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. No Hillary = No Obama

    MO's sudden transformation into Ms. America – give me a break. There is just something about these Obama's that leaves you wondering who they really are and what they really stand for besides power and status.

    October 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Beverly, NYC

    Nice of Michelle to be so gracious. If it was the other way around the cult followers of Limbaugh & Hannity would be up arms and screaming for Barack to apologize to their POW war hero. 27 more days and McCain/Palin can fade back to their joe 6 pack obsecurity.

    By the way Senator McCain, real Mavericks don't sent the woman folk out to do their dirt.

    THIS ONE will be voting for That One

    October 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. kima

    Well spoken , Michelle. I have always appreciated how you and your husband take the high road when faced with this nonsense. Silly season, indeed...and getting sillier.

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Fabian

    That's an amazing answer. But I have to admit that the tone John McCain used to describe Obama as "that one" showed how frustrated he was. I tend to believe that McCain cannot fathom that a one term senator is beating him in debates, so his frustration can be understood in some way. But he has to be careful because if continues to show disdain towards his opponent, it will come to hunt him and even reaffirm the public's perception of him as someone who cannot control his emotions.

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Corey W

    Excellent response Mrs. Obama, you are a role model for all women. Thank you!

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Nevada Independant

    Who cares what McCain calls Obama?
    These days, the American people see right through all of that ugliness and disrespect.
    They want a real leader... not a cranky old guy.

    They want Obama.

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Anne

    Michelle Obama is just wonderful. What a great example for her daughters and ours.

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Shelly

    QUOTE 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."

    Please, prove that she is a black radical, your nonsense and vile garbage shows your lack of intelligence.

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Domenic

    Political Correctness is out of control.

    Four years of Obama=Jimmy Carter.

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Refreshing

    I always appreciate when a simple common sense comment cuts through the BS. Michelle Obama is right. Americans do not care about the back and forth. Unfortunately, attacks are all the repubs have to stand on at this point.

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Malcolm

    If Biden had referred to Palin as "That Woman" or even "That One" during the VP debate, people (mainly Conservatives) would be coming unglued right now calling him sexists and a bunch of other stuff. That said however, it was an insulting thing to do but I've come to expect no less from McCain so I wasn't really surprised by it. I don't for one second believe he was trying to lighten things up or make a joke and I'm not to concerned about it. Four more weeks and McCain can take Palin for a long walk off of a short bridge to nowhere.

    Steelworkers for Obama!!!

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Paul Thompson

    McCain was referring to him as a fellow Senator...'that one'

    This senator....is what was implied.

    Why don't you look at the housing bubble....
    and Obama's friends there and how there bad
    leadership has put us in this mess.

    And maybe people are devesting in the stock market
    because they're scared of an Obama tax and spend administration.

    If this is the change we can expect.....I've had enough. Thank you!

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Turnabout is fair play

    Longtime Democrat voting for McCain October 8th, 2008 6:37 pm ET

    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

    Your ignorance and shines out like an airport beacon in the night. The crap you are talking about was debunked long ago in the primaries and the lame attempt at the Wright, Rezko, Ayers thing makes you sound like more of a stupid tool than you already are. Let's talk Keating 5, Failin Palin's witch-killing Pastor, and Troopergate among other things, and don't EVEN get me started on McLameStain's questionable past. What a truly retarded moron you are.

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. HouseDiva

    Michelle Obama is a hard worker and she DESERVES to live in the house that her forefather have worked hard to build.(the white house)

    ata gurl....u make me proud to be an American.

    Cindi McSame makes me ashamed,

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Moe, NY

    I do not really think that McCain said "That one" as a racist comment, however, I really do think he had a senior moment and actually forgot Obama's name. Way to go Michelle, you handled this situation with grace and dignity and did not stoop to Cindy and Palin's level...good for you!

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Mike T. Vaughn

    It's amazing who is civilized and who isn't McShame calls Names and the Obama's aren't bothered because it is not event worth getting mad at, but then McShame wife lashes out at Obama??? who is the Idiot here???????? McShame is senile and his wife is joining him in being an idiot...............Way to go for the Obama's look out for the American People and don't lower yourself to the lame McShame and his wife name calling as a distraction.........

    October 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |







    October 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. bluecollarworker

    thats the way to do it michelle!!!!! keep it real....were lucky to be getting you as first lady!

    October 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Rob, Franfort, IL

    > Body count. In the last six months 292 killed
    > (murdered) in Chicago , 221 killed in Iraq .
    > Sens. Barack Obama & Dick Durbin,
    > Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,
    > Gov. Rod Blagojevich,
    > House leader Mike Madigan,
    > Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike),
    > Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of former Mayor Richard J. Daley)....
    . the leadership in Illinois.....all Democrats.
    > Chicago is a combat zone. Of course they're
    > all blaming each other.
    > Can't blame Republicans, they're aren't any!
    > State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country.
    > Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country.
    > (Look'em up if you want). Chicago school system one of
    the worst in country.
    > This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois,
    > and, he's gonna 'fix' Washington politics?

    October 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. CA4OBAMA

    I bet half of the people on here writing that the Obama's are "elitist" probably don't even know what the word means. I'm so fed up with the Republicans slinging mud at their opponents, do they really think Americans can't see through all their lies?

    October 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Look at the difference we see today. Michelle is worried about the average American and lets rude behavior slide. Cindy McCain is out spreading hate and discontent. Who is the bigger person here? Who should lead this country? The answer is simple.


    October 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Will, NJ

    Good people like the Obamas should not have to degrade themselves to the level on the average moronic American to be elected, instead you ****heads should actually try to aspire to be like them. You claim you live in a capitalistic society, but love having everything spoon fed to you.

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Kris in Denver

    Michelle is a better woman than I. I'm still offended by McCain's rudeness and arrogance. But then, maybe McCain's paying for it today with that "my fellow prisoners" remark. What I'm enjoying is how people have turned "That One" around, and are embracing it to shove it in McCain's face. As in, I'm Voting for That One!

    That One/Joe '08

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. DX in TX

    What a lady, thank you Michelle O.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. George

    I'm voting for "That One, " the one!

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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