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February 11th, 2008
02:10 PM ET

More valuable spouse: Bill Clinton or Michelle Obama?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are not that far apart on many of the issues. But when it comes to their spouses, the differences couldn't be more glaring.

The Wall Street Journal reports today about the evolving role of Michelle Obama. The Princeton and Harvard Law-educated wife of the democratic front-runner has become an influential adviser. She's been nicknamed "the closer" because she often pushes harder to seal the deal with voters than Barack does. She generally stays away from discussing policy and strategy, but gets very involved with issues that affect her personally, like being a working mom.

Michelle has also given people a peek into their personal lives: Barack snores and doesn't put the butter back in the refrigerator.

She says part of her role is to "give people yet another slice of who Barack is, making him even more multidimensional." She says her comments about his foibles were so people wouldn't "deify" him.

Then there is the other spouse in the race. That would be the 42nd president of the United States. Quoting the Journal story, Bill Clinton has "come across at times as the empathetic, seasoned onetime leader of the free world – but at other times as the red-faced, argumentative attack-dog-in-chief."

Some suggest he may have hurt Hillary, especially with some of the things he said in South Carolina. Since then, it seems like the campaign has toned down Clinton's role, and he hasn't been going on the attack against Obama.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to the candidates’ spouses, who is more valuable: Bill Clinton or Michelle Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Sharon from Michigan writes:
I like Bill Clinton and remember how good things were during his presidency, but Michelle Obama seems more like a normal wife and mother, who understands the needs of people in bad situations. Their marriage seems wholesome and their vision seems to be the right direction. You can see the pride in her eyes for her husband. I think Michelle outweighs Bill.

P. writes:
Bill Clinton is by far the most valuable spouse. And no one should complain that Bill Clinton has been out-of-line on the campaign trail. Mrs. Obama has been terrible. Her remark that Hillary can't take care of her own house so how could she take care of the White House was really underhanded.

Paul writes:
Clearly Michelle represents the future, and she will be a great representative around the world. She seems normal and authentic; Bill has been spinning so long it is doubtful that he even knows the difference anymore.

Linda writes:
Well it is obvious, it is Bill Clinton. He has been there and done that and could definitely support and understand the pressures and tough decisions that go along with the job. These two together are a powerhouse and right now that is what we need. Not someone with only one term of experience.

Every writes:
I think Michelle Obama would be more valuable. I believe she brings to the table intelligence, good judgment, common sense, inner strength, self control and a non-spin of the truth. On the other hand, Bill Clinton is a liar, adulterer, deceiver and a master spin artist.

Yvonne writes:
Each of their spouses are valuable in different ways. But Bill Clinton is the most valuable, because without him, Hillary wouldn't stand a chance.

Til writes:
One word. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica. Monica.


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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Mike McKibben, Fl

    I am a Democrat, and my wife is a Republican. One thing we both agree with is that Mrs Obama is one exceptional person. She is one of the several reasons we are both leaning to Obama in the general election. She's smart and a class act.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  2. James Brown

    Michelle Obama without a doubt , she has something Bill Clinton has never had ( INTEGRITY).

    February 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  3. Xan Steel Orlando, FL

    Personally I think the spouse of the candidates, is not that important for this reason. "We are not voting them into office." If they are standing behind their spouse 100% reguardless of their past history, then that should be good enough for the nation.

    Xan Steel

    February 11, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  4. Albert

    Michelle Obama. She doesn't come with all the baggage Bill Clinton does. I liked the Clintons, but people tend to forget that in some ways Bill's term in office was hindered by scandals such as Paula Jones, Whitewater, etc.. (not to mention Monica Lewinski). I think Bill Clinton accomplished less because of those distractions. Barack and Michelle are just more fresh. Sometimes long-term experience can hurt.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  5. Nina from CA

    I have to admit that my support of Obama is influenced by how impressive I find his wife. I suspect that her image is more calculated than the campaign lets on, but there's still something about her that still strikes me as candid and warm. Plus, the lady is funny and is very elegant. Not to keep banging on that annoying Camelot comparison, but having a chic first lady would be something I'd like to have again, for sure.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Todd - Bellevue WA

    Seems like Bill has been a bit of a liability lately with a short temper and snide comments. I'll have to go with Michelle.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  7. TM in Canada

    Jack... the easiest way to answer this, is to ask their spouses. Other than that, it's a silly question.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  8. Rich Denis

    While Barak Oabama is very charismatic and well spoken, I find Michelle about as endearing as Condoleeza Rice. She seems cold and aloof. If she had half the charisma of her husband I think se'd make an excellent First Lady.

    As to who is more valuable, it doesn't really matter – the delegates don't get to vote on that. As to whether it would influence a delegate's vote, I should hope not but then again if this thing is decided by "Super Delegates" perhaps that will be a factor – I suspect many of them still hold Bill Clinton in the highest esteem.

