John McCain Calls Hillary Clinton A Pig

ImageToday, John McCain called Hillary Clinton a pig.

Essentially.

For all intents and purposes.

According to his own words…

Barack Obama, while on the campaign trail this morning, told his audience to beware of McCain’s brand of change, which only came about after the Democratic National Convention hit upon the theme so well. Obama said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink after eight years.”

After word got out, the McCain campaign became “incensed” and demanded Obama immediately apologize for calling Sarah Palin a pig.

Say what? When did Obama call Palin a pig? Where in Obama’s statement did he even reference Palin? He was talking about McCain’s sudden fondness with the campaign theme of change. The fact that McCain’s people are so ticked off is due to their realization that their one shiny, custom-made, applause-getting line from Palin’s specially-designed speech during the convention just got turned on them. And they don’t like it one bit. They wanted to be able to own “lipstick” somehow.

But let’s take McCain’s campaign at their word; let’s say using the phrase “you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig” does indeed magically transfer to the person being criticized (and in this case, Obama wasn’t even criticizing Palin). John McCain and his people need to go back about a year or so and recall what McCain himself said while criticizing Hillary Clinton’s proposals on health care change in America. McCain linked her new health plan back to the one she proffered some sixteen years ago.

At that time, McCain said, and I quote, “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

Why, John McCain, I do believe you called Hillary Clinton a big fat pig. Maybe you should apologize immediately.

This outburst and feigned incredulity is just more proof of a campaign that knows it can’t win on discussing issues so it is desperately grasping on to any little thing that might make the news and possibly continue their ugly spin that Democrats are sexists while Republicans [suddenly] love women [and unwed mothers].

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  2. Obama’s use of this saying was a poor choice of words and does look like a cut at Palin. There were many other ways to say what he did and inadvertent or intentional it still looks bad.

  3. McCain is calling Hillary’s proposal a pig not Hillary herself. Obama called Mrs. Palin a pig personally! Big Difference. NOT the same thing.

  4. “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink after eight years.”

    The above is what Obama said. He is talking about the idea that McCain will bring about change as putting lipstick on pig. McCain’s voting record is all with Bush. The idea of change is the lipstick, McCain’s policies are the pig. This has nothing to do with Palin, but since whatever popularity McCain has rides on her, his campaign made a cheap attempt to play the gender card.

  5. “Not the same thing” wrote:

    “McCain is calling Hillary’s proposal a pig not Hillary herself. Obama called Mrs. Palin a pig personally! Big Difference. NOT the same thing.”

    Ummm, sorry — it *is* the same thing. The article very, VERY clearly shows that Obama was referring to McCain’s pretense of being a reformer, and that he will be no different than Bush. McCain’s use of “lipstick on a pig” in regards to Hillary was indeed pretty much the same thing (aside from being dumber). People claiming that Obama was calling Palin a pig are either morons or liars (aka Republicans).

  6. I don’t believe Obama was refering to Palin as a pig, I believe his statements were referring to McCains statement of CHANGE when in fact it was meant for all the pork in the bills McCain has worked on and that was not considered change. I did not see Sara Palins name in the story.
    This Ol girl has just made up her mind to support Barak Obama and Joe Biden I can’t believe all this stuff is even being talked about. I am more concerned about Health care for workers, unemployed,Social Security,Economy,and Gas prcies (Not necessarily in that order) since I am almost there. I never heard McCain talk about change until Obama started campaigning on it CHANGE “YES WE CAN” I never considered myself as a particular political party person but more independant but again I will support Obama this time.

  7. I think the mccain camp knows exactly what it is doing, they know Obama didn’t mean Palin is a pig, they are just slinging mud. They’re a dirty camp running a dirty campaign plain and simple. They’ll say anything and do anything to get elected – bottomline. as a registered republican i’m pretty ashamed of what the republican party has become..

  8. WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!?!?! Did you read what Obama said? He never even mentioned Palin. He was talking about John McCain’s policies being the exact same as George W. Bush’s. H. Christ!!! AHHH!!! People like you shouldn’t be allowed to breed.

  9. To anyone who thought he was talking about Palin: seek and ye shall find.

    That’s what YOU wanted to hear. While watching the video that thought didn’t cross MY mind because I wasn’t looking for it.

    Is he forbidden from mentioning any product that a woman may use because it will be a reference to Palin?

    Obama: McCain’s a douche!
    McCain: Sexist!

    Obama: You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
    McCain: Unfair!

    Obama: I was talking to a lady who had recently lost her job and….
    McCain: Hey! He’s talking about Palin!!!

    madness

  10. Really. I used to think this election was an intelligence test. But now I see that these people willfully believe even the most ridiculous lies. A very strange vacuum that is filling with crap, lipstick or otherwise.

  11. …anyone with half a brain knows what Obama was inferring by the comment. He’s a politician, not an idiot. He wouldn’t have the guts to come out with the words, “Palin a pig with lipstick”…but, except liberal mouthpieces would not understand the full intent of the comment?

  12. You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy unless he is wearing LIPSTICK.
    Signed, Miss Piggy (star of TV, stage and screen)

  13. Im quite enjoying the sight of republicans recoiling in revulsion and righteous indignation at this obviously heinous and clumsy personal attack.

    When did the GOP go ‘PC’? Are people truly appreciative of how hypocritical they are being right now?

    As a british citizen I can only stare in awe and astonishment at the American political process, McCain seems like a geunine ‘good guy’ if you forgive the simplification the majority of his peers in the GