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. nelda

    Excellent head on her shoulders along with Christian attiudues. That's the kind of family we need in the White House. Barack and Michelle are a symbol of the American dream,..through hard work and Christian values.

    October 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Danny

    McCain-Palin are now appealing to the "small-minded" folks because if you relly look at this Ayers Terrorist mumbo jumbo, u will see that these folks have sold their souls to the DEVIL. and they want to run this country. If they can behave this way, how do you think they will behave in office???? DO YOU THINK McCAIN and PALIN are people of GOOD Character after all these? LIES LIES LIES , SMEAR and FEAR to the White House as usual....eh!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08'

    October 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Art from Maine

    I think Michelle Is winking at me , no? Well I love her any way

    October 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. O/B for Change

    I think we should own it!

    "I'll TAKE "That One"!

    October 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Norman Hammar

    The best person at the debate last night was Tom Brokaw

    October 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Teddy California

    I think McCain intended to say "that one". It is a kind of disrespect, but nothing racial or terrible. McCain campain knew that the media and possibly Obama campain would seize the word and talk about it. You know what? That means more Americans will know Obama actually sided with Bush and Cheney on this Bill, but McCain was against the bill. Obama should turn around and argue that demonstrate he was actually bi-partisan. He could even work with Bush.

    October 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Kelby from Houston, Texas

    I think she would be interested in knowing how the Obama supporter has taken the the "That One" comment and used it to our advantage.

    I love the THAT ONE '08 slogan and my personal favorite that I have heard today is

    This one is voting for THAT ONE!

    October 8, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Karen, az

    Cindi and Sarah really remind me of the mean girls in high school – remember the girls who thought that, just because they were pretty, they could trash everyone else, but inside they were rotten to the core?

    Michelle really will make us proud as the First Lady (She would probably make a great president, too! – maybe michelle in 2012!)

    October 8, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Snafu

    Cnn is so in bed with the MCcain camp its pathetic. They earlier they had an ad "Obama actions called not presidential" now why would CNN post such garbage when in fact they know that it was a blatant LIE. CNN you are dispicable to say the least. People CNN is complicit in promoting hate.

    October 8, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Michelle Obama is talking about "Country First" and that's restoring our economy. McCain, Palin and Cindy McCain are completely ignoring the economy, it's more important to them to destroy the messenger for their own selfish gains of hate, greed and ultimately division. Cindy and Palin talk about her sons in Iraq but it may be a black man, a hispanic, a christian or a non-christian soldier who may die to save their lives. WHAT MESSAGE ARE THEY SENDING TO OUR TROOPS.

    October 8, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. jane

    She should'nt be worried about the term "that one" she should be helping her husband explain why her husband launched his political career in the home of a know homegrown terrorist. And that He did not know does not work either. He was in this 30's not 8 years old!!!! I still have not heard her explain the remark out of her mouth why she made the statement that this was the first time she was proud of HER country. Lets have a answer about that. Lets also have an answer why shady things are coming up with Acorn, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that have Barrack Obamas name all over it!!!! Also I would like to know from Mr. Obama why not pledging allegance to the flag with your hand over his heart and also why he wont sing the pledge of allegance is good enough for him. IT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE REST OF AMERICANS, WHY NOT HIM? Exactally how are they going to swear him in IF HE WINS since he will not put his hand on the Bible. IT HAS BEEN GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE REST OF THE PRESIDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN SWORN IN! My vote won't put him in thats for sure. And if you think that his Wife won't have a say about his work your crazy. She is not any better in making the statement that she is not proud of her country up until now. Give me a break! If you vote this person in office you will get what is coming to you. It will be a shame that the rest of the Americans have to be subject to it also.

    October 8, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Bob Virginia

    No problem Mc Cain chose Palin the race has been won, the Democrats can coast along now.

    October 8, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Vic

    Here's hoping that Michelle Obama's kindness will rub off on those of her husband's supporters who wouldn't know a kind word if it hit them in the face.

    October 8, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Haas

    While Cindy goes on the attack. Cindy didn't even talk to the audience after the debate. That's what happens when you own so many houses...You STAY out of touch.

    October 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Obama/Biden 08

    Honestly, this was a great response by Michelle. I'm glad she's trying to keep the concentration on the issues, and not pseudo-issues.

    October 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Jack

    Well – THIS DEM will be VOTING for McCain – we can TRUST him-
    and MILLIONS of SMART Americans feel the same way!

    October 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Bob

    The one!

    Joe SIX PACK !

    you Betcha!..

    Wink,Wink,Wink..

    I learned a lot during this debates..... a lot...
    Thanks everybody...thanks....

    October 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Nate

    How telling is it that the article before this is "Cindy McCain goes on the attack" and in this one Michelle Obama is blowing it off and saying to focus on the important stuff. I think that pretty much sums up the whole race so far.

    October 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Concerned Citizen

    Awesome! I'm voting for "That One". And to think, just a few months ago certain commentators called Michelle "angry"!

    October 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Michele Obama will make a great First Lady for this country

    October 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Lynne - Seattle WA

    Thank you Ms. Obama! Thank you for taking the high road! Thank you for focusing your energy on what we the "average" people need right now. Thank you for not stooping to gutter politics on behalf of your husband. Thank you for ignoring inappropriate behavior of John McCain. Thank you for being positive when so many of us are worried. Thank you, for being you!

    You go girl!

    October 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Tracy

    I'm with Michelle on this – its politics and McCain as usual is showing his utter frustration at being behind the eight ball. It's Bob Dole all over again (96' campaign against the young guy). McCain, like Dole, believes that he should be the people's choice (not some young upstart) and that he "deserves" to be President after all he's given to this country. Well McCain, it doesn't work that way – remember you said it earlier – life is not fair so deal with it.

    October 8, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Geeque

    Michelle Obama,

    Undergrad:
    Princeton University

    Law School:
    Harvard

    while Cindy McCain is busy using drugs.

    October 8, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Gary Jaussaud

    Gary's Comment is:

    I think Michelle Obama is more than kind to brush off Sen. Mc Cain's
    comments. I thought he was rude and out of line to say "That One".

    I think is just shows what the country is really looking at in someone
    we would have be President of the United States of America. Wonder
    if Mc Cain behaved that way with another leader of a nation, and Gov.
    Palin, she is another matter altogeather, she is just a back woods
    hick, and she might sell well in Alaska, but it does not on the World
    stage. I say Thank God for Sen. Obama in these tuff times, I feel he will see us thru to a better day.

    October 8, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. nelson mcnarland

    Michelle is so bright and Cindy is fried

    October 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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