July 9th, 2008
12:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama regrets interview with daughters

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(CNN) - Days after Barack Obama granted the first television interview with his entire family, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said he regrets thrusting his two young daughters in the media spotlight.

"I think that we got carried away in the moment," Obama told NBC Wednesday morning. "We were having a birthday party and everybody was laughing, and suddenly this thing cropped up, and I didn't catch it quickly enough and I was surprised by the attention it got."

The comments came five days after the Illinois senator allowed Access Hollywood reporter Maria Menounos a sit-down interview with his entire family, including daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha 7. The television show, which aired the interview Tuesday, billed it as the first interview with the whole Obama family.

The interview remained decidedly light - Malia commented on seeing her mother in People Magazine while Sasha discussed her father's aversion to sweets - but it was highly played across several news programs, including many on CNN. (Earlier: Obama family talks campaign life)

Watch: Are Obama's kids off limits?

Also appearing on ABC Wednesday morning, Obama said he didn't think it was healthy for his two daughters to be so exposed.

"Particularly given the way it sort of went around the cable stations, I don't think it's healthy and it's something that we'll be avoiding in the future," he said.

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Watch: Obama family interviewed on Access Hollywood

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  1. Nina Deponca

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    Speaking with CNN Tuesday, Menounos, the Access Hollywood reporter, said the campaign had reached out to the show for an interview and her only goal was to show the Obama family dynamic.
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    I'm sorry Ms. Menounos but I don't exactly buy it that the campaign sought you out instead of the other way around. This family has been hounded for interviews and they relented with your outfit.

    The "interview" seemingly [I haven't seen it] was benign enough so there is no issue there.

    However, as a journalist, or whatever you consider yourself, it's time you and others like you stop word smything your comments to make yourselves look better than you are. In your comment, in a minor way, you are attempting to place an onus for the interview on someone other than yourself. You wanted this and pursued it. Just come clean.

    July 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Sean K.

    I don't hate the guy at all. Obama is the one who said he made an error in judgment by putting his kids out there. He also said he made similiar mistakes in regard to Rev. Wright, staying on at Trinity, wiretapping, lapel pins and most recently his stance on Iraq. I like the guy. One day he may be a great President, but not now. His inexperience and judgment is the 800 lb gorilla in the room.

    July 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Tee from Florida

    Obama has a well rounded family. In this day and age family is just a word used in the english language. Nomatter what Obama does there will be criticism even though this interview with the family was just a step back from the hard campaign. I thought it showed something about the family. If you are not going to vote for Obama thats your right. But lets stop placating the facad and just say you don't want a black man to be president. At least be honest because Mccain will give u everythingyou have had in the last 8 years so when its time vote for McCain because once he is in you won't have anything left but your vote

    Obama 08

    July 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Sensible Individual

    Comments here will always continue to be negative. Voters believe it or not want to know the candidates family. IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL. so he says he regrets having his family on TV. BIG DEAL! How about commenting on McCain joking killing Iranians by sending them cigarettes? Non Issue.. so is this one..

    the same folks with the venom are consistent with the screen names.. you know who you. does not matter if he is walking with his kids in the park. you will find a way to add a negative comment. Ask yourself why every insignificant issue has to be over analyzed..

    Oh.. I forgot you have no life..
    Please post CNN along with the other gratuitous posts..

    July 9, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. dz in Austin

    I guess that's an oops. At least it is now. Strange he didn't think of that until after he's gotten the good press by 'displaying' his absolutely adorable children.

    I don't believe he thinks it was a mistake at all. I think he knew exactly what he was doing. The reporter says the campaign asked for the interview. Sounds suspiciously well thought out.

    Just another slick politician. I don't want to hear any more of his supporters talking about "Slick Willy". At least the Clintons didn't use their daughter when she was a child.

    Tell me again who has the better judgement and moral character?

    July 9, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. McCain fan

    Although I'm voting for McCain, I watched this interview and saw nothing wrong with it. His girls are very cute and well spoken for their ages. This whole process will change their lives, whether Obama wins or loses. We all know the media will use them whether they're in the spotlight or not.

    July 9, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Jennifer

    DUH! It was about painting the picture so even more of the media would fall in love with him, not about sheltering his girls.

    If it were about that from the begining, they would have never been on tv, especially due to how young they are. Just a not smart move on his part. But the woman you all hate so much, Hillary flat out, boldy and directly said Chelsea was off limits as a topic of discussion...EVEN NOW as a grown woman. Hillary still protected her child.

    McCain's children aren't PLASTERED all over the tv. Take a clue Obama. Man I can't wait for the rock-star status to leave this guy.

    Don't regret the decision now.

    July 9, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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