Barack Obama jabbed at John McCain and Sarah Palin’s idea of “change” today when he said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.”
The complete statement from Obama was: “John McCain says he’s about change, too, and so I guess his whole angle is ‘Watch out, George Bush, except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics – we’re really going to shake things up in Washington!’ That’s not change … you know, you can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.”
His supporters cheered, with many giving him a standing ovation.
He continued, “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still gonna stink. We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”
Some say Obama’s “lipstick” comment at a town-hall event in Virginia was aimed at Palin in response to her joke at the Republican National Convention. She said, “You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”
After McCain chose Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, the Obama campaign began its assault by mocking her town and calling her a “former mayor” even though she is a governor.
Obama said, “[I]t is not going to be easy … John McCain has a compelling biography, you know Sarah Palin is an interesting story.”
The crowd booed.
“No, she’s new!” Obama said. “She hasn’t been on the scene, you know, she’s got five kids and my hat goes off to anybody who’s looking after five. I’ve got two and they tire Michelle and me out!”
McCain’s campaign immediately called the Obama campaign to demand an apology.
“Sen. Obama … uttered what I can only describe to be disgusting comments, comparing our vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, to a pig,” said former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift, calling it unbridled sexism.
According to ABC News, Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs claims the lipstick comment was not meant to be a jab at Palin.
“That’s an old expression,” he said.
Howard Wolfson, the former campaign chief for Hillary Clinton, told Fox News, “There’s no question [Obama] was referring to John McCain and not Sarah Palin, and to suggest anything to the contrary is ridiculous.”
Lipstick was mentioned elsewhere on the Obama campaign today.
Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan, introducing Joe Biden, referring to McCain’s choice of Palin for vice president, stated: “For all his tough talk, he buckled to the right wing of his party in his choice. And picked someone with zero experience in national government, zero experience in foreign affairs, and there’s no way you can dress up that record, even with a lot of lipstick.”
McCain has used the lipstick phrase, too, acording to the Associated Press.
Last year while criticizing health proposals from the Democratic presidential candidates, he said Hillary Clinton’s resembled the failed plan she offered as first lady during the 1990s.
“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” McCain of her proposal.
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