June 18th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
13 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.

Related: McCain: Treat our wives with respect

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soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Down with Obama

    Did you all see how long that womans arms are?????

    June 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. richard

    Why no reporting on the Obama camp not allowing women with headscarves in photo op?

    June 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Ralph

    A few expected mean-spirited comments from the right (who would have guessed), but overall, I think we see the positive in this, because it is positive. She will make an outstanding first-lady.

    June 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Jos/TN

    America has some skeletons, and some not so distant, Michelle's comments were in order. The Katrina response, the last two elections are examples.

    June 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. jason

    wow. she's smart. what is she doing with gw?

    June 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Polly

    Michelle Obama is one smart, forthright cookie. Sort of reminds me of another first lady way back in the 1990s . . .

    June 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    We don't really care what you have to say Michelle, it's your husband who is in the position of redirecting federal government for the next 3-8 years.

    Frankly, if what you said wasn't so clearly ignorant–nobody would care!!

    Whether due to his own socialist agenda–or due to your own mis-statements in moments of natual response–we'll all lose in the end.

    Don't worry–the pension of the President extends to the spous, as do the other benefits of the office, including life-long secret service. Have a good time–on us.

    The U.S. Taxpayer

    June 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Not So Delusional

    31 comments and only one idiotic post. For the first time in my adult life, i'm proud to be a blogger.

    June 18, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. RR

    HULK.........Your a complete idiot!

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    It was graceful and intelligent of Laura Bush to come out for Michelle
    Not that Michelle Obama needs much of a defense.
    She is tougher, smarter, much, much more intelligent than any
    first lady ever, let alone most of the mindless talking heads on TV
    who are trying to critizise her. (Geraldine Ferraro should really go home and cry.)
    Michelle Obama will be the most admired and respected First Lady
    ever around the world.
    America is extremely lucky to have her. And so is Barrack!!

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Brett

    Laura saved obama's wife? ? ? Sound isnt not good.... if you vote for D, it will gain MORE taxes... look at New york just become D state from R states in FEW years ago... they raise MORE taxes... how sad? That is D's way to control people's life!

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Michael

    Good, maybe Ms. Obama will learn what graciousness really means. Certainly, it is not something she knows now.

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Becky

    I love my kids, but I don't always like what they do. Sometimes I am not very proud of their behavior. The same goes for my country. Since when does patriotism mean that you agree with everything and all of it's leaders say or do?

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Laura Bush obviously remembers that she was not subject to any personal attacks in the two previous presidential campaigns, which is how it should be.

    Therefore, any "Swift Boat" attacks on Michelle Obama, should be given no credence, since they will be coming from sub-moronic idiots.

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    I watched Michelle on the View this morning and it confirmed what I already knew that she is a great person, down to earth, smart and confident in who she is. She will make a great First Lady.

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Lloyd Bentson

    I know Laura Bush,
    She is a freind of mine.
    Michelle, you are no Laura Bush

    Lloyd Bentson

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Sheri

    Thank you Mrs. Bush that was a very kind jesture. Michelle was pleased and so was I. Nice to hear something good for a change!

    OBAMA 08

    June 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Sebastian

    Nice civil decorum from both ladies which is what I'd expect.

    That said, this is not very relevant to the election of the president.

    We don't vote for 1st ladies; they don't make policy, send troops to war or anything else.

    If I had to pick 1 person , (Michelle, Laura, Cynthia) to be stuck in an elevator with, it would be Micelle. However I'm picking a president. The wives are not relevant to that decision.

    June 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Ann

    MO WILL be the next First-Lady !!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Peter

    Let's see some comparison:

    Hillary was stronger than Bill what did we get? A failed healthcare.

    Michelle is obviously Barack's pimp?

    Do we see history repeating itself in the democratic party?

    Is this change we can believe in?

    June 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Good for her, classy, respectful move. At least there are some brains in that family.

    June 18, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. MJC

    I think Michelle is going to be attacked throughout the campaign and probably into Obama's Presidency (if he wins) because people know that is a sensitive area for Obama and probaably some retaliation from some Hillary supporters. And of course you will have some who feel she is "Too Bl ack".

    I, on the other hand like her and will respect her. She is beautiful and smart, which makes her a great role model and more importantly.....Behind Every Great Man, Stands a Great Women.

    June 18, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Michael

    Nicoletto, I wish CNN would actually exercise its censorship powers and not print letters like yours, i.e., ones that do not use standard English.

    June 18, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. R.I.F.


    How about the ABC/Wash Post poll that shows Michelle with a 9 point lead of Cindy in favorablitly?

    June 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. lenny

    Yea she touched in the head

    June 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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