Tuesday, September 9, 2008

McCain camp angry over Obama's 'lipstick' comment

I certainly know what it is to stick one's foot in one's mouth, which I did today too...so my heart goes out to Senator Obama.

Or maybe he meant it? Yow!


McCain camp angry over Obama's 'lipstick' comment


LEBANON, Va. - 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. "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 immediately organized a telephone conference call in response and called on Obama to apologize for calling Palin a pig. Obama's campaign said he wasn't referring to Palin; he had been talking about McCain immediately before the lipstick comment.

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.

McCain has used the lipstick phrase, too.

Last year while criticizing health proposals from the Democratic presidential candidates, he said Hillary Rodham 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.

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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LarryE said...

I expect he did mean it and he didn't put his foot in his mouth. He meant that if you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig: Dressing something up doesn't change what it is.

McCain may say he's going to "change Washington," but he's still a Bushite.

It's a common expression, one I've heard many times without a single person claiming it's sexist - until the GOPpers screamed that it's a sexist reference to Palin because they needed to foam at the mouth over something, anything, having fallen short of their howls-of-outrage quota recently.

Renegade Evolution said...

eee, ouch!

still voting for him.

Mista Jaycee said...

I don't see a problem with the comment. She just compared herself to a pitbull with lipstick. Grow up!

A.W. said...

Leaning towards his foot being firmly on the ground 'stead of down his throat to the heal. Pigs + accoutrements (lipstick, pearls before swine, et cetera) is a common soundbyte in a quote or a reference. Now, if he said "You can put lipstick on a pit bull..." that would be a different story. Considering she called herself a bit bull in a political speech, though, it would also depend on what he referenced a pit bull comment with. "Pit bull w/shoving personal religious mandates on the masses" while referencing her Alaskan governing actions as examples, fer instance, not seeing a problem there, since it wouldn't be referencing her looks.

Vanessa said...

Yeah, "lipstick on a pig" is a cliche statement older than my great grandma. Count me in the this is false outrage camp.

Also, agreed on the you've already compared yourself to a pitbull point.

I think the Democrats need to embrace this though and go on the nasty offensive. For instance: What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Dick Cheny? Lipstick. What's the difference between the Taliban and Sarah Palin? Lipstick. Etc.

movie buff said...

McCain has become quite the politician since he got his party's nomination... he has proven that his strategy for winning is to either attack Obama personally and or distract people from the main issues whenever he gets the chance

YogaforCynics said...

The hypocrisy of John McConman truly knows no bounds. He's used this expression himself, and knows damn well that Obama's referring to his own bullshit version of "change," not the person of his running mate. And the media still calls him a "straight talker"....