    Rich
    Kamloops, BC

    February 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  9. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Bill is the best politician(in the worst sense of the word) that we will see in our lifetime – even if you were born yesterday. But I think it would be foolish to underestimate Mrs. Obama.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Jack, you still don't get it. This election is about the candidates and WHOM can best handle the job as president and not their spouse. All the comments about anything else is only to help your rateings. All you talk about is a black man and a woman running for the office of president and not that they are candidates for president. McCain gets high press coverage and ( you always call him candidate). Why is that JACK???
    The press has tried to decide this from before the first vote was cast. Jack you guys have to learn that all AMERICANS don't beleive all that we hear in the press.
    Do you ask your spouse for advice or do you want a BLOG to decide if what she has to say is worth anything????

    Chuck
    Warren, Ohio

    February 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Tom, Avon Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Jack,

    Michelle Obama is a wonderful asset. I'll be proud as hell to have her as a First Lady. Did you see the Soledad Obrien interview of her? She is not just smart, and principled, she is plain speaking (honest) we Quakers love that.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  12. earl illingsworth

    The answer Jack, is Bill(mad dog) Clinton. If there was just a slight chance of Michelle, having his glib, his knowledge,never mind his charisma, I'd say a toss-up. Oh ,what the heck, "Sweet William" wins hands down, "Most Valuable Player"of all four,never mind between Michelle and him! Earl / Massachusetts

    February 11, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  13. Lafayette Howell

    The question, which spouse is more valuable, of course, Michell Obama, she
    is speaking from her heart. Bill is speaking from his head.

    Why does Obama still trail Hillary in delegates count after the week end after winning 5 to 0, please tell Wolf to explaine it to me.
    Thanks

    L Howell
    Nashville Tn

    February 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  14. Sara

    I can't answer this question but I like to comment about Micelle Obama's recent interview and the one which is about to come with Larry King. I think she should keep herself in back seat and plays a low profile becaus I fear that she might damage Obama's chances. She may face some tricky questions and then blunder in her answers. If she becomes the First Lady, then she will have many chances to be interviewed and make herself heard. But at the meantime she must keep quiet and let her husband do the talking business.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  15. Bastien Beauchamp (NYC)

    If by spouse you mean someone you can rely on, you can talk to, that will support you: I tend to choose Michelle Obama. She seems to be extremely grounded.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  16. Gary in North Carolina

    Hi Jack,

    Let's see - more valuable to the campaign's of their respective spouses or more valuable to the nation? Apparently Michelle Obama is devoted to her husband. And a lot of people are certainly ready to jump on the Obama bandwagon and hand him the democratic party's nomination because a lot of other people think it would be a good idea to hand him the democratic party's nomination and, besides, it's hard not to get caught up in all that hype. Also, we know as least as much about Mrs. Obama as we do about her husband's well-defined position and plan of action on the many critical issues facing our nation.

    On the other hand, Bill Clinton has his faults. He's also a two-term former president who very effectively managed the national and international policy of our federal government for eight years and, despite contemporary news coverage in the U.S., continues to be held in high esteem abroad. Were it Bill Clinton on the ticket instead of Hillary the democratic primary as well as the general election would have long ago been decided. Can anyone say "Eight More Years!" What was the question again?

    Thanks.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  17. John from Tennessee

    Bill of course. He's been here before and he always talks straigtht and tells the
    truth about everything. Michelle, I don't know much about her. When I see her being interviewed the reporter tries to goad her into saying bad things about the Clintons, but whe won't. She is completley different from her husband, who always says bad things about them, even though he knows they are lies. I don't want a presdient who lies. WE already have one. GOD help us, if he is the democracts choice. we will need it.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  18. Susan Coral Springs, FL

    I would say Michelle Obama, at least for the citizens vote.

    For delegates I think the Clintons have the edge.

    This is going to be interesting to see how it plays out..............

    February 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  19. Josie, Phila, Pa

    It's obvious Bill Clinton's antics have done damage to his wife's campaign and possibly ruined her chances at the presidency. On the other hand Mrs. Obama has maid some out rageous comments that have relatively gone unknown by mainstream media. Thus far she is more valuable but the free pass she has been given by the media may expire soon.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  20. Tom

    Bill Clinton is not just more valuable, he is a National treasure! I just hope the democrats wake up and see what they are passing up with Hillary Clinton. That is the chance to have Bill in the White House. This is one of the most brilliant men of our time. Missing the chance of returning him and his equally brilliant wife to the Presidency would be a waste. The kind of trouble this country is in will require people with the immediate skills to turn around the mess made by yet another Bush Presidency. I don't think Bill will have to sit around and look pretty for the press or any of that stuff either. More time to resovle our problems I say.
    Thanks Jack

    February 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  21. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Ya'll delight in persecuting Bill Clinton. He's just a po' boy made good, wuddn't hurt nobody 'les he had to. Lay off'n him, Jack.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  22. Gene StLouis

    I believe the public image would see Michelle Obama far less intrusive in the While House.

