October 22nd, 2008
10:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama shows off dance moves after Michelle talks 'smack'


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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) – Barack Obama lauded his wife Michelle at his evening event for being a better speaker than he is. Apparently she is also a better dancer.

The Democratic presidential nominee taped an appearance for the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" after his rally on a makeshift set behind the press filing tent. DeGeneres told Obama that when Michelle appeared on her show "she was talking some smack" about his dance "moves."

Standing in front of a few rows of supporters, Obama danced to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing" much to the delight of the talk show host.

"Let me tell you that Michelle may be a better dancer. But I'm convinced I'm a better dancer than John McCain," Obama said.

Watch: Obama says he's a better dancer than McCain

Obama told DeGeneres that his daughters were opting for scary Halloween costumes this year. He said Sasha, the younger daughter, is planning to be a "corpse bride" and Malia will be an "evil fairy."

"I've got to admit they both look too cute. They're not scary enough for my taste," he said.

The segment will air on Wednesday.

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soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. faye

    The awesome part about this is that I know where they got those costumes, as my daughter (7) has the same costume. We are not rich people and its great to see that they are ordinary people who shop and do things the same way ordinary families do. Dont believe the hype that the Republicans are trying to blow out there. The Obamas will be a great First Family and I would be proud to have them represent my family, a "real" American family.

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Lou in Iowa

    I had the pleasure of watching the whole Obama family interact at a picnic in July '07. Ever since then I've hoped against hope that one day they'd be moving into the White House. They all give off a positive, loving vibe that is exactly what this country needs right now.

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. EEK

    His wife should go as a brown spider...She's scary.

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. lucinOH

    The reason why all of you who are republicans think that Obama has not been vetted is because you did not watch any of the reports during the democratic primaries. Things you are brining up now have already been explained or have been proven false. It's not your fault since you didn't follow the coverage but feel free to keep banging on the same drum. Also, if you don't know anything about what he stands for and his plans for the various issues, then you haven't been listening during this campaign either. And one more thought. How about telling us what McCain can do for this country instead of telling all of us with our head in the sand what is bad about Obama. I'd like to hear what you have to say.

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Ed Olanrewaju - Virginia

    Scott from Tuscon.

    That is old news, Obama himself provided that information without anyone asking, in his book. Beside, what has that got to do with his leadership qualities or solving the problem that confronts America.
    We have all made mistakes. Even our current president was a self confessed acoholic and a drug abuser. We forgave him and voted him in as our president.
    Scott, please get over yourself.

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. C-Dawg

    Oooooh! He can dance better than McCain? That did it, he's got my vote!

    How would America look if it had a head of state that couldn't cut a rug?

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Winnie Hussein.... in Montana

    here is a story about Sen. Obama and his wife on salon.com. It is about what he does during his off time. The story tells about a night when one of his young daughters had a soccer game and Sen. Obama showed up, much to her delight. It is a beautiful short story about a wonderful American family doing what most American families do. The contrast between the life of Sen. Obama and his family and the family of Sen. McCain couldn't be different. One wife, one house, one car, an average American family that just happens to have two incredibly talented, well-educated and intelligent parents.

    My mother last night, a lifelong Republican, asked me who I'd rather see as first lady. I replied Michelle. My mother wholeheartedly agreed. She said that Cindy McCain has nothing in common with her and her friends. She went on to say how charming and wonderful Michelle is as a mother, wife and potential first lady.

    October 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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