Obama: could be fun to try putting lipstick on a pig

September 10, 2008

NEW YORK – As controversy surrounded Barack Obama’s comments about putting lipstick on a pig, the Democratic presidential hopeful found himself joking about the whole idea of putting makeup on an animal. rtr1oh7z.jpg

In an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman”, after 24 hours of back-and-forth over Obama’s use of the “lipstick” analogy, Obama found time to laugh.

“Have you ever actually put lipstick on a pig?” Letterman asked.

“The answer would be no,” Obama replied with a laugh. “But I think it might be fun to try.”

Obama said it was “silly season” in politics and noted that the saying “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig” is a common saying and it means that if you have a bad idea you can’t just dress it up and make it better.

“In this case I was talking about John McCain’s economic plans. That just calling them ‘change’, calling them something different doesnt’ make it better,” the Illinois senator said. “Hence, ‘lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.’”

“It’s a common expression, at least in Illinois,” he said. “I don’t know about New York City. I don’t know what you put lipstick on here.”

Obama said he was not calling McCain’s running-mate Sarah Palin a pig and was not referring to her at all.

“Keep in mind, that had I meant it this way, she would have been the lipstick, you see,” he said. “The failed policies of John McCain would be the pig — following the logic of this illogical situation.” 

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Let’s put an end to the media nonsense already. Important issues are at stake. All you evangelical consevatives, vote for your candidates; they won’t win anyway. Fortunately, there are enough younger people who are informed and get it. Older Americans have messed up our country long enough.
Everything is ‘sexist’ with Palin. Give us a break.

Posted by Joyce | Report as abusive

Since when did working your ass off to get into Harvard become a BAD THING??? Since when did serving your community become a BAD THING? Since when did teaching students become a BAD THING? When did the same comment that McCain made regarding Hilary’s healthcare policy become a BAD THING? When the Republican said so. I would rather have a president who wants to help people rather than a president whose ideals are subject to the fake HOLIER THAN THOU FANATICS!!!

Posted by Alida | Report as abusive

McCain has become quite the politician since he got his party’s nomination… he has proven time and again that his strategy for winning is based on personal attacks and distracting people from the main issues

Republicans are performing acrobatics as they attempt to distance themselves from themselves. According to Romney at the convention, the way to fix government is to turn it over to conservatives.
HELLO!! ? Has Romney not noticed that conservatives have been in charge of Washington for a long time? They have, but they did not want to act like conservatives. During that time “conservatives” changed budget surpluses into huge deficits, caution in foreign affairs gave way to invasion of Iraq (a country who had not threatened the US), “lean and efficient” government compounded the Katrina tragedy, and government “got out of our way” (well, actually not of “OUR” way – it’s still trying to insinuate itself into our bedrooms – but it DID get out of the way of Bear Stearns crooks and rapacious oil executives), enabling the financial fiascos.

During these “conservative years” conservatism lost its honor, as the goal (staying in power) justified the means (the politics of wedge issues, fear, lies and deception). If Romney still wants “real conservatives” in charge, he should tell the REPUBLICANS how badly they misled the nation.

P.S. Now McCain returns with the promise his gov’t will “get out of the way”, and thereby enable big business to play for keeps- and make the taxpayer pay when they fail. (who said Republicans can’t act like socialists? they can, when it’s in order to bail out their fat cats).

Posted by ehudmos | Report as abusive

To North Carolina Tarheel: The Code word for you is Bigot.
And that’s okay,vote your heart. Just a reminder Romney, Huckabee and other Republicans had some unplesant things to say about Mccain. In fact it got ugly between Huckabee and Mccain. When Mccain won the Republican Nomination they all got behind him with their support. Airhead tarheel: Remember Hillary lost with that logic.Anyway she is 100% behind Barack now. Go out and listen to her and Bill when they come to your state.

Its sounds like you already had your mind made up (closet bigot). Then you searched for reasons to back your position no matter how illogical they were. We don’t want your vote you’re part of our shameful past