Obama Calls Palin a "Pig"

"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said as the crowd cheered. "It's still a pig."
--Barack Obama

Is this really the man we want for our President? A man that has so little respect for his political opponents that he has to resort to name calling? Is this the man that said he would rise above negative ads and be civil? Is this the man that wanted to keep the focus on the issues?

Yes. This is the same man. The same man who also referred to Americans in small towns who cling to their religious beliefs and guns as "bitter."

Questionable associations, questionable views on his fellow Americans, a man who resorts to insults of his political opponents instead of challenging them on their issues and their vision of what America's future should be. A man who has contempt for women who used the same sexist attacks against Hillary Clinton in the primaries--referring to Hillary throwing the China and the whole buffet at him. Referring to Hillary getting her "claws" out.

John McCain is not Barack Obama. He's an honorable man that doesn't take cheap sexist pot shots.

UPDATE
Apparently, there's more to this innocent remark than meets the eye. Apparently, John McCain said the same thing about Hillary Clinton. Apparently, this is an old expression, etc, etc. Well, if it was an innocent expression, I apologize to Mr. Obama for using my blog to say what I think. BECAUSE I had never heard the expression before, and yet, I'm a pretty reasonable person and this is what I interpreted Obama's quip to mean. I'm sure I'm not alone, even if it was an innocent quip. Here are what others in the blogosphere have commented:

It was a stupid set of comments by Obama. He will have to spend the next several days explaining himself instead of explaining why he is better than Bush. I believe that it was deliberate, which further illustrates his poor campaigning, a sin of commission. Can't his political handlers get through to him that he has to rise above all the squabbling and let his surrogates chuck the slime... What a maroon...
The bottom line is that Mr. Nobama needs the white vote and he will only get if on the east and west coasts.He will not get the white vote in middle America. It also appears that Mr. Nobama is running against Mrs. Palin, poor campaign strategy so far. And as far as Joe biden is concerned, he was born with a golden shoe in his mouth.......And he is good at it.
Does anyone remember when Barack put his middle finger across his cheek when he mentioned Hilary during the primaries and he denied that it was intentional.
I think this man has a problem with women.
Does he have any high ranking woman on his campaign staff. I think not.
By the way, I think his mentor Wright's latest concubine could use some glossy lipstick.
I laughed when read that Obama and his campaign now say that he wasn't speaking about Palin when he said his lipstick/pig comment.
Does he expect us to believe he hadn't seen Palins speech or the constant replaying of her hockeymom/lipstick joke?
This is just like him denying that he heard any crazy statments made by his Pastor of twenty years.
NewsFlash Obama!! Despite what your European friends think, Americans aren't THAT stupid.
Okay, the 'lipstick pig' remark can be explained away.

Please expalin the next comment after that one. "You can take an old fish wrap it in paper called 'change'. It still stinks..."

Women (and men) know that sexist pigs have referred to a part of a woman's anatomy as 'fishy'. Obama means "Palin = old fish... still stinks... fishy... stinky...!!!

What next... a lap cat???

WOMEN ARE SICK OF SEXIST PIGS.

OBAMA... THE WOMEN JUST LEFT YOU!!!
Regardless of what you believe on this side of the non-issue distraction that has once again diverted our focus from the real issues of this campaign, if this were not an intentional barb at Palin and McCain, Obama should be a gentleman about it and just admit that he wasn't thinking and he should apologize to Governor Palin. That both campaigns are now pointing fingers at each other accomplishes nothing and demonstrates how those vying for the most important political office in the world are all capable of acting like a two-year old. I really believe our politicians need to rise above all this and start behaving like world statesmen.

Bottom line, Obama should have apologized as soon as it was brought to his attention. McCain should have ignored it without demanding an apology or retaliating. Neither one is acting very Presidential right now, and somehow, both the candidates vying to be President are now focusing all their energy on Governor Palin, the Vice-Presidential Candidate. Remind me, who's running for President again?

For further reading on this continued non-issue, please see Moi is not a pig, Moi is a superstar.

Thanks for reading.

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15 comments:

Doug said...

Nah. "Putting lipstick on a pig" is an old expression that refers to trying to change something's appearance to make it more attractive, yet it remains a pig. In this case, Obama is referring to Bush policies being sold by the McCain campaign as something new and attractive, yet it remains a pig. Only the most partisan of citizens could interpret this as calling Sarah Palin a pig. Come on now.

September 10, 2008 12:48 PM
Remi said...

I agree with the above comment. In addition, whatever your opinion of the democrats and republicans are, Republicans are known for their though attacks on their opponents, and Ms. Palin is no exception to the rule.

September 10, 2008 2:27 PM
Matthew S. Urdan said...

Doug--you could be right, but then again...

Remi--what is a "though attack"?

Thanks for your comments, please see above for the update on this non-issue of the campaign.

September 10, 2008 2:51 PM
Jeff said...

I had not heard the lipstick on a pig remark prior to reading about it here. My first reaction was along the lines of what Doug said above with the caveat that it was a poorly chosen metaphor due too its myriad of possible political implications. I agree that Obama should have apologized as soon as it became an issue (if not before). I'm also curious as to how it became an issue. I'd like to believe that both John McCain and Sarah Palin have enough sense to know it was not a direct personal insult. On the other hand, campaign staff, Republican or Democrat, salivate upon seeing these types of remarks.

September 10, 2008 3:55 PM
Matt said...

Hey Matt, I have heard the expression many times before and when I first saw the replay of Obama's remark on television I immediately gave him the benefit of the doubt and thought it was silly of the press to make such a big deal of it. However, if you watch it closely Obama slows down before delivering the punch line, as if to really drive it home, and as soon as he said it everyone in the audience stood up and cheered and hollered. Besides, does anyone out there think that this statement wasn't thoroughly discussed by Obama's speech writers (with Obama) before he made the remark. Come on! he knew EXACTLY what he was saying and the fact that he could innocently play it off in the media as an old saying, no harm done. BULL!!!

