Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” line has been getting a lot of attention, especially with his follow-up comments today, but the line that preceded it hasn’t (via Fox News):
Barack Obama responded Wednesday to the John McCain campaign’s call for an apology concerning his “lipstick on a pig” remarks, by calling the controversy “phony and foolish” and defending it as an “innocent remark” that was taken out of context.
Obama said his comment was meant to compare the policies of McCain to those of President Bush, and was in no way a reference to Republican vice presidential Sarah Palin.
Obama accused the McCain campaign of “lies and phony outrage” and “Swift-boat politics.” He said the “made-up controversy” was “cat nip for the news media.”
The Illinois senator used the pig analogy at a campaign event in Lebanon, Va., on Tuesday while describing his Republican opponents.
“John McCain says he’s about change, too, and so I guess his whole angle is, ‘Watch out George Bush.’ Except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics … That’s not change. That’s just calling something the same thing, something different,” Obama said.
Update: The line was borrowed from the cartoon — a reader said that Obama referenced the cartoon on MSNBC with Keith Olbermann a few days before the speech. Democrats criticized Palin for repeating lines written by Bush’s speechwriter. Maybe they wouldn’t have criticized her if they had been written by a cartoonist.
Update II: I forgot that Toles is the cartoonist who created this horribly offensive cartoon that got a lot of attention a couple of years ago. The Obama campaign made quite a big deal over the fact that one of President Bush’s speech writers wrote Sarah Palin’s speech. Since Obama says it matters who writes your material, then this must be pretty darn relevant.