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. vobichlan, montreal

    Read Rob Franfort's comments here. He is right on. Why does Obama want to clean up Washington while his own hometown is in such shambles?

    October 8, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. NOT Obama!

    Please! Not THAT one in office!

    October 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. nate

    Wow compare how she handled that with Cindy McCain today. What forgot to tell you is that John McCain ALSO voted against funding the troops in a bill he didnt like.

    October 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Armywife

    When the Senator and Mrs. Obama move into the White House, they will be bringing with them a grace, peace and dignity which has been sorely lacking there since the days of Camelot. Thank God for people like "that one" and his lovely, distinguished, accomplished wife. I proudly cast my ballot for you, Barack.

    October 8, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Georgia

    Well here we go again...more negative feedback with Obama on his overseas connections...author of a book getting deported from Kenya ...copies of emails going to be shared and aired...involving Obama..I didn't realize Obama's father was from Kenya and radical Islam and communism...way to go USA we need someone like this in The White House!!!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. me

    honestly people! its not offensive! democrats are quick to cry "foul" when mccain says 'that one' but then they turn around and say obama didnt mean anything racist by saying 'typical white person'....because "THAT ONE" is SOOOO much more racist than "TYPICAL WHITE PERSON"

    its not like mccain said 'typical black person'....i mean, get over it..

    democrats....they make me sick...

    October 8, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Vera

    Michelle is "First Lady" and it shows in her respect also, of her elders.

    The term "That One" was often referred to black men in the South when it was deemed into law that the Black Statues called "Sambos" (that Gov. Palin referenced Sen. Obama) that dressed a lot of Lawn s of many Prejudice "whites" , had to be removed, and people were told not to use the racist term anymore, instead they chose to call black men "That One". A gruesome reminder of the past but all is forgiven.

    Sen. Obama for President. We're looking forward to Nov. 4.

    October 8, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. RapidRay

    Michelle Obama is an intelligent and gracious woman who will shine as a First Lady.

    In all honesty, I know also of Cindy McCain's charitable works and will not throw a blanket condemnation of her based on the rhetoric coming out of a campaign in it's final days that has taken the low road. It has been sad to watch, but deep down, she does have some very honorable traits.

    In a perfect world, when all this is over, I honestly would like to see these two women join forces for the betterment of children and other charitable causes. They could attain much together.

    I know..it's a stretch. But there's nothing wrong with hoping for something better.

    October 8, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Laurajane

    To:

    Educated, Well Established African American – Translation: Elitist -

    You said it all !!!!!!
    Yes we can !! and will will make it happen.

    October 8, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Alex

    Good for the Obama camp they have to rise above this bickering and sticking to the message. McCain is demonstrating a character of a grumpy old man when he made that gesture. The fact checking CNN is doing and informing us is impressive. The fact that everything McCain is throwing at Obama is false or misleading shows that how his campaign is desperate. I would like to thank the Obama team for staying on the message and sticking to the facts.

    October 8, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Judy

    The comments about these women are truly outrageous and shows us the depth to which this nation has sunk. Cindy Mc Cain has a long history of humanitarian work. (I guess you did not watch the Republican National Convention to see the videos of her YEARS of hard, physical work for those unfortunate around the world.) Did you already forget that it was only this year that Mrs. Obama said she was proud to be an American for the FIRST time in her life? The choice for who will be the better First Lady seems pretty obvious.

    October 8, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Those that are supporting McCain and Palin after the stunts they're pulling are as scary as their candidates. They need to get ready for the inevitable. Obama-Biden are going to win in a landslide so you better get used to it. And, hopefully, you won't be so blind after the fact to all the great change they're going to bring.

    October 8, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. Greg

    For the first time in my life I'm proud of America? why? just because a black man is running for president. Who's the real racist? Obama is no more qualified than Palin to be president but everyone questions her experience if something would happen to McCain. Women should be fuming that they are being discriminated against because of both Hillary's and Palin's treatment. Does being a women make you less qualified to be president? I dont think so! Unite women and remember that the super delegates made the wrong choice for the democratic party and vote for McCain in 08' and Hillary in 2012'. Former HRC voter for McCain.

    October 8, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. nina - Phoenix, AZ

    good job our first lady!!!!

    October 8, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. vobichlan, montreal

    Al Sharpton was convicted today in New York City for "disorderly" conduct in a nonviolent demonstration earlier.

    How does the US go on moralizing people around the world about democracy and freedom of speech and all those other good stuff?

    October 8, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Annette King

    We hear so much about change from the Republican policies and the mess we are in today, but I don't hear McCain defending the fact that it was the Democrats that caused this housing crisis by pushing the banks to issue loans to unqualified borrowers in order that all could own a home. Good intention that back fired.

    October 8, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. NJVote08

    Spoken like a true FIRST LADY!

    October 8, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Anita

    Michelle was very gracious in her response. Continue to talk about your husband and what this country means to you.

    October 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. McCain is a racist

    McCain needs to retire and go play bingo.

    October 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. Nick

    Michelle Obama is a true lady.

    October 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. p1tey1

    I LOVE Michelle Obama. I think she's brilliant. She and Barack chose each other well. The Obama's are a fabulous family!

    October 8, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    The McCain's showed their contempt for voters when they left hurriedly after the debate while the Obama's stayed to mingle, sign autographs and take pictures with the audience.

    October 8, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. Maggie from Virginia

    America, our time for change has come! Many records are going to be broken come Nov 4. This will be a decisive victory.

    October 8, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. hopeful in hawaii

    Welcome to the White House, our new first lady! You are a true role model for all young women throughout the world...

    October 8, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Stop the Mudslinging

    Anyone But Obama,....... What in the world does a comment about "That one" has to do with caring about energy. Next time you write a comment use your whole brain. This is not about energy, you sound like a true Mccainite, this is about a comment that was made that could have been taken out of the wrong context. Coming from McCain we Know what he really means

    October 8, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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