September 10, 2008
I thought I'd weigh in on Lipstickgate.
Obama said, "You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig." He was referring to how McCain is now also running as the candidate for change. Many folks are upset that Obama seemingly called Palin a pig.
Let me say, I thought it was the funniest, most clever thing to ever come out of Obama's mouth.
I mean, come on: that's a great comeback. I personally don't think it has to be taken as sexist. Palin used lipstick to get a laugh line and a round of applause; Obama turned the tables back at her with a well-known idiom.
I honestly thought it was the funniest thing Obama's ever said. But I'm nutty like that. People really seem to be freaking out about this and saying that it will cost Obama support. Hey, whatever makes people not vote for him...
But you know what's way more offensive than what Obama said? What Juan Cole said: "What's the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists? Lipstick." That article is just sick.
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you can also put an American flag pin on a socialist, and that does not make them an American...
Posted by: awtm at September 10, 2008 06:58 AM (R8+ZR)
Gee, Tim, I guess I'm not as smart as you thought.
Anyway, I never said that I didn't think the line was *intentional.* Of course it was! I just don't think it was sexist. I think it was in direct response to Palin's lipstick hockey joke, but I didn't find it overly offensive just because she's a woman. That's what I meant.
And I thought it was a snappy comeback. Score one for Obama's wit. And Guard Wife is right that a counter-attack on pork spending would be even wittier!
Posted by: Sarah at September 10, 2008 08:44 AM (TWet1)
That phrase is used so often, I can't believe he used it to call Palin a "pig." I don't like Obama's positions on just about every issue, but I don't think he's looking to be intentionally cruel. I agree...he looked spontaneous on the stump when he said it...very unscripted. I don't think it was that bad...and I also agree that it's not in the McCain camp's best interest to pursue this...just move on.
Posted by: Nicole at September 10, 2008 09:47 AM (sBJ2p)
I'm not offended by the joke. I didn't find it particularly witty, but I didn't find it sexist either. Meh.
Posted by: Lissa at September 10, 2008 09:48 AM (fHdl7)
I dont think it was sexist either, I just think it was crude, rude and obnoxious. Pretty much par for the course form what Ive seen of Obama and his wife.
Lets review; this a man who went to Rev. Wrights church for 20 years, worked with Bill Ayers a Domestic Terrorist, came up through the corrupt Chicago political scene, accused the people from Pennsylvania of clinging to their guns and religion, threw his own grandmother under the bus as a typical white person while trying to condescendingly give us all a speech on race, not to mention numerous campaign speech gaffes and objectionable double meaning jabs clearly directed towards Hillary, McCain and now Palin.
And you want to give this man the benefit of the doubt that he was just jus being cute and funny, fine go ahead. His next line after the pig crack was just innocently referencing fish right? Ill gladly side with the rest who think otherwise and from the looks of it Im in good company.
BTW, my apologies, upon rereading my first comment I came on too strong, especially in regards to the smart crack. Sorry.
Posted by: tim at September 10, 2008 11:51 AM (nno0f)
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