October 8th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
5 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. LB-NJ

    Mr & Mrs OBLAHMA I just read "Obama's Net Worth:$7.1 million" I guess Despite you not being a proud American. America done good for you!!!!!! So much for the common people's candidate. I wouldn't vote for you if you were the last man on Earth.

    October 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. liz, from MO

    That's the the kind of dialogue/discussion we should be expecting from potential first ladies and not the kind of talk we just heard from Cindy McCain of joining the fray and muddying the waters even more. Keep up the decency Michelle

    October 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. AH

    The Obama campaign is worried about the anxiety of americans over the economy while the mccain campaign is worried about... their campaign. Between fear and hope, I will choose hope any day!!

    October 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Tyree in Virginia

    That is why I love Michelle, her intelligence is way beyond that of Cindy McCain. Cindy McCain inherited her beer fortune, Michelle Obama was educated at one of the top colleges in the world.

    October 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. I won't vote for a rockstar

    Absolutely nothing offensive by McCain or his comment, but the media is really looking for anything that can to make poor slowbama the victim, aren't they?

    October 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Leroy

    Does anyone really care what she has to say?

    October 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. ann

    Michelle Obama our new Jackie O.
    Remember to vote for Obama/Biden.

    October 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. canuck

    that one means "that politician". poor choice of words but this is rediculous. but he is the one isn't he. i have the feeling that if he wins any criticism of the one will be deemed racist. it could be a long four years for democracy and free speech.

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Brett Hersom

    Michelle is such a good person as she went out of her way to avoid the McCain's last night, while Senator McCain brought his wife over to shake hands with Senator Obama.

    Look at the facts, since Obama has been Senator and funneled money to Illinois his wife's salary has tripled.

    They do NOTHING for anyone. Only a self serving couple.

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. Brenda

    I honestly believe she is offended, but as the wife of the candidate, her remarks are okay. I do think it was strange that Cindy McCain did not SHAKE hands with Michelle Obama after the town hall meeting. That's perfectly okay as the SMART American people watch all of these subtle things. McCain does things to personally insult Obama, but Obama is above this.

    Isn't it strange that McCain has Sarah Palin doing his dirty work on the campaign trail telling all the LIES about Obama. Her career is over when McCain loses this election.

    As for Pat Buchanan, he will NEVER admit Obama won any thing. He's one of the biggest racist on TV.

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. SP

    MARC--IF YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE NEWS ON CSPAN YOU WOULD HAVE FOUND OUT HOW BARRACK OBAMA GOT THAT 1 HOUSE, IT WAS WITH THE LOW DOWN CREDIT HOME LOANS FROM FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC. PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Tom in MD

    I liked Michelle Obama right from the first time I heard her speaking on CSPAN during the primaries, and she hasn't disappointed me yet! At the very same time that the McCain campaign is using Cindy McCain in a desperate attempt to legitimize their smearing of Obama's character, Michelle is putting issues first and refusing to pounce on a "gaffe" of McCain's that people have, IMO, overreacted to.

    Personally, I felt like McCain was just trying to inject some flair into his rather bland and tired arguments, and not trying to be offensive. I do, however, think the fact that he didn't realize people would take it the wrong way shows his lack of judgment and diplomacy. Sorry Republicans, but McCain is NOT the guy I want talking to our allies OR our enemies.

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. AZ Dem for McCain

    Well well well, look who came out of hiding, I thought we wouldn't see much of her until after the election. Now where is the good Rev Wright?

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. GET A CLUE LIBERALS AND LOOK AT THE FACTS!!

    YIKES!!!! THEY LET THE MEAN SPIRITED ONE OUT AGAIN....GET THE CAGE!! YOU KNOW SHE'LL SAY SOMETHING STUPID AGAIN LIKE "THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE BEEN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN" ALL THE WHILE LIVING HIGH ON THE HOG IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS!!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. NV for Obama/Biden

    Michelle Obama is a truly elegant LADY!

    I am looking forward to her GRACE and ELEGANCE as First Lady!

    Also looking forward to their beautiful little girls bringing once again the laughter and innocence of children back to The White House!

    Sen. Obama/Sen Joe Biden= President Obama/V.P. Biden

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Wrinkly and Winky

    Did you hear McCain today refer to his rally audience as "my fellow prisoners?"

    He must have forgotten to take his memory vitamin supplements!

    October 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Karen

    Michelle is a lovely and gracious woman who will do America proud as first lady. Outside of the convention and 1 interview we have not seen the Obamas beautiful girls. I really can't wait for Nov 5 to hear the last of McCain/Palin and also Cindy McCain. Enough is enough!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Malik

    I hope Cindy Mc and Sarah Pal have learned something from Mechelle and how to behave and use appropriate words!

    October 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. layo24

    Michelle has shown more maturity and grace than Palin could ever muster as Vice President.

    I love that CNN gave us the opportunity to fact check the candidates' jabs of each other, it worth reading. And you will notice that most jabs at Obama from the McCain/Palin campaign are either false or misleading.

    How on earth would anyone look at the Obamas and call them elitiste or hypocrites?

    No reasonable, educated voter wether Republican, Democrat or Independent would buy into the tactics deployed by the McCain campaign even if it wasn't McCain running.

    Can't wait for November

    October 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. MM

    Great ! Gracious ! Fantastic ! Shame on you Cindy McSame.! See the difference. Republicans are dangerous for this country. One thing is sure whether they know how to govern or not but they are hard campaigners and will do what it needs to win. This time we all must stand united and defeact McPalin hands down.

    October 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. jon

    cindy has mirrors all around her and their campaign

    cindy has mirrors all around her and their campaign

    cindy has mirrors all around her and their campaign

    cindy has mirrors all around her and their campaign

    October 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Harry Longbough

    Michelle Obama in Public: "No, I wasn't offended."

    Michelle Obama in Private: "White Devil, White Devil, White Devil!"

    Once a black separatist, always a black separatist!

    October 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Independent in NC

    Still nothing on the ACORN voter fraud investigations today, CNN?

    Is anyone else sick of the phrases "my friends" "suspended my campaign" "four more years of George Bush" or "he doesn't get it"? And can someone explain to me how a person who graduated without honors from Columbia got into Harvard law? Seriously?

    October 8, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Michelle--My First Lady

    Love you girl, from one sister to another. Or should I say First Lady.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. sightunseen

    A comment was made about the Big O talking about how a lot of whites are gripping their guns and their religions(the two have more in common than is immediately apparent) and their bitterness. The Big O has an ear for the spoken word. I know several people who fit into this denouement.
    Obama is going to win., so Jump Back all you bigoted Repukes. Jump Back to your heyday somewhere in the 50's and listen to your Pat Boone till you croak..You are Historeeeeeee

    October 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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