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.

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soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. BV

    With regards to Jacob who hopes that this country can unite together and then turns around and makes a snide comment about Obama and God. You are exactly why this country can't unite. When people think like you do there is absolutely no way to unite. You don't have to care for one's politics but you can express yourself in such a way as to not take down the one you oppose.

    July 8, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    that's what you call responsible parents. it's not bad enough they exposed them to rev wright's rhetoric now they have them putting up with the stress of the campaign and even have them giving interviews. white house at all cost. maybe you Clinton bashers can come up with a justifiable reason why they should have allowed Chelsea to be subjected to this. nice life for kids right. the obama's are sick sick sick

    July 8, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Howard Dean's a kook

    Instead of adopting a dog, how about adopting a coherent policy on getting us out of Iraq.

    July 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Toledo Tom

    We all know McCain will treat a dog like his first wife.

    Soon as it gets old, fat, and ugly, go out and get a better one!

    July 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Daniel

    I have never been an Obama supporter because I don't agree with his policies. I do think that this story is appropriate because it"s good to get to know the candidates on a personal level. I really like Obama as a person and if he would be willing to compromise on some issues and not be so incredibly liberal I could possibly vote for him. If that means he has to flip his positions a little, thats fine, as long as it is best for the country. I don't particularly like McCain but he is closer to me on the issues that really matter for our country so Obama still has some work to do to bring me over, but he's getting closer. (2 months ago I wouldn't have given him a chance because of his liberal record)

    July 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    getting a dog is news?

    July 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. john

    Jeff Long:
    This is not the BUSH white house Obama does not think he has been mandated by GOD so cut the "ROYAL" dog crap out.

    OBAMA 08/12!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. obama=underhanded liar

    BUYYYYYYY A DOG???? You fools.....................ADOPT! SAVE A LIFE! ADOPT you idiot!!!!!!Thousands of dogs are looking for a home in this country.
    It will be very interesting to see what you do. Many people will want to give you a dog but I hope you don't take the easy way out by accepting it. Please adopt and save a life.

    July 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Sharon

    He just saw the survey of pet owners Obama 42% – McCain 37% .He will say and do anything for votes.. He is exploiting his kids. What a shame? I believe I read where JFK did the same thing.

    July 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Maybe they are getting a dog so that Obama doesn't feel like being the only dog in the house?

    July 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Terri

    Eric in Pennsylvania – You need to chill! This story is pure fluff and was intended as such. It wasn't printed to evaluate ANYTHING!! Just to show the Obama family as a family. So take your Prozac, sit back, and stop taking everything so seriously. You're gonna die young!

    July 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Waffleboy

    Insead of adopting a dog, how about adopting a coherent policy on getting us out of Iraq?

    July 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Animal friend

    ADOPT a dog. There are plenty of beautiful animals in shelters and it would provide the public with an excellent example.

    July 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Proud of Obama

    A ten year old that sounds so smart. She must have gotten it from her parents. These guys are humble and it only takes great humility to rise to a great position! Well done Michelle and Obama!

    July 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Peter of Oregon

    I recently adopted a beautiful Labrador Retriever puppy from a great breeder. I definitely wouldn't recommend they adopt a pet from a shelter since they have young children. A lot of breeders have older pets the Obama's can adopt. I recommend Labs for their great temperement and how they interact with children. A small breed may be a good idea too, but many of them are hyper and or aggressive.

    July 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Margaret Ennis

    Mr. Obama could send a positive message to the whole country if the dog he gets for his children is from a shelter or a rescue group.

    July 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. saga4obama

    AWWW...they are soooo sweet

    July 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Texas Women

    It's so refreshing to see a real family with real issue. I just came back from over seeseas and all the talk is Obama is the only hope for changing the opinion of people across the world. So go Obama , you got my vote.

    July 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Jan, PA

    What is wrong with seeing this family on there personal side????
    You complainers out there need to get a real life. I love it and can't wait to see this family in the white house.

    Go Obama 08

    July 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. MemeForObama

    What a lovely family to behold. I pray that the Lord will continue to lift the Obamas up(as long as they continue to humble themselves), everything else, including this election will be story.

    Obama "08

    July 8, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. SouthernBell

    Eric-Pa, Matt-NE & Brooklyn need a nap/time-out or chill pill.

    July 8, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. BV

    It's called getting to know your potential president. What's so wrong with that? It gives insight to many. We've been hearing about President's and their dogs for decades. Personally, a man who doesn't benefit from having a dog around isn't worth having around.

    July 8, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Jeff in Hampshire, IL

    There are a lot of haters posting today. This is what's known as a "human interest story". They have been published since the beginning of media as we know it. About every President and white house dog, etc. It doesn't all have to be serious. If you think the headline sounds like a human interest story and you don't have time for it, skip it. If it bothers you so much to waste time on this article, it seems odd that you allowed it to waste your time enough to use it as a tool to dig at Obama.

    July 8, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Jamie from San Francisco

    To everyone bashing this article – Obviously this IS important to you, important enough for you to stop, pay attention, and take the time to type. Amidst all of our stressful issues, it just shows we need to take a moment (just a moment) to lighten up and see the value in our childrens' perspective on life. You're ALIVE, you have a COMPUTER, can afford to EAT, AND have a ROOF over your head. Sit and think about your life. You could be in another country, or even this country, where the only thing you have to be grateful for is barely being alive. Protect our kids and teach them how to be grateful, not entitled.

    To CNN – Any feel-good, family-friendly McCain stories? Yep, still waiting...

    To the Obama's – Please consider to adopt a pet from a local shelter or rescue.

    July 8, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. SIMP

    All you ignorant people who keep asking how is this news? It's news because we need to see and know all sides of our President and his family. It's news because it tells us how our president spent his 4th, it's news because it lets us get to hear from his children, it's news because this is our next president and his family. Of course the economy, gas, jobs, etc.. are important but you haters need to get a life and look forward to some good news for a change this man has a family and they will be our first family soon. Boy what a bunch of complainers!!


    July 8, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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