Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Putting Lipstick on a Pig

"Putting lipstick on a pig” is just a euphemism meaning that someone is trying to dress up something that’s really not considered pretty, in an attempt to disguise it.

Barack Obama referred to the McCain campaign rhetoric as putting lipstick on a pig. Well, the McCain campaign is all in a lather because they think that this is in reference to Sarah Palin, and her joke about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick (insulting pit bulls everywhere).

The McCain campaign needs to grow up, and also examine their own words. McCain used the same phrase to describe Hillary Clinton’s campaign (a clip is below). The comment made by Obama was clearly a reference to McCain’s campaign, not to Palin or to women in general. I’ve used the phrase before myself, and I’m a woman too.

As my grandmother used to say, “be careful when you point fingers, because three will be pointing back at you.” And John McCain, it looks like the fingers are pointing at you.

McCain camp: Obama's 'lipstick' remark disgraceful

By NEDRA PICKLER – 1 hour ago

LEBANON, Va. (AP) — What's the difference between the presidential campaign before and after the national political conventions? Lipstick. The colorful cosmetic has become a political buzzword, thanks to Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's joke in her acceptance speech that lipstick is the only thing that separates a hockey mom like her from a pit bull.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama told an audience Tuesday that GOP presidential nominee John McCain says he'll change Washington, but he's just like President Bush.

"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said to an outbreak of laughter, shouts and raucous applause from his audience, clearly drawing a connection to Palin's joke even if it's not what Obama meant. "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."

McCain's campaign called the comments "offensive and disgraceful" and said Obama owes Palin an apology. Obama's campaign said he wasn't referring to Palin and said the GOP camp was engaging in a "pathetic attempt to play the gender card." Obama's camp also noted that McCain once used the same phrase to describe Hillary Rodham Clinton's health care plan.

Obama followed up by saying Palin is an interesting story, drawing boos at the mention of her name that he tried to cut off.

"Look, she's new, she hasn't been on the scene, she's got five kids. And my hat goes off to anybody whose looking after five. I've got two and they tire Michelle and me out," he said.

In Virginia, a questioner asked Obama to join Republicans and agree that candidates' families and religion are off limits. Palin's pregnant teenage daughter and the teachings of her church, the nondenominational Wasilla Bible Church, have been the subject of scrutiny since McCain picked her as his running mate.

Obama responded that he already has said families are off limits and he's very protective of his daughters, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha. He said he doesn't want their inevitable future mistakes to become newspaper fodder if he gets to the White House.

Obama also is no stranger to attacks on his religion. He's been the subject of a false rumor campaign saying he's a Muslim, and the racially tinged sermons of his longtime former preacher caused problems for his campaign earlier this year.

He stressed that he's a Christian and "so the fact that Gov. Palin is deeply religious, that's a good thing." He said poking around in her religion or saying it's wrong is "offensive" and he wants to have a debate about the issues.

"But don't give people some sort of religious litmus test because I don't want somebody to question my faith and I'm certainly not going to question somebody else's," he said.

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Anonymous said...

Can someone anyone in the media get this right? They featured a snippet from what he said. They made it sound as if he had called her "pig". Follow them shiny lights kids. We're so not on message here. It's the cult of personality, folks. It's not about who has the "goods" it who can be my new bestest best friend.

Thanks for having the speech up. It needs to be seen in it's unadulterated form to get what he's saying. Obama needs to shake this off. This Palin has rattled his house a bit. And if he doesn't.....

....Oy, we're doomed!

Miss Kitty

The Frequent Critic said...

Miss Kitty - I agree. The Obama team needs to shake this off. I also hope they start with more hard-hitting ads, because I think people want more scrutiny of the McCain/Palin ticket. I also think that just because Sarah is a woman doesn't mean the media or anyone else needs to tread lightly where she is concerned. She's a big girl playing in the big leagues, and she needs to get thicker skin if she wants to survive in Washington politics.