Thursday, August 07, 2008

"Michelle Obama: Barack Is No Elitist"

ABC News:
Potential First Lady Weighs In on 'Celebrity' Campaign Ad--First lady hopeful Michelle Obama says that a recent John McCain campaign ad characterizing her husband as a self-involved celebrity on the order of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears has it all wrong.

"It's funny to have anybody characterize Barack as an elitist," Obama told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts during an exclusive interview.

"You know, this is the kid who was raised by a single mother, who didn't have access to many resources, who, you know, has walked away his entire life from lucrative careers to work in the community," she said of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "This guy, you know... he personifies all of what, you know, we hope that our kids can be."

See more of the interview Thursday on "GMA" at 7 a.m. ET. An extended version of the interview will air on "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. ET.

Roberts spent the day with Michelle Obama in Virginia for a behind-the-scenes look at life as a presidential candidate's spouse. Obama talked about her role as a working mother, her thoughts on becoming the possible first lady and life on the campaign trail.

Obama said she rarely watches opponent's ads, but heard about the McCain video that mocks Barack Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world," but questions his ability to lead the country.

The ad used pictures of socialite-actress Paris Hilton and singer Britney Spears along with shots of Obama presiding over a massive campaign event to imply that he's more of a celebrity than a possible commander in chief.

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