    Speaking of image, I wonder how the rest of the world look at the American president elected because of the women and Latino votes?

    February 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  23. Lafayette Howell

    I would like to know, why would a spouse want to be president after serving 2 terms as firstlady, she hadn't had enough.

    Nashville
    LH

    February 11, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  24. Yvonne

    Each of their spouses are valuable in different ways. But Bill Clinton is the most valuable, because without him, Hillary wouldn't stand a chance.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  25. M. Fisher, Columbus, OH

    Clearly, Bill Clinton has far more name recognition and more clout among political insiders so he might be considered the spouse with more power. The problem is he may have too much power. Is he capable of leaving the governing to Hillary? If he should return to the White House could he possibly spend all his time in the residence and not be hanging out in that Oval Office?
    Michelle Obama is a smart woman and is a very big asset to her husband but so far I have not seen any power grabs on her part. She seems to understand that it is her husband who is running for President and she is supporting his effort. No attempt on her part to set policy or dictate direction for anything. At least not openly in public view. What goes on at home, only two people can judge and they won't be talking about it in public if they are smart and I do think they are smart people.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  26. James

    That question does not really need an answer Jack. If Obama told you how he really felt, of course he would tell you Bill Clinton.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  27. W B in Las Vegas

    definately Michelle Obama because she doesn't "open mouth. insert foot" like Bill Clinton does when making political comments. when he compared Barack Obama to Jesse Jackson after the South Carolina primary, it sounded like something written by Karl Rove.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  28. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    Whatever benefits Hillary Clinton may receive by being linked to former President Bill Clinton, the negatives probably balance things out. Therefore, I would say Michelle Obama, by virture of being completely unknown to the public, is definitely not a detraction from her husband's campaign.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  29. George Wilson

    Depends on what you mean by "valuable". To each of their spouses I would say most valuable. To the media Bill Clinton is, he gives them something to chew on, and you can believe that every word that comes from his mouth is minced forty different ways before it is put on the air, and then reminced many, many times before everyone has had their say. I hear that the media is questioning the fairness that the nomination may come down to the "Super-Deligates". Then what is fair? Certainly we don't need the media's input as to the fairness, just remember you in the media are supposed to be objective, yeah sure!

    February 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  30. Josh

    Jack, it's really hard to say who is more valuable. But if I had to pick, it would be Bill Clinton. At least the former president got the job done with the economy. Because George W. Bush and the Republicans have really sent the country down the drain with their incompetence. But we really need an Democratic president to undo the Bush the tyrant's wrong-minded policies.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  31. Kevin- Webster, MA

    From a tactical stanpoint, Bill Clinton. He knows the tricks, has political clout and contacts so he is a valuable asset. He also is a distraction and has done some damage to Hillary's campaign.
    Michelle Obama is no match for the spin and manipulation that Bill can do but does show class and poise and is definately a benefit for Barack to have her out there appealing to women.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  32. Tom and evelyn

    Evelyn and I both think that Bill Clinton is more valuable to Hillary Clinton because he was President during the best economy in 40 years and left this country with a 3 trillion dollar surplus. Also they raised a beautiful intelligent daughter Tom and Evelyn

    February 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  33. Eric Rogers

    Dear Mr Cafferty, while i did vote for bill when he ran for president, as a spouse he is severely lacking. His obvious comments constantly refering to himself, and his time in office has destroyed his wife's campain. There is a hidden agenda on his behalf that steveie wonder could see. While on the other hand Michelle Obama's quite, yet dgnified way of carrying herself in support of her husband, brings to mind Ms Jacki Kennedy.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  34. Lafayette Howell

    Why is race such an issue in this campaign, this is the first time in 40 years of
    voting that I have heard the word race so many times. I thought a campaign was
    based on ability not race.

    Lafayette Howell

    February 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  35. dre dog

    I will have to say M.O. because as far as i can see she has not
    cost her husband votes which is the key. Bill is probaly losing
    more votes for hillary than he's gaining. aundria from boston

    February 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  36. Bruce St Paul MN

    Bill Clinton by far. He still has some star power of his own, When he speaks, people still listen. Including the press. He is also totally in command of all the issues, and is a persuasive speaker. He squanders his advantage though when he gets negative. If he stays on the high road, he will be a tremendous asset to his candidate. If not, he will be a burden, because his mistakes are well covered and will turn up as sound-bytes on al the news stations.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  37. KB

    Bill Clinton is a bit more down to earth, since he doesn't worry about people "deifying" his wife. A bit presumptuous of Michelle, there. Not everyone thinks Obama is a god who has to be humanized.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  38. Ms. NY

    The problem with Mr. Clinton is likes being in the headlines, in the limelight. The problem is that he does not know when to just be quiet. Until he learns self-control (lacking in many other aspects of his life), then he is not as valuable as he could be. He is his own worst problem - not those people of the "vast right-wing conspiracy."

