June 18th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Michelle Obama 'touched' by the First Lady's defense

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(CNN)— Michelle Obama said Wednesday she was “touched” First Lady Laura Bush came to her defense when her patriotism was questioned.

“There’s a reason why people like [the first lady],” Obama said on ABC’s The View. “She doesn’t fuel the fire.”

Earlier this year at a campaign event Michelle Obama said, "For the first time in my adult life, I'm really proud of my country.”

WATCH Michelle Obama respond to questions of her patriotism

Laura Bush told ABC last week the remarks must have been misinterpreted.

"I think she probably meant 'I'm more proud,'" said the first lady, adding that "you have to be very careful in what you say" when you’re campaigning.

"That's one of the things you learn and that's one of the really difficult parts both of running for president, and for being the spouse of the president, and that is everything you say is looked and in many cases misconstrued."

Obama said Wednesday she had sent The First Lady a note that took her “a while” to write, but wouldn’t divulge any details because she didn’t know whether it had been received yet.

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  1. Pat-Pittsburgh

    Well, isn't that special. Let's make nice. Maybe they can do lunch, be friends, share special moments, knead some bread or knit a sweater together.

    Please, please, please give me a friggin' break. Michelle can't wait to get Laura out of the big house, because she believes she is moving in.

    Stop the madness!

    June 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. McBush

    nice job Laura i think you should be the president untill end of the year. Laura Bush has different thoughts about our country than Mr.Bush i think she should control white house until Bush's term is finished.

    June 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. arc, Lugano CH

    Lynn: So you actually believe that Obama will throw his wife under a bus as you say if she misspeaks again? Do you say this because you believe that he has thrown others under a bus, like Reverend Wright? But if he didn’t sever his ties with Reverend Wright would you then believe Obama to be an extremist or anti-American by tying Reverend Wright’s sermons to Obama?
    Or do you just like saying “throw under a bus” whenever you see a picture of Barack Obama or his wife?

    June 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. RAY IN NJ

    Most sensible people know exactly what Michelle meant. Those that were/are looking for an excuse not to vote for Obama are disingenuous in their angst on this issue. If I'm mistaken, then they are, indeed, just plain dumb!

    June 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. RuthieM

    Nice, I'm moved. Thank you, Laura Bush for coming to Michelle Obama's defense and Thank you, Michelle Obama, for acknowledging The First Lady in your support. Hm, what a nice treat this new white house is going to be! The Obama's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeahhhhhhhhhhh........

    June 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. McBush

    i agree with Linda women makes a lot of difference in mens life and women is a key power!!!!! i am a man and i have all my respect for my women.

    June 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. li

    can we call white house someday be black house?

    June 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. red

    give me a break... the lady said that she has never been proud of her country end of sentence... If she would have meant something else well then she would have said something else... enough of this nambi pambi crap... why cant she face up to it or anyone else for that matter... I have never been proud of my country until now??? well then maybe you need to change your citizen ship.......

    June 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |


    June 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Kenneth M

    nannie bouroughs, I would imagine you would be glad to have someone with good old fashion mid western values in the honk, i mean what house.

    June 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Michelle did a great job on The View today. Just like Barack, the more people get to see her, the more they will like her!

    June 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. McBush

    stop the racist comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is childish

    June 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Alec in NE

    Since when does being patriotic require being proud of your country in the face of years of political corruption and inapt diplomacy? Patriotism is really about working to change a country that you love for the better, despite persistent problems. Michelle Obama was not misunderstood to mean "more proud" (ridiculous), but her comment was never a question of patriotism. Face it Americans, what's happened in the last 20 years politically for us to be proud of?

    June 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    How much of a cheapskate do you have to be to not be willing to give Michelle Obama the benefit of the doubt regarding her "proud for the first time in my adult life" comment? My understanding of this is that she used the word "really" in one speech, as in really proud, but accidentally left it out in another speech. And if there is an obvious context for her remarks, i.e. how happy she is to see a much higher level of participation in the political process this year than she has ever seen, then any criticism of her for saying this is unnecessarily harsh and puritanical.

    Not to ignore the fact that African-Americans have a much different history and contemporary experience in this society than white people do, but to me it is obvious that she was not referring to the overall history of this country but rather the fact that so many more people are participating in the political process this year than they used to. So to criticize her for this is to deliberately ignore the context in which she said it.

    I also don't buy the silly notion that just because she went to an Ivy League school, she is somehow more perfect than the rest of us and is immune to mis-speaking, and therefore must have meant exactly what she said, in the worst possible way that you can read into it. I don't care if you're a high school dropout or an Ivy League graduate, your words won't always come out right.

    Let's give her the benefit of the doubt on this, just as we give McCain the benefit of the doubt when he says he will "veto all beers". 🙂

    June 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Art Menendez

    I agree with Michelle: she is "touched" alright.

    June 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Amy from MIchigan

    Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush are class acts.

    June 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. No Bush/Mccain

    Great First Lady and Laura Bush is great .

    June 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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