February 29th, 2008
09:54 AM ET
12 years ago

Michelle Obama says critics appealing to fear


Watch Michelle Obama's comments Thursday.

(CNN) - Michelle Obama came to her husband’s defense Thursday, saying those who criticize him because of his middle name are playing on the public's fear.

“[Critics] said he was too black,” Michelle Obama told a group of supporters in Ohio. “Then they said he wasn’t black enough. [Then] when all else fails be afraid of his name and what that could stand for because it's different.”

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