    February 11, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  39. Mark Smith

    Jack what was made clear in SC was that Bill wanted race brought into the campaign and Hillary was at least an accomplice. The same can not be said about Obama and Michelle. Imagine an African American winning SD,IA,WA, ME... Thank you Bill Clinton.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  40. Every Wilson

    I think Michelle Obama would be more valuable. I believe she brings to the table intelligience, good judgement, common sense, inner strength, self control and a non-spin of the truth. On the other hand Bill Clinton is a liar, adulterer, deceiver and a master spin artist. I think Mrs Clinton is very deluded in her thinking, or she is trying to put race into the campaign again. The facts are that on a couple states had over 30% african-american poulation. She is in denial that it is the white male, white women and latino votes that are really denying her thes primary victories. This is why I don't trust her with any facts, and definitely not with our country. It just would be one spin after another and truth would be non-existent with exception of her or Bill's hand being caught in the cookie jar. We need real change ! We need to hear the truth without spin! We need a unifier not a polarizer! Go Obama!!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  41. bnthdntht

    The news media will not let the Clintons win so it doesn't matter who is more important. This reminds me of the roll the news media had in leading the way to the Iraq war.

    L.M.,Arizona

    February 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  42. Jeff in Connecticut

    Jack,
    Michelle Obama is clearly a strong, vibrant, straightforward, no-nonsense woman...a huge asset for any man, canidate or otherwise. Bill Clinton has only been detrimental to his wife's campaign.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  43. Ray, Ohio

    Well Bill Clinton is a Superdelegate and Michelle Obama is not. Bill Clinton is clearly more valuable especially behind the scenes where he can make back room deals.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  44. Glenn Doty

    Bill Clinton.

    Without Bill, Hillary would still be a nameless attorney representing companies like Wall-Mart. He gave her a career. She came into the race as the absolute prohibitive front-runner on Bill's coattails and with absolutely nothing else to advertize her...

    The fact that she didn't close is a reflection of her value as a campaigner. She didn't use Bill until she started to lose, and Bill gave her New Hampshire and a rejuvinated campaign. He's since kept it reasonably close. But they threw everything into Super-Tuesday and still couldn't close. There's little left for them, and there's nothing Bill can do to save her lackluster campaign.

    Michelle, on the other hand, is brilliant and complements Barack Obama nicely... but she didn't give him the amazing amount of a head start or consistant help that Bill gave Hillary. Barack is simply a better candidate than Hillary, and even then Bill... and that is the driving difference here.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  45. Femi

    Frankly, Bill Clinton is still valuable in the Democratic Party; however, his comments prior to Super Tuesday election are despicable. I think Michelle has proven to be more valuable to Barack Obama compared to Bill Clinton to his wife. It is good to have a wife that gives you reality check once a while. Jack, I am putting my money on Michelle Obama.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  46. Patrick

    It's Michelle Obama, by far. Clinton has done nothing but be overly aggressive, and he went way over the line in South Carolina. Also, when he said recently that everything he said was 'factually accurate' but he was misquoted, is wrong, we have heard him say Obama wasn't against the war from the beginning, and that is not true. His Jessie Jackson remark may have been accurate in the sense that he did win South Carolina before, but it was the way he said it, and what he meant by it, all the while with that stupid grin on his face while saying it. He has shown that he can be just as smug as President Bush, and this really boils down to him wanting to go back to the White House. They both had their chance, so let's really make a change.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  47. Adjani Marcel

    President Clinton is the more valuable candidate as he has the most experience in comparison. We know nothing about Mrs Obama and do know that she cannot put aside her feelings toward Sen Clinton when asked if she would support her. She seems more of an attack dog than Pres. Clinton..only on a short leash.

    Adjani

    February 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  48. Paula Merlotte

    Clearly Michelle represents the future, and she will be a great representative around the world. She seems normal and authentic, Bill has been spinning so long it is doubtful that he even knows the difference anymore.

    Michelle is an all-american woman for the future.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  49. pupnannie

    Bill Clinton is by far the most valuable spouse. And no one should complain that Bill Clinton has been out of line on the campaign trail. MS obama has been terrible. Her remark that Hillary can't take care of her own house so how could she take care of the White House was really underhanded. She has made numerous remarks about the Clintons and no one even mentions those remarks. Of course we all know that CNN is pro obama and Anti Hillary. obama said he was more electable because she had so much baggage. If he gets the nomination, heaven forbid, he will see what the republicans will do to him. Hillary has already been baptized by fire and he has no idea how they will go after him. They will know what he had for breakfast when he was a year old. Hillary will win the nomination and the White house and obama should be happy if she does as the republicans will shred him like barbeque pork.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  50. MIKE ADKINS,CHARLOTTE,NC

    neither jack. this campaign is about the candidates and the issues. the spouses are equal in value and both are great supporters. michelle obama ha one slight edge though. she's prettier.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  51. Michelle, Lenexa, KS

