August 25th, 2008
07:54 PM ET
10 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. Sherry, Atlanta



    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 25, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. La Raza

    I love Obama, and I love the U.S., but racism will ruin his run for the POTUS. We ARE in two Americas.

    August 25, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. emsper

    Regardless off the topic, would CNN please show some respect to the spearkers. This "non-interrupted' coverage seems to be all Wolf all-the-time. I'm glad you're on the floor of the convention. Now let me see it for myself.

    August 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Bob from Boston

    Cindy McCain is hardly a "no brains rich brat" stated by reality check.

    Here's a reality check: Michelle Obama is far from first lady material, and Barack is far from worthy of the Oval office. Shame on you liberals for being so naive! It doesn't matter, Obama will NOT get elected President of the United states.

    McCain/Romney 2008!

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

    CNN when are you going to talk something positive to American people, I am a foreigner here but I am surprised to see the negative coverage past two days CNN is hell bent to bring

    August 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. alvin

    When are we going to have a debate between the candidates` spouses?

    Michelle Obama(Havard educated lawyer) will floor Cindy McCain. You all know that.

    August 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. Brian, Quad Cities

    Dang right, Obama is no Reagan. Obama would never send arms to enemies holding American hostages.

    August 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Blaque

    If Michelle is able to sell this empty suit to the American people ..
    May GOD save us from the stupid .. cuz they shall be our downfall
    on the other hand .. the stupid will continue to inhabit this earth long after the intelligent have gone ..

    Mccain 08
    HRC '12

    August 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. w.l. jones

    Just think my mama only been around 'only for six million years' according to the leading scientis. Be what you want to be; this is America.

    August 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. V

    I'm sure her bitter, angry, un-American self will shine always does.

    August 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. Duane

    After all the Democrat advisers get done telling her what to say & not to say we will not know any more about her. Just forget the speech-writers & say what you feel in your heart!

    August 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Honeybee

    I like the reference to Teflon–that would describe his brain as well.

    August 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. linda hawk


    August 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. jeanne moore

    All Michelle Obama has to do is to be Michelle Obama.

    August 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Madeline

    Michelle Obama is far from being strong and independent.
    She speaks not as a woman in her own right, but comes in the name of her husband's political future to speak in her current social and biological function, a "wife and a mother," actually the exact mixture American people want to see in any prospective first lady – a woman who has sacrificed her career for the benefit of her husband ( and who knows how to bake cookies and most of all, to stand behind (not by his side and not ahead of him by all means) her husband forever. Once her husband is elected, she will dedicate herself to working on children's issues, literacy, or something else appropriate for the wife of a president. She will probably do a very good job at redecorating the White House.

    August 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. TA

    If CNN is the only network Broadcasting from the floor of the convention, do they plan to speak over all the speeches as they did during Speaker Pelosi? Not only is it incredibly rude to our Speaker, but to all the viewers who are invested in this election. Respect us!

    August 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Kerry Mogen

    Unfiltered?...uninterrupted?..Why do they have to talk over N. Pelosi. Why can't we listen to what she has to say. Why must they speculate and INTERRUPT her important comments. Please ..STOP TALKING and and LISTEN for once!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. AUC

    God bless you Michelle, your babies and your Boo! I am proud to be a woman! You go Girl!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    August 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Star Hill

    Please delete the commentary during all speaker presentations at the convention–

    August 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. rancocas

    I understand that you guys are all commentators...but I wonder...will you be quiet long enough for us to hear the speakers??? I love cnn but I don't like the way you pick and choose what I will hear. I would really like to see what goes on at a convention. The only impression I get is that there are a whole lot of people wearing ridiculous hats ......shhhhhhhhhhh.

    August 25, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Stuart Lynn

    Tell your news hounds to lay off. Let's have less of Blitzer et al and real coverage of the convention. How rude to pundit on while Nancy Pelosi is speaking.

    This is not a football game where we need play by play coverage and analysis. Let's listen to people who really have something to say.

    August 25, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Tjaye in LA

    I can't believe people consider him distant. Maybe its cultural, because Barack is funny to me and a bit silly. Most other Blacks say the same thing. We can see sitting around the table playing spades, dominoes or chess with him, laughing joking and just being silly and loud.

    I don't get how he is considered distant, but McCain is considered "comfy". I would have to be on my best behaviour with him and Cindy and it's not racial – I come from a mixed background. They are just stuffier.

    August 25, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Dee

    Hey rgeegee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go ahead and vote sound just like Jimmy...STUPID! We don't need that. If Obama didn't want to see Clinton in 2012 then he WOULD HAVE SELECTED HER AS HIS VP!!! If he selected her then she could not run in 2012 because she would be Obama's VP (if elected of course). Have you ever heard of a present VP running against theirself? Get your thinking together and come back in an hour or something.

    August 25, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Myra

    Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos:
    Ahh! Just the title says it all. Why don't you just grow up a bit, will you? This is a lady who knows what she is doing and who she is. Why she graduated from two of the most prestigious schools in this country. One would easily think she could do what needs to be done. I do not think she needs your advice, but thanks anyway. Use it on McCain, okay?

    August 25, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. misanthropicus

    Heavens, this crew hasn't got anything better that Michelle Obama to persuade a nation of 270 millions that we should give her hubby the commander-in-chief job? Obama's a man of accomplishment, we learnt, so Dems could call other people for producing testimonials about his abilities:
    1) Columbia school mates,
    2) Harvard school mates & Harvard Law guys,
    3) people for who he community-activated in Chicago,
    4) clients from his lawyering times,
    5) colleagues from Chicago Law,
    6) colleagues from Illinois legislature,
    7) spiritual advisers like Wright and Phleger,
    8) friends like tony Rezko & Ludacris
    9) honorable folks from Iowa who pushed him through the caucus,
    10) etc., etc.
    ... plenty of edifying character witnesses, and now we end up with Obama's WIFE arguing why should he be US president & commander in chief!
    Methiks that the Dems have screwd up big time again. Terminally. Kaput.

    August 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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