Barack Obama: Sarah Palin the Pig, John McCain the Stinky Old Fish–UPDATED

Instapundit has a round-up. Here’s what Obama says (keep in mind that in the clip, the crowd laughs uproariously and clearly believes that Obama is referring to Palin):

Here’s the text:

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 Obama trainwreck? Yes.

I’d say:

Since Palin owns the word ‘lipstick” this season due to the punchline to her oft-repeated hockey mom joke, will the ever-sensitive Dems recognize the three glaring references to:

1) Sarah Palin is the pig in lipstick
2)”Old” is a dig at McCain
3) Fish” is a derogatory slang for women (ask Andrew Sullivan)

If Obama meant to imply all of that, he is unfit to be President.
If Obama did not mean to imply any of that, he is an idiot for not knowing what words are “code” words.

“Civility, hope, change and new politics”, indeed.

Readers, and conservatives generally, have been full of respect for Obama’s intelligence. His gift is rhetorical and oratory. Isn’t it?

I wrote this to a blog friend:

There seems to be something inherent in the progressive (I hate the misuse of the word liberal) mindset that there is no governor, no stop when they attack. They strangely view attacks against their policies as personal and feel that they are then liberated to go personal. But I think the underlying issue is narcissism. Ideas are an extension of the self. To dispute them is to disparage the self.

Further, I feel Obama’s personal slurs act as a confirmation that his campaign has been seeding Kos and Andrew Sullivan with false stories. Interestingly, when Obama was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly, he made the equivalence between Fox commentators and Kos kids. And he called the Kos writers “commentators”. O’Reilly jumped on that statement, but what was fascinating is that to Obama’s mind, someone criticizing his ideas falls in the same category as Kos kids slandering the Palin family, their children and them personally.

Obama is a smart guy. He said what he meant to say. That anyone is even attempting to defend him, boggles the mind. There is no defense for this kind of talk.

Oprah! Paging Oprah! Is this the kind of talk about women you support? Women=Pigs. That should get votes.

And also this: I believe that this effectively ended Obama’s chances. But it wasn’t just his words. It was the crowd’s reaction. The crowd laughed at this shameful display. Obama’s words speak to what is base and low in people. Watching the whole interchange makes one wonder, “Is this the America of hope and change?”


Time for pig and fish jokes from John and Sarah. (Check out her sense of humor.)

Does anyone really expect this duo to whine and complain and be passive-aggressive? Obama has that territory all sewn up.

They might demand an apology. Meh. Poke fun. it works better.

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