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. Sandy

    THAT ONE IS THE ONE...ENOUGH SAID. OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. Will

    She'll make a great FIrst Lady, donthca think?

    October 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Jerry

    You people in the media are always looking for ways to make something out of nothing!

    October 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. jizzo

    All Limbaugh does on a daily basis is try to brain wash people and bad mouth Obama as if he has the answer for everything, I used to listen to Limbaugh but have come to realize how pathetic he is and sounds, I pray that the American people are smarter than that, so this is what I suggest for Limbaugh when Obama becomes President I know that you will be in much pain so just go to you bathroom medicine cabinet and swallow a whole bottle of your numerous pain pills and never be heard from again you hater/divider, mega dittos that A$$$$$$.

    October 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Puff

    Well, she offends me...

    October 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. MK for McCain

    A lot of you are drinking your Kool Aid! Since when is looking into someone's background for integrity "mudslinging"? Take a little time and research Tony Rezko and see all the $ connections with Mr. Obama. Also, I have to laugh when Sen. Obama tells us that William Ayers bombings happened when he was 8 years old. That is true BUT he wasn't 8 years old when Bill Ayers hired him to be the chairman of the board for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. In his Chairman role Mr. Obama directed CAC funds to groups like ACORN and the Developing Communities Project supporting radical views and politicizing of students. Wake up America, your background DOES count!

    October 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. alpha_nu_916

    Rob, Franfort, IL October 8th, 2008 6:50 pm ET

    > Body count. In the last six months 292 killed
    > (murdered) in Chicago , 221 killed in Iraq .

    221 us soldiers lost their lives in the last six months in iraq.
    2215 iraqi civilians have were killed in iraq in the last six months.
    remember rob from franfort, illinois, that iraqis factor in this equation as well. you make it sound like iraq is a land of milk n' cookies. if chicago doesn't suit you, move to mosul.

    October 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Nickluas

    Since Sen. Obama began running for the President . Racism is alive and will. When we say most whites are prejudice against black people, We are playing the race card. We have been saying alone inside and outside of the workplace Whites are prejudice.

    October 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Walt D

    Michelle takes the high ground while McCain and Palin continue to take the low ground of slime and sleaze. While McCain and Palin claim to be churchgoers, Michelle demonstrates the connection between faith and life by honoring the 8th commandment relative to bearing false witness and telling lies and smears.

    Michelle will make a great "Frist Lady" in the White House whom all families in America can respect as well as families throughout the world.

    Needless to say, Michelle is far more substantive and quite a contrast to the millionairess Cindy who behaves and looks like a "Barbie Doll" or mannequin.

    October 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. John M.

    John McCain was rude and condescending in his behavior at last nights debate. His behavior is much like many Republicans that have run our economy into the ground. They always are looking down, condescending such as with "trickle down economics".

    I applaud Mrs. Obama for taking the high ground.

    Senator Obama is the "One" we need to lead our country as President.

    Thank you.

    October 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. alpha_nu_916

    Rob, Franfort, IL October 8th, 2008 6:50 pm ET

    > Body count. In the last six months 292 killed
    > (murdered) in Chicago , 221 killed in Iraq .

    221 us soldiers lost their lives in the last six months in iraq.
    2215 iraqi civilians were killed in iraq in the last six months.
    remember rob from franfort, illinois, that iraqis factor in this equation as well. you make it sound like iraq is a land of milk n' cookies. if chicago doesn't suit you, move to mosul.

    October 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. April Garlow

    It is laughable how anyone that SPEAKS THE TRUTH about Obama, is attacking him. The rest of us just want people to tell the truth, but not the Obama campaign.Everyone must buy into the Messiah's lies, IT'S THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHS ALL OVER AGAIN. We see him naked and we will continue to tell others.Spin, spin, spin, you still won't win, Poll, Poll Poll, Obama's got no soul.Cheat, cheat,cheat, you'll feel the heat, Lie,lie,lie your dreams gone– bye bye.No Obama, no DNC, no Biden, smib.

    October 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Tunstall

    You go "girl"

    October 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Washington Voter

    For those that are thinking of voting for McShame. You need to read the Preamble to the Constitution:

    “ We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. "

    notice the part that states "promote the general Welfare". Are you stating that our founding fathers are socialists?

    October 8, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Hail To the Chief's Wife

    I love it, Cindy Lou will have a cow on Inauguration Day. I wonder if the McCains are patriotic enough to accept an invitation from the Obamas to join them. Probably not.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 8, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. lil

    The maccain campaign and cindy is trying to swiftboat your husband.

    October 8, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. mel

    We love you Michelle and your beautiful family. It will be an honor to vote for Barack Obama. Thank you for your greatness.

    October 8, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. Nola

    Every one in this country is worried about how the financial status
    has or will affect our household – it during this time that people do not wish to hear whinning about issues that or not on the front our minds- thank you Michelle for rising above the dumbies

    October 8, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Watching It All

    Michelle, I am supporting your husband Barrack Obama and am hoping that you are the next first lady. I think that you a very intelligent woman, great mother and wife.
    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. My State Is Blue! Yours Can Be Too!

    I'm voting for "that one"

    October 8, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Zagazaw

    For those McCain suporters who are calling Obama an Elitists because he own a nice house, I have a reason to believe you are hateful hypocrites.

    You Criticize a man for having one nice house, Yet support one who own nine house and 13 exotic cars. Obama house can fit inside of McCain house anytime. Thats why it only leave me to think one thing about your motive.

    October 8, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Speider

    McCain and Palin's stump in PA today was outrageous. As they spoke I checked every fact I could via the internet. Lie after lie after lie. I guess they think Americans, the "hardest workers in the world," are also the stupidest.

    Shame on any American who follows either candidate blindly. Listen to the issues and check the fact through SEVERAL sources and not just one. Learn what is the truth and what is not.

    McCain made promise after promise today that HE could fix everything. I remember too many politicians who made huge promises and then got into office and said "or, the economy is just too bad for me to give that tax break I spoke about, but I never knew about the budget being so bad."

    Are they the fools for believing us to be so naive, or are we the bigger fools for actually being naive?

    October 8, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. Tom

    And talk about hypocritical! McCain now is using the slogan "Who is the real Obama?" Better would be "Who is the real McCain??" He is trying to sell the American people on his record, yet it seems that everything he stood for and said 8 years ago running against Bush has become null and void now. The Maverick of 2000 thinks he can run on that old label when he clearly turned 180 degrees around and now is the "Bushy" he was so against years ago. McCain's record is simply abysmal and he somehow wants the American people to pretend we don't remember. I think McCain is showing he clearly doesn't remember. Perhaps his age is really having an impact after all.

    October 8, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. rightsaid

    That One-The Other One '08!

    October 8, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. Slomo

    Barack and Michelle Obama sitting in the White House will be the best thing to happen to the Republican Party in several generations. Go Barry Go !

    October 8, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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