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Sen. Obama: You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig But It's Still a Pig
by Mary E. Coe   
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Last edited: Friday, September 12, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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Was Sen. Obama talking about Gov. Palin when he made the comment, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."


In one of Sen. Obama’s latest speech; he used the phrases “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”and“You can wrap an old fish in a paper and call it changes, but it still stinks” or something like that.


I was very appalled when I first heard the “lipstick” comment coming from Obama. I first heard it from an add that was approved by Sen. McCain. The add stated that Sen. Obama called Gov. Palin a pig.  


Many republicans said that Sen. Obama was referring to Gov. Palin with the “lipstick” remark and he was referring to Sen. McCain with the “old fish” remark.


Thank goodness for Google.  I goggled “lipstick on a pig” It is an old political saying.  There’s a long list of politicians, including Sen. McCain, who has used this phrase.  Sen. McCain used this phrase more than twice.  


Sen. McCain’s Press Secretary wrote a book titled, “Lip Stick on a Pig,” to teach people how to use the phrase.


I am satisfied that Sen. Obama was not talking about Gov. Palin when he made that comment.  It is an old phrase that is commonly used by republican politicians.  Sen. McCain, himself, used the phrase many times.   





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Reviewed by Paul Kogel 10/1/2008
No, Obama clearly was not referring to Palin. It is just wrong, in my opinion for anyone to lay that at his feet. I don't believe the man would ever say anything that crude; he is much to refined to do that. This is just the kind of thing that the Democrats do to Republicans all the time. Republicans should be better than that. It does, however, make me wonder what Democrats would have said if it was the other way around. Well, I don't wonder that much. I'm sure what would have happened - the same thing that always happens when Republicans slip up. Anyway, in this, Obama is innocent.

Reviewed by larry linville 9/13/2008
Mary, thanks for your article and for sticking with it. If a person takes the time to see the statement in context, it was referring to McCain's claim of change. Thanks for your words. You are right on.
Reviewed by Mary Coe 9/12/2008
Hi Morning Star and Aubrey Hammack. I believe the comment by Obama was taken out of context. Tell you why; Sen McCain used this same phrase as a cut to Hillary Clinton, when he spoke about her Health Plan. So, if Obama insulted all the women in America, I will have to say the exact same thing about Sen. McCain. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin's insults are, also, too personal; that's politics. No, it shouldn't be that way by either side. I would perfer that both sides stick to the issues. However, the Obama camp has to answer these charges the McCain's camp is throwing there or they will regret it later. Gov. Palin cannot be insulted, but, she is running for VP, one of the highest office in the US. She has to be treated that way; she cannot be handled with kids gloves. I don't see where she is being insulted. The men really gave Hillary Clinton a hard time. McCain used the "Lipstick" remark as a direct cut to Hillart Clinton's "Health Plans".
Reviewed by Morning Star 9/11/2008
Mary there is no doubt in my mind
That Obama was referring to Sarah Palin!!!!
His out control and I think his insults are getting
To personal and when he insulates
Sarah Palin he is insulting all the women in America
Mary its nice to see you back
Love your Article!!
Peace Love and Light....Morning Star
Reviewed by Aubrey Hammack 9/11/2008
There is no doubt in my mind that Obama meant what he said as a cut to Sarah Palin. Also, his audience clapped and gave him a standing ovation. Obama is the one that has no honor.
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 9/10/2008
It seems to me that McCain has misplaced or discarded his much vaunted honor. How cheesy can he get? I look forward with horrified interest.
Reviewed by Steve Joos 9/10/2008
It sounds like McCain's camp was trying to make something out of nothing, which has been par for the course during this campaign.
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