October 8th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Michelle Obama not offended by 'that one' comment

 Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

(CNN) - The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told CNN's Larry King Wednesday that she is not offended by a much-publicized comment made towards her husband in Tuesday night's debate.

In the presidential match-up at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Sen. John McCain criticized Obama for supporting the 2007 Bush-Cheney energy bill.

"It was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate, loaded down with goodies, billions for oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney. ... You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one,” he said, gesturing towards Obama. “You know who voted against it? Me."

When asked if McCain’s reference to Obama as "that one" was offensive, Michelle Obama simply said "no," adding that this issue has nothing to do with what's affecting average Americans hurting from the economic downturn.

"I think there are two conversations that have been going on throughout this whole election. There's the conversation that's been happening with the pundits ... and then there's the conversation that's been happening on the ground," she said.

She said that Americans "right now are scared" and "nervous about the economy."

"They don't care about the back and forth between the candidates ... They want real answers about how we're going to fix this economy and get the health care benefits on track so, you know, this is part of politics," she added.

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  1. Brian

    Well, she's tougher than Palin, Fiorina, Cindy McCain and the other whiny McCain surrogates.

    And she's right – not even McCain's veiled displays of arrogance and elitism should deter Obama from talking about the issues. No one cares about McCain – lets just elect Obama, give him his chance to make this a better country and be done with it.

    October 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Devon Spencer

    I thought McCain was extremely rude in the debate

    October 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Unbelievable!

    I'd venture to say that Michelle Obama is a MILLION times more eloquent than McCain's running mate... way to stick to the ISSUES!

    Obama 08

    October 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Thed Weller

    I.agree with Mechelle

    October 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Eilene

    Rock on Michelle! That's what people need to know!

    October 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. david Armendale, SF, CA

    Imagine the hoopla the GOP would have made if Obama had referred to McCain as "that one."
    Meantime, the mainstream media, including CNN, in general is playing along with the GOP to sow doubts about Obama. I hear it all day long.

    OBAMA 08!

    October 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Verouca Salt

    OMG! A candidate's wife who's aware of what's really going on – who'da thunk it?

    Thanks, Michelle, for bringing the media back down to Earth.

    October 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. lyly,MD

    That is what I am talking about, a real first lady! if that was cindy or Palin or McCain they will be weeping about that sentence and would put it on a the add!

    October 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. oklahoma

    I think she could teach Cindy a thing or two about being how a first lady should carry herself.

    October 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    THAT ONE/AND THAT OTHER ONE 2008

    October 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Tucson, AZ

    I absolutely love this woman...beautiful, strong, intelligent, an amazing mother, sister, daughter and wife. Now Michelle Obama is a true role model for ALL women!

    October 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. whats in your wallet?

    more evidence that both Michelle and Barack Obama are above the attacks, lies and smears of the McCain family. Cindy Lou the pill addicted husband stealing heiress and John "USS Forestall" cheating on his wife Keating 5 McCain pail in comparison

    October 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Akinola - Houston

    Good for her, she didnt take the bait!

    October 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Cory Harrison

    The reference "That one" is not offensive at all

    October 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Mimi

    LOVE U MICHELLE. U REALLY SHOW HOW A FIRST LADY SHOULD BEHAVE.

    October 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. redhead from toronto

    Way to go First Lady Michelle Obama – Looking forward to seeing you and Larry tonite. Belaetd Happy 16th Anniversary to you both.

    October 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Julia

    Michelle >> Palin or Cindy

    October 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Obama/Biden 08!

    What a graceous first lady she'll make! Cindy Mccain could learn a thing or two from Michelle!

    October 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. American

    Yes Michelle – we love you! You are an intelligent caring American and you will make a wonderful First Lady.

    October 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. California Gold

    I'm still offended – as a human being I am offended. McCain has never been gracious nor extended common courtesy to Senator Obama. It was one segment of an evening of very unprofessional, negative behavior by Senator McCain.

    October 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Greed is not good

    Not offensive. Just rude and improper English. Speaking to "THAT ONE" in the third person and not even addressing him by name, and pointing at "THAT ONE" is just flat-out rude.

    Didn't McWarmonger's mom teach him not to point at someone and to address people by their name?

    October 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. jimmy from salt lake city, UT

    Way to Go Michelle!

    OBAMA_BIDEN 08 !!!

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Greed is not good

    Just rude and improper English. Speaking to "THAT ONE" in the third person and not even addressing him by name, and pointing at "THAT ONE" is just flat-out rude.

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    She has good reason to be offended by the shamefully contemptuous disrespect McCain has been showing.

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Texas Mom for Obama

    This is what a positive campaign should look like. Not those hate filled rallies that McCain and Palin are giving. They are running the dirtiest campaign in the history of the US. No more McBush and Palin, go back to Alaska!

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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