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. Tired of W, OH

    "Foreign Observer" has it completely right. Actions speak louder than words. Bush, McCain, and company are the ones that threw our troops into this mess so recklessly and unprepared and who are against the GI bill because it might mean less troops re-enlisting. Is that respecting the troops?

    By the way "STILL FOR HILL", how much do you get paid for blogging? A little extra income would be nice.

    August 4, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. flavoter

    Good for her:
    Obama needs to be his own man and stop being lead around by a nose ring by McCain, also keep his message focused. McCain has been on the Senate Committee on Armed Services for years . And under his watch we had the Walter Reed Hospital mess and other failing facitities , soldiers being sent to war not properly outfitted.Returning home not receiving proper mental care. Long waiting list to get VA care.Extended tours, military families repeatedly torn apart / separated just to name a few.

    McCain has stated he loves the troops. I was always taught actions speak louder than words, also words are cheap. McCain you love the troops where has the oversight been were you asleep at the wheel again? Oversight was your job. Were you to concerned with your side job of nation building? Take a hike John. This is a fight Obama act like it!!!

    August 4, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Mikey Josh

    Still for Hill.....
    "Wouldn't it have been easier for Obama just to visit the troops in the hospital in Germany?

    Oh, that's right, they told Obama that he couldn't take in cameras.

    No empty suits who average a flip-flop per day.

    Still for Hill, but voting McCain."

    Oh, right!
    You would support, out of spite, someone who voted AGAINST vets rights and vet's family support!

    So, tell me, What has McStupid done for our vet's? I have 2 son's who have , Thank God, Made it back safely form the war zones.. They have issues, sure. Thankfully, Barack has outlined a plan for post war support for the troops AND their families, unlike McCain, who has turned his back on them.


    OBAMA '08

    August 4, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Justin in CA

    McCain is against the G.I. Bill as well. Who supports the troops more? It is Obama unless you are talking about who supports getting more of our troops wounded and killed without giving them the proper support in the field as well as at home, that is McCain.

    August 4, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. biffington, biff

    You mention at the end the accusation of cancelling a visit to troops "BECAUSE he could not bring the media with him". Why did you not then mention the Obama camp denies this BECAUSE the pentagon called them AND TOLD THEM NOT TO GO!

    August 4, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Phyllis/ PA

    Just as obama's team selects those who sit behind him on the stage they will also carefully select those who will participate in the round table discussions. It is just another rigged effort to protray Obama in a favorable light.

    I know from first hand experience how the Obama team rigs photo shots. He was speaking at our local high school during the primaries. Being an independent, I went to see/hear him. Well, guess what. Because I was a white elderly lady I got to sit on the stage! Why, I representa group that Obama is/was having difficulty winning over.

    Prior to this experience, I was naive and thought that those on stage were either part of his campaign or other important people. Nope, the object is to have the rix mix for the backdrop.

    August 4, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Lou R

    Empty suit McCain can only attack the integrity and character of his opponent through a highly negative campaign. Obama's actions speak to the vision, leadership and intentions of this All American-story candidate.

    August 4, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. G.I. Josh

    Good for you, Michelle, I'm sure you'll do a fine job.

    Let these haters hate; that's their job.

    August 4, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Debra

    Apparently you are only posting Obama supporter comments. Apparently, Obama supporters can't take criticism of their unethical candidate.

    August 4, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. A house divided






    August 4, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. karen-phoenix

    Obama is the only hope this country has of surviving!!! I'm a republican voting for Obama and this is one more bit of proof how much the man really cares and understands average American families!!! How can a man, McCain, who has never had a job and has lived off a millioner wife relate. McCain has 8 houses!!! Give me a break!!! People look at reality!!!! Obama cares and will try to help middle America. It's our only hope. Even his energy plan is soooo far ahead of McCain its not funny!!!! McCain is backed by big oil!!!

    August 4, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Leon

    "STILL FOR HILL" needs to find a clue.