    I think that Michelle Obama is the more valuable spouse in this election. She represents a strong female presence for Barack's campaign that is vital considering his competition. Also, I think that voters will listen more carefully to what she has to say. Everyone already knows Bill Clinton and many have grown weary of the "Slick Willy" reputation. Michelle is intelligent and insightful. She will prove to be very influential.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  52. Silvia Salcido

    On the technical side, meaning experience - been there done that - Bill Clinton certainly has the edge.
    On the human side - who snores, or who leaves the butter out, etc - well, voters have overwhelmingly voted that this doesn't seem to matter in American politics. They would much rather be swayed, and carried along by what the media spinners put out there.
    On the other hand, it's interesting to see Michelle Obama finally come out. Clinton has been extremely visible - and certainly Americans and the world know him very well. Now it's time for Mrs. Obama to show us what stuff she's made of. The nation and the world will be watching very closely.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  53. Jeremy S.

    Jack,

    As we know from Clinton's time in office, the spouse to the President can also be an advocate of causes and policy. With this in mind, I can't help but think of these two (Michelle and Bill) in a similar role come next January, and how that would go. We can have someone talking about melted butter, or someone that will champion even more measures for our lower and middle classes. Well I think the answer is mightly clear: the value lies in the "Bill."

    Jeremy S.
    Lawrence, Kansas

    February 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  54. Donna

    Jack, I respect Michelle Obama sharing that Obama snores, is "stinky", and doesn't put the butter back in the fridge. She may feel this is important information for the country to take into consideration when deciding who to vote for. Now lets see, President Clinton discusses his wife's ideas about improving healthcare, the economy, ending the war in Iraq, and other issues that plague the country as well as our planet such as global warming. Hmmm...melting butter vs. political concerns in our country...I would say Bill Clinton is the more valuable spouse.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  55. Sharon from Michigan

    I like Bill Clinton and remember how good things were during his Presidency, but Michelle Obama seems more like a normal wife and mother, who understands the needs of people in bad situations. Their marriage seems wholesome and their vision seems to be the right direction. You can see the pride in her eyes for her husband. I think Michelle out weighs Bill.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  56. Lafayette Howell

    Is Hillary Clinton campagin in trouble, It is in trouble if she is baseing it on race
    only, A president should be for all races, shouldn't they.

    LH Nashville

    February 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  57. MWD

    In case of a crisis I'd rather consult an experienced ex president than an Ivy League lawyer.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  58. Tina

    Bill knows the ins and outs of politcs but I would much rather have a spouse to be in the background and let the one who has won make his or her own mistakes. A spouse is supposed to back their spouses but not run their business affairs.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  59. DavidB

    In a nutshell Jack it would be Michelle Obama, because she is who you see and y'all see's what ya gets. President Bill Clinton is in fact President Bill Clinton, because y'all let your elected people keep their titles once they have moved on, so how in heavens sake do you ever expect them to act any different as the MSM cows down to them. Mr. President that and Mr. President this. Here in Canada Jack once these clowns have moved on (usually fired by the voter) they move to the rear and we treat them like yesterdays news.

    David
    Dartmouth NS

    February 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  60. Adarrah Branch, NC

    Michelle of course!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  61. clarisse Miglietti

    Definitely President Bill Clinton. What he said in South Carolina was not an act of racism I believe the Media and Obama campaign fabricate all this sort of story.
    He's been an advocate for poverty and disease around the world specially for African Countries, please just think about it, and if I was in his place I would do the same think, defend my wife.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  62. J.R. Coleman

    It is a sad commentary to see everybody and their Bow Wow Coronating John McCain as the next King Tut of the Republican Party.

    Huckabee is the 'New Ark Giants' in this here race who can yet send the McCain Patriot Express to the nomination dustbin. It takes 1191 delegates to win. No ticky, no tacky. We may yet witness that little ole miracle at this years Republican National Convention!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  63. namata

    Bill Clinton is more valuable. I am not interested in hearing about Obama's snoring of leaving the butter out. Rather, I would like to hear about issues that are important to me and to our nation. You the media have made Bill a liability by spinning and distorting each and every word that comes out of his mouth and that of his wife. Shame Shame and Shame on you

    February 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  64. carolyn from S. C.

    Although I cannot answer which spouse is more effective, I do have a strong opinion about the media's coverage of their public appearances. Bill Clinton's appearances are covered daily,whether interviews or speeches. Doesn't this amount to FREE AIR TIME for a non -candidate; after all, he is ,supposedly, just the spouse. On the other hand, Michelle's appearances are never aired.The public does not know where she is or what her speeches are about. TOO BAD that the media is so biased . Some of us have had enough of Bill Clinton.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  65. Marie in Arlington Tx

    Michelle of course. She seems like a strong, intelligent, independent woman. And you know...I don't think I've seen her cry once and I bet we don't. Oh, did I mention she seems well balanced.

