Thursday, September 11, 2008
Lipstick Mention Didn’t Mean Palin
Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, packed supporters to the rafters Tuesday at Lebanon High School to hear his message of change for America. *
Adults left work and kids skipped school to travel to Russell County to hear what sounded like an old-time revival meeting to the faithful. Obama had stopped earlier Tuesday at Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe & Grill for a vanilla milkshake and a chat with the customers.When he took the stage at nearly 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Obama was among friends.
Then, in deriding Republican attempts to take ownership of the “change” label, Obama compared that to “putting lipstick on a pig.”
It’s a common political saying: You can pretty something up, but it still isn’t very pretty underneath.
It’s been said by Obama before, along with John McCain, Dick Cheney and most others on the stump.
But Republicans immediately ran with it, claiming Obama was referring to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate.
Obama was calling Palin a pig in lipstick, they claimed in demanding that he apologize.
Ridiculous? Tell it to his adoring fans - all of whom need to lose some major weight, by the way - who went wild with applause when he said it, as seen here:
Regardless what Obama meant, the crowd took it the way the rest of us took it. Nobody will utter the word lipstick ever again and not think of Sarah Palin's hockey mom zinger. They were without doubt thinking of Sarah Palin.
But okay. Let's assume that Obama didn't have Sarah in mind when he uttered those fateful words. He's one-dimensional enough to where that's likely. I ask you, shouldn't he have? Mr. Gifted Speaker, Mr. Harvard Graduate, Mr. Smarter Than The Rest Of Us didn't realize what kind of firestorm his comments were going to ignite? Where was his brain?
For that matter, where are the brains of the Herald Courier editorialists?
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* Can anyone tell me what that message was? I read five reports from the scene and all I read were platitudes. No plan. No details. No substance. Just blather.
What's the Pig Deal?Reread this gem and think about the fact that this same newspaper published 100 news articles and editorials in 2006 on the subject of macaca.
Washington Post editorial
It's hard to think of a presidential campaign with a wider chasm between the seriousness of the issues confronting the country and the triviality, so far anyway, of the political discourse. On a day when the Congressional Budget Office warned of looming deficits and a grim economic outlook, when the stock market faltered even in the wake of the government's rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when President Bush discussed the road ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan, on what did the campaign of Sen. John McCain spend its energy? A conference call to denounce Sen. Barack Obama for using the phrase "lipstick on a pig" and a new television ad accusing the Democrat of wanting to teach kindergartners about sex before they learn to read. (link)
"A wider chasm between the seriousness of the issues confronting the country and the triviality ... of the political discourse"? Macaca - a slur used by a small band of nomadic tribesmen in the desert of North Africa. One hundred editorials and news
Suppose they have any idea how foolish they look?
No consensus on who was behind Sept 11-global poll
World wants Obama as president: poll
Let's let the "world," the one that chooses to believe that al Qaeda doesn't exist, have him. What say?
"We can expect YouTube to get a real workout. Joe Biden has stuck his foot in his mouth on many occasions over the years and we can expect to be entertained by the videos of his many gaffes for weeks to come."As promised, Joe Biden, sticking his foot in his mouth, yesterday:
Biden: Hillary a Better Pick Than MeSo Biden disagrees with Obama's pick of Veeps.
ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports: Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Wednesday said that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., might have been a better pick for the position than him.
"Make no mistake about this," Biden responded. "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend, she is qualified to be president of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be vice president of the United States of America, and quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate, I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate, so let’s get that straight." (link)
Naturally, the McCain campaign came back with the obvious response:
Spokesman Ben Porritt offered this response from the McCain camp: "Barack Obama’s most important decision of this election, and Biden -- the candidate he selects -- suggests, himself, that he wasn’t the right man for the job, and that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice. Biden certainly has a credible viewpoint on this."The most important decision Obama has ever made, to date. And Biden thinks it was a mistake.
The gang that couldn't shoot straight ...
Oh, and, as promised, the YouTube clip:
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It's being rumored that this is an attempt on Biden's (and Obama's) part to bow out gracefully so that Obama can get back in the race, with Hillary being chosen to replace the old white guy. How do you suppose that's going to be accepted out in the marketplace?
Obama On Letterman: 'McCain Policy Is The Pig'His campaign is now on a glide path to a landslide loss and he goes on TV to clarify his remarks about a pig and lipstick.
New York (CBS) ― Presidential hopeful Barack Obama appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York on Wednesday after a day of heated debate by media and political pundits over comments some took as a slam against Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Obama spent much of his visit talking about Palin and clarifying his earlier comments. (link)
Obama thinks he should be the leader of the free world.
For the love of God.
Now, after his visit, what do Dickensonians think of The Messiah?
The latest poll numbers:
Yup. Obama gained ... a point. McCain lost ... a point.
Seems the people of our coal counties are less awe-struck by the man than those doofuses were Tuesday in that gymnasium over in Lebanon.