July 9th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Michelle Obama said no to Barack running to protect her kids


Watch Michelle Obama's comments .

(CNN)— In the wake of comments from presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama that he regretted allowing his daughters to participate in a television interview and would be avoiding similar situations in the future, wife Michelle Obama said again Wednesday she had initially asked her husband not to run for president because she didn’t want her two children to endure constant media exposure.

“I said don’t do it,” Michelle Obama told supporters at an event in Michigan. “What was going through my mind is that politics is mean and tough. I mean there was nothing that I wanted for my girls less than to have their lives turned upside down, you know to have them exposed to the public eye [or] to hear their parents being criticized on national TV.”

The potential first lady said she eventually decided that supporting her husband’s presidential bid would be the best move she could make for her daughters — that she wanted them to grow up in a world where there weren't any limits on what they could achieve.

“I had to step back and take off my ‘me’ hat and put on my ‘citizen’ hat,” Mrs. Obama said.

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  1. scared Obamas

    Obamas seem to live dual life.

    What Sen Obama privately thinks and says, (remember those gun totting bitter Americans was said in closed doors), can come out in public unknowingly, accidently once again.

    They are rightly scared of the fact, if kids spill the beans, tell that Rev Wright is still adored, and Rezko sends Christmas gifts, and what not.

    July 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Judy

    I hope that the news media will have the decency to leave these two children alone, they deserve to be allow to have pressure free lives and to enjoy being children. My only disagreement with Ms. Obama's comment was when she saidm "she wanted them to grow up in a world where there weren't any limits on what they could achieve." she should have qualified this comment with, 'unless you are a woman and want to run for president'.

    July 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Patricia

    It is very disturbing to see the flip flopping that goes on with Obama and his wife Michelle.

    Now we get to see the great lengths both Obama and his wife will go to try to get their butts moved into the white house.

    Exploiting their children this way should make everyone around them be very concerned about who/what else might be their next victim victim considering the desperate measures Obama is now taking to get attention for himself.

    July 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Vain in SoCal

    ...I just wish I had that woman's arms...

    July 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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