Obama’s pig joke not flying

Sir Barrogance is munching on his own foot yet again. The McCain campaign has released what is being called the “lipstick” ad in response to controversial comments Barack Obama made Tuesday night at a town-hall style meeting. The ad features footage of the now famous self-referencing joke Sarah Palin made during her speech at the Republican National Convention and then contrasts it with a decidedly tasteless retort offered by Barack Obama last night.

Here’s a clip of the ad:

First of all, let me state the obvious: this guy is terrible off the cuff. He may be good at delivering prepared speeches but once again Senator Barry demonstrates that he is utterly helpless without a teleprompter.

But more significantly he shows himself here to be completely tone-deaf to all the recent cries of sexism that have been rightfully leveled at the Dems since Palin entered the scene. It was a dumb remark in it’s own right and an even dumber one to be making in this climate.

So has Obama apologized?  Not yet. But we can be sure to expect a statement in coming days along the lines of “I’m sorry you [morons] misinterpreted my remarks and got so darned upset”. Dems are fond of these pseudo apologies which only serve as veiled insults aimed at the offended parties.

In the meantime Barry has chosen to go on the defensive. According to WSJ’s Washington Wire, Obama has reacted to the new ad by putting his favorite attack dog on the case:

The reaction set off a frenzied dive into the opposition research vault. Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton sent reporters a Chicago Tribune article published in 2007 during the Democratic primaries that cites McCain criticizing Hillary Clinton’s health care plan. “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” McCain is quoted as saying about Clinton’s proposal.

Nice try. But anyone with even a third of the Golden Boy’s much heralded IQ can see that McCain is clearly speaking of Hillary’s healthcare plan here and not Hillary herself.  Yes, this joke has been used often over the years… but most politicians are smart enough to use it in reference to ideas, not people.

But I already know what some of you libs are thinking “Oh C’MON! Obama was merely referencing the McCain campaign here! The Republican platform is the “pig” and he was saying you couldn’t change the ugliness of that pig by applying Sarah Palin’s lipstick and her… and her…”

And her what? Pretty face?  Uh huh, that’s what I thought. This remark is sexist at any level you choose to interpret it.  The only pig here is of the chauvinist variety.

Incidentally, what if the same comment had been made by McCain in reference to Barack’s wife, Michelle? Do you think he would have stood for it?


Obama defending his statement on Letterman:

Obama said to him the expression “lipstick on a pig” in this case applies to having a bad idea and trying to pass it off as change.

“Just calling [ideas] change, calling them different doesn’t make it better, hence lipstick on a pig,” Obama said.

Flying steady so far. But then he takes a complete nosedive:

“Keep in mind, technically, had I meant it this way, [Palin] would be the lipstick. The failed policies of John McCain would be the pig, just following the logic of this illogical situation,” Obama said.

Quit while you’re behind, Barry.

What he’s basically saying here is “Hey I wasn’t referring to any particular person… but if I WERE, Sarah would be the lipstick and McCain’s policies the pig.” All of this further validates my point: to Obama, Palin is nothing more than a pretty face being used to make McCain’s platform look better. Remember he’s trying to diffuse accusations that he’s being sexist here.

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He didn’t apologize because he did nothing wrong. It wasn’t a sexist comment – only a fool would think that. “Lipstick on a pig” is a political cliche. Yes, McCain used it to reference Hillary’s health care plan – Obama used it in reference to the McCain camp’s “change” message. Anyone can see that.

It’s not sexist in the slightest. Republicans are just crying sexism because they have NOTHING else to run on.

Comment by dennymajor

Nope. Old cliche it may be but in the context of recent events it’s clearly a dig at Sarah. He chose it very deliberately. He even pauses after saying “lipstick on a pig” to allow time for it to sink-in to the audience. Their approving laughter tells the rest of the story.

On your second point you hit upon a small bit of truth: before Palin entered the scene, the Republicans HAD nothing to run on with McCain alone. But now that a bona fide conservative is on the ticket, we’re PUMPED!

BTW, calling your most gracious host a fool is a quick way to get into his spam filter.

Comment by hopperbach

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