July 8th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama family talks campaign life

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/08/art.obamafam.ap.jpg caption="The Obama family spent The Fourth of July in Montana."]

(CNN) - Whether or not their dad becomes the next president of the United States, the Obama kids are already winners - of a dog, that is.

In an interview with the entire Obama family to air later Tuesday, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, told Access Hollywood their famous mom and dad promised to buy a dog after the rigorous campaign season comes to an end.

Watch: Obama family celebrates The Fourth

"Win or lose, win or lose," the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said.

In the interview, Malia also said she often gives her dad campaign tips on how to reach out to young people her age.

"You really don't shake kids’ hands that much, you shake adult hands," she said. “And I say you just wave and say hi, so I do that kind of stuff."

What's it like to have parents in the spotlight? Malia said now she reads about her mom in People Magazine.

"They always have those sections with you know, how much people's dresses cost, and so I saw that magazine, and I said, 'Oh mommy you're in this!' I've never seen mommy in that. Because I usually see people like Angelina Jolie –”

"You know, important people," mom Michelle quipped.

"Yes, real important people, no offense," Malia said.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. McCain's ex-wife

    I support John for president. We had our problems, but this is our country we're talking about for goodness sake.

    July 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Denise Groves

    I am surprised politicians on the campaign trail do not have high divorce rates! They spend so much time away from their wives. And when there are small chilren like the Obama's have, it has to be hard.

    July 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Alice in Florida

    I finally realized why all that's reported on Obama is fluff – BECAUSE ALL THERE IS TO REPORT ON OBAMA IS FLUFF!!!!!!!!!!!! If, for example, he wasn't scared to death of debating and town hall meetings, there might ACTUALLY BE NEWS to report on this empty suit!!!!!!

    What's next, CNN? A minute by minute breaking news story on his next bowel movement?????

    July 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Annie

    CNN you keep sinking lower and lower!

    There are many important issues that need to be covered and you picked THIS story?

    Too bad CNN USED to be respected, now it's only known for pandering to Obama.

    July 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Last Honest Man

    Gosh....of gee...what a family. Its Bud, Kathy and Princess all over again.
    A dog first and than Home made Apple Pie for dinner and then.....

    give me a break

    July 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Mother in NC

    Lighten up everybody. Just a feel-good story – nothing more, nothing less.

    July 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Jeff Long

    An AP-Yahoo News poll found that pet owners favor McCain over Obama 42 percent to 37 percent, with dog owners particularly in McCain's corner.

    July 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Nobama

    google Jimmy McCain.. McCain also has 3 more kids with Cindy..
    Just because he chooses to keep his kids out of the spotlight doesnt give you the right to bash his family life. Like you guys see a photo of a smiling obama with kids and make up this teary eyed awesome kids story.. all from one photo.. McCain has purposely not allowed Jimmy to speak because he wants to shield them from the vicious media.. If Jimmy would be allowed to speak, he would say how he enlisted at age 17 in the marines, and was sent to Iraq, to a very deadly zone, and was in Iraq, helping a military truck get out of knee deep mud at the very moment his dad announced his candidacy.

    July 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. nita in houston

    Hey "Typical White Person"....You definitely sound like a TYPICAL WHITE PERSON!!!!! It's called an "election" or have you forgotten that? It's not a RAFFLE, as you so eloquently put it. Because of the slim-ball Repub. attack machine, his campaign needs all the money it can get! And thanks for your comment...I'll be going to his website right this second to donate every penny I can!

    Sounds like a little bit of "hating" going on since the Republicans know that John McCain can't fill my living room, much less a football stadium!

    July 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. What's next?

    Obama loses in a pet poll to McCain and subsequently promises his daughters a dog? Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.

    July 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Oh! The Irony

    Matt–NE July 8th, 2008 10:10 am ET

    This is news?????

    CNN should change it's name to ONN, except a better news organization already is using that name.

    Actually, it's not news. It's called Political Ticker where blogs are posted. If you want real news you should go back to the CNN homepage.

