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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soundoff (609 Responses)
  1. Voting for "THAT ONE"

    I was. I can't believe we go from calling colleagues distinguished gentlemen to THAT ONE, the Obama's are way too nice.

    October 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Mark Louisiana

    One word for Sen. & Mrs. Obama: ..."Elitist!"

    October 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Ohio for Obama

    For all the silly comments about track records. If you have notice McShame track record and experience means nothing. Are you people following the election, or are you people just die hard repubs. If you have not notice smart repubs are voting Dems because they see and understand what McShame is all about. Please! research before posting silly crap.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. peggyledbetter

    McShame is a loser! In the debate last night all McShame talked about was "My friends we know how to fix the economy" No we don't!!!!! You are running for president..... that is your job idiot!

    October 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. starknight

    Long time democrat voting for McCain-
    - go back to the hole you crawled out of!
    You obviously dont care about this country or its issues or the values it stands for.
    Take the high road Michelle – thats something the McCains and Palins of this world no nothing about !

    October 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Joseph Adewole

    You cannot be annoyed because you know what you are doing; you have all it takes to be in The White House; very intelligent and educated too...unlike people that enrolled at Hawai Pacific college and left after ONE semester, transfered to North Idaho Community College, spent TWO semesters then to Matanuska-Susitna Community College and left after ONE term...how will such people think?
    You married Barack legally; you did not ELOPE with him like the incident of 1988.....So dear First Lady in waiting, be happy and always keep that wonderful smile. It is well.

    October 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Nic

    Michelle gets it. I didn't think it ("that one") was a big deal too but hand it to Michelle for taking the high road and recognizing what the majority of Americans are thinking. It's the economy stupid!

    October 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. arlene, CA

    I am sick & tired of McCain's hateful attacks on Obama. Obama is extremely intelligent, consistent, confident, steady & very presidential. McCain has nothing left except attack, attack, attack. We have as of today mailed in our vote by mail ballots. 3 in my family & 5 friends also voted by mail today & all of us voted Obama. & all of us were and are sick of McCain/Palin crap ! No McCain, No Palin, No Way, No How.

    October 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. LB-NJ

    The Obamas are Elitists, Self Deserving, Hypocrites, what do they know about common people, They live in a Mansion(Thanks to Tony Rezco). They got you guys bamboozled!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Amy

    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.

    I can't wait for Michelle to be our first lady!

    October 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Amy, Montana

    I really do admire Michelle Obama as a figure of grace and intelligence, unlike a certain other potential first lady I may mention...

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. seah

    She knows that Obamas Campaign Strategy was Fear tactics, Using fear of peoples personal lives.

    He has set it up in his first speech and has ran with it from then to now.

    He helped deflate the economy, With his speeches Telling people they had it bad off and blame bush, blame the war, blame the government, he offered them Hope, He was the only one who could change government.

    So people slowed or stopped spending with each and every speech. He told them so much they beleived him.

    He has kept the economy in the news, talking negatively about it for over 2 years. AT the times he should of been responsible Government offical and encourage people to spend and invigorate the economy he chose to talk it down and cast blame.

    With the world watching and and hearing he helped it plummet more

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. NC Women for Obama/Biden!

    Oh, believe me, I've looked at John McCain's track record and I've taken into consideration his current "tactics" - thanks, but no thanks!

    Obama for America!

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Violet

    Way to go, Michelle! That's why we love you!

    And in the other corner we have: Cynthia McCain claiming Obama's run the "dirtiest" campaign in history. Come again?

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. MD

    Your papernts should be proud of the daughter they have raised, who will soon be America's First Lady.

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. joe smith

    has any one seen or heard from our V.P lately; maybe he's quail hunting, or getting a head start on halloween, spoof, spoof..

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. leapfrog

    Democrats: Want to make sure the McCain/Palin nightmare goes away? Vote. Make sure you go to the polls or vote absentee. But vote. Registered Democrats by far outnumber registered Republicans. So make sure you vote, and make sure you get your friends to vote. If they haven't registered, and there's still time, then get them to register and then get them to vote. Hold an election day party and bring a crowd of friends to the polls with you. This is especially true for you high school and college Democrats. Don't blow this off. Your future is at stake...

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. PhillyFemale

    Michelle and her husband are rich with grace. With them representing our country, we can hold our heads high again.

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Just what has been missing, and what we desparately need, in the White House–grace and intelligence. "That one" :-) and Michelle bring both.

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. papadibite

    Michelle Obama...I want my future wife to be JUST LIKE U....What an extraordinary woman...

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. TS

    I was more offended by the fact that McCain kept saying "my friends." He is not my friend.

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. * * 1/2 White-1/2 black * * ALL AMERIACA

    ALL THE SHAME BELONGS TO THE OLD BIGOT.

    WE ARE A NATION IN TROUBLE & ONE OF THE

    THREE MEN THAT GAVE US THE SHOVE IS MCGREEDY.

    HE WILL TRY TO DIVIDE & CONQUER.

    WE WILL NOT BE DIVIDED OR CONQUERED THIS TIME.

    WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT, A TROUBLED AMERICA.

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. California Voter

    With a husband that has a look of disdain and arrogance about him, and "you're nice enough" comments regarding opponents, I would certainly hope that a mountain would not be made by anyone out of this mole hill.

    October 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    Being the wife of the Presidential candidate, Michelle Obama has to show restraint and she gave the proper response but I am a voter and I can voice my opinion. Senator McCain is mad and losing control of himself and lashing out uncontrollably at the opponent he despises. Senator McCain feels he is entitled to the white house and he is infuriated that a Junior Senator is knocking him down at every turn. Senator Obama has run a well organized campaign and McCain has no effective counter for the Obama campaign.

    McCain was openly disrespectful of a colleague and that is wrong. He was openly disrespectful of another adult and that was wrong. Senator McCain does not realize that he is not at Burger King. He can't have it his way. Senator McCain just doesn't get it but he and his wife will both get it on November 4th.

    October 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. vh

    I agree with michelle and all you republicans need to get with reality that your candidate is desperate and getting more and more nastier. but I want you to think about something if something happens to mccain do you really believe that palin would be able to run this country. i think not. fine if you don't like barack obama then don't vote for him, vote third party but letting her take over is deadly for all parties. please keep that in mind.

    October 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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