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. Dave. San Diego, CA

    Mark, I would like to revise your statement: "Send the Obama's to the White House and the McSmes back Arizona to live happily ever atfer." i would change ONE word to read "Send the Obama's to the White House and the McSmes back Arizona to live BITTERLY ever after."

    October 8, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. PROUD AMERICAN FOR OBAMA

    Michelle, you pocess the same grace and dignity that your husband does. This country will be very honored to have you as First Lady!

    October 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Ohio

    Michelle = Happy, pleasant, admireable
    Cindy = spoiled, mean, angry

    Which one do you want to a first lady?

    October 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden

    Way to go Michelle take the high road those low life loosers on the Low Road they are on the road to no where about ready to cross the
    bridge to no where /Phaillinbg c an no doubt see the russian guy rearing his head when she gets back to Alaska.
    She has never been to the area to view Russia from Alaska what a liar she is .
    Did anyone see that cartoon of Polin and the Russian leader rearing his head over the horizen? Funny Funny

    October 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. KratosLogos

    I have to respond to the comments left by 'seah' blaming Obama for the current financial crisis.

    The theory is ignorant. I don't say that in a hateful way – the theory completely ignores not just what is behind the crisis, but the very basic nature of the crisis itself.

    We do not have a consumer slowdown. We have soaring unemployment. Inflation. Wage stagnation. Bank failures. Frozen credit markets.

    And by we, I do not mean the US. I mean worldwide. Europe. Russia. Iceland. Pakistan. Asia.

    What we cannot afford to be, in these troubled times, is ignorant. Educate yourself. Know the world around you.

    Or shut up and do as your betters advise.

    October 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. G. Rodriguez

    Character in the dictionary is defined as "moral or ethical quality". Which candidate does this bring to mind?

    October 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. AirDiva for OBAMA

    She personifies a First Lady!!!! Unlike the "plastic one," she will not go for the LOW BLOW!!!!!

    "I can take four more weeks of John McCain’s attacks, but America can’t take four more years of John McCain’s George Bush policies."
    -Barack Obama 08

    October 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. Independent Female Voter

    Cindy MCCain you need to take lessons on virtue, beauty, intelligince, and self respect from Michelle Obama.

    Oh....I forgot she went to Harvard and you went to Rehab.

    October 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Michael Dunn

    Such an incredible difference between the two potential first ladies. Michele is level headed and reasonable, while Cindy, like her husband, is out there spreading lies. I cannot imagine any person, other than Rush Limbaugh, that could possible vote for the McCain/Palin ticket.

    October 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. Marilyn

    Michelle Obama is outstanding! Love her, love her. Look forward to her strong and elegant presence in the White House next year!

    October 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Obama/Michelle Joe /Jill

    Way to go Michelle take the high road those low life loosers on the Low Road they are on the road to no where about ready to cross the
    bridge to no where /Phaillinbg c an no doubt see the russian guy rearing his head when she gets back to Alaska.
    She has never been to the area to view Russia from Alaska what a liar she is .
    Did anyone see that cartoon of Polin and the Russian leader rearing his head over the horizen? Funny Funny

    October 8, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. sandee in Portland

    seah, are you just stupid or what? "Obama helped deflate the country". Where do you live? Obviously, it's not the good ol USA. How anyone could possibly think people have quit spending because a politician told us to is clueless. As a realtor, I consistently told people not to refinance their houses year after year to buy cars, go on vacations, etc. However, the average person would not listen to me because they saw their homes going up in value day by day. I tried to explain to them there was a bubble that was going to burst and burst it did. Now all those people who refinanced time and time again, are stuck with homes that are worth less than they owe. Obama didn't create this economic crisis, people did along with the deregulation of all banking and mortgage industries. It's too bad people that are uneducated are allowed to vote because they vote on emotions not facts about the issues.

    October 8, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Mind Setter

    We've only got a month and off they go back under the rock they crawled out from. Mclimp and his lizards.

