August 26th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama girls wanted Jonas Brothers, not dad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama’s daughters and convention goers were surprised with a video feed of the Illinois senator."]

Walking out onto the convention stage to deliver her speech Monday night, Michelle Obama leaned down to daughters Malia and Sasha and told them, “I’ve got a surprise for you.”

“Is it the Jonas Brothers?” 10 year-old Malia asked.

“No, it’s not the Jonas Brothers,” she responded. It was a live video feed of “Daddy” from Kansas City.

“In the end she felt that Daddy was a decent second choice,” Obama told supporters attending an economic roundtable in Denver Tuesday afternoon.

Watch: The Obama daughters talk to their father.

Barack Obama says the girls are big fans of the teen band, and were disappointed when they found out they would be in Denver when the band came through their hometown of Chicago.

The Illinois senator – who often tells parents to monitor the music their children listen to – approves of the tween sensations.

Watch: Obama's daughters steal the show

“They seem wholesome enough,” he told reporters on his campaign plane in early August. “[The girls are] not thrilled that we’re choosing the convention over the Jonas Brothers.”

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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. I've Had Enough! How do you people live with yourselves?

    This a fluff article meant to point out the single mindedness of our youth during what is a tumultuous time to us grown-ups, and some of you DISGUSTING people have to nerve to attack two little girls?!?!?!

    I truly hope God never blessed you with children of your own. I pray for them if they have to have parents like you who are called to raise them to be upstanding decent citizens. Wouldn"t be surprised if they have no respect for you at all!

    GROW UP!!

    August 26, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Elle

    I believe I have more in common with Michelle Obama than i do Hillary. I am a first generation college graduate of immigrant parents. My parents were both factory workers who worked hard to put their children through college. I used to like the Clintons ( along time ago) but no more. Thye have their own agendas and forget abt everyone else. No Clinton in 08, 12 or any other time ever! They have brought about enough disgrace, disrespectfulness, and lies to last a lifetime.

    August 26, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Griff

    My Ultimate last Comment to CNN. Bless you! You tried to get it right... But? Did you...

    August 26, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. unity

    What a beautiful family!

    August 26, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. anne

    apparently the kids are smarter than dad they heard him say he was in St. Louis when he was in Kansas City.

    August 26, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. A. H. Williams

    Why aren't you using John Roberts on night time prime convention coverage? He is much better than most of you, has years of convention experience, and is on a first name basis with Joe Biden and many Washington insiders. Are you afraid that he will show the rest of you up?

    August 26, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Sandy

    When Chelsea made appearances with HRC, it was pimping her out, with the Obamas it's soooooo cute. Remember, we never even heard Chelsea speak until she was 27 yrs. old. The Obamas give a 7 yr old the mic.

    August 26, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. bob

    I was reading about another article where some McLame supporters were talking about how much experience Mc Cain has over Obama....But they never say what kind of experience. Could it be experience in failing to secure a nomination for commander in chief. Could it be experience in failed marriage. Could it be experience as a POW which should help us alot in the current war and future ones. Experience in healthcare, economy,home forclosures,etc.

    The experience excuse is no longer valid since Obama has Biden's 35 years of government and foreign policy.

    What the peanut gallery republicans don't realize is that Obama has a better staff than McWar. People that are well organized and very capable of handling the current issues that we are faced with. When I look at Mc Shame, I think of

    I agree with Charles. CNN is pro McCain, aleast the ones in charge at CNN are. Most other media outlets practice more fairminded reporting so they probably won't print this.

    August 26, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. anonymouys

    the republicans can say all they want it wont work this time obama going to win landslide

    August 26, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. stephanie

    I am a middle age woman and I am tired of hearing about these sour old women who are still harping about Hillary Clinton and still not over it on her loss. GET OVER IT!!! They seem to fit the profile of single older woman who probably are divorced and hate men. They need to not be sour anymore and move forward

    August 26, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    Why even put this here, CNN?

    It just gives the right-wingers more time to spew hate. Who needs to see that directed at anyone's family?
    I guess next week we'll see these stories about McCain's mom.

    August 26, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. mom

    why we have to see how O. talks to his kids, why these cute little ones are being exploited again? They did not show any better relationship than millions of parents and kids have together. And, I bet there are better families than this one, and worse too. Nothing extraordinary on this family. If it would be, they would not show off this much. Even stars do not publish their kids this much.
    I would not do this to my kids.

    For sake of your kids, stop using them in politics, on stage. They are still little, and do not even know what to do, what is it about. Let them enjoy their childhood, stop using them. This is not reality show, this is politics.

    August 26, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |

    i know this is the day for woman, but as a democrat i love condelezza rice, president bush has been on a vacation. but condi has been running the country she's a woman that im proud of to. i love mrs obama as well. my daughter, and granddaughters, neices and daughter in laws can look up to not just hillary..but all the woman who have gave of themselves so much service to this wonderful country of ours.

    August 26, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. ran

    Nice family. I can't wait till they are in the Whitehouse. We are going to get our country back. Good times are a coming. Be not afraid people,Obama will do us all proud.

    August 26, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Joe in NJ

    Well that's it! Anyone who would let their children listen to the Jonas Brothers is not getting my vote! And Miley Cyrus is ugly and sounds like a man!

    August 26, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Wow, are you Repubs and PUMAs nasty, bitter, vindictive people. You should all be terribly ashamed of yourself.

    Granted, this is not news. It's cute, and that's all. But the vitriol which you display really makes me fear for the future of this country.

    August 26, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Judy

    I would love to see your daugther raise an Child that is ADD and His or her father has been gone seven months of the year for the last four years and you grand child is only seven.We are to teach him that His Dad is defending a country that sames to have a problem supporting a Man that is the same raceas his dad. It appears that it is still ok for us to serve but do not even think about leading.

    August 26, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Laura

    If you don't like Obama, fine, but who the hell has a problem with a 10 and 7 year old? Some of you are seriously heartless people if you are attacking Obama's daughters.

    August 26, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Joe in StL

    Cute alert!

    August 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. jean_1006


    August 26, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. bc

    those of you criticizing the Obamas for having their kids at the convention are the same ones who would be asking "what are they hiding?" if they didn't have their kids there.

    August 26, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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