August 26th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama: Michelle was good, looked 'cute'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama praised his wife's DNC appearance."]

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama told an audience Tuesday his wife, Michelle, was "good" in her address Monday night and that her performance "puts a little pressure" on him.

"But I've always said I am not the star of the Obama family," The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said to a group of airline workers at a hangar in Kansas City. "I rank fourth after Malia, Sasha, and Michelle."

"I could not have been more proud of her," he said, adding, "as I said on television last night, she also looked cute, which doesn't hurt. Does not hurt."

Obama will accept the Democrats' presidential nomination during a speech at Invesco Field in Denver Thursday evening.

soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Chad, Wisco

    Heres the funny thing. Americans by nature are very lazy. Go ahead and look at it, sure there are the hugely successful and what not, but in general we are very complacent and happy in our daily ruts. The Obamas say they are like everyone else, ha. I didnt get a scholorship to college because of my skin color. In fact I was denied some due to it. You have a great family and I am happy for you that you made good on your situations, but dont pander me by saying you are just like the rest of us

    August 26, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Silence Dogood

    "looks cute" – now we know Obama's place for women.

    August 26, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. AJ

    She was fantastic and made me proud of being a member of the democratic party. I think it's high time that the media pundits stop brainwashing the people saying," People don't know who Barack Obama is and waht he stands for". It's also high time that if the republicans have nothing positive to say about McCain that they stop their negative campaigning and retire into oblivion just as McCain will do come November.

    August 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Max, Austin TX

    To Carol (and everyone else who keeps mentioning that Obama doesn't have "experience"): No one really has experience that prepares them to be President of the United States, unless they've actually BEEN President. Sen. Obama has many years of experience in government at the state and federal levels and, more importantly, in the things that matter to most people. Michelle Obama is educated, intelligent, articulate, savvy, obviously a loving mother and wife, and I am impressed by what she has made of her life and what she is trying to accomplish for her children. Sen. Obama very obviously loves this country and has a vision for this country like no other in recent history. He is able to bring people together and give us hope for the future. He will surround himself with people on whom he can rely for advice and counsel, and he will listen to them. I believe this country will flourish with Obama as President, and we will achieve respect on the world stage that we have not had in recent years. I believe electing Sen. Obama as President is crucial at this point in our history, as electing McCain will not serve to effect the changes we need...and we need change now! Thank you.

    August 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Kelby from Houston, TX

    By the way C-span is the place to watch the convention...NO SPIN!

    August 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. KG

    What a waste the first night of the Democrat convention was. It must be true that the Dems don't have anything substantial or of substance to offer. Just more of the same BS pep talks. Obama is sinking fast. No platform, no experience, no core policies, just a lot of hype and talk., he's got Biden as his VP choice. Wow, the man who claims to be against "old style" Wash DC politics just picked a person with one of the longest histories in DC to be his VP choice. And....he had Kennedy (who's been around DC forever) as one of his key note speakers on the opening night of the convention. Looks to me like Obama is falling in to "old style" politics nicely. Change? Are you kidding me?

    August 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Dan , TX

    Michele Obama will be a great first lady!

    Barack Obama will be a great president, so good that if Hillary wants to be president in 2016, all the Obama supporters will be there for her. And after her, Chelsea. Hillary is young, in 8 years, she'll be the perfect candidate for President, and she'll have 36 million votes in the primaries for sure.

    August 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. juana

    tjaye in LA,

    Why did'nt she say that to the REV. WRIGHT while a member of his church? Hypocrites!

    August 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Biffington, Biff

    anyone (and there are many of you here already)...
    but anyone who questions the authenticity of the Obama family are LIARS and PAID HATERS...

    it is in you job description...




    August 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Oh! The Irony

    What person in politics doesn't use a teleprompter when speaking in front of large crowds? It was an adress and a teleprompter was completely acceptable. Sounds like you were looking for anything to complain about.

    August 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Paris

    A great performance.
    She looked good and she sounded smart.

    But the fact still remains that she did say “America is down right mean country and this is the
    first time she has ever been proud of her country”.
    I personally find it sad that she feels that way about America.

    Her actions and her speech are in direct conflict.
    If she loves America why did she allow her kids to go to a church that promoted GD to America?

    Which Michelle should we believe?
    Also, why she didn’t mention not even once that she attended Princeton and Harvard?

    August 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Thomas

    From yesterdays speech I got to know about Barack's basketball skills, dating skills and his parental skills. All very useful skills but not the ones you need to be the Commander in Chief!!

    Can we ever hear anything that matters from the Obama campaign?"

    Patience young one Patience. This was only the first day of a four day convention. Not everything will be covered on the first day.

    August 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Al - NYC

    Yes, the Obama's are a very nice family... however they should be making movies or sitcoms, they have no place in politics. It would be insane to put this family in charge of leading the worlds premier free nation!!!

    August 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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