    As for Bill, well, no one likes to see him angry, red faced, and wagging his finger at the camera telling lies. It reminds me too much of some lies he told America back in the good old 90's.

    Enough said.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  66. Chris

    Jack, There is no contest here. Bill is much more valuable, and I bet he isn't even on Barack's payroll. Chris from Chazy N.Y.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  67. Peggy - Austin, Texas

    Michelle Obama. Considering the hole Bill dug for Hillary (especially among the African American community), Michelle Obama is a more positive force. The hole is so deep that Bill spent late last week visiting 4 or 5 cities in Louisiana trying to stem the tide of Black defections from the Clinton camp. Hillary might not have won a majority of the Black vote, but there is about 10 – 15% that she definitely lost/fired up to vote against her.

    Bill hurts Hillary much more than Michelle hurts Barack.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  68. Maria

    Michelle is well spoken and articulates herself well. She is asset to the Obama Campaign. I guess you could say that for Bill as well, Good thing they muzzled the man. Michelle is not buying into the Hate campaign of the Clintons, it is obvious that she is the more valuable Spouse.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  69. Greg, Athens

    Mike Huckabee's spouse is more valuable!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  70. Kyle Columbia SC

    Michelle is AWESOME and former President Clinton is AWESOME!! I guess that's good in that the two of them aren't running. Hillary holds the mantle of the idea on being the first female President but just imagine Michelle the FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEMALE PRESIDENT. WOW!! I am not even sure if Bill could beat that.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  71. Tara

    I think Bill Clinton could be a huge asset for Hillary Clinton. Everyone says that she is lagging in the youth vote but almost every young person I know liked Bill Clinton. They need to work on how to utilize him, not as someone to do the dirty work of attacks but to bring in some of the vote which she could use.

    As for Michelle Obama i don't know how much she can add. She says stories to make him seem like a real person but that is already how he is portraying himself: not washington but one of us.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  72. Bob

    Jack, I find you very cynical about American system, politics,etc. I am a naturalized citizen from another country and I have lived and travelled all over the world. With all our problems, this country is still one of the best to live in. AnAfrican-American is so close to becoming a president when only a few years ago, there was segregation. You always seem to look at things pessimistically. Why not look at the more optimistic sides and cheer people up a bit. Things are quite gloomy these days and it might help.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  73. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    Michelle Obama is definately more valuable to the campaign than slick Willie so far he has hurt Hillarys chances more than helping her. It almost sounds like he is campaigning for himself.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  74. Gigi

    Everything Bill was saying about Obama was true, and Obama is not God, he's not untouchable. It's disgraceful how the media makes so much about an eloquently, charismatic man without any ounce of experience to lead our nation in this time of economic and foreign policy crisis. Is he the Black Moses to lead us to the promised land. I think not. Wake up and get real. He's 46 years old, wet behind the ear and hasn't done one thing for this country since becoming a Senator 3 years ago. Oh, I take that back, he's campaigned for the presidency 2 out of the 3 years.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  75. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, Michelle Obama is a huge asset, for her husband's campaign. She's dignified and intelligent but old "Slick Willie" is going, to be a thorn, in the side, of Billery. Hillery can't win a campaign, when the public is focused, on her husband. You can be sure that Bill will be up, to his old tricks, cigars and all reminding the nation about his definition, of "IS".

    February 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  76. Mark

    Jack,

    The way your blog reads answers the question: Michelle is decribed in glowing tones, and President Clinton is portrayed as an ill-tempered attack animal. This goes perfectly with the media's in-your-face installation of Obama as our Democratic nominee (whether we like it or not). So, she, or any spouse or supporter of Obama is valuable in that they are always shown as positive, and Hillary's spouse and supporters are shown as negatives.

    Of course, this will all change dramatically in August once he is officially nominated, and then it will be too late.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  77. David

    I think Michelle Obama is far more effective as a spouse. Bill Clinton is a polarizing figure who often resorts to anything-goes tactics to show his support. His words in January still haunt Hillary to this day. He has always shown that he is more interested in saving face then admitting his mistakes. Instead of out right apologizing he made excuses for his comments. Michelle Obama rises above those kinds of shallow tactics and tit-for-tat politics and supports her husband positively, personalizing him for the American people. All Bill seems to accomplish is remind us of the temper and smugness made famous in that direct address to the nation about his intern, or should we say "that woman". Not helpful to Hillary at all.

    We need hope and accountability, something Michelle reminds us her husband has in large volume.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  78. Kyle Columbia SC

    P.S. It doesn't hurt too that Michelle is much more appeasing to the EYES!!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  79. Jim

    Bill Clinton may be a stone around Hillary's neck in the campaign, but he will be a huge asset if Hillary is elected. I know there are people who hate Bill over the Lewinski affair and I'm not proud of his actions in that regard either. However, with the total mess we are in at home and abroad, old Bill's experience is vastly more valuable than Michelle's candid moments will ever be!

