Posted by Ron Coleman on September 10, 2008
Obama uttered the phrase in the midst of ridiculing the Republican nominee’s commitment to change. “John McCain says he’s about change, too,” Obama said in an appearance here, leading into a string of ways he contends McCain represents more of the same — on economic policy, taxes, education, foreign policy, campaign tactics.
“That’s not change. That’s just calling something that’s the same thing something different. You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig,” Obama went on, and the crowd erupted in cheers. “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink, after eight years. We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”
I completely don’t get it. I don’t see how any reasonable person can identify this comment as having been directed at a person, in the sense of describing that person as a pig.
Stop it. Barack Obama has enough serious questions to answer. This shouldn’t be one of them.