October 8th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
9 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. FL Democrat supporting Obama

    Just another example of how the geriatric senator and his puppet are miscuing the words of the next president of the United States. What a hack job! There should be a law against this type of hypocritical slander. This repubs are flat out lying & looking for anything to stick. But guess what? Folks like me and others have our Teflon coating on to guard against this type BS and whatever else you try to pull over the next few weeks. Be a real man and challenge "That one" on his policies and ideas and maybe the media and other folks will cut you some slack. But as long as you keep up the propaganda campaign "that one" will keep pulling further ahead from you in the polls. Man up and honor your word...oops, I forgot he and the 'Cuda don’t know how to honor their words! ("I will run a clean campaign......" & " I wish fully participate in the ongoing investigation...."

    Guess who's rump you both will be kissing soon.........THAT ONE!

    THAT ONE/Biden '08 & '12

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. MissouriMom

    John McCain looked and acted like that bratty little monster child that, finding he is losing, throws a big tantrum and starts calling names.

    After the debate, he wouldn't even shake hands with Senator Obama - at least Cindy did.

    The rolling stone article really tells the story of this Napoleonic runt of a man, be sure to read it. You'll see that his recent behavior IS truly who he has always been... a sore loser and a petulant brat.

    Michelle, you are a saint to stay above this fray. Both you and your husband are just what this country needs in such troubled times - the decency and calm to really be that steady hand at the tiller.

    I about wet myself when I heard John McCain say he didn't need anyone to teach him about telling the truth - he wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on the....

    Read the RS story: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. American Citizen

    If in fact a track record alone is what is proof of ability, then what say we of our own current state of affairs? Had Columbus "discovered" America before he found it? Had we been to the moon before we went to the moon? We have to know the difference between fear and faith. Senator Obama's track before this campaign was good. After this campaign his track record is great! Let him help us help this country that we all love. Bless you.

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. a southern bell for OBAMA


    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Sally in Corvallis Oregon

    Michelle is incredibly gracious, intelligent, and subtly eloquent; and recognizes the important issues for what they are.
    Gosh darn it Sarah 6-pack... don cha think you could learn somethin' from 'her???

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Alix Hall

    My husband and I both felt the first two debates were moderated in an objective fashion, the hype about the moderator for the VP debate notwithstanding. However, we felt that Tom Brokaw was biased in favor of McCain. In at least one instance we felt Brokaw should have given Obama the opportunity to rebut. We are also very concerned about the "swift-boating" techniques used by the McCain campaign. Our prediction: More registered Republicans will exit the party. There is no question that voters want clear-cut positions/plan specifics..

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Garrison

    Tom Brokaw '08, please. and if not... Obama is great too.

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. P

    Yesterday McCain was speaking and said something about Obama and some guy said that Obama should be shot, and McCain and Palin said nothing to stop that kind of behavior. Also there was a black man working at the Palin rally and some crazy called the black man a boy, for no reason at all. Then last night McCain put down a voter telling him what he did not know and he was black too and he would not say his name. Then finally he called a sitting U.S. Senator not by his name or Senator but that one!

    McCain and Palin are totally unfit to be in office, sticking the people of Alaska with a bill when she stays in her own home is criminal, plus she tells so many lies to the American people openly as if we are all dumb. Telling everyone that she stopped the bridge to no where is a lie too, she was not even sworn into office when that happened. then their is her husband who wanted Alaska along with herself to leave the U.S. Plus the lie about the plane that she said that she sold on EBay, when all she did was out it up for Auction but was sold through a broker, what a total liar she is and so is McCain.

    McCain is a traitor to our great country, making all those videos to save his own life, what a coward he is and was, I guess country did not come first then, he said it himself, he did not love America until he was in that POW camp. As a solider we are trained to escape and to aid other to escape, I guess McCain missed that training, and that part about giving information to the enemy, even if it is false. I am former Army man and an independent voter and I see that there is no honor among McCain and Palin all they know is hate, fear, and racism. When did patriotism come from hate, bile, fear, and racism?

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. apmINokc

    Way to stay above it, Michelle!

    OBAMA '08

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. michel

    I love how positive Michelle is versus how out of touch Cindy is here today. Hhhmmm....very much like the spouses they live with and that influence them!

    Michelle is sounding like a strong first lady leader and sticking to issues and Cindy is touting more manipulation of facts and lies and heading us away from the "issues." MCain, too, voted against ER Troop funding-did it send cold chills down her spine on that day, too? No. Because she's scripting a response for dramatic purposes.

