October 22nd, 2008
10:45 AM ET
5 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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Janet - Missouri

    Obama has approached this campaign with the gravity it requires, but it's nice to see the lighter side of his personality.

    October 21, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4TH

    DANCE LIKE NOBODYS WATCHING, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 21, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. Spencer

    Who cares? Real news, anyone?

    October 21, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Credit Card Republicans

    January 21 2009, will be a day to celebrate all over the world and dance in the streets.

    October 21, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. ...

    gobama

    October 21, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Bruce

    McCain is too stiff, figuratively and actually.

    October 21, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  7. Suzy

    Read his boook. He did talk about his cocaine use. What about Bill Clinton's drug use and Bush's alcohol use. They were not questioned about it over and over. What else do you want him to say???

    October 21, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. joe-Alaska

    Me and my wife we love the Obamas!

    October 21, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  9. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Scott – same reason they don't ask about Cindy McCain stealing drugs from her charity for her own use.

    Get off it. It's OLD.

    October 21, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain suffering from DEMENTIA, and no one asks questions?

    October 21, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. L VA

    Well, he's soooo smooth-I know, let's make him President! We will be the envy of all the other citizens of the world. If there is a problem with Iran, North Korea, etc., we'll just have a dance off! He needs to grow-up and so does the press.

    October 21, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. JR IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

    CANNOT WAIT TO SEE! HAVE TO WORK SO I WILL USE THE DVR.
    OBAMA/BIDEN ALL THE WAY!!!! ONLY 14 MORE DAY TILL THE REBULDING OF AMERICA STARTS!!!!! IT IS GREAT TO HAVE THE FEELING OF HOPE AGAIN. GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!

    October 21, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. NY Chick

    Um...why is he dancing when he should be on a plane to see his grandmother???????

    October 21, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  14. Sunny

    McCain can do Mr. Roboto very well.

    October 21, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. AUC

    You go Barack! God Bless you, Michelle and especially "Toot".

    We love you! Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 21, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. bob

    Scott,
    The use of Cocaine by Obama will never solve the problems we are facing now..Just wake up GOP... This is not a time for jokes or smears.. Go Obama-Biden. McCain is too rusty and confused..

    October 21, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. No Way, No How, No Mccain

    "That One" shows of dancing. You must be kidding me. "That One" "That One!" O "That One voted for it." "That One dancing too?" "That, that one.

    October 21, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. No More Smoke And Mirrors

    Dear Senator McCain and Governor Palin:

    Thanks for playing. Here's your copy of the home game and some Turtle Wax. Please exit stage right.

    October 21, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. Seanie

    Great moves Senator Obama.

    October 21, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. QG

    Why didn't anyone ask GW about his cocaine use and alcoholism?

    October 21, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. No More Smoke And Mirrors

    The wheels are starting to come of the straight talk express

    October 21, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. Alfredo Colon

    a great president, and a great dancer...how sweet it is...

    October 21, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. Dem from Arizona

    Obama is in it to win it. Gooooooo Obama!

    October 21, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. Amy

    Go Barack!

    Ellen is a fun show to watch and seems like it would be a blast to be on.

    October 21, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. JMJ from DC

    Obama asks us to not be so overconfident about winning this election. But we can be cocky can't we? All I can say is that we are going to be dancing all night at the Inaugural Balls in DC.!

    October 21, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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