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. Texas Trail Dog!

    NO he was just covering up his all arms and legs movements.

    October 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. pat C.

    i love obama's energy! he is going to make a wonderful president that will lift the nation and make all of us feel young again. he inspires hope and dignity to the world.
    mccain has saddened the world with all his negativity and doom.
    i can't wait to see obama and his family in the white house. this will be such a fun family and one that all of us can relate to. barack obama is a leader and a chosen one and i am so proud of him!

    October 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Ted:Canada

    Nice story – but the REAL story is

    Obama going to see his ill grandmother.

    CNN – a single picture will tell a thousand words

    This is a man of FAMILY
    This is man of who truly understands

    October 22, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Obama is a tool for JESUS Orlando, FL

    And why again are we listening to the Un-American Palin and McBush...People, wake up!! The words they are staying are not even touching our base. Those Devils are Liars....GOD has all of it under control. I BELIEVE THE REPORT OF THE LORD. JOIN ME AND VOTE TODAY!!

    October 22, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Leah J

    Lately CNN seems to be giving Palin and McCain WAY WAY too much airtime about what they are saying in their speeches! They already get it 24/7 on FOX. You show Palin's ridiculous speech about women but you talk about Obama dancing on Ellen? Please. Why aren't you covering Biden's speech more. I am SICK of Palin, stop giving her so much airtime. If you think it helps your ratings, you are gone, I have stopped watching some of your shows.

    October 22, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. Jerry

    See how Barak throws trash in John McCains face and laughs! How belittling the whole Barak campaign is against John McCain. It is sad and telling. Obama has been the smear leader even though he would like you to think otherwise. And John Kerry's remarks were lower than low.

    October 22, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Baze

    Can we vote already?


    October 22, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. joyce

    who cares about his dance
    i do
    he has humor and talents,
    helps with the hard choices

    October 22, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Bill,ca

    Better a socialist then a marxist like Bush and McCain, as they are trying to sell out america to china.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 22, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    AC 360 last night had a good spot – the RNC (taxpayer funded) spent $150,000 on clothes, accessories, makeup for the Palin family. Our kids are cold and hungry and get nothing.

    I'm confused – is that socialism for a Governor's benefit. For the wealthy?

    October 22, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. chris & tom bay shore ny

    God Bless America, and we are ALL americans. shame on this republiklan party spewing this hate and division. shame on john mcpain most of all. do you see what happens when the crowds boo mcsame at an obama rally?? HE STOPS THEM and says no just vote. no hate, no anger, thats why the people are swarming to obama/biden. we have had enough and this is OUR country, not only their's. you see the people are already voting with their hard earned dollars for obama. you see the numbers that are coming out to see and hear him. i think this is going to be a tidalwave this election for the Democrats and the hate machine in the rethug party is in full swing. OBAMA/BIDEN 08-12 GO VOTE!! VOTE.VOTE VOTE VOTE!!

    October 22, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Who cares? This isn't news. What will he do to keep Medicare and Social Security solvent? Now THAT'S news!

    October 22, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    After two old codgers and a philanderer in the White HOuse–it will be a breath of fresh air to have a human being there.

    October 22, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Kool Aid Drinker

    Attention, haters:

    :President Barack Hussein Obama"

    Get used to it

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

    If Mccain and Palin have the experience then I don't understand why can't they run a honorable and decent campain and talk straight to us about the issues. The truth is with all their experience and years of service and they still cannot manage a presidential campain is very scarey, right Latina for John Mccain and your White house.

    October 22, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. Latina for Obama (nj)

    He is so cute.

    October 22, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Kevin Evans

    I guess Biden's comments about an international incident awaiting President Obama is not as important as whether Barack can dance. Barney Frank says our national economic mess is more psychological than fundamental, but rather than discuss this view with Obama, better to see if has rhythm. Excellent news coverage, CNN.

    October 22, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. GINA, OHIO

    just keep dancing your way to the white house obama!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. Latina for Obama (nj)

    To Chris...YES WE ARE


    October 22, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Kathy

    Seriously, what are the Repubs so afraid of? Are you all robots, who believe everything that you hear? Don't you have minds of your own? Wouldn't it great if the world started respecting us again? So, so very sad, that you are all so angry and hateful.

    OBAMA '08.

    October 22, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Billy

    13 more days until we can put McCain and Palin behind us for good.

    October 22, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. NC- for that one!

    When you've got faith. Nothing can stand in your way! My prayers are with you and your family.

    CNN post this!

    October 22, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. independent voting

    I voted for Obama 26 times. Thanks ACORN.

    October 22, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. nalini



    October 22, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. ines

    The Obamas are the most 'real' and down to earth family that will ever have occupied the White House.

    October 22, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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