After a year’s respite, lipstick-wearing pig returns to US politics
The lipstick-wearing pig is back, making its annual appearance in the political discourse of the country.
Republicans don’t know what real change is, he told a crowd in Lebanon, Virginia.
“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” Obama said. “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change.’ It’s still gonna stink after eight years.”
The line prompted people to jump to their feet and cheer — apparently taking it as a direct slam at Governor Sarah Palin, the newly minted Republican vice presidential candidate.
A few days earlier, Palin had introduced herself to the Republican National Convention as a hockey mom.
“You know they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull: Lipstick,” she told the convention.
Obama’s pig remark riled the Republican camp and set the tone for an increasingly nasty White House campaign.
The target was Obama’s healthcare reform plan, which is in a spot of trouble after a round of Republican criticism during Congress’s August recess.
Obama will try to revive the plan with a speech to a joint session of Congress at 8 p.m.
“I hope he’s been listening to the American people because I think over the course of August they’ve raised their voices loud and clear that they don’t want this massive government takeover of our healthcare system,” Boehner said.
“But it appears,” he said, “that the president’s going to double down tonight and try to put lipstick on this pig and call it something else.”
So that’s Boehner’s view. What do you think of Obama’s healthcare plan? Lipstick on a pig, or change we can believe in?
Photo credits: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama at a healthcare event in August); Reuters/Rick Wilking (Women hold up lipstick to greet Palin at a campaign rally Sept. 15, 2008)