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.


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soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. John S

    Tina October 22nd, 2008 1:15 am ET

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

    Not bloody likely.
    It won't be even close enough for him to do that.

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

    The fact that this is presented as some sort of political news makes me sad for the future of our country

    October 22, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  3. francis

    JCM dansing? OMG that will be very terible.if he did he will be dubbed the worst dancer in the world not US.
    Barak Obama is killing Mccain in everything, the polls,the debates, dancing,temperament,even the kids polling online at nickolodeon gave Obama 2 points above mccain and that is considered as adraw, plus other defeats of mccain by Obama.

    October 22, 2008 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  4. Jab in miss

    Go obama cant wait til nov 4.just had to say palin is a airhead

    October 22, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  5. Samantha in Riverdale Ga

    If U look up the definition of socialism U will C Wallstreet. Can U say "Bailout= Walfare"...and some needs 2 stick a fork N John McDummy. He is Done! Obama/Biden I love those 2 and they love Us!

    October 22, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  6. I can see Russia

    Colin Powells resume;

    Four Star General
    Secretary of State
    National Security Advisor
    Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

    He's voting for Obama, shouldn't you?

    October 22, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Arthur Murray

    The only dance John McCain knows it the old Potomac Two-Step ... where you keep going around in a circle.

    October 22, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. d

    A little rhyme and style is just what the country needs.

    October 22, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Hank

    we'll all be borrowing cindy's prescription drugs if johnny boy gets in office

    October 22, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. Candy West Virginia

    People google PNAC and john mccain and make sure you're sitting down, the information is chilling. Afterwards spread the word.

    October 22, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. Coco 5

    I absolutely love this man!!! How could you not??? I sooo want him the be my President. You totally have my vote Barack. God be with you and your family

    October 22, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. carolflowery

    Once again, Mr. Obama mocks JOhn McCain, knowing full well, of his
    physical limitations from his days as a pow, this man knows no shame, he should be thanking God for his fine healthy self, but no, it's far more fun to make fun of someone who does have some physical limitations, he's quite a piece of work that Obama.

    October 22, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    McCain dance???? please spare us. Bad enough to see him and caribou barbie around.

    October 22, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Robert in raleigh

    Good show.it seems that almost everything he does shows him to be very HUMAN.......

    October 22, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. Ken in Dallas

    McCain's a stiff, and I mean that in regard to his dancing ability.

    October 22, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. Eric

    Why is Obama's recent comment that he is definitely a better dancer than McCain not racist since this plays into the stereotype that black people are inherently better dancers than white people...but when Joe the Plumber comments that Obama's tap dance is almost as good as Sammy Davis Jr's, everyone jumps on this as being a racist remark? I'm sure that I'll be branded racist for bringing this fact to light.

    October 22, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. will

    How is this news? Are you kidding me? A sign of things to come, puff pieces on how wonderful Obama is for four years while the country goes into recession. Scary.

    October 22, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Rob

    Yeah, keep dancing Barry. Back to the south side of Chicago, where you helped you buddy Tony Reszcko build slums for the people you were supposed to help. Or maybe you can go clubbin' with your pal Bill Ayers? Or better yet, how about a jazz club with your minister, Rev. Wright. Maybe he could leave his mansion (which is surrounded by the white people he villifies)? Keep dancing and stay out of the White House. Your track record of ineptitude and you friends are just some of the reasons the last thing you should be is the 'leader of the free world'.

    President Obama = Disaster for America...Don't believe me, just ask his running mate.

    October 22, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. Adam

    Hey Latina for John McCain, Get a life or read a book first maybe you need some education first.

    October 22, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. Tim in NC

    This makes me want to vote for Obama. Nice work

    October 22, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. Leo

    GO OBAMA GO, all the way to the White House!

    October 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  22. Greg in Mpls

    To anyone who is complaining that this is even on a news blog...it's called a "fluff" piece folks. They happen all the time. It's a part of the news, so grow up and deal with it.

    Doesn't help anyone, doesn't hurt anyone, just is kinda funny.

    R-E-L-A-X!

    October 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  23. PUMA IS DEAD

    Dusty October 22nd, 2008 3:04 am ET

    The fact that this is presented as some sort of political news makes me sad for the future of our country

    -Awwww booooo hooooo... NO FUN!! HOW DARE WE HAVE FUN!! How is an article about a man running for president Non-political? Everything these two do is political lol

    October 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. Ohio for OBAMA

    John McCain is a WARmonger, Cheater
    John picked Sarah Palin a cover for their ongoing love affair

    October 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Adam

    Latina for john McCain since when it's your White House?????

    October 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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