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. Mountain Man

    AMAZING!!! I never knew the Obamas' were african-american or the byproduct of two people who loved each other! Ol' yeah...I guess I just look at the HUMAN being, not their heritage. Go President O8ama!

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. LT

    Yo, Mark Louisiana: How many houses, foreign cars, and millions does your man McCain have? Mr and Mrs Obama are as regular as folks can be. Perseverance, education, and one house hardly make someone elitist, but having your wife bankroll you a few million bucks may qualify you. I detect a bit of contempt here.....Mr Six-pack.

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. ohio

    very sweet person and smart

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. lol election

    good move michelle and well played. Lets not have any sexism, racism, or pigs with lipstick or "that one" occupy the election cycle.

    stick to issues

    Let the mccain camp blow up over zingers and one liners and make him look like the one making a mountain out of mole hills

    PAY ATTENTION VOTERS!
    this is how you run a campaign and this is how a campaign wins. you hit below the belt while taking the high road, unlike mccain's hit below the belt and take the low road

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Michelle's a very wise woman. She'll make a WONDERFUL first lady!

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

    John McCain and Sarah Palin are not good for America. They feed devisiveness and hatred. The clips of their rallies this past weekend were quite chilling and more resembled a Klan rally than a political rally for someone running for the presidency of the United States.

    Barack Obama and Joseph Biden on the other hand, speak to the inherent good in all of us.

    Even though I know the painful and real legacy of race relations in this country, my hope is when people go into the private voting booth, they will vote for the team most qualified to lead this country and not vote based on the racial fears McCain and Palin are so willing and eager to exploit.

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. beekay

    See what education can do to a person?

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

    What exactly is "a secret black radical?" Radicals are not usually secretive ... do you even know what "radical" means???

    October 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Joel Miller

    Now is the time to do as Michelle Obama and Ed Rollins suggest. Stay above the fray. Talk to voters about ideas. The candidate who does that best and with greatest consistency (and so far its Obama), will win the election.

    October 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. B.Hunt

    John McCain is showing us all that he has nothing to offer but bitter,empty, and outdated solutions. He is no more than an old Hack now ranting and raving. Obama will be the next president!

    October 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. kate

    Michelle Obama is one of the most gracious women I have seen in a long time. Some others in the limelight could take lessons from her.

    October 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    You are right Michelle, it's why I'm voting for "THAT ONE"!

    That One/Biden 08'

    October 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. NEVER OBAMA

    Well, isn't she playing miss nice until she gets in office as the vp. Then, we can listen to her tell us everything that's wrong with us, everything that is wrong w th this country.
    This woman used to work with Ayers wife and is as dirty as her husband.
    Hold on to your hat America because you're about to lose your country by being stupid enough to give it away.

    October 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. That One

    LB-NJ October 8th, 2008 6:43 pm ET

    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!!!!!

    You are completely clueless. Elitist? Compared to McCain and his 8 or 9 houses, 13 cars, and $100 million dollar trophy wife? Pull your head out of your arse

    October 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Kelby in Houston, TX

    I think she would be interested in knowing how Obama's supporters have takent the "That One" comment and ran with it. They have been so clever in taking this swipe at Obama and turning it to a new campaign slogan.
    Do you know who is going to win the presidential election? THAT ONE
    Who has better ideas for improving the situation in America? THAT ONE
    Who has the bes presdential campaign this country has ever seen? THAT ONE

    and my favorite

    This one is voting for THAT ONE

    October 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Lyle

    Our country faces many challenges and at this point we must ask ourselves if Socialism is really the answer. Are we willing to elect Mr. Obama and risk America’s future to pursue his Socialist agenda?

    October 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. dave

    somebody please tell me why I should CARE what Michelle Obama thinks? Am I some how voting for her???

    Wish we had decent media

    October 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Shelly

    LB-NJ QUOTE:"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!!!!!"

    Yes, he worked very hard for it! MacShame on the other hand, divorced his wife and married a rich girl (although her father worked hard for the money). McShame is a real GOLD DIGGER!

    October 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. old boy

    Hello folks the item on the table is not That One but Obama's BAD vote! of course, Michelle is pleased as punch the press if gloming onto this rahter than examining Obama's vote for Big oil.

    they should ask Michele an Obama about a real issue ...O's vote for bill loaded w goodies for Big OIL>

    October 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. LL

    Mark in Louisiana and RB-NJ – define 'elitist' please? A man who owns 13 (or more ) homes, is married to an heiress, with his own plane perhaps?

    October 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    What a refreshing response compared to the incendiary remarks by the bottle-blonde, mealey-mouthed bag of bones in $300,000 oufits complaining about her bones being picked by the women on "The View". What would you expect from a dried up, amphibious-eyed, size zero, bitter hag?

    October 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. Terry, Dallas Texas

    So now the right wing bloggers are down to name calling since they don't have anything left to throw. Elitists? Self-serving? And you think McCain with his 7 houses and I don't know how many cars is just a common man? How much longer before you start to throw the "N" word around because that's what's really on your mind.

    October 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. NormK

    Let's go for it! Nurse Cindy against Michelle.

    The one question for Cindy is: "Does John not understand, is he lying, or does he just forget?".

    October 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. Nathan

    Contrast what Michelle Obama says in this ticker to What Cindy McCain sais in the earlier ticker and you see that its not just Barack who is better and with more grace than his opponent but his wife as well. After reading what Cindy McCain said earlier its obvious that she is not strong or smart enough to help her husband in a positive way. Ms. Obama understands what is important and what is nonsence. Cindy McCain is indicative of what the Republican side is like and Michelle is indicative of what the Democratic is like. She us regal while Cindy is made up. She is stylish whike Cindy is just lavish in very expensive accessories. Michelle is accomplished in her own right while Cindy is accomplished in inheritance. This couple of Barack and Michelle makes the shameful couple of John and Cindy McBush look like the moral hypocrits they are. They're no better than the wway they started out, and we know how they got together.

    October 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Just asking, but...

    Can you find a picture of Michelle Obama where she looks less like she has the "crazy eye"?

    October 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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