Obama: could be fun to try putting lipstick on a pig
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.
“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.”
- File photo credit: Reuters/Keith Bedford (Obama arrives at the Letterman show in 2007)