August 4th, 2008
12:02 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama camp launches military families working group

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(CNN) - Days after a television spot from John McCain’s campaign suggested Barack Obama did not hold enough respect for members of the military, the presumptive Democratic nominee’s campaign announced Monday that Michelle Obama will host a roundtable discussion with military spouses highlighting the launch of a military families advisory group.

Michelle Obama will meet with military families in Norfolk, Virginia Wednesday, an event designed to spotlight "Blue Star Families for Obama," which the campaign describes as "a national military families council" that will provide policy input and coordinate with the campaign on events featuring military families.

Michelle Obama held similar discussions with military spouses last May in Kentucky and North Carolina. Last month, the McCain campaign released an ad that suggested the Illinois senator had skipped a visit to wounded service members on his overseas trip because he could not bring members of the media with him. Obama’s campaign has denied the account.

Earlier: Campaigns spar over canceled troop visit

soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. I Can't vote for the other democrat either

    Blacks united behind Obama based ONLY on his color.

    Women need to learn to do the same or NO woman will ever be respected.


    This year young, beautiful and half black were turned into requirements and qualifications.

    DON'T fall for that racist hype.

    August 4, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    > Still for Hill, but voting McCain.

    Please just do it and shut up about it... you remind me of a 4 year old who keeps threatening to hold her breath if she doesn't get her way. Have we not made it clear? We don't care!

    August 4, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Lili, FL

    Too little, too late!

    You can't fix your poor judgment, by creating a committee for your wiffy!

    NoBama 08

    August 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I am so proud to support a candidate who talks about his plans for the future of this country instead of wasting our time with stupidity and nonsense!!!

    Obama 08 & 12

    August 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. RENEA

    Mccain has voted against GI issues 9 times since 2005.The Republicans are all talk when it comes to supporting the troops.Mccain gets a D from Vet Groups on his voting record.

    August 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Steve the Soothsayer

    Barack fumbled when he refused to meet with wounded G.I's in Germany. If he'd had the good sense to do it without cameras, he could have had both the good press a report of his visit would have brought, while avoiding accusations of an unseemly photo-op. It clearly demonstrates that his campaign team is not infallible. While his team has performed admirably until now in most instances, they should realize that their toughest challenges lay ahead.

    August 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Jenny from IN

    J. Sydney McCain.

    Did you know that Sydney is the name of a city in Australia?

    And did you know that Australia was originally a place where Britain sent their criminals?



    I hate Sean Hannity and people that use worthless information to scare people.

    Let's have an election about the issues.

    If McCain is capable.

    So probably not.

    OBAMA 08

    August 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Tammy - KCMO

    Keep up the good work Michelle and Barack. Stay above the low brow politics of the republicans.

    August 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. I Can't vote for the other democrat either

    Thanks to Joan: August 4th, 2008 9:50 am ET

    It is so sad how the level of discourse in this country has been affected by the Obama campaign. Now even Bill Clinton has to say he is not a racist. Have we really come to the point that disagreeing with any position Obama takes makes one a racist? Heaven help us in November, even if Obama wins, because a significant portion of the country won't vote for him. It has nothing to do with race, but even Obama cannot be all things to all people.

    The reverse- racism is what killed the Obama campaign.

    August 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. ANGIE

    At least obama cares about the vets does mccain he wouldnt even support the bill shocking with him being pow and military, CHECK HIS VOTING RECORDS ITS THAT SIMPLE HE GETS A D FROM VETERNS OBAMA GETS B+ mccain doesnt care about our troops only cares about them to use them in senseless wars, When was the last time mccain or cindy met with military families?????

    August 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. SIMP

    This is a very thoughful idea, the families of our troops are going through a lot with their spouses being away for long periods of time. I sure the turn out will be overwhelming and welcoming.

    your comments are totally unnecessary, it shows your level of intellegence, NONE. You have so little to complain about when it comes to Obama until you have to make these nasty remarks about his wife. You are pathetic!!

    Go Michelle

    August 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Don

    Good idea, great job Michelle. We'll be voting for you husband in November. He will be our next POTUS.

    August 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. CB FOR OB

    Michelle we are with you and god bless.

    August 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Mike in Houston

    I really like what Michelle is doing. I think we need more attention on what families go through who either have loved ones fighting or loved ones lost. We hear so much about what our troops go through which is good, but very little about the what their families go through. I was on active duty during the first Gulf War, my family went through hell not knowing if I was coming back alive or physically and/or mentally disabled. There were not many support groups then. You guys and girls need to put your petty indifferences aside and support Michelle. As for Cindy McCain, she is also a good person. Attacking Obama or John for thier political POV's are one thing, attacking these two women, especially when both are trying to come up with ways to help others, is flat out ignorant and you should be ashamed of yourselves, idiots!

    Obama 08 and 12

    August 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. black woman for mccain

    sigh. I hope people can see through this. It's a nice gesture but... something is off... Obama should have visited the wounded troops.

    August 4, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Peggy - TX

    The fact that the Republican slime machine is still knocking Michelle for one sentence taken out of context, months after she clarified her comment, is a pretty good indication that they have nothing in their arsenal to slime her with.

    August 4, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |

    WOW she is uuuuuuuuuugly

    August 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. A house divided

    I may not be able to vote for Obama now even if Hillary is VP.

    That is how pernicious the Obamas have been for the party and party unity.

    The divisive uniter that stole the nomination by playing the race card and trashing his better qualified opponent.

    Hillary and Bill should not have to be forced to endorse the demogogue that gutted and trashed Hillary.

    August 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Krissy

    The Obamas have been working hard for American families for decades now. I think this is a great move.

    August 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Lisa Mason

    The veterans have been forgotten by the Republican Party once they get their limbs blown off or need mental health services when they return from Iraq or Afganistan. There is currently a two year wait to get claims processed for benefits and long waiting lists for much needed physical and mental health care. Meanwhile McCain votes agaisnt expanded services for our vetereans as well as education benefits. Meanwhile returning vets have the highest rates of suicide ever and hundreds join the already over 100,000 vets that are homeless.

    It took the leadership of our Democratic Senator Jim Webb and the help of Senator Obama to directly address the needs of these veterans. I welcome Michelle Obama to our area on Wednesday and applaud her outreach efforts.

    Obama 2008!

    August 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Former Repub

    Go Michelle!!
    Thank you for looking out for us and for providing real SOLUTIONS to REAL ISSUES!!
    We're behind you 100%!!

    OBAMA 08'

    August 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Voter

    It's official:

    Michelle has now done more about this issues then McShame in the elections.

    August 4, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. vic nashville,Tn

    “I never proud of my country until my husband run for president” Michelle Obama
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    August 4, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. no obama

    No Obama, voting for McCain. Obama is a lier, arrogant, dishonest and a flip-flopper.

    August 4, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Marie

    McCain needs to explain why he didn't support the GI Bill, and then turns around and says Obama doesn't support the troops. Actions speak louder than words, my friend.

    August 4, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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