It's just politics, yes, but it is disgusting (on both sides!!!) You should be given some slack, Matt, for never heving heard the expression before, but i still think you were basically right. In politics, just like with location, location, location in real estate, it's all in the delivery. He knew, he knew, he knew.

September 10, 2008 4:52 PM
Liza said...

hi matt! thanks for your comment. congrats too on your first 500.

cheers!

September 10, 2008 5:11 PM
Matthew S. Urdan said...

Jeff, you're exactly right, and after reading Matt's comment below yours, it seems however that Obama knew exactly what he was saying.

Matt--I haven't seen the press coverage, but if Obama is pausing for effect, and certainly the crowd got the effect intended or not, Obama probably deserves all the criticism coming his way. Thanks for adding to the discussion!

Although I certainly wish McCain and Palin would brush it off and be Presidential in this regard and let the media do their job of amping up the public.

Liza--its my pleasure, and thanks for the congrats!

September 10, 2008 5:48 PM
Mike Cavin said...

The pig is still a pig and that pig is the ridiculous name calling and mud slinging that continues to catch all the headlines,when the candidates should focus their complete attention of discussing issues like Health Care, Economy, Elderly care, Unemployment,Deficit Spending (a great blog on that one Matt!) etc. I am begging both candidates (especially Obama) to quit telling me why I shouldn't vote for the other guy and focus intently on explaining to me why I should be casting my vote for them !!!!!!!!! I take my right to vote very seriously and I am saddened and confounded that the majority of this country will shape their opinions around the few minutes of media coverage that they happen to view and that they seem more passionately interested in "Deal or No Deal" or Monday Night Football. That Tom Brady's season ending injury ruined many a fantasy football fans team shouldn't be the main topic of conversation that I hear about on the radio.The blog that needs to be written Matthew is the one about the media brainwashed sheep that will sway the election and who stands the best chance of winning. Perhaps even more interesting would be a blog that explores why we as a society aren't happy or satisfied until we have correctly "labeled" what type of person each one of us is. Thanks for reading.

September 10, 2008 8:37 PM
Anonymous said...

It's an old saying and to be honest people are really reaching for things to be offended about. Of course, you can't make a silk purse out of pig's ear and you can't turn an election into anything more than mudslinging and ignorance on both sides.

September 10, 2008 11:37 PM
Auth Dir said...

The McCain Camp was looking for something to distract the public from a day of bad economic news and came up with this. It is really pathetic how the public falls for this time and again. When you look at the issues the Obama camp has a clear edge so the only way McCain can win is to distract the public from the issues. Hence our Soccer Mom wanna be president and McCain being offended over an expression he has used himself numerous times which was not even directed at Palin but taken completely out of context. If the public falls for this garbage again after electing a president with the lowest IQ in history TWICE I am just going to lose all faith.

September 11, 2008 12:53 AM
Ian said...

Political rivals taking pot shots at each other ... big deal. It happens.

What amuses me about American politics is the obsession with things like:
* abortion
* sex education
* religious beliefs
* what the candidates did in a war 30+ years ago? (interesting, but surely far less relevant than what they have done since and what they stand for now).

Lets all focus on crap like this - not the difficult things like fixing the economy, re-establishing respect for America in much of the world, health care, poverty, etc.

September 11, 2008 5:44 AM
Designing Hilary said...

I watched the full clip of his entire comment just to see what all the hullabaloo was all about. He was not calling Palin a pig but policies of his political opponents (as others have already stated).

What I find really scary for the state of this union is that the media played and overplayed this and turned it into a maelstrom. And everyday people played gleefully along. If a comment taken out of context and misinterpreted monopolizes the attention of the people and the airwaves of the media, this is a very sorry state.

September 11, 2008 7:04 AM
Jason said...

Matt, way to perpetuate a total nonissue! Are you on the McCain payroll?

September 11, 2008 12:44 PM
Matthew S. Urdan said...

Thank you all for your comments.

I just believe that the election and the campaigning is really getting down in the dirt and we are now in the mudslinging phase. I'm sorry that some of you believe this post is a cheap shot at Obama. However, Obama's words and actions are representative of his character. I think Obama's facade is cracking, and for those of you who disagree with me and still believe that Obama is a paragon of integrity and America's new best hope, well, the nation is pretty much divided in their thoughts on that issue and on lipstick gate.

Whatever he said, whatever he meant, whatever he didn't say...Obama is a Harvard-educated politician with a team of advisers that seems lost in how to deal with a republican resurgence brought on by Sarah Palin. He is struggling to get his bearings right now, and miscues are popping up all over the place:
1. Joe Biden admitted Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice for V.P.
2. The SC Democratic Chairwoman said Palin's only qualification for VP is that she didn't have an abortion--a statement quickly distanced by the Obama campaign.
3. Obama may or may not have admitted in a Freudian slip that he is indeed a Muslim.

These are not the statements of a well-organized campaign with a well-communicated and executed strategy where all it's spokespeople are on message.

Right now, Obama is creating his own distractions. He should be attacking John McCain and his policies. Instead, he's increasingly becoming embroiled in miscues that distract from his own message. Please don't kick sand in my face because I'm posting about those miscues. Call the Obama campaign and ask his people what they're doing. Otherwise, you can go ahead and concede the election to McCain/Palin right now.

September 11, 2008 1:52 PM
Grandy said...

You make me smile Matt... Thank you.

September 13, 2008 1:05 AM

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