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. Sally from Cali

    Did McCain really address his audience today as "My fellow prisoners"? That sounds a bit Manchurian or maybe it's just old aged synaptic response errors.

    That One could have been one of those moments, too.

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Vic

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican voting Obama/Biden 08

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. so sad!

    It seems only Obama supporters on CNN blogs how borring.

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. HP

    You go girl. They need to elevate the debale. We have enough of this kind of mediocrity .
    Obama/Biden 08 at 9PM ET.

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. RM

    She is a real person! She gets it.

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Jack Travers

    Notice the difference between the way Michelle responds (saying no big deal) to McCain calling obama "that one" and contrast that with the way Cindy McCain goes on the offensive calling Obama's campaign the dirtiest in history.

    Just goes to prove how different these two women are! Not that we will be voting for the candidates based on the behaviour of their wives!! But people's spouses reflect a lot of their character in each other....

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. yeswecan

    Thahs our first lady. Elegant and pointing what the issues are. Shame on Mccain, his puppet Palin and now Cindy had joined the idiot bandwagon too.
    OBAMA 08/12

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MCSHAME OFFENDED HIMSELF & THE AMERICAN VOTER.

    OBAMA HAS RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY EVEN WHEN

    THEY LOSE THEIR WHITS, NOT THAT MCGREEDY EVER

    HAD ANY, FROM WHAT WE CAN TELL.

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. carl

    i thought mccain was rude an i think hes awlful.
    sarah palin should be ashamed of herself the gop party
    is acting awlful. its ashame an disgrace

    i think its awlful i hope barack obama wins by a landslide.
    go obama go. 2008

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. St Paul,MN

    Now here is a diplomatic, first Lady of the US. I am glad of her answer, even so most of us who watched the debate saw the offensiveness and mcsame angry little elf.

    not only he called him "that one,"
    his body language was horrible, disrespectul, not listening to Obama, or looking at him while asnwering
    he gave his back
    he did not shake his hand..

    I am sorry but even animals and humans from teh begining of time set rules of engagement and behavior, specially when in a fight/debate, encounter, etc..

    this goes to show you , who can best represent US, our children, and who represent who we are

    the Americans I know and the American I am, is people who is respectful, considerate, reasonable, honest, hard working (not 7+ homes, 13+ cars, millions, and tons and I mean TONS of beer, and millions on the banks, and stocks..which by the way that is why mcsame signed for it, his stocks will benefit... so will his friends)

    it is a shame to have to watch this with my 13 year old daughter and have her see such man as an example of someone who could be a president, and is in teh senate

    he belongs in SENILE land........... not sedona SENILE (NEW ADDITION TO AZ).......... which is now in ALASKA

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Ryan

    I agree with Michelle on this one...I'm surprised she could keep her mouth shut.

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Turnabout is fair play

    You are more forgiving than I can be Michelle and I love you to death but as a biracial person myself, it was a barely repressed racist shot at Obama and it is obvious that McCain see him as less than a person and more as an animal. I sat and watched that debate and the way McCain said that was what determined he was being latently racist. I can't imagine what he says in the privacy of his 7 homes about blacks and especially about Obama.

    October 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. MK

    John McCain has all the womewn in his life fighting back for him. What does that say about him? If he wants to raise the issues then he should, Cindy is not running for office and Palin is doing all the dirty work.

    October 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Wathcful Enthusiast........

    She seems more mature than Cindy and is not bringing out her head like her. Keeping it cool is the key

    October 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. richard

    republicans have failed the american people period. they will bite the dust come nov 4th.

    October 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Real Talk

    "Long time democrat voting republican"

    Why don't you just go out and call yourself a Long time racist voting Republican. You need to just admit it. Your pushing the same B.S. as McCain you aren't a Democrat and never were.

    October 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Susie in Bandon, Oregon

    Here in Oregon today everyone got their first of two Voter's Pamphlets in the mail. This one is entitled "Measures." The next one will be here in a day or two and will be entitled "Candidates." These are actually 65 pages or more, so they aren't really "pamphlets," more like booklets.

    Soon after we will receive our ballots in the mail. We have about two weeks to complete them (using pencils or pens, no chads, automatic paper backup trail, no polls to go to etc etc) then we mail them back and they are tallied on November 4 like everyone else's.

    CNN said our primary ballots were tallied within fifteen minutes of the closing of the polls, which in Oregon means if your ballot isn't mailed in or turned in at dropoff locations by a certain time on Nov 4, it won't be counted.

    Why the rest of the nation doesn't vote by mail, I will never understand.

    October 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Kyle in NY

    McCain slips two words, "that one" and everyone is upset. Obama throws out a paragraph about "people clinging to their guns" at a closed to the media event (which he has yet to apologize for, just regrets) and gets a free ride. I'm sorry, but which one is supposed to be the great orator of our time? Oh yes, Obama.

    October 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. R Wolf

    Michelle Obama has conducted herself with dignity and grace throughout this entire election process. Cindy McCain is shrill, mean spirited, and as frightening as her husband and his running mate. Now Cindy is complaining that the Obama campaign is nasty. WOW! she should know about nasty. If Obama wanted to be nasty, he'd be bringing up her drug addiction, McCain's affair with her while he was married and his 1st wife was very ill, McCain's ties with Keating and Congress calling his judgement poor, Palin's daughter's unwed pregnancy, Palin's current investigation regarding Troopergate, and on and on and on. The McCain campaign really needs to try and find an issue and talk about it. The true test of desperation is trying to smear your running mate.

    October 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Allen

    What an excellent representation of AMERICAM WOMEN- ALL COLOURS I should add.( Beauty,intelligence,.proud and articulate.

    October 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Danielle

    Way to go, Mrs. Obama, for not buying into McCain's games. I'm impressed with how Obama, and now Michelle Obama, are staying focused on the issues that really matter.

    October 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Jim

    Really do American citizens want to hear that their country is not a country that their first lady has been proud of until her husband ran for president. Boy I can't wait to hear what else "this one" 's wife has to say.

    October 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Paul C.

    Wow, what a difference between the Jackie Kennedy of the 21st century and the Stepford Wife Mannequin having to defend her sad, tired, disconnected troll of a husband. Michelle Obama who is gracious, kind, articulate, respectful and positive will be such a terrific First Lady. The Republicans now remind me of little children in a sandbox throwing sand at their rivals. They know they have completely fallen out of favor with the American public and that it will be years before a majority of this country ever trusts them again. The last Republican Ticket that had any sense of respect and civility was Reagan/Bush. Even though Reagan did some pretty bad things, i.e. Iran Contra, he still had a connection with the public. This has got to be the most disastrous campaign I have ever seen in my 39 years. Come Election Day McCain is going to be drowned in defeat and this mediocre hateful Barbie from Alaska will be out of the public spotlight and back to the den of mediocrity from which she came.

    October 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. LJinLA

    That One plus one is on their way to the White House...

    Tucker Carlson losing it on Hardball today added to the SideShow...

    Thank you America, led by those prophetic Iowans, for sending this country on a new and exciting course...

    Seeing numbers for Obama now registering in the 50 percentile+ range is starting to feel encouraging.

    I know there are way more intellegent voters than their are confused voters. End the confusion. No more village idiots in the White House.

    GO OBAMA – GO BIDEN – GO AMERICA!!!

    Our personal finances, savings and retirement plans need your help!

    October 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. HouseDiva

    Michelle is such a strong woman, as the NeoCons get nastier and nastier she and Barack hold their heads up higher and higher.

    October 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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