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. P

    Even a Police Chief who was on duty at a McCain rally at the time was spewing hate, he should be fired from his job for enticing hate, it's that a hate crime as well!

    October 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Claudia

    Teachers for Obama!

    Show them, Michelle!

    October 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Nancy, Pittsburgh

    Last night Claire MacCaskill, Dem. Sen from Missouri and an Obama attack dog said that John McCain's cancer was a big problem because he might not last his term. Did anyone get a look at her-here's a fat tub who might die of a stroke or heart attack at any minute talking about someone else's health--should people not vote for her because she's an obese pig?

    October 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. annie - never again a dem.

    Mean michell should be ashamed of her husband for constantly lying to the American public and for not revealing is very shady past!!
    To vote dem is to vote for a depression – to vote obama is to vote for the destruction of our country. obama – the three a's – ayres, alinsky and acorn.

    October 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Laszlo in L.A.

    Wow. Comments from Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain today could not be more night and day. One woman came across as cheap and petty, another intelligent and noble. Whatever supporters McCain still has left should be able to figure this one out.

    October 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Re

    How do you tell the measure of a man? By the way he treats his family. One vow to his wife, one vow to his country. If you don't take your vows seriously, how seriously will you take the oath? Obama/Biden

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

    It's a sad reflection on today's politics when I have to say that I am SURPRISED at how calmly Michelle reacted. I opened this new article thinking I'd read a bunch of nonsense about how hurtful, blah blah blah she thought that comment was– after all, the policitians jump on any opportunity possible to make the opponent look bad. So much so, they end up dimishing their own image when they try to make us believe that an innocuous phrase was meant as a jab by their opponent. Basically, who cares about that comment, "that one." Whatever.

    Good for Michelle! And hooray for common sense (finally).

    October 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Jen in NJ

    McCain might as well have called him 'boy'. The Obama family is obviously ignoring his racial rhetoric and taking the higher road. Thankfully, the next debate is not in KKK territory!

    October 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Jane

    I just got my new t-shirt: Thatone08...I'm predicting he's going to be "that one - that won!"

    October 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Casting my vote for "THAT ONE"

    Mark Louisiana October 8th, 2008 6:42 pm ET

    One word for Sen. & Mrs. Obama: …"Elitist!"


    This is a statement to be expected from someone with a 4th grade education. The only job you can get is teaching 3rd grade.

    October 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. D from NC

    She's so intelligent! What a perfect response.

    October 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Obama for History

    Way to stay above all of the political banter. Go Michelle and Go Obama

    October 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. rowzeer

    Calling O "that one" was totally rude and dismissive....but it has nothing to do with the issues....but then again it WAS McCain who said that when candidates resort to mud-slinging its because the have nothing else to offer....

    McCain should listen to himself once in a while and take his own advice.

    October 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |

    I was offended by this and the lack of a handshake at the end of the debate, among other things McSame did!!! I think he seriously suffers from Napolean complex! Totally sore loser!

    October 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Riaz

    Common... that is just a slip... CNN dont make it a BIG issue... let us focus on issues... what is their solution to fix the debt? They dont have a paln to fix the growing debt... let us focus on this...

    October 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. BUSH

    Mrs McCain you look like a old witch you need to go somewhere and hide. You got money but no looks so you better look out Sarah Palin just might take your husband because she is running around with him. She run around with her husband partner and ended up having a affair. Go on a attack about that mrs mCrinker

    October 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Alice

    Michelle seems like a truly nice lady, just as thoughtful and honest as her husband. They really make a nice couple and that must be hard, to stay grounded given all the politics and airs so many politicians/egos there are.

    October 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Virginian for McCain/Palin

    She responded accordingly and correctly, HOWEVER, he was really saying "that" senator vs "this" senator voting on the bill. He didn't mean anything by it.

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

    Any why do people actuall bring up Rezko....when McCain has an even bigger land deal scandal in his past....see "Sunco" and its ties with McCain.

    October 8, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. annie - never again a dem.

    To Darrell miller – I believe mean michell -who hates this country and all whites gave up her license to practice law as well as her husband did. What I am not for sure of is if they gave them for their own reasons or because they were going to be revoked.

    October 8, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Matt

    Very well put Rob, in Franfort, IL. Of course facts are totally wasted on the Obama sheep. They don't need facts, experience or accomplishments. They have fluffy speeches and a slogan stolen from Bob the Builder.

    I like how Obama stays clean by not voting on anything and then points fingers at McCain and says look at what you voted on. It's like a rookie baseball player bragging to the team captain that he has less strike outs and ignoring the fact that he has been up to bat only a few times.

    October 8, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Sadie, NY

    This woman sat in the Rev. Wright's church for 20 years listening to his calls for the destruction of America. Why?????

    These Obama's are not who they say they are. Watch yourselves if they get in the Oval office.

    October 8, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Jessica, DE

    "October 8th, 2008 6:43 pm ET

    The Obamas are Elitists, Self Deserving, Hypocrites, what do they know about common people, They live in a Mansion(Thanks to Tony Rezco). They got you guys bamboozled!!!!!"

    And McCain has his choice of how many mansions?


    October 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Nickluas

    It appears that the KKK , Palin, Cindy and McCainis are alive and will. Obama Continue to talk about the Economy . The so call Sheriff shall be investigated. The news media should continue to pressure the McCain camp on the racist comments.

    October 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Wayne

    McCain is an old, rich angery old man. Cindy is threatened by his selection of the ice queen Palin.

    We dont need another circus in the whitehouse. We need the steady leadership of Obama.

    CNN is talking about race. The irony is everywhere. If America cannot overcome their racism they will put the ultimate nail in the coffin of the American dream by voting McCain. 8 years can show what the GOP can do when they take over with a surplus. Imagine what will happen if they keep going with this deficit.

    October 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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