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. Doc


    If smarter equates to "Elitist", I'm there with you. I'm really ready to have a smart guy in charge. I don't think that we as a country can look at the past eight years and feel that things were run as smartly as they should have been.

    October 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Bill

    She's right, we are no longer having both candidates engage in the issues that matter to us most – mainly the economy. One candidate is going across the country telling people what he would do as President to make our lives better, and the other is using tastless and petty personal attacks on the other to make us afraid of him. All John McCain is doing is showing he is a lot more like Bush than he tries to have you believe. His new tactics remind me of the Bush campaigns of 2000 and 2004. I hope Obama wins, if for no other reason than to show that you still can run a good, clean, issue-focused campaign in this country and actually win.

    October 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Bonnie

    Please Ms. Mccain go take another pill, and while you are at it, give one to that old man to calm him down.

    October 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. TJ

    In all truth, in a non-presidential season, the McBush comment would have been ignored. I mean, clearly he was trying to distinguish between himself and Obama, and was trying to do so in the most emphatic means possible. But this is a presidential election–a historic one, at that-and Sen. McBush could have chosen his words a bit better. Maybe "that one's" senility is beginning to rear its ugly head?

    October 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. tulsa

    Longtime Democrat voting for McCain:

    you were never a democrat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Palin's is married to a man that was a part of AIP so don't talk about country first.

    As far as J. Wright, Palin sleeping with a man for years that felt like Alaska should not be apart of the union has more Influence over some on than a pastor has over a member.

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

    I'm still sick of McCain camp trying to compare and link Palin to Hillary. Give me a break. Hillary may have lied about sniper fire but Palin, I believe she lies in her sleep!!!! IT IS OBVIOUS THAT SHE IS LYING NOW

    October 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Gerry in Va. for Obama.


    WHO is the eletist? Who was raised by his single mom and grandparents after she died? Who worked and paid his way through collages and universities, Who had student loans that he paid off? Who has one house, one wife and has worked his way up to where he is now? Certainly NOT John McCain. McCains grandfather and daddy and their political pull got McCain into the Military school and he almost failed out of that. His mothers wealth got him into the elete schools before that. He was a goof off in all his schooling and a bigger goof off in the military. I mean if you crash 5 aircraft and the military investigating board finds you were negligent all 4 of those 5 crashes and you still have the gall to call yourself a hero... WHO thinks he is a eletist?

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

    Cindy McCain's money could never buy that much grace.

    October 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. old boy

    real issue is O's vote for Big OIL

    Michele is smiling b/c the pess would rather talk about not there issues with her,than real issues, such as O's vote for big oil.

    October 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. AB

    That One in 2008!

    October 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. mike

    McCain made the comment "that one" because he's old and forgot Obama's name....

    October 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Joe in Dallas

    In January we'll be able to take literally the term "First Lady". Barack Obama is showing us the true meaning of the honorific, "The Distinguished Gentleman from Illinois". The difference between "that one" and his wife on one side and McCain and his wife on the other has never been more clear.

    Isn't there supposed to be a code of honor and civility between the "honorable gentlemen" of the Senate? Something about mutual respect or something like that?

    We should begin thinking beyond the Presidential vote. That's just about sewed up. We need to start working with the people of Arizona and helping them get an honorable Senator in the next election cycle. May as well dump all the corrupt Republicans as well.

    Vote straight Democratic. Show the bas%%rds that we're pissed off.

    October 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Stephen in Texas

    We've been hearing Barack Obama's middle name used a lot recently as an attemp to connect him with radical muslim terrorist. I just want to remind those who are afraid of Senator Obama that our very first enemy was named George, King George. That did not keep our founding fathers from electing a general named George to be our first president.

    "That one"/Biden 08

    October 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Lyn

    Michelle is a wise woman. People are hurting about the economy, this is not a time to be petty. Concentrating on the issues is the best way to go. The republicans are just trying to confuse, sow doubts and distract the voters with their negative attacks. I'm very confident that this time the American people will not fall for it.

    McCain said in the debate that he knows how to get Bin Laden, why hasn't he got him up till now? What is he doing in Iraq? He should be ashamed of his poor judgement.

    October 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Rob indetroit

    Barack is a lucky man ! MCsame wish he had a great wife.

    October 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. P


    By your definition anyone who take the time to go to college, improve their skills, gain knowledge, and better themselves is an Elitist, Dam I must be an Elitist too. I am working on my Masters, next my PhD then my Doctorate. So that makes me and anyone who wants to live a better life an Elitist as well!

    So I guess someone like you who refuse to improve their situation just want to be lead around like a dog on a chain, and I apologize to dogs! You don’t mind being lied too about everything in your life, GOD said it best my people for the lack of knowledge, and if you were one of GOD children you would stop all this hate!

    October 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Proud to be American

    You are so right Michelle – and thank you for not going on the attack mode. The petty attacks does nothing for us trying to figure out what the canidates are going to do to get us out of this big old mess we are in.... you Rock and I will rock the vote for Obama and Biden 2008!

    October 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Bree

    How can anyone in his or her right mind call Michelle Obama "elitist" when Cindy McCain is the well-known wealthy millionaire whose wealth is thought to exceed $100 million??!?!? Come on people!! Give Mrs. Obama the respect she deserves for being such a strong, intelligent and composed woman who came from a background of hardship and persevered to become a well-educated leader in her community! Isn't that the kind of story Republicans like anyway???

    OBAMA.BIDEN '08!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. PD Thomas

    Tow the line Michelle...tow the line. Well played...take the high road...we know better but you're right...we can talk about that at the first official BBQ at the big house!!

    October 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. RNs for Obama

    I think Michelle took a great position not to mangle into the negativities.. The issues are what matters. I just can't wait to see real change in this country.. especially on Health Care.

    October 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. DCP

    You can have Miss Alaska, give me Ms Obama any day!

    October 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Rudy

    Who cares what Michelle thinks or says. Although she tries to hide her emotions, her anger is undeniable visible. For one who the first time in her adult life became proud to be an American and who listened to the sermons of Reverand Wright without any objections, and cater to the Ayers' philsophy, one can only wonder what is she doing on the political scene. One advise to all Americans, be careful of Barack Obama's past as it will influence him in any leadership capacity. Don't be deceive by his sweet talking rhetoric. How can such an inexperienced person even be a candidate for the most powerful position on this planet? Would you hire him to run your company?

    October 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. Former Republican for OBAMA





    October 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. SS

    Michelle is the perfect example of a what I would want my daughters to look up to. Sarah Palin has alot to answer for. I am ashamed of the way that she's talking about Obama. She keeps bring up Rev Wright what about her church who hunt down innocent people because they practice Wika. What right does they have to condone other people relgious belief. I think Sarah Palin is Klan and US should be very careful about her. I want toknow how long they have hurt people who practiced Witchcraft? What do they do once they hunt them down. How long have they been doing this. This lady has lots of dark secrets.

    October 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. Ray

    Walt (6:37PM) , you say you admire John McCain's restraint and bearing. You mean Barack Obama, don't you?

    October 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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