October 22nd, 2008
10:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama shows off dance moves after Michelle talks 'smack'

CNN

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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) – Barack Obama lauded his wife Michelle at his evening event for being a better speaker than he is. Apparently she is also a better dancer.

The Democratic presidential nominee taped an appearance for the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" after his rally on a makeshift set behind the press filing tent. DeGeneres told Obama that when Michelle appeared on her show "she was talking some smack" about his dance "moves."

Standing in front of a few rows of supporters, Obama danced to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing" much to the delight of the talk show host.

"Let me tell you that Michelle may be a better dancer. But I'm convinced I'm a better dancer than John McCain," Obama said.

Watch: Obama says he's a better dancer than McCain

Obama told DeGeneres that his daughters were opting for scary Halloween costumes this year. He said Sasha, the younger daughter, is planning to be a "corpse bride" and Malia will be an "evil fairy."

"I've got to admit they both look too cute. They're not scary enough for my taste," he said.

The segment will air on Wednesday.


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soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Florence, SC

    Obama is dancing all the way to the White House..McCain is a great dance also- great at dancing around real world issues !

    October 22, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. mitch

    GET OVER IT ,DUSTY! we been livin under ur boots for 8 years, and we tired of it.

    October 22, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Bryan

    Of course Obama can dance better than McCain. Obama didn't spend 5 years being tortured in a POW camp in Vietnam!

    October 22, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. CNN pro mcain

    CNN,

    --why don't u report about palin's claim on VP??

    Palin Claims Vice President "In CHarge of U.S. Senate".

    Shame on CNN.

    October 22, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Mike in Columbus

    "No friends of terrorists in my White House"
    "No abortion extremists in my White House"...

    Wow! Now that is the comment from someone who has obviously never cared enough about our country to actually go do some research on their own... that is a sad statement about them, and our country. Fox News and McCain comercials are not a good source of information.

    This is why I believe so strongly in better education standards in America. I want that posters children to be smarter than they are.

    October 22, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. matt

    This is tabloid crap.

    October 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. lucy

    I hope Obama wins the election. He can dance on the world stage and bring peace, freedom, and prosperity to the globe benefiting the United States.

    October 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Ann

    He is such a lovely dignified man !

    October 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. jackmack

    Obama rules!

    October 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Marty, FL

    I cannot wait to vote for Obama in early voting this week. He is a genuine, family man with great policies for America.

    BTW, the Sean Hannity dittoheads (i.e. hypocrites) are hilarious on these boards. Did they hold Bush's previous cocaine use to the same standard in the past two elections? Yeah, right.

    The important thing is to learn honestly from past mistakes in order to inspire others to avoid it.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Oakbrook, IL

    It is so nice to know that Palin spent over a quarter of million (150,000) of the campaign's money on clothes.

    This is who you are supporting, Repulican supporters!

    October 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Denise P Quinton

    Michelle Obama talks smack alright, she is a conceited, boisterous typical chip on her shoulder advocat.
    Know will will I ever suport her as First Lady, what are most Americans even thinking, can't they see through her pretentiousness.
    She disgusts me and everything our beloved country stands for!

    October 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Maladjusted1

    If his dancing is news, why doesn't someone bring up the fact that he is a closet smoker?

    How would that influence his decisions regarding "Big Tobacco?"

    October 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. T California

    Its amazing that CNN covers all "positive / feel good" stories surrounding the liberals while choosing to focus on only negativity surrounding the rest of us.

    Related to Palin and the constant negativity surrounding her, why doesn't the media look for dirt on Michelle Obama?

    Oh wait, that would be considered racism.

    But it's ok to do it to Pailn and C. McCain.

    Makes sense......

    October 22, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. BJGT

    I am so happy Obama will be our next president!

    October 22, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Bob Indianapolis IN

    There is going to be some serious rocking out at this year's Inaugural Balls!

    October 22, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. foreigner

    Why is this a POLITICAL TICKER????

    October 22, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Jen, California

    Looking forward to Ellen having a few of Obama's buddies on shortly, all of whom wrote new books:

    -“How to Buy a House with No Money, No Job, No Credit” – by Barney Frank
    -“How to Pick a Mortgage Lender When You’re in the Senate” – by Chris Dodd
    -“Fairy Tales Are Never Out of Style” – by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
    -“Explosives Made Easy” – by Bill Ayers
    -“How to Grow Your Own ACORN and Win” – by David Axelrod
    – Bonus buy: “How to Buy a President” – by David Axelrod

    October 22, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. barbara

    Just the thought of having such a wonderful young couple and their two beautiful daughters in the White House brings a smile to my face. We have to make this happen.

    October 22, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Dannette

    Gotta love the Obama's!!! Go Obama and Bidden!!

    October 22, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. Marie Canada

    CNN why aren't you doing a story on the latest flap where Palin didn't have a clue to what the VP's duties are? Every other news organization except CNN and FOX are carrying the story with video.

    October 22, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. independent in CA

    We need a president who is in touch with the people. He is physically fit for the tough job he has ahead of him as president.

    What a difference in campaigns...

    McCain tells a joke about Morris Udall (who? a loser) and compares his campaign to Morris' campaign (not a good idea).

    Obama rocks!

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Mary

    This is news because?????? We are facing all kinds of troubles and you report this crap?

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. JIM IN INDIANA

    WHY DOES OBAMA'S DRUG USE KEEP COMIONG UP FROM THE WHIINING REPUBLICANS??

    I USED DRUGS IN COLLEGE..WHO DIDN'T?? AND YOU KNOW WHAT...WHO THE HECK CARES. IT DOESNT MEAN I CANT DO MY JOB.

    I AM A TEACHER/COACH!!!

    STOP YOUR CRYING...I BET MCSAME AND FAILIN DID SOME DRUGS BACK IN THE DAY .
    DO YOU THINK JOHHNY DIDNT SMOKE A JOINT OR TWO IN 'NAM?
    DO YOU THINK THAT PRINCESS BARBIE AND KEN DIDNT DO THAT IN COLLEGE?????

    WHO CARES..GET OVER IT

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    What a delight it will be to have a young family in the White House with a good sense of humor, kindness, and a positive outlook. I can't wait!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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