October 8th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
6 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. Anne

    Maybe McCain said "that One," because as always, McCain could not bring himself to look at Obama. So McCain just points in Obama's direction and says "that One." McCain's Campaign tried to call Obama an "elitist"(?) Sounds to me like McCain is acting just like an elitist. No, that's not the word I wanted. McCain belittled Obama. He looks at Obama with disdain. Why do Cindy and John McCain hate the Obamas so?

    October 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. IMPORTANT

    The GOP nightmare is over. Michelle, you will be part of the new American Dream. God bless you!

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Sally

    It is refreshing to hear something being said that is not filled with vial hate. Mrs. Obama will make a fine first lady and one we can be proud of.

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. mark

    Michelle is a great lady and makes the vicious attacks of Cindy McCain today look small and ugly by contrast...bravo!

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. bob

    McCain really failed last night

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. tesy

    Excellent Answer Mrs Michelle Obama.

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. gracious

    well said.

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Carrie Pa

    Michelle will make a great First Lady!

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

    Go Michelle Go!!!

    Obama all the way!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. idiots for McPalin

    Michelle- it really offended me though! How race-baiting it sounded. Most people I know found it offensive.

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. inuk of the north

    Scared? She says Americans are scared?

    Yeah, we're scared alright.

    We are scared because we didn't want the biggest $ giveaway in the history of planet earth to Wall Street and Dems and Reps, Obama and McCain voted for it.

    They said it was too complex to explain to us. They said it would save the economy.

    All it's done is take $10,000 from the average family and cause a humungous line-up of corporate beggars at the public trough.

    Stocks are sinking, unemployment is up, homes are still being foreclosed.

    We will remember ALL OF YOU on election day.

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. jason p. in ohio

    In Florida on Monday, Palin's remarks about Obama and Ayers elicited booing from supporters. One person at a rally shouted "Kill him!"

    is this the America that McCain and Palin want for us?
    a return to the dark ages?

    how do they expect to unify us in trobled times with this kind of hate speech?

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Cathy from Colorado

    Well stated Mrs. Obama, my vote is for your husband and what he stands for.

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Mountain Man

    Hey Justin. If you think CNN stinks so much, why are you not over on FOX instead of hanging here? Are you a bully or something? Easy to sit behind a computer and sling crap, but, do you have any friends to talk to about your problem? There is help out there for people who sling while hiding behind a computer.

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. The Watcher

    Do you really think McCain wants to win? Nah. It's just smoke and mirrors. Obama is the designated hitter this time on the American public. McCain is doing everything he can to lose.

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. TenACity -- Solvang, CA

    Michelle - you and your family belong in the Whitehouse. You are all wonderful people and make me proud to be an American! THANK YOU!

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Independent Elitist

    Marq: I agree with your comments, but I'd like to add, what's wrong with elitism? Tell me what percentage of the US GDP is produced in small towns. A fair sight less than in the "elite" big cities. What percentage of innovative new businesses are started by "Joe-Six-Pack" entrepreneurs with low skills and no college education? Obviously some, but certainly not most. It is the "elitists" of this country who move us forward and make us a great nation.

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. george

    She's super smart, beautiful looking and knows how to keep Barack grounded and focused. No wonder he married her.

    She's going to make a great First Lady. Our country will be proud.

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. ha

    what a contrast we have in the two potential first ladies. one is intelligent, highly educated, articulate, naturally stunning, and beautifully gracious. the other one bedecks herself in $300,000 worth of baubles and still manages to spew vile hypocritical comments during an economic crisis that her husband has no grasp of.

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Deb in Vegas

    Blinders...both sides. Only seeing what you want to see; hearing what you want to hear; believing what you want to believe.

    Both sides do, say, and act the same way. However, when it's the side you support, it's okay. When it's not, it's trash talking, lies, etc.

    Both sides–spouses included–doing and saying what needs to be done and said to get elected. Wait and see what happens on January 21st. All the promises out the window.

    October 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. mikeyg

    These comments are so one sided i had to write in to see if this was a fix.

    October 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Attack?

    CNN-
    You call the comments by Mrs. McCain "attacks?" Come on. The kindergarten playground is tougher than that. The contrast in tone in this piece on Mrs. Obama says it all. You guys are in the tank for BHO.

    October 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. mike

    The Obamas show true christian values through their actions, not words like some on the far right do. Some on the far right go into church on sundays, and 6 days a week spend it on hatred and judging and condemning others that don't think like them. The opposite of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    Obama,

    One Car
    One House
    One Spouse
    and one loving family

    Who is the elitist? who is the christian? who is in touch?

    I'm honest enough with myself to vote for 'that one'.

    October 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Amos & Andy

    Don't she know dis boy can't win. Ain't she never done heard of da Bradley effect.

    October 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Greg in NC

    I think he should have said "THIS one" instead.

    October 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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