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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lipstick on a trainwreck...

This, from Sen. Obama today. (h/t to Jennifer Rubin from Commentary)

The latest mega gaffe comes directly from Barack Obama’s lips. ABC news reports:

You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.” The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.” “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change,’” Obama continued, “it’s still gonna stink after eight years. “We’ve had enough of the same old thing! It’s time to bring about real change to Washington. And that’s the choice you’ve got in this election.” Obama added that “it is not going to be easy … John McCain has a compelling biography, you know Sarah Palin is an interesting story.” The crowd booed. “No, she’s new!” Obama said. “She hasn’t been on the scene, you know, she’s got five kids and my hat goes off to anybody who’s looking after five. I’ve got two and they tire Michelle and me out!”

The entire exchange is of course deeply offensive and disrespectful, treating his opponent’s running mate as a sexualized object and a mere mother, to put it bluntly. I can’t imagine there is any Democratic woman — forget the Republicans and Independents — who isn’t embarrassed. Obama appears to be crumbling under pressure, reduced to swinging away at the person who has supplanted him as the political star of the Election.

HotAir has video and audio of the McCain team's response...

Instapundit is all over this story...


little jeter said...

Chris, I must admit I am a little dissapointed that you are even stepping down to the level of distraction that the whole LIPSTICK episode has created. Did you actually hear the quote in context? There was not a single mention of Palin in the words leading up to the reference, which BTW is a common phased used among the political.

Jeter said...

It was the top story yesterday on the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and ABC's World News with Charlie Gibson.

I express no opinion here, but just cite to the full quote (including two lines later when he makes a snide comment about how many children she has). The audience clearly had a sense of who he was talking about.

And when the next line was about "old fish"? Click on my Instapundit link, and read the analysis.

I would give this guy more benefit of the doubt if he hadn't repeatedly said "John McCain wants 100 years of war in Iraq".