    Jim
    Prosperity SC

    February 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  80. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    There is no comparison. I've enjoyed two opportunities to meet Michelle Obama and to watch her in action with potential voters.

    Michelle's friendly personality and her genuine interest in people has won the hearts of many individuals. She is extremely articulate and well versed on the issues. In sum, she is a definite advantage for Barack Obama.

    Admittedly, former president Clinton is a pro at campaigning. He seems to thoroughly enjoy being out there with potential voters, but he appears to want the limelight for himself. His large ego comes across, often in not very good style. I think Senator Clinton would do better without his support, but then. . .she wouldn't be in her current position touting 35 years of experience without the man.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  81. Beverly Bunton

    I find Mrs. Obama refreshingly straightforward and honest and I cannot say the same for the "other other spouse." I find the Clintons just too ambitous as they always have been. I just don't want the Oval Office sullied again and you know he is going to be sneaking around the halls, repeating his pattern of behavior if she is the President. And okay, so she approves and/or condones this behavior as she has put up with it for years so she could win the grand prize (the Presidency). If one more pundit says he loves her, I am going to get sick. He loved her for along time and has had a peculiar way of showing it. He will be a detriment to her as always. For my vote, give me Michelle Obama as a fine first lady.

    Summerville, SC

    February 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  82. jidrummo

    Michelle because at least she doesn't pose a threat!

    Jillian
    Mount Prospect, IL

    February 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  83. Tim R in Golden, Colorado

    Bill Clinton and Hillary both share the 47% negative rating in this country.

    Michelle Obama began as an unknown and so had no initial negatives, and [unlike Bill] hasn't said anything to damage her spouse's campaign.

    Clearly Michelle is a better asset. Hillary has no choice but to use Bill and it's a 50-50 proposition if he helps or hurts her.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  84. Joy

    Michelle Obama should be the most valuable, but unfortunately Bill still takes the limelight. There's millions of people that still love and respect him and close their eyes to the many mistakes he's made in the past. Michelle is a working mom, well educated, beautiful to look at, supports her husband, and will be a first lady that will benefit our country. I haven't hear her tell lies on the campaign trail, that's more than I can say of Slick Willy!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  85. CJ-Delhi, NY

    Bill Clinton could've been an asset to Hillary's campaign had he stayed out of South Carolina. The more valuable spouse would not be creating racial tension and then spewing out criticism and blame towards the media. Michelle Obama seems to know her place, and is working to try and get her husband's message out to the american people.
    The Clinton's are playing the same Washington games and deceiving us once again...
    Maybe if they fire their campaign manager, the people will believe that all the mistakes so far were due to his/her incompetence, oh, that's right, they already did that.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  86. Linda Blassingame

    If you think Michelle Obama talking about Barack's smoking habits, snoring and dirty socks are important then she's your girl. I personally think she's distasteful in her remarks and not helpful at all.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  87. John Dice

    Bill Clinton is a fund raising machine, Bill Clinton has huge name recognition, Bill Clinton makes the news every time he speaks...Michele Obama.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  88. Ruth Mctizic

    I'm from Chicago., Ill. I have listened to the speeches and watched the effects of
    both spouses on the voters, news media, and the public in general.......lately Michelle Obama is far more valuable to her spouse.........She is not running for the presidency.......... something Bill Clinton seem to be confused about, and it
    has certainly hurt his spouse's campaign

    February 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  89. Vijay

    Bill Clinton would obviously make a better presidential spouse. After his presidency, he has a proven track record of reaching out to world leaders, especially in Africa, to work against problems that affect us all. His political know how and connections will obviously benefit Hillary. What can we say about Michelle Obama? Nothing yet!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  90. schnieder j.

    I think clintons name is a little more popular right now, but i think "value'ability" Michelle obama wins, at least she has done cheated on BO and she has helped his campaign incredible.... She his well Educated and very and intelligent, B.clicnton might be educated but not that intelligent.... Find and compare more answers on Lagood.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  91. Vicki

    It is my understanding that Michelle Obama has said that if her husband does not get the nomination, she will have to really think about whether she can support the Democratic party. Bill Clinton on the other hand has said he will support whoever gets the nomination. No potential First Lady should make such a comment. I also think Michelles speeches at some of the rallies are just a bit borderline "ghetto." Bill Clinton has gotten some undeserving bad media attention while the Obamas have enjoyed praise at anything said by the two of them. Bill Clinton is at this point, first a regestered voter and deserves to campaign for the candidate of his choice. It is a right guarenteed him and every citizen of the USA.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  92. Scott

    Clinton hands down, he balanced the budget under republican houses, she's more worried about ant traps than legislation her husband sponsors,
    didn't anyone watch them on Oprah?
    she no-more wants this than the man in the moon, how the song she sangs goes.
    that Elvis tune, Mrs obama says it's now are never.
    I'm for never, they simply lack experience.

    bowling green,mo.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  93. Michael, Tampa Fl

    This is an easy one Jack, slick billy is one of the best politicians in the country..
    He's smooth, debonair, intelligent and a great spin doctor, but honest? "not"

    What we have seen of Michelle Obama is delightful, honest, intelligent and direct.
    A woman who does not try to paint her husband as a saint, (he snores), just a dedicated committed man who wants whats best for all parties in the country.

