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. Suzanne

    Calling Obama "That One" in and of itself was not offensive, but the pattern speaks volumes. The contempt McCain has for Obama is so obvious that he can't look him in the eye.

    John McCain has not tried to hide his disdain, and by calling him that, the pattern of hatred continues.

    October 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Jason

    Michelle Obama raised money for radical palestinian groups. Michelle Obama railed against whites at princeton in her thesis. Michelle Obama said this was the first time she was proud of america.

    October 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Bella Nevada

    Michelle Obama is the epitome of grace and intelligence along with Senator Obama . I believe that the two of them represents what America needs Leadership, Acceptance, Thoughtful Action, and the Audacity to Hope and bring Change and fresh perspective to our country. Senator Obama has successfully energized a new generation of young adults who are excited about the change he represets. The new generation of young adults are moving away from the ideas of old .. racism, bigotry and feeling that you can't be Africain Amercian and be president of the USA . We believe in true leadership no matter what color . As Senator Obama stated it We stand in a stronger position to deal with threats if we stand together with our brothers throughout the world. We must lead by example, not by force. Create jobs through innovation and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Rebuild our health care system and schools. Make us once again the envy of the world and share our prosperity, freedom and peace. We must reject hate .We must truly put "Country first". It's not a slogan, it's a way of life. We are Americans above all else. We set for ourselves high goals and high expectations. We expect our leaders to be the BEST of our people.

    YES WE CAN!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Gilbert

    I truly am amazed at this sampling of the American voter!!! Incredible that these two words are being made into a huge mountain. What about the constant putdowns by Democrats in office and the media and its own chosen pundits and talking heads not just recently, but for the past couple of years? Are you folks really this shallow, and do you really examine what is going on? What is this incredible fawning over a woman who looks at people in disdain, has trouble smiling and says "this is the first time I've been proud of my country"!!!!!!!!! Amazing, truly amazing.

    October 8, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. ready for change

    WHAT A LADY!, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 8, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Republicans are HATERS!

    The straight talk express has lost more than "a wheel."

    For every connection the republicans attach Obama to, there are plenty to call out McCain and Palin on. They do not need to be casting any stones. Oh, but can't call out Palin because that is "sexist." That is the real double standard here.

    Obama's are elitists.... Whatever. They are not elitist.... those that call them that just can't stand they are where they are and it frightens and threatens them just how much the Obama's have accomplished! So instead of admitting that, they call them "elitists." Cindy has all of the attributes of an elitist..... if you want to get real about it.

    The McCains do not know anything about the struggle of the average American. The republicans need to find a better reason to dislike and not vote for Obama. Right now all I am reading is a lot of HATING! Palin should feel really cheap right about now, McCain is pimping her!

    October 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Fu Chang

    Had the election held today, it will be a landslide victory for Obama.
    With Toss Ups: Obama 264, McCain 163, Toss Ups 111
    No Toss Ups: Obama 364, McCain 174
    (RCP)

    No hope McSame/Pain

    October 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. aware

    The focus is on Barack! Who is this guy? What has he done? What does he stand for? What will he really do?

    October 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Jason

    Hypocracy, the Obama campaign smeared McCain with this. This non issue they wanted to talk about after the debate. The Obama campaign wants to have everything both ways.

    All McCain said was that senator voted for the bush energy bill and this one didn't vote for it. McCain was making a joke.

    October 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. Jack

    Thank you Mrs. Obama for staying above the fray. This election is about me and you and the rest of the country and not about dumb comments that John McCain, Cindy McCain or any of the Palins throws into the ring. They simply can't help themselves in their final desparate acts to try and take this election away from the people.

    October 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. GA Independent

    Mrs. Obama is right. We need to stick to the issues. However, McCain did come across as rude. We need to focus on getting Obama/Biden elected so we can have real leaders that know how to hold conversations with other fellow Americans.

    October 8, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. annie - never again a dem.

    mean michell can't help how bad she looks but if you ever read her thesis, she is one hateful mean ugly person!

