October 8th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
9 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. Report Card

    Obama Supporters Report Card:

    Grammar = F
    Spelling = F
    Sentence Structure=F
    Common Sense=F

    October 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. jm from sc

    Devon, I think so too. However, people who are looking for an excuse to vote against Obama can not see anything McCain does. I can not believe any one would vote for the McCain/Palin ticket.

    I am so proud of Michelle for not buying into the BS of the McCain campaign. Cindy McCain is so blinded by the chance of prancing around as first lady to a man who looks like her father until she has gained the nerves to help spread McCain's lies. I wonder if McCain's vote againt the bill to fund the troops because it included a timeline sent chill through her?

    Obama/Biden 08 by a landslide

    October 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

    Thank you Michelle for being insightful and showing intelligence and eloquence.

    October 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. ED FL

    Pardon me for using your space to put the the Alaskan cheer leader in perspective. Hopefully after last nights talkabout I think that silly Sarah should get John by the ????[Neck and go with him and Cindy and tip toe through the Tulips in Arizona, where they can tell one another how great they are. It will also give First Dude some time to practice sand surfing. Please do not give the cheerleader a job teaching sex to the young ladies of Arizona.

    October 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. TheTruthHurts

    This is so smart. Comes at the same time Cindy is on the attack. Brilliant!!!

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

    Cindy McCain needs to go back on her drugs (that she stole from her charity). She has no business attacking Barack in this campaign. Her husband is so desperate that he needs her to start attacking. Barack Obama wants to save our troops by bringing them back home from a war that should never have been. What is her problem????

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Empire, CO

    McCain doesn't know what it's like, and he doesn't understand. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, or a pitbull for that matter.

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. California Voter

    People are not interested in the back and forth between candidates, but they would really like to know who the real Barack Obama is.

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Mountain Man

    Senator Biden is correct. How can you be distracted when every time you turn the corner, look at your paycheck (if you are even ABLE to receive one!), glance at your IRA/401 or stocks for fear by looking to long, you may lose it? McCain/Palin and his "friends" are turning back time to the Dark ages. We are a CIVIL country. Try to start acting like a REAL AMERICAN! What happened to patriotisim!!!? Judge not? Being a Christian and not just going to The church of "Whats' Happening?" The Republican party is not being very Christian like as per what I have been taught...Obama is the sane leader!

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. barbs

    i think she is very eloquent, she needs to teach Palin how to answer questions.

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Mark

    Send the Obama's to the White House and the McSmes back Arizona to live happily ever atfer.

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. P

    Why is Cindy McCain talking she is a Crack Head who stole from a hospital to get her drugs!

    A Children’s Hospital

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Michelle doesn't want to rock the boat on McCain's comment. However, I have been bombarded with comments from African Americans today on that comment.

    Futhermore, his remark about the "Gold Cadillac" had overtones that were racist. Last but not least, when a question came from Ingrid, who was in the audience, and who happenes to be an African American, McCain did not so much as look in this womans direction or talk to her while answering her question about the environment. However, when the retired chief from the Navy asked his question McCain looked him in the eye, spoke directly to him and even shook his hand. Oh yeah...he happenes to be white. So tell me, what are African Americans supposed to think about McCain?

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Call it what it is.

    November can't come sooner. Gob Obama!

    October 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. marge

    Mccain is rude period....

    October 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Michelle is right. McCains name calling isn't doing him any good in the poles because the voters are fed up with his lies and name calling. Senator Obama is so use to it now, it's like water running off a ducks back. McCain has been running this kind of lieing campaign since he became the Republican nominee. AND I'm so dissapointed in Cindy McCain getting in the mix with her two cents worth of lies. John probably threatened her with a beating if she didn't fall in line with him and the pit bull because I really don't think she wanted to be first lady. You know.. To much public infringement into her "private life". One can't do certain things, when one is being watched by everyone all the time.

    October 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Re: Mrs. McCain Rants Against Obama Regarding Troops Funding...

    In fact Obama would not vote in favor of the legislation unless it included a timeline for withdrawl of our troops for a war he and now millions of Americans did not/ do not support.

    So when you spewed your misleading dribble were you wearing one of your $300,000 (complete) dress ensembles? Why don't you support the troops in the form of accepting higher taxes for the rich elite like you? As Obama says that's an honorable sacrifice.

    Also, just as Senator McCain says, "Senator Obama still does not acknowledge the surge has worked." How about this WHY DOESN'T SENATOR MCCAIN ACKNOWLEDGE WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE INVADED IRAQ? Senator Obama was correct in his judgement to oppose the war in Iraq from the beginning...AND THAT'S WHY HE...THE REAL "MAVERICK" WILL GET MY VOTE !


    October 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. sal of PA

    I thought Sen. McCain's reference to Sen Obama was very belittling and shows his nervousness about the election and the way the economy has taken a turn for the worse. Americans are tired of the arrogance of President Bush and Sen McCain is showing the same arrogance! We are tired of being talked down to–we want to hear answers. The government already has bailed out Wall Street with no success as of yet and now Sen McCain wants to bail out all the homeowners who went out and bought homes they knew they could not afford. I pay my bills and I own my home and I take offense to bailing out people who wanted the sky but couldn't afford it. They way it looks right now, being honest, paying your bills and watching where your money goes is the wrong thing to do!

    October 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. MissouriMom

    Michelle Obama is an extraordinary woman - every day, she shows the real Christian behavior that those in McCain/Palin rallies don't.

    I know McCain/Palin are going to lose, but I really detest the dialog that they are bringing to this last month of campaigning. And I detest the media that decries it but shows it on a repeated loop... for the ratings, I suppose.

    America is better than that rhetoric and I think that we will show the world on November 4th that the era of the white sheet and thinly-veiled incitement of bigotry IS OVER.

    Many people, on nation, one earth! Yes, we can.

    October 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. JD in Moraga

    "Elitist"? Are you people for real? Try this one on for size:

    One Car
    One House
    One Spouse

    (and it ain't the McCain clan)

    October 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Marq

    please help me understand this: how can a black man and family who grew up poor be an Elitist?... How can he be? He owns 1 house, 1 car, went into debt (both he and Michelle) to go to college. Had over 500 job offers to work in big law firms when he got out but yet he chose to go work for a small firm that helps the community. How can he be an Elitist. I'm sorry as a black man that word Elitist isn't in my vocab.

    Obama or Die!

    October 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. nick

    give me 'that one' any time!!

    October 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Pedro_NM

    Michelle rocks! Keep to the issues....I've strongly supported John Mccain in the past as an alternative to GWB, but he has lost his mind. Off track, off message, and madder than hell. Poor John is being mislead by his keepers and he no longer has the sense or will to guide his own campaign. Keep to the issues! How on earth is Palin a choice that supports country first? It was a deperate ploy to gain attention which has already worn out on most folks, don't ya know. Ya betcha that most americans want answers not party politics. They are waking up, they've been asleep for 8 long, sad years. Unfortunately, the economy has burned to the ground and there's no food in the frig.

    October 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Mark

    Obama/Biden are above the pettiness of the McSame/Palin group. Let's keep our eyes on the prize America. Better days are ahead. Get used to it. McSame will be showing greater respect soon. The man he calls That One will soon be called President of the United States of America.

    October 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Leslie from Garden Grove, CA

    Mrs. Obama, I adore you! Keep your head high.

    October 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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