Obama Declares Michelle Off-Limits

By Lindsey Ellerson

May 19, 2008 9:43am

On Good Morning America today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, took issue with a Tennessee Republican Party attack on his wife Michelle for her February comments that "for the first time in my adult lifetime I’m really proud of this country."

The Tennessee GOP launched a web video making much hay out of those comments, suggesting she is unpatriotic.

"The GOP — should I be the nominee — I think can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record," Obama told Robin Roberts. (Watch HERE) "If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable. The notion that you start attacking my wife? Or my family? Michelle is the most honest, the best person I know. She is one of the most caring people I know. She loves this country. For them to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways that are unflattering to her I think is just low class and I think most of the American people would think that as well."

He also said, "these folks should lay off my wife."

For her part, Michelle Obama denied reports that she did not want Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, to serve as her husband’s vice president.

"I think the world of Hillary Clinton," Michelle Obama said. "Particularly, as a woman, having watched her go through a lot of what I might be going through, and doing it with a level of grace, and raising a phenomenal daughter, which — I have two girls — and I know how hard just in the little bit of exposure I’ve had to this what she’s had to deal with, and what she’s accomplished. So that being said, you know, there is no way that I would say absolutely no to one of the most successful and powerful and groundbreaking women on this planet. What I have said is that I think one of the things that the nominee has earned is the right to pick the vice president that they think will suit them… I think this should be Barack’s say, through and through."

- jpt

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