    No drama Obama 08

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Walt October 8th, 2008 6:37 pm ET

    I really admire John McCain's restraint and bearing!

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Do they think Americans don't think?

    Hey LB-NJ and Mark Louisiana, try looking up the word before you throw it around. Just because someone vacations in Hawaii (being raised there, relatives there) doesn't mean they are an Elitist. I have relatives in Spain so if I vacation there I'm an Elitist? Come on get real!

    As Chris Rock said "Vote for the guy with one house"

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. mike s.

    Wonder what her response would be if her response were down in the polls. Let me guess. . .

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. wannabeobamagirl

    Mark LA...please explain your comment. So Michelle Obama acting in a gracious, forgiving, non-confrontational way makes her an "Elitist"??? if that is the definition of an Elitist, then count me in!

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Barbara CA

    Thank you Michelle Obama. You are a breath of fresh air in an otherwise rather foul smelling situation.

    The McCain campaign is running the risk of looking biased and it can't be a strategy that will serve them well in the long run. I know cultural bias when I see it and I think there are many other people in the country who will feel the same way.

    Obama/Biden on the other hand is sharing a positive Vision of economic change for the entire country.
    Go Obama/Biden.

    One man, one vote.

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. McEmtol

    A fine respecful woman.....way to go Michele....we love you

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Fed up in Maryland

    No to MCINSANE
    No to MCMOOSE
    You call Obama an elitist but he connects with millions of people around the world that the MCCains will never do!
    Ciny McCAIN is a drug addict
    John MCCAIN is an idiot
    Sarah Palin is an animal killing, lying, brainless looser.

    No more lies Republicans!

    Go OBAMA – BIDEN '08

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Rudy

    Sent a comment in but it was not displayed. Come on CNN at try and give the impression that you are neutral.

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Michigan Mom

    LB-NJ, how can you call the Obamas elitist because they have one home?

    The McCains have so many homes John loses count! Is it 7, 8, 9, he can't remember! He'll get back to us.....

    And the Palins have a home estimated to be worth between $500,000-1,000,000! How the Palins afford that house on what they claim to make in a year is beyond me!

    This is a typical Republican tactic-throwing trash out there and hoping it sticks!

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. antipholus

    Longtime Democrat voting for McCain signs off with "Country First." Would that be the country of Alaska? Last June, Palin gave a taped speech to the Alaska Independence Party, telling the members to "keep up the good work." Read about Joe Vogler, his history, and his secessionist rantings. McCain might have been "Country First" in Vietnam, but his campaign tactics now amount to political naplam. Is the McCain who takes money from Carl Lindner, Jr., who gives money to a Colombian terrorist group the Country First McCain or the This Is My Last Gasp for Greatness McCain?

    Anyone who voted for Bush the first time can be forgiven. Anyone who voted for Bush the second time should sit this election out as penance.

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Barbara (former Republican)

    Michelle Obama is a woman of wisdom and grace. Together with her Statesman husband, they will restore decency and integrity to the White House. They can help us restore our place of respect in the world community.

    [For those who consider them "elitist": do you mean "elitist" as opposed to "that one" with 7 houses and 13 cars, whose wife wore the $310,000 wardrobe to the Republican convention acceptance speech? Please . . . they are playing you for the fool. Look up "elitist" in the dictionary; there's a picture of John and Cindy.]

    October 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Maurice Sweeting

    Hey John McCain, since you addressed Barack Obama as, "that one". Lets address you as,"the old one", or "that one who can't raise his arms".

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Tom Swift, Shopton USA


    Michelle Obama is a breath of fresh air after listening to Cindy McCain today.

    That One/Joe Biden '08


    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. H

    The Secret Service is now investigating who yelled threats at the Palin event in Florida. They are taking this seriously.

    It appears that McCain's events are becoming places where potentially illegal activity is taking place. How patriotic is this, to allow threats against a U.S. senator to go unchallenged by someone who wants to lead the country? Is this McCain's vision of America?

    McCain needs to be accountable for tacitly allowing this shameful behavior.

    link to secret service article:

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. That One gets my Vote

    Its time for the BS to stop, Elect Obama for 2008. You never know what the next president may bring, but im smart enough and been through enough to know that any other choice is better than McCain.

    Obama/Biden 08

    1/2 Black & 1/2 White President equals One nation together.

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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