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What the British Make of the "Pig" — It's Not Good for Obama

What the British Make of the "Pig" — It's Not Good for Obama

No, don't worry — this has nothing to do with the actual "pig" comment — but instead the analysis it's sparked from BBC's Matt Frei. The perspective, she is astonishing — it's often those in that sweet spot of entrenched detachment who pin the tail on the old donkey. I'll begin at his ending.

Frei says of the pig poke:

If this is a crisis it is largely of Barack Obama's own making. The brazen agent of change, the audacious interpreter of American dreams, the rousing rhetorician is sounding like an electoral actuary. The Democratic nominee has been boxed into a corner, endlessly reacting to the outrageous slurs and arrows, unable to steer the conversation towards the issues and the future. Ever since Sarah Palin has erupted onto the scene, Barack Obama has been caught like a moose in headlights.

It gets better for the moose and the pig. To see how,


After beginning the piece (which is absolutely worth a read, it was hard to choose what to quote, it was all brilliant). With a dose of pointed sarcasm that somehow only works in a British accent, Frei eviscerates the American electorate, media, and any consumer of fact for getting caught up in the pig hype, but pins its direct success on:

The proud founding member of the "bad boys club" at the US Naval Academy, John "Wayne" McCain himself is hanging the noose of sexism around the feline Barack Obama, who is more in touch with his inner woman than any candidate since Hillary Clinton. And the Republicans are getting away with it. This is electioneering genius; it makes Karl Rove look like Bob the Builder.

Frei concludes that Obama, "needs to rediscover his mojo, appeal to the voter's gut and not just their frontal lobe or he too will become Alaskan roadkill." Do you agree? Will Sarah Palin be the end of Barack Obama?


bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
OMG yes, I like, totally, like agree!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Don't you mean you TOTALLY agree?!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I agree Amy! My parents had a few when I was growing up. I'd love to restore one now :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Em, I will be very upset if the show doesn't remain the same! I NEED my Conan as he is! Exactly Fit, that's what I was saying about the way Palin is discussed. I don't see that as a why explanation, just a restatement of what I said.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
The old school minis are TOTALLY RIGHTEOUS!!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
a comma?
FitZucchero FitZucchero 9 years
I agree with many here that "The Democratic nominee has been boxed into a corner, endlessly reacting to the outrageous slurs and arrows, unable to steer the conversation towards the issues and the future." hits it on the head. But this is also what makes this such a frustrating campaign. What Obama seems to really be struggling with is how to maintain the integrity of his campaign and still combat the approach of the McCain/Palin camp which just seems to be going with the "apppeal to the lowest common denominator" approach. He does need to turn the topic to real issues, but is failing somehow. And I don't think there's time to wait until we get to the debates. It's almost as if everytime he attempts to bait them from a policy issue he gets a "I know you are but what am I?" from them and he simply can't respond. lilkimbo--it is interseting that the comparison keep coming between Palin and Obama, but much of this is because the way people talk of the McCain/Palin ticket, you would think someone misprinted the bumper stickers and it was really supposed to be Palin/McCain.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Wow, I just said totally in once sentence. Ugh. Must sleep now.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I know this is totally off topic, but I totally want one of those old-school mini's. :)
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
McCain finally answers some questions -- or tries to answer " — McCain fumbles through an interview and is unable to think of anything Palin would do as vice president. As a matter of fact, most of the comments he makes about Palin suggest that SHE is the one running for president, not him, particularly when he compares her to Obama" Honestly..what does National Policy experience have to do with Energy? Talk about ducking and sputtering...McCain was prepared for a softball interview and was handed a fastball and swung and missed....
livvylove livvylove 9 years
How can he just ignore the lipstick comment? he had to make a statement on it because it's all anyone was talking about.
livvylove livvylove 9 years
Obama isn't focusing on Palin.....the lipstick comment had nothing to do with her. It was about McCain's policies.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Unfortunately, what he is reacting to is not outrageous slurs, but his own comments.
bleached bleached 9 years
"The Democratic nominee has been boxed into a corner, endlessly reacting to the outrageous slurs and arrows, unable to steer the conversation towards the issues and the future." This is exactly what I mean...
bleached bleached 9 years
Obama is an amazing speaker when he has his teleprompters to help him out. I agree with lilkimbo that without them, he is not stellar. What I don't get is why he seems to be so focused on attacking Palin (or responding to her attacks) and has stopped pushing his own platform. It just seems to be turning very petty... PS. I'm back!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
GS -- he does sutter -- my nephew has the same issue except he talks really fast (yet he's the most popular kid in his HS). The doctor says it's because his mind works a bit faster than the rest of us. When you ask him to repeat himself and slow down - he sounds a bit like Obama. Which is probably why it doesn't bother me.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Good grief, if you don't think obama stutters and sputters just listen to the stupid lipstick clip that's been playing over and over. Youyouyou. Ugh.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Can you put lipstick on a caribou? A heart beat away? 46 governors have states with a larger population than Alaska. 16 cities in the U.S. have more people. Mayor Newsome (SF) is planning a trip to China to build up foreign trade. She makes McCain look like a liberal. The VP has no real duties except to wait for the President to die in office.
em1282 em1282 9 years
LOL, the string dance?? YUP! Wow, I really hope this show stays the same. So many awesome moments have gone down since we've been watching, eh?
livvylove livvylove 9 years
thanks for posting that link imabeliever.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I love it! I have that in my head now! You know what I haven't seen him do in a while? The marionette thing!
em1282 em1282 9 years
Lil--"I'm a gonna go to hell when I die"... ;)
Imabeliever Imabeliever 9 years they are a bit extreme but most are funny.. like the fake interview with George . the Friends opening/John's Lobbyist Friends and Bomb Iran.. is where I started to see someone bother to string together his flip flops and misstatements.. but I haven't been a fan of mccain since I moved here to phx.. before that I would have voted for him and he seemed like a goofy harmless likeable guy who would occasionally pop up on SNL or lettermen.. now not so loveable or harmless and the goofy part is more scary then entertaining at this point. but thats my op
sonya-ina sonya-ina 9 years
I completely agree with you dreamsugar... well put!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
McCain's speeches (off the cuff or not) put me in a freaken comma. I grew up with people who "speak" like Obama. The little kids who were always thinking of the right words -- too darn grown and educated for their own good. He's like one of the kids from the down the block. With McCain I get the feeling like he's lying to me - even when looking me in the eye (Image: you want some candy little girl) -- he also reminds me of a Sith Lord (remember the green screen - creepy). As far as Palin - meh. She's totally phony (like those girl's in HS that will be friends with you to only date your brother or boyfriend) and I think she'd totally slip something in McCain's drink to become president. If McCain dies in office (heaven forbid) - they need to investigate her. She talks a good game -- but that's it -- there's no substance there and scandal to go with it (which everyone seems to be giving her a pass on).
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