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. Kimberly in AZ

    The mccains could take a lesson from the Obamas. Michelle ROCKS. Shes got what it takes to bring the country together, and as far as I am concerned the racist uneducated fools that STILL call Obama an elitist, well, they dont have to like it. WE DONT CARE. The days of hate and ignorance in the white house ARE OVER! I cant WAIT to help turn AZ blue. Mccain is NOT really liked here. ESPECIALLY in Sedona where house numer 4 is.

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Uncle Fester

    Walt October 8th, 2008 6:37 pm ET

    I really admire John McCain's restraint and bearing!

    Really? Do mean when he looks like he is going to pop a vein? OR maybe it was the time he was wandering around on stage and had to have someone lead him off.?

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. s

    Mrs. Obama offers words of reconciliation while Mrs. McCain goes on the attack. Nice contrast.

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. McShame

    McCain is not an elitist. He is an ill-mannered, capricious gigolo.

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    That One's wife is very gracious.

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Marion S. McIntosh

    Michelle Obama for President 2020

    October 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Sarah Palin is Obama's best friend.

    Drug addict cindy will she ever learn?
    she appears desperate and i'm sure she'll turn people off!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. Roger Johnson

    This woman calling the shots just gives me chills. Obama already said more than once that she advises and counsels him. That is why he did not pick Hillary knowing full well that with her on the ticket (18 million votes were a sure thing) the presidency was a sure thing. Do you know what thinks? Who she is proud of?

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. elvera

    What a wonderful, intelligent, genuine, and kind Lady Michelle Obama is!
    Cindy McCain looks and sounds even more disgusting in comparison with Michelle. Cindy McCain is a pathetic liar, a drug thief, a surgically-improved fake.

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Patriot

    Michelle, you will be an honorable and admirable First Lady. Cindy, Sarah, and John: You have proven in this campaign that you have no honor or admirable qualities to speak of. History will not be kind to you....

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Report Card

    It is so obvious that this election has come down to race!

    Obama receives an "F," why doesn't he refer to himself as bi-racial versus African American?

    MOST of his supporters do NOT understand the issues, they simply want a black in the White House, why are they always using terms such as "bro-man" and "my main bro," give me a break.

    Answer = Welfare (aka handouts)

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Matthew

    That woman makes me SICK!

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. ATL Stompin!

    Thanks First Lady Obama for not being suckered in by the pundits and always taking the high road, unlike "that one!" (Cindy Faker McBush).

    I'll greet you at the White House on 1/20/09!

    BO/JB '08

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Lyd

    why is everybody calling this a race issue, If I recall Obamas grandparents are white, it's not about race, stop the madness!!

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Donna

    "That One" is getting my vote! Obama/Biden 08!

    October 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Carol

    Michelle took the high-road and that is what America wants and needs for leadership here and abroad.!
    I congratulate Ms. Michelle as FIRST LADY.
    Carol Weyle
    Lakewood Co

    October 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. mary mt

    Feminine and graceful, she is very adorable.

    October 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. NOSS

    GOOD FOR HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    October 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and Michelle Obama is right.... what a difference between the cool and clam Michelle and the nasty beer queen who doesn't even seem to own a comb!

    Still from GOP nothing but whining and complaining and LIES LIES LIES....

    October 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. Brian

    Is it me, are is Chicago getting smeared too during this election? "Chicago-style corruption" and that sort of stuff. What's so bad about Chicago?

    October 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Francheska

    Very well said. Unlike Cindy McCain who feels she has to attack Obama, Mrs Obama just keeps on smiling and talking about the issues. 😉

    October 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Sarah Palin is Obama's best friend.

    Rob from chicago, you are obviously derganged. How is Obama supposed to stop all these murder in Chicago?
    Obama is not God!!! Go suck a lemon

    October 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Attitude Dude

    No matter who wins......We will ALL hate him and blame him for all the problems with America by the middle to end of his term, period!

    October 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Biff


    Wonderfully diplomatic answer. If only Cindy could be so gracious.

    October 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. jelow

    Michele Obama–like Barack–know how to be coo and respectful.

    They can disagree w/o being disagreeable.

    Cindy McCain, on the other hand–now has a speaking role in McCain's increasingly negative campaign against Obama. Their crowds are growing evermore angry.

    So far we have heard McCain supporters yell "Kill him!" and "Off with his head!" in reference to Obama.

    The McCain campaign should publicly appeal to their supporters that this is entirely unacceptable.

    It's the right thing to do.

    October 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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