    You do the math! I know who I would invite over for Dinner!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  94. Isabella from Canada

    without a doubt , Bill Clinton !!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  95. California Voter

    Jack, Bill Clinton is by far the more valuable spouse. Remember he is a former President of the United States and I don't think Michele Obama holds that distinction.
    Unfortunately, the media has played right into the hands of the Obama campaign with regard to Bill Clinton's remarks. If either Clinton is racist I'll eat my shoes.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  96. New Yorker

    Michelle Obama is of course 'more valuable': She at least DOES NO HARM to her husband!

    If Bill Clinton was only spending time defending a tarnished White House legacy that caused Al Gore the Presidency, he prolly would be batting even. lol

    For a guy that is so intelligent and should know the consequences of his ways in the present American political climate, one has to wonder if Bill Clinton is deliberately trying to sabotage his wife's candidacy; because she made him sleep too often on the couch over "that woman, Miss Lewinski"? lol

    February 11, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  97. Ria

    From a political standpoint, Bill Clinton is the more valuable spouse. Hillary Clinton is clearly riding on the legacy of her husband's presidency. Is it any wonder that so many of her supporters are openly salivating at the thought of having Bill Clinton back in the White House? Voting for Hillary is simply a means to an end.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  98. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    Do you remember the goods times of the 90's. Who in the Democratic Party is bigger then former President Bill Clinton. Regrardless of the academic achievements of Michelle Obama it certainly isn't her, however if she can transform herself into Oprah Winfrey then maybe...

    Vinnie Vino
    C.I., New York

    February 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  99. schnieder j.

    I think clintons name is a little more popular right now, but i think “value’ability” Michelle obama wins, at least she has not cheated her spouse, she respects him and she has helped his campaign very much…. She his well Educated and very and intelligent, B.clicnton might be educated but not that intelligent…. Find and compare more answers on Lagood.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  100. Mahesh, Hyattsville MD

    Know the Turtle and the Rabbit Race? Here Bill Clinton is the Rabbit. He has already proved this in South Carolina. Hillary is facing opponents of her own as well as of her husband.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  101. Patrick Peavy Plano, TX

    Laura Bush has more charisma than Mannish Michelle Obama.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  102. DON, MICHIGAN

    Bill Clinton was and still is a very much loved man. I don't think many of us know much about Mrs. Obama.

    Bill Clinton the dream spouse of a President. The man will do a lot more than wear pretty dresses and be eye candy. Bill is a uniter – he is much loved overseas. Maybe he can help repair the damage done by the decider.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  103. john beltrano

    I am a Canadian living in upstate New York with my American wife. Michelle Obama is at least 30 % more valuable as a spouse and that is based on her honesty and straightforward way that she deals situations

    February 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  104. sara

    Bill Clinton is far more effective than Mrs Obama. He is a gentleman and shows respect for her which is more than I can say about her. He will go down in history as one of our great presidents . I don't know what she has done for this country, do you?

    February 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  105. Jenni Nauright

    Michelle. She is a real American working mother. She knows first hand what the rest of us working Moms go through. She hasn't been given anything. She is genuine, classy, intelligent and a wonderful role model for young women. Michelle will be sensitive to cultural differences with other world leaders and their spouses and will be able to relate as a mother. She is strong without being abrasive or accostive, she is bright without being arrogant, she is kind without being patronizing and she is elegant without being elitist.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  106. bob ellis

    Michelle Obama is a great human being. Shes a wonderful speaker and helps Barack get out his message of hope...Clinton is an ex president who was responsible for Al Gore losing the nomination. I guess Bill IS valuable to the Republican Party !

    February 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  107. Ivelisse, DC

    Dear Jack:

    NOBODY should care about them spouses!!!!! they are not the ones running for elective office...... That said, if any one of the candidates are going to consult their spouses before making a decision, I will give Hillary the upper hand.....

    February 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  108. P.V.

    Wow!! Barack snores and doesn't put the butter back in the frig....That's certainly enough to run the country!! Give me a break....Stay in the Senate where you took up space for a couple of years.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  109. john beltrano

    I am a Canadian living in upstate New York with my American wife. Michelle Obama is at least 30 % more valuable as a spouse and that is based on her honesty and straightforward way that she deals with situations.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  110. Ted, Portland OR

    So far, Bill Clinton has been more valuable to Senator Obams. And Michelle to my knowledge has never been impeached (but not convicted) for lieing to Congress. I don't think she's received any special interest checks or lobbhyist benefits either. That's the best start I've ever seen for a political couple engaged in this contest.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm |