clean up your own house how do you expect to clean up the White House?" She had the most hateful look on her face. I wish they would play the clip again and you could see the real Michelle Obama.

    August 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Go Michelle !! You are going to do great. Millions of people are rooting for you.

    August 25, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. Republican for Obama

    CNN must uphold neutrality during this important campaign. In this regard, John King needs to come back to the middle as he works that impressive touch screen. It can't always be about how Obama is in trouble, yet the polls don't show that.

    Michele Obama should focus on three things to boost Obama, (a)family values (b) returning magnanimity to the Clintons, and (c) the economy.

    How the Bush- McCain economy has led to shipping of jobs such as mine to China, helped predatory lenders mess the mortgage industry, led to unprecedented foreclosures, left millions of us without healthcare.

    It is simplyannoying that McCain is planning hidden tax increases while attacking Obama for trying to raise taxes. What a big hypocricy. Come rain come shine, I'm voting for Obama in Virginia. Another Bush term through McCain is more than enough economic suffocation. McCain's values will not get me back my job or home.

    August 25, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack

    >That's sometimes difficult with political leaders like Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan whose strength is stature not intimacy.>

    Not so fast. Barack Obama grew up down to earth no!
    You can see that Barack Obama is getting more and more at ease with small crowds! He is not a teflon person! A teflon person would not hear what the people are telling him about what they want from him which is to connect with his values as the president for american values!

    August 25, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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