    October 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. MV

    it shows the obamas integrity and character. the mccains and the palins should learn the decency and love for the country from the obamas. shame on you John, Cindy and Sara

    October 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. IC2Trees

    I built a new caractor for my sims game; a grumpy agry old fellow that can't make it to the bathroom in time. His name is McSim

    October 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Dave in Indy

    Here you have the next first lady laying it out how Americans really feel, then you have Cindy blasting away on Obama for John because he can't do it himself. Goes to show who gets it and who doesn't.

    October 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Raul & Odalys Florida

    Spoken like a true first lady!!!!
    Go Michelle!!!
    But we all know, if it was Obama saying it the Republicans
    would have come out with a full spread COMMERCIAL with
    the words"that one"!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. justobserve

    McCain and Palin think their condescending attitude is acceptable due to the crowd that Palin attracted. Those crowds are Republican base, and that said something about them, but in the wider world that is the USA, which sent our soldiers to die in other country for the name of freedom and equality, that attitude is a disgrace to our country and make us a laughing stock for the whole world. The sad thing is , as Cindy said, her own son is in Iraq! She used him for political reason, not as a mother when she said Obama voted to cut troops' funding. In fact, Obama voted to INCREASE it. They want to change the world with American ideals but at home, they live a different standard. Shame on Cindy McCain and Palin in using their sons as chips in the game of dirty politics. GAMBLE OUR COUNTRY WITH TWO DIVISIVE, RECKLESS RACISTS IN THE WHITE HOUSE?

    October 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Sue

    People are losing their home's, jobs and can not afford to buy food and committing suicide in losing their homes and I'm going to concern myself because McCain made a comment about that guy or what Michelle has to say. Neither one had a good plan to fix the mess we are in.

    October 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. chicagotrauma

    Obama called him "that guy". So what?

    Does anyone realize that there are voter fraud investigations in 11 states? The FBI raided the Nevada office of ACORN after they found out that someone registered Tony Romo to vote in Vegas.

    CNN makes no mention of this anywhere? Wonder why?
    Your being spoonfed people.....

    October 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. John in WV

    Desparate people do desparate things.

    October 8, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. Johnson in St. Louis

    I really think this can be used as a positive for the Obama campaign and some are making a bigger thing out of it than it is. You want to vote for "THAT ONE"? The best candidate for our country is "THAT ONE"! Heck Sen Obama may even use the line himself in a phrase such as "if you're looking for someone to lead this country right and start well needed change, I'm THAT ONE! I'm part African American myself and I wasn't insulted by the line, in fact I laughed out loud at it.

    October 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. Heather in SoCal

    It's funny to hear all these McSame supporters characterizing Obama as an "elitist". Obama's not the one with 7 houses and God-knows how many cars, not to mention an heiress wife (who's #2, he left #1 for her). In these posts, "elitist" comes across as code for "uppity black man", which is pathetic and hateful.

    The presidency is NOT McSame's birthright, and he has to come to terms with that.

    Obama 08

    October 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. DeVone

    my hope is when this election is over John McCain is over
    if i was republican i would not vote for himhe and his runnin mate is racist and it shows every time thay say something and it has gotten to be down right distastfull this country the world is in a upraw and
    McCain or Palin donot have an answer for anything
    8 is enough and for thouse who are undesided there is onl one CLEAR choice so go vote

    October 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Dan, TX

    Saying "that one" was not offensive. But when McCain said he'd order everyone's mortgage bought. Someone paid $300,000 for their mortgage, the house is now worth $200,000, so you use my taxes to pay $100,000 of their mortgage for them?

    McCain – THAT is offensive. Who'd have thought Bush started us down the road to socialism and McCain wants to move on to communism.

    Vote Obama so the republicans can go back to the drawing board and remember what the party is supposed to be about. McCain is way left of Obama.

    October 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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