    October 8, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Scott L

    Sorry Michelle, you will not be in the White House in January.

    Obama's going to lose big in this election. Liberals have no idea what is coming...heh-heh...

    October 8, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Matt

    Michelle is a true American. You have to admirer her, she's a real lady.

    October 8, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. RHONDA

    IMAGINE LOOKING AT THIS ANGRY WOMAN FOR THE NEXT 4 YRS. UGH UGH – MY GASTRIC CONTENTS ARE COMING UP

    October 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Amy

    That's because the Obamas are uniters not dividers. Barack and Michelle will show the world what grace and dignity in the White House look like.

    If "that one" had referred to McCain you know Cindy would be complaining to anyone who would listen although she's obviously not familiar with her own husband's record (he voted against funding troops too because it included a timeline for bringing troops home). She also must not pay attention when she's standing right beside her husband and he's questioning who Barack is and Palin is bringing up events in the distant past (before my lifetime).

    October 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Shannon

    Michelle Obama knows nothing about what I feel, she doesn't speak for me. I feel her husband is dishonorable, and that by labeling Hillary Clinton a racist, he dishonored the Democratic Party. Michelle and Barak belonged to a hate filled racist church, where white people were routinely demeaned. She won't represent me as first lady, and she is not a role model for young women, with her angry demeanor, and the chip she seems to carry on her should about her country., I don't want her influencing my daughter. I will explain to my daughter that you may not be proud of your government, but that you should always be proud of your country.

    October 8, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. lyle

    Cindy McCain is a Republican TWIT!

    October 8, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. clifford

    It is so nice to hear holistic answers in regards to the insanity of this world. The Obama's will do fine. And Mr. McCain...I wanted to barf every time you used the "my friend" statement. Sorry guy...a friend is someone I can trust. YOU...I can live without.
    When I say "aloha" to you...I truly mean "goodbye."

    October 8, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Educated, Well Established African American - Translation: Elitist

    You know what I find funny is that we (African Americans) are told to get an education, get better jobs, make a good life for yourself and your family etc and when we do we are characterized as Elitist and if we don't we are characterized as free-loading ignorant *bleeps*.

    I wonder what you call a smart white man or woman – oh wait Normal...wonder where us blacks need to be on the educational, career or wealth level to not be deemed elitist, uppity, snobbish...you know the words fill in the blanks.

    A man of extraordinary intelligence, leadership and grace is willng to step forward and put his life at risk to lead this country into greatness and this is what he gets from shallow minded bigots who refuse to look beyond the color of his skin. I look forward to the day when Dr. MLK's dream becomes a reality....and that day won't be when Sen. Obama is sworn in as President but on the day that all men and women can judge Senator Obama and Michelle Obama and all minorites on the "Content of their character and not by the color of their skin" (And that goes both ways, some of us minorities do need to take heed to that line, we can only move forward as a people if we all are willing to move forward).

    Obama/Biden '08 (A vote for change and progress)

    October 8, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. vobichlan, montreal

    More and more people are discovering McCain is just a petty little man, under stress his true being is exposed, in desperation he spits on his opponent.

    October 8, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Pepou

    Just shows how gracious she is. A real lady.

    October 8, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. mike

    Each time they throw mud I pray for a dramatic response. Thankfully no one listens to me. The Obamas are an inspiration to us all on how we can move past name calling and make the world a better place.

    October 8, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Sunny

    Would Cindy be able to reply in sam etone if Obama had called Mccain as "That Man"? This only shows who is actually presidential. Looks like McCain has white hairs due to age only and no wisdom at all.

    October 8, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Anyone but Obama

    "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."

    Oh My Gosh! Michelle Obama doesn't even care about energy! Doesn't she realize that a good energy plan is going to tremendously help our economy? Isn't that the whole point of an 'energy plan'?

    Obama. Wrong on energy.

    McCain '08!

    October 8, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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