WASHINGTON (AP) - What gets under Barack Obama's skin? Criticism of his wife, Michelle Obama.
In an interview with Glamour magazine, Obama said attacks on his wife are "infuriating." The likely Democratic presidential nominee blamed the conservative press for going after his wife as if she were the candidate.
"If they have a difference with me on policy, they should debate me. Not her," Obama told the magazine.
An Associated Press-Yahoo poll suggests Michelle Obama has higher favorable ratings than Cindy McCain, wife of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. However, Michelle Obama's unfavorable ratings are also higher.
Michelle Obama came under fire in February when she said she was proud of her country for the first time in her adult life. She later clarified her remark, saying she has always been proud of her country and was particularly proud to see so many people involved in the political process.
Obama said the attacks are ironic because his wife is "the most quintessentially American woman I know."
Michelle Obama, 44, has worked as a lawyer and hospital executive. The couple has two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
The Internet has been a double-edged sword for the Obama campaign. While it's allowed them to organize supporters and raise millions of dollars, Obama said it's also provided a vehicle for rumors and myths to spread quickly.
"It's very hard to catch up," he said.
Glamour's editor-in-chief also interviewed McCain. Full interviews with both candidates were scheduled to appear in the magazine's October issue.
I love this line, "The likely Democratic presidential nominee blamed the conservative press for going after his wife as if she were the candidate."
First, this is not an issue of the "conservative" press -- libs like Obama are so used to the Left controlling the media that anything approaching "objective" automatically is labeled "conservative." Second, if she is not the candidate and Obama does not want her to be criticized, then he should not be letting her make public statements. The Clintons tried to do the same thing with Chelsea -- "We're going to make her a public figure, but you're not allowed to question anything she says or does. Just shut up and listen like good sheep."
The more and more I watch and listen, the more exasperated I become with the Obama campaign. I really thought it would be a campaign about change, and hope, but it seems it's just more of the same left-wing crap: high taxes, government handouts, lame homeland security and a ban on any speech they don't agree with.