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. Brian

    "That one" for president.

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. south central

    Good for you Michelle!!
    The McCains are soooooooo desperate. They will say and do anytthing.

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Texas for OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHat a lovely women! I cant wait for her to be the next First Lady!! If only whe REP Vice President could sound like her..... THEY might not be in the situation they are in right now!! And Cindy McCain, well, They dont let her talk because she is a mute!! LOL 🙂 Or they both might say something stupid!!

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Don't get involved, Michelle. There are some of us out here who are, and we would prefer that you and Barack stay above this nasty campaign.

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Leslie

    McCain offended me as a human with that comment. He's the true elitetist. How has he suffered, he claims he did as a child and young adult how? He crashed planes as a fighter pilot and was caught because he crashed a plane this man is BUSH the Moron clone!

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. the other jd

    It's nice hearing again from our next first lady!

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. Katrina M. , Dallas, TX

    Go Michelle! Thank you for not getting involved in petty and semi-disguised insults from McCain and speaking the truth! I could care less if McCain and Obama literally threw mud at each other, as long as a plan for action to get the economy back on track is discussed.

    October 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. MM

    Great comment by Mrs. Obama. Look forward to seeing the interview.

    October 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Ex-Republican for Obama

    That's a first lady in action.

    Cindy on the other hand is out there doing nothing but talking smack.

    Stealing a crippled womans husband, stealing drugs for her addiction, abandoning her workers by selling her company, committing adultery and too snobby to shake peoples hands. Cindy sucks as a human, and would be a disgrace to have someone of her moral bankruptcy in the White House as a first lady!

    Vote for the man who has not committed treason as a POW, Vote for Obama!!

    October 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Michelle

    I think Michelle is just being the gracious lady she is
    I think its shameful the way McCain and Palin are inciting hatred and
    racism on the stump

    October 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Debra Comstock

    John McCain is a laughable parody of himself. He said "that one" because he couldn't think of anything else to say. It was like grandpa admonishing a grandchild. He talks such smack behind Obama's back, along with his joined-at-the-hip wife and Failin' Palin, but when he has the opportunity to speak to the man face-to-face, all he can say is "that one", Pitiful.

    October 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. dEMOBRAT

    I never got what the big deal was with the "that one" comment, but I am glad that Mrs. Obama disagrees with her husbands campaign that made a big deal about the comment.

    October 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    such a difference between her and cindy.

    October 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Maddog57-California

    She will make an good First Lady, she is above the fray..

    October 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Hispanic Conservative

    Atleast Mrs Obama has more sense than all you far left winged liberals! Geez, do you really think Americans are THAT stupid? People are really stretching to FIND something when there is nothing to be found! Why don't you focus on what these two guys are saying? Instead of trying to read between the lines and looking for anything racial or whatever? I am a minority myself, and can't stand all this little brain stuff! The media is very ignorant. Thank you Mrs. Obama for rising above it all.

    October 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Gooding


    October 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Mark keeping the faith in AZ

    McCain missed the boat. He should of picked Michelle Obama as his running mate b/c she speaks in clear, concise and easily understood sentences (unlike Palin). GoBama!

    Oh – did you happen to notice that Cindy McCain didn't shake one hand after the debates (not one!)? Maybe she's mad. But they couldn't get the Obamas to stop talking to folks and leave the debate set.

    October 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Mike Dallas

    Not to worry, we are voting for "That One"!

    October 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Pattie from PGH, PA

    Thank you Michelle for staying above the fray and focusing on the real issues at hand. Can't wait to see you standing by Barak as he is sworn into office.

    October 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. FactCheck

    Obama had this all but locked up. Maybe Michelle can offer Cindy some recipes to steal.

    October 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I really like Michelle Obama. Take the high-road, Michelle. Don't belittle yourself by doing what that idiot Cindy McCain is doing.

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Mike

    Obama has done a great job throughout the whole process (even early on in the primaries) of sticking to the issues and not letting people goad him into traditional mud slinging. I think that temperment will help him when it comes to dealing with a contentious House and Senate.

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Ryan Kr

    Way to go smart first lady. We love "that one" he is our president.

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. McCain Supporter

    Brian (6:28)

    Speak for yourself, McCain has lots of supporters, and we will be voting for McCain, NOT "That One."

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Roger Johnson

    Uncontested and unverifiable election speeches do NOT provide a sound base to select who you want to be our president. It is all such nonsense rhetoric. Do not pay too much attention what the candidates SAY they will do for you. TALK IS CHEAP. Instead, LOOK AT THEIR TRACK RECORD. What they have done in THE PAST WILL TELL YOU WHAT THEY WILL DO in the future. If one of the candidates has little or no track record, it means that this person is not ready to be president.

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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