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. Longtime Democrat voting for McCain

    Racist because he called Obama "That One"???????
    Are you kidding me?? Their is a definate double standard in America when it come to racism that needs to end.

    I do not beleive a word coming out of Michelle or her husbans mouth. This is a women who has criticizes her own Country and her husband has a list of radicals as friends, collegues, mentors, whatever you want to call them. (Ayers,Farakhan, Jerimiah Wright, Rezko)

    Only in America
    Wake Up America this is the real deal.

    Go McCain – Country First

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the People. I like that!

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Joseph, Los Angeles

    What a bright and intelligent woman. More concerned, as her husband, for the health of this nation and not interested in what the pundits are spinning.

    I read that Cindy McCain is on the attack again... so sad...

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. KJL

    Good for Michelle Obama. She sounds like a person who has dealt with insults with maturity and dignity before.

    This is a much better reaction than you would expect from Cindy McCain, who is acting like her life will be spoiled if she doesn't get to redecorate the White House.

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Justin

    CNN is in Obamas corner so much it stinks!

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Darryl Miller,

    Mrs. Obama is better educated than both the ladies Cindy McCain as well as Gov Sarah Palin. These two ladies have broke the law now Mrs. Michelle Obama is a lawyer who can put them in there place.

    So, Don't worry about Michelle Obama she can hold her own..

    God Bless America...

    Obama 08/12

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Walt

    I really admire John McCain's restraint and bearing!

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

    of course she was offended. a perfect opportunity to respond in a way that appeases some who think she is a secret black radical – which i believe she is. very smart couple.

    October 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Veteran on the left

    A true lady. I see this future First Lady really being productive, and putting her vast education to good work for the American people.

    October 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Republican for Obama

    God Bless Our Next First Lady.

    OBAMA 08

    October 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. redhead from toronto

    There you go guys and girls – Michelle knows, as does Sen. Obama, that the ONLY road is the HIGH road- on to the White House Nov 4, 2008. Everybody VOTE.

    October 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. The Republican Conscience

    Nuff said. I was more offended by McCain choice to ask for 300 billion more dollars to buy up mortgages.

    October 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. dcgirl675

    I adore you, Michelle. I will be watching your guesting tonight.

    Obama / Biden 2008

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Sherri

    I agree. That is probably the least insulting of the nonsense being thrown at Senator Obama lately. Michelle is informed and bright. She will make a terrific first lady. Go Obama!

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Paula

    A true Lady who will be a Wonderful 1st Lady. Obama '08

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Kiran Rasaretnam

    Attagirl!

    It's clear that The Obama's are choosing to take the high road in all of this on focus on what's important. Exactly what I would expect from a President and a First Lady.

    Way to go!

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. Laura

    She would make a great First Lady. Unlike Cindy McCaine who is so negative and just rude.

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Roxanne

    Respected, loved, thought highly of by her husband,- just a few differences in Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain.

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Patty

    Cindy McCain needs to take a lesson from Michelle Obama.....

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Cindy McCain is desperate

    Cindy McCain imagined herself as First Lady (even though she claimed she didnt want her husband to run for office again) and sees her dreaming slipping away like the proverbial jello that her husband mentioned in his debate last night – he (McCain) just can't nail this thing down! Well too bad, Mrs. Stepford...I mean Mrs. McCain, the White House belongs to Barack and Michelle this time around. Get used to it.

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. LT

    Well, there is going to be lot more of 'that one' type of comments from the McCain-Palin side. I think the Obama's are ready for whatever because they have anticipated this kind of behavior. About Sarah Palin, MIchelle should have very little to say as S.P. does a good job defining herself as a.....

    Independent Centrist for Obama/Biden

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Tired of Obama

    If the Obama supporters actually took the time to pay attention to what Obama has done and hasn't done for this country they just might have a different outlook. I pray everyday that these people remove the blinders before election day.

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Amy

    What a gracious lady. I can't wait for her to be our new First Lady!

    Cindy and Sarah could learn something from this woman. Instead of spewing mud and slime, encouraging division and hate, Michelle talks about hope, and change, and what's best for America. She knows what is important to women and their families. Cindy and Sarah don't have a clue.

    Barack & Michelle/Joe & Jill 08

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Anonymous in CO

    Michelle you are going to make a great First Lady!! Thank you for putting the focus back to where it belongs - on the issues facing all Americans.

    October 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Lone Wolf

    Michele, it's going to be an HONOR to have you in the White House.

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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