Michelle Obama & Bill Clinton: No Comparison

By Ed O'Keefe

Feb 1, 2008 8:20pm

ABC News’ Ed O’Keefe Reports: In an exclusive interview for Monday’s "Good Morning America" and "Nightline", Michelle Obama told Deborah Roberts she and Bill Clinton have little in common.

"Absolutely not," Mrs. Obama told Roberts, when asked if it was accurate to compare her approach to that of the former president on the campaign trail.  "I’m a very different person. I don’t know Bill Clinton. I’ve never had conversation with him. I can’t dissect who he is."


Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has repeatedly said her husband’s assertive campaigning on her behalf is simply that of a concerned spouse, not seasoned political operative.  Some have wondered whether the Clintons are playing ‘good cop, bad cop’ — dispatching Clinton to do the dirty work while the candidate stays above the fray.

In a recent interview with ABC News’ Cynthia McFadden, Senator Clinton claimed she could keep her husband at bay.  And, indeed, former President Clinton has been flying under the radar recently, though he did take a shot at Senator Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who endorsed Obama’s bid last week, for supporting ‘No Child Left Behind’ legislation with President Bush.

Watch the GMA video of Barack battling back against Bill by clicking here.

Michelle Obama, speaking with ABC News’ Roberts for GMA and Nightline, made clear she and Clinton have taken different paths on the 2008 campaign trail.

"I know who I am and I don’t think there are many similarities in terms of how we approach (campaigning). How we were raised how we think about the world. We’re very different people, it doesn’t make sense to compare and contrast," she said of Clinton.

When asked if she was upset or angry about the tactics employed in South Carolina — which some called race baiting — Mrs. Obama let bygones be bygones.

"No, there have been things in this campaign that have been disappointing to me but that wasn’t one of them," she claimed.

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