    Firstly, how do you be for hillary then vote for McCain? That makes no sense at all and just goes to show what you really stand for. If you are for Hillary then you are a democrat or you are liberal. Either that or you are an older Caucasian female who wants a woman or any white male as president. Because if you are for Hillary then how do you justify voting for McCain who is the opposite of Hillary's policies?

    Secondly, you must be illiterate (literally) because every knowledgeable American knows that cameras didn't have anything to do with Obama not seeing the troops. Even Repulican Chuck Hagel who went on the trip with Obama came out against these lies by the McCain campaign.

    Get a Clue!

    August 4, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |

    It's okay Bill! According to the Obama campain and his supporters, anyone who doesn't support Obama is racist.

    Jesse Jackson doesn't like Obama either, but you don't hear Roland Martin calling Jackson a racist.

    It's funny that some call Obama post racial, but he plays the race card at every turn.

    Still for Hill


    August 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Realist

    What is McCain doing for troops, other than promising to keep them away from their families on long tours of Iraq?

    August 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Phil Republic from MA

    Shes an unpatriotic loser....

    Obama is a fool and Paris Hilton black style....

    Stop flip flopping
    Stop playing the race card
    Stop pretending you the best thing since sliced bread

    Can't wait to see you crash and burn. McCain will trash you in the election

    August 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    Old white americans, please get with the program, republicans have never did anything for your communities and never will. They constantly play on your ignorance and you people constantly allow them to do it. For once can you please overlook the fact that an Afro-American is running for president and look at a democrat is running for president!

    Barack and Michelle Obama does care about our military people and they families! You will see if he elected how the military group will continue even after he's president.

    Poor Hillary supporters you guys are pathetic!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Sammy

    I am curious. Nobody seems to ask about McCains opinion of Vietnam. Not his personal experiences or being a POW but the war in general. Probably the great majority of people in this country think it was wrong to be there and feel the troops were victims our political leaders. But what does he think? Also, in 2003 why would someone who loves the troops so much send them off to fight and die in a land that we had no interest in?

    Most people back in 2003: "Saddam Hussein? Oh yeah I remember that guy. Isnt he dead yet?"

    August 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Kim

    Michelle Obama may not be a beauty queen, but she is smart and polished. And what do you mean her picture is unflattering. You would rather have a picture of john Mccain. Just how many holes are they gonna dig in that mans face. And then they try to cover it up with make-up which is absurd. It looks like it should burn really bad, its like puring liquid foundation into a huge gash. So please lets not start with the petty superficial put downs on michelle obama, especially when john mccain looks like a block of fossilized cream cheese.

    August 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Joe

    Too bad the "Obama 300" didn't think of this BEFORE Barrack missed the troops in Germany!

    August 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. judy, Wisconsin

    What a great idea! I've heard her speak and she is genuine and down to earth. I can't picture Cindy meeting with the wives of military people. Obama has always supported the troops with his votes for benefits. I'm sure the Repugs will continue to smear both of tthe Obamas anyway–they are a bunch of childish complainers, along with the people who believe their strange ads.

    August 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Non-believer

    Just another scam.

    August 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |

    Painting Bill Clinton as a racist shows me how far Obama will stoop to win an election/primary. No thanks, Barack. There is nothing new in that kind of politics.
    cnn better repost that ticker... we will tie up every other ticker with comments on the ONE issue that cost HILL the nomination and stole it for Obama.

    August 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Why is he sloughing this off on his wife? Veteran’s affairs are not important enough for him to be bothered with? He had time to make a campaign appearance in Germany and get his ego stroked; he should make time to host a round table discussion with American military families. Oh yeah, the military isn’t important to Obama, he won’t be receiving enough votes from this demographic who traditionally vote republican to be bothered.

    August 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. afrahx2

    Good idea, but as usual, trust McCain to come up with an advert that will attack the idea. That's all he waiting to do – attact, attack, attack.

    August 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Just a Mom

    I'm glad some attention is being given to military families even if it is driven by campaigning. I am from a military family – my father is a Vietnam veteran who also served in the U.S Navy. My older brother has been in the Marine Corps and has served in Iraq. We are proud Americans who support Senator Obama and believe Michelle will make a fine First Lady.

    August 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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