    July 8, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Obama-Junkie, IL

    I want a president who understands that family is first and foremost. This country was built upon the idea of family. Obama having younger children reinforces his priorities in making this a better country and world for his children.

    For McCain, the idea behind making this a better country comes from only thing, military service. Look at his own children. Both his sons are in the military and did Iraq terms. But why?

    Because the McCain military family is different from the average John Smith military family. McCain's family "tradition" is having a grandfather and father who were admirals (a.k.a. top military officers) versus say members of the Smith family in which their father didn't reach the title of sergeant (a.k.a. foot-soldier).

    July 8, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. VLA

    As usual, he only responds when the polls indicate he needs to: "Pet owners prefer McCain over Obama"

    BTW – why don't you post comments "Newest One first rather than first one posted????"

    July 8, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Will from Gaithersburg, MD

    This is just one great, unpretentious American family.

    July 8, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Lynn

    Why is this a story ONN . I still won't vote for him because of his ideas for America. What ideas – all talk and flip-flops. Have you notice if someone doesn't like his policy he changes it. He has decided to be all things to all people – but nothing to anyone. He is exploiting his kids to get elected.

    July 8, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Kelly - Virginia

    its so funny how the obama haters are begging you to hate him.....really sad, how some people cant be happy for america

    July 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Linda Lou Springfield MO

    Let me begin by saying that I have been known to vote for Republicans in the past but to each of you who are so "bitter" about the excitement and HOPE Senator Obama's campaign has engendered in millions of us, PLEASE be responsible citizens and research the candidates. So much of the comments I read and hear are completely untrue; based only on e-mail garbage and the rants of (highly paid) entertainment/sham-news personalities. Access and read the public record of each, read their books written over time , then you have a perfect right to your informed vote. I dare say that most of the negative comments in this blog about any public interest in the Obama family dynamics is written by people who were very satisfied to partake in the feeding frenzy occuring during the Clinton years in regard to THEIR personal life. I agree that too much air time is spent on such things; however, when what I see is consistant with what I have read and seen over a significant period of time, it tends to be more believable. My conscience is clear that I did NOT vote for George W Bush – ever – based on concentrated research and thoughtfulness. Americans have a patriotic obligation to be seriously attentive to this election process and I believe WE are primarily responsible for the abysmal situation we are in. The electorate has been lazy for a long time.

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Kansas for Obama

    They need to get them a Labradoodle – a lab that doesn't shed. A perfect White House dog.

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Sane Person

    Seriously–who cares?

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. God Bless America


    July 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Chuck

    Why is it that the stories about his man sound like they should be on "Entertainment Tonight" instead of in the political blog?

    Is it because he's more of a movie star than a president?


    July 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Vigla

    It'sMcCain that's afraid to have a real debate. He just wants silly town halls. Obama said let's have two with three formal debates, and guess what? McCain said no. Stop trying to make an issue out of Obama not debating. It's a flat out lie.

    July 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Dem

    Well said!!!

    Eric-PA July 8th, 2008 10:03 am ET

    How is this story useful to Americans in determining if he's prepared to be commander in chief? What we should be evaluating is some of the racially sensitive material he mentions in his memoir including the use of the phrase 'white greed.' Additionally, his memoir talks about his days of heavy drug use and reveals that he was in fact aware of Wright's sermons. This information is very troubling and it should be revealed to the American people. Our lives do not depend on whether or not the Obama family buys a dog for their children.

    July 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Jeff

    Oh how heartwarming – puke!! Obama is a do-nothing, know-nothing empty suit who has accomplished nothing in his political career except for writing a few very self serving books and making some good speeches. I would rather hear him come up with some ideas that are truly original and not taken from other. The last thing we need is another Obama feel good story.

    July 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Kelly - Virginia

    BREAKING NEWS : Iraq official: Need dates for U.S. withdrawal
    National security adviser says any security deal must contain timetable........why isnt this top news on CNN?.....you are sleeping CNN

    July 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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