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. j

    None of my comments are being accepted. I don't know why. It'd really be nice if CNN would explain why they won't accept a comment.

    October 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Lucy

    I applaud her intelligency and her grace to remain above the politics. It will be like Camelot and JFK again when the Whitehouse is filled with a young family and a husband and wife who work hard and focus on what is important to accomplish and don't sweat the small stuff.

    October 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Louise

    She is very gracious. But what is up with John McCain calling his audience prisoners as he did today. Seriously, sounds like he really has lost his bearings.
    Louise Senger

    October 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Independent Voter

    This is the kind of First Lady I want in the White House. Not adding fuel to the fire, but neutralizing the subject. This is Americans at their very best. While Cindy McSane palls around with the same people who dragged her and her family through the mud in 2000. I rather lose with my dignity than to win with no respect!

    October 8, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Susan

    While one candidate's wife is civil and downplaying what appears to many Americans as disdain/racism, the other's is spewing lies and hurtful language in hopes that something...anything might drive Americans to vote for 4 more years of the same.
    What a sad state of affairs!

    October 8, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Meg Madison

    Michelle Obama...the entire Obama family, should be held in the highest esteem by everyone...particularly those of us who have had to struggle to achieve, notg the McCain's of this world who had their families buy their way into everything. They deserve and have earned a great deal more admiration and respect than they are given, particularly from Gov. Palin, the epitomy of white trash!

    October 8, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Lucy in Chicago

    To LB-NJ

    You are a moron and know nothing about housing prices in Chicago. My sister paid 1/2 of a million dollars for what they called a condo – it was a glorified apartment.

    Go Obama – let McCain and Palin do themselve in. McCain is a sad, bitter old man. Sarah Palin is dumb and reckless with her comments. Why is Barack Obama's middle name important? You can't tell me that she didn't tell the police officer in Florida to use it.

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

    Hey Rob in Frankfort. You're not counting any Iraqi dead in Iraq? Those human beings don't count as casualties?

    Sick, twisted statistics.

    October 8, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Johnny

    For everyone that called Obama Elitist, there is only one thing I have to say to you: hahahahahahahahahahaha!

    October 8, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Nikki, NJ

    That's the way to take the high road and not allow additional distractions.

    October 8, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Bellamy

    Michelle Obama is handling this as a 1st lady would. Well done.

    October 8, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Proud to Be an American

    I am another one voting for "that one"

    October 8, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Skip, a black man

    Please all you Obama blind sheep....finish High School before posting..please

    October 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. michael in MO

    Obama and his followers are an absolute disgrace to our democratic way of life. Go overseas, and anyone who you ask will be laughing at us – "Why of such a pool of candidates in the democratic primaries do you pick this Obama character?" they ask. "Where is Senator Clinton? It was a no-brainer, and you smear her?" No question, it's in the bag for Obama because he sells well for the media – always has, and the media market is banking on it. That’s why "he won the debate." Yea right. Those who buy into this circus are being SO played. And that is why those who actually do their research on behalf of our country's future are voting for McCain.

    October 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. therealslimshady

    Sarah Palins new campaign slogan. "Divide America First.

    October 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. GA FOR OBAMA

    WAY TO GO MICHELLE!!! AS WE SIT AN WATCH WHAT McCAIN SAY'S AND HIS RUNNING MATE, WE SEE THAT THEIR TRUE COLOR'S ARE COMING OUT! ALSO THEY CONTINUE TO KEEP TELLING LIE'S. ALSO CAN McCAIN AND PALIN ANSWER A QUESTION? ONCE AGAIN WE ARE WITNESSING THE TRUTH. WHICH OBAMA TELL'S THE TRUTH, AS FOR AS McCAIN LIE AFTER LIE.CONTINUE TO SHINE MR AND MRS. OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08

    October 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Steven

    I really would not want Michelle as the first lady of the U.S; nor have Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers spending week-ends at the white house and attending state dinners.
    I was undecided but after weighing what all the candidates have to offer i can say i am now going to vote for John McCain.

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

    Good job, Michelle!
    You and your husband have shown your far superior character in opting not to take the bait on this one.
    While it is true that Mc's disdain for anyone but his bigoted followers is hideously obvious, and while it is also true that you *should* be offended by his disgusting treatment, you have done the right thing to take the moral high ground on this.
    I cannot wait for Nov 4, 2008 and Jan 20, 2009.
    It's been a long time coming!
    I hope and pray that with your unflinching support, *President* Obama will restore this country to greatness.

    Go Obama/Biden 2008!

    CNN I'm tied of being filtered by you - why don't you try posting my comment for once?!

    October 8, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. barbara

    I think McCain was going to use another word and caught himself. And BTW, McCain is too old to be President. America needs change and someone younger to understand the challenges of average Americans not retired senior citizens with money. McCain is completely out of touch with the average American. Palin – well, golly gee, can America get any dumber?? She's a heartbeat away from the Presidency which would mean that she would be the least qualified President let alone Vice President. Which brings me to my last point; why do Republicans continue to choose people that are just not all there?? Remember Vice President James Danforth "Dan" Quayle??
    McCain and Palin = Dumb and Dumber! That's how I refer to them.

    October 8, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Mike Kaplan

    That was extremely gracious of Michelle.

    And what a nice contrast to Cindy McCain, who is right down in the mud with her husband. And standing there in a pile of mud, throwing mud, she complains about the other side's "dirty" campaign.

    ahhhh, the irony.

    October 8, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. NO McCain, NO Palin, NO CINDY

    It is obvious who should be the next first lady. Michelle Obama is wonderful. Cindy McCain is a disgrace and shameful. But this doesn't surprise me. Cindy dated a married man whose present wife was handicapped! Ciindy is a shameful woman.

    OBAMA '08

    October 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. John

    Michelle Obama is completely right. This parsing every word for damage is silly. Goof that he is McCain meant nothing by pointing at the man who was after all the subject in his sentence. Rude, okay. Meaningful not.

    I will be glad to see you as First Lady, Ms. Obama.

    October 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Skip, a black man

    How can Obama run this country when he only has one house and one car? If you cant make it on your own, how are you going to run or country?

    October 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. AndrewBC

    @Mark keeping the faith in AZ
    @Ex-Republican for Obama

    Mrs. McCain did shake at least one hand, that I saw. That hand being Barack Obama's. (What's more interesting that it was only at the insistence of Mr. McCain, who clearly did not wish to shake Barack Obama's hand, and deflected Obama's offer to do so (You know, sportsmanship...) after the debate towards his wife.)

    It is what it is.

    October 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. John Tjin

    THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO HEAR MICHELLE!!

    THAT IS THE FOCUS AND NOTHING ELSE!

    I NEED TO GET BREAD ON THE TABLE, GET A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS AND SEND MY KIDS TO COLLEGE. PERIOD!!

    October 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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