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Obama's Lipstick on a Pig Comment and Sarah Palin

The "Lipstick on a Pig" Riff: Pretty Funny or Ugly Politics?

Dare I ask? The second the quote hit, the media machine and political fans everywhere blew a collective gasket. "Oh Mybama! Did you hear what he just said?" Is the outrage justified? The McCain campaign thinks so and has responded in full-force to this comment by Obama yesterday:

You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years.

The McCain campaign immediately released an ad condemning the remark which CBS has since pulled over footage of Katie Couric contained within. The ad is still available on his website. In addition, the McCain camp called the comment "offensive and disgraceful," while the Obama campaign says it wasn't referring directly to Gov. Sarah Palin in the comment. The audience present laughed at the line, perhaps tying the cosmetic chuckler to Palin's own joke about the difference between a Pit bull and a hockey mom being the aforementioned.

Is this a newsworthy event? According to the reaction to it, yes. Everyone has Google working overtime to see just who else besides your grandma has used the pig-in-lipstick cliché. Apparently, McCain used it to describe Hillary's health care plan and Dick Cheney can't stop using it. What do you make of it?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
John McCain was recently on The View without Palin and has made several appearances without her. The media is choosing to focus on Palin, McCain is not purposefully hiding behind her.
jrocket101 jrocket101 8 years
Mccain is just hiding behindPalin. Anyone seen the youtube video on how mccain chose Palin? If he wants to be president he needs to stop hiding behind Palin.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Thanks Mykie7 but the 148 comments seem to go around and around.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Bella, it's a simple answer. the answer is NOTHING
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
:lol:@ lil ---I had to stop reading. What if someone didn't like the word moist. What is everyone really upset over?
Independent1 Independent1 8 years
Do you believe that Barack Obama would have made the lipstick on a pig comment if John McCain had picked a black woman as a running mate?
kristyrk kristyrk 8 years
One more thing. . . it's interesting how the Rep's didn't want to bring the sex of a candidate into the discussion when Hillary was running, but now that Palin is in the game, boy are they sensitive about it! Just sayin'.
kristyrk kristyrk 8 years
Funny, McCain said the same thing about Hillary. . . and I distinctly remember Bush using it awhile back too. McCain must think that Sarah Palin is something real special if he assumes every comment is about her. Maybe she should be running for President. I mean "technically" she does have more Executive experience. . .
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
But can you put lipstick on a caribou?
livvylove livvylove 8 years
Here's a clip of Obama on Letterman explaining his comment.
ohkate ohkate 8 years
it's a phrase meaning you can't shine shit. he was talking about the republican policies not the candidates.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Yeah Matamoros, SarahinParis is right. That is the proper use of that expression. Palin is the lipstick and the pig is he Bush policies that McCain will continue. That link in no way supports the idea that Obama called Palin a pig with lipstick. it seems to me that those who are offended by this, just want to be offended by Obama and any ol' reason will do.
sarahinparis sarahinparis 8 years
Matamoros: The article title you refer too is an appropriate use of the phrase. It's not calling Palin a pig, she would be the lipstick - the pig would be the Bush policies that would continue if MCain/Palin were elected. This is so absurd! Let's talk about McCain's policies . . . McCain's sex ed ad is a good example of how badly McCain would like us to not talk about the real issues.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
Why was it not a big deal when Mccain said it about HRC?
Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
If it's an old saying, why is it on the official site of the Democratic party as thus: "McCain's Selection of Palin is Lipstick on a Pig" Follow the above URL to see it right on the Democrat's page. Hurry before they take it down, as it does not agree with Obama's excuse and the subsequent coverup. They even had a picture of a pig made up to look like Palin. Lovely.
karenpanna karenpanna 8 years
At the same token, could I tell you how annoyed I was during Palin's acceptance speech when she kept citing we needed "A MAN who..." in reference to whom should take the office of the President. If Hillary Clinton (or another woman) were to run for office, it makes me wonder if Palin realized her language was inadvertently sexist. Yes, I know we are in a modern era... but I expected more from "Ms. hockey mom". What gets me is that she can make the pit bull/lipstick comment about herself and everything is peachy keen. But god forbid the opposing party makes a similar comment (intentional or not). It gained such heated press as the words came from a man's mouth. Plain and simple. Had Hillary Clinton made the same comment-- it wouldn't have been deemed "news worthy" (though-- this is hardly newsworthy in my opinion).
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Pop - The internet commercial wasn't McCain's. POTUS 08 had made the comment that they were waiting for a response from the McCain camp, but as of 3:00pm central, hadn't heard anything.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
I think someone already posted this, but you must watch, it's dick morris on sexism.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm sorry I used the "m" word. I will try not to use it again. (Although, I will say, if you can stomach hearing it a few times, there's a hilarious episode of How I Met Your Mother involving Barney's hatred of that word.)
girlA girlA 8 years
I should have said that I have to pick up my kids from their under-staffed and under-budgeted public school--I hate when I think of things later!
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 8 years
I just think it's funny. I thought he was talking about McCain's policies after I heard the comment was made sometime else by someone else so .....
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
WOW -- it's usually me who has the dirty mind :evil: -- but moist isn't so bad -- it makes me think of cake.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Bastyle: Yes -- McCain did say it first:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
yes. it makes me feel the need to take a long hot shower! ridiculous, yet true!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Ew. The word "moist" always makes me feel vaguely yucky and grossed-out.
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