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

Obama shows off dance moves after Michelle talks 'smack'


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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. SIMon

    Obama is my man, I want to dance with him.

    October 22, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  2. Aaron in Greeley Colorado

    After seeing and hearing Palin and McCain I realized how misleading, angry and vicious the Republican Party is. I voted early today and VOTED STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC.

    October 22, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  3. Latina for John McCain

    Because I love my country I am voting for John McCain

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

    October 22, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  4. JohnBoy

    The one can dance.

    October 22, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  5. Paul from Canada

    McCain is no match for Obama's charisma.
    They would need a defibulator backstage for precautions if McCain started to bust his maveric moves.

    October 22, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  6. Jill

    John McCain is looking more and more confused.

    October 22, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  7. Renee

    Obama is the true leader!! The country need you Obama/Biden

    October 22, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  8. Manuel

    He is going to Change not only America but the eintire World. He is moving with time and will introduce Modern Politics. I am Proud and will be Proud to see this Man Leading America. The Whole world will embrace him. A NEW PERSPECTIVE FOR AMERICA.

    October 22, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  9. Justie

    Acording to Palin, only Socialists dance!??! Another dumb comment.

    October 22, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  10. PAUL


    October 22, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  11. Tina

    You can bet your last dollar (literally) that the voting machines will definately malfunction to put McCain in the WhiteHouse.

    October 22, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. mike

    I love how quickly Democrats went from hating Powel for his part in the Iraq War to loving him for being the only one of five to support their canidate.

    October 22, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  13. JR

    Looking forward to the show – he gave a good interview last time (and danced). Michelle did dance better when she was on, so he better bring it.... ! Both of them smart, and fun-loving – can't wait for them to be in the White House! Ellen has already provided a "White House" doghouse for the new puppy the girls get (win or lose).

    October 22, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. Denise

    Who care about his dance moves

    October 22, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  15. CO

    Scott Tucson– Obama has been very honest about his past, as detailed in his autobiographies. Palin has admitted smoking pot, and you might recall Cindy's issues. Everyone is human and has made mistakes in the past. How they can contribute today and tomorrow is more important.

    October 22, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  16. Lexie

    I never realized how much the Republican party flourishes on hate.
    I voted straight Democratic this year.

    October 22, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  17. King jJade


    October 22, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  18. Esho Abiodun- Nigeria

    Even McCain knows he should vote for this cool, calm and collected young man

    October 22, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  19. La Raza

    McCAin should have never picked Pailin.

    October 22, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  20. Obi

    McCain and Palin are not bad people. The fact is that people are just tired and worn out. People just want to be happy and be rewarded for their hardwork. The world is more of these days one family, invading, oppressing, and killing ourselves will not take us to anywhere. This mentality has been around for so long and people just want a change in a new direction. Go Obama Go! The right guy at the right time( divine intervention)

    October 22, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  21. Dances with Wolves

    Barack, Godspeed to you and Senator Biden all the way to the White House. Keep the faith and stay strong. Above all do not succumb to the below the belt tactics that McCANE and Pailin-around-with-Idiots have resorted to. You have shown you are well equipped as is Senator Biden too, to Dance with the Wolves of the McHate Republican and exerting complete dominance over them and their rabid wolf pack. Make us proud and please hurry up and straighten out this crippled misdirected and weakened great country of ours.
    Cheers! Obama and Biden 2008 and 2012!!!!!

    October 22, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  22. lemmy

    of course BO is better dancer than JM, if at all McCain can dance.


    October 22, 2008 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  23. maripil

    Sen. Obama has rhythm whether on political stage or on the dance floor!!

    October 22, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  24. gwottson dalyop

    Something is definitely wrong with John McCain.

    October 22, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  25. obama mania

    "Why didn't Ellen questioned Obama about his early cocain use?"
    ..............I have an obvious answer for this question.. he had already told the truth with no one has ever asked him and that is called honesty, that is one of the thing we get from obama.....H..O..N..E..S..T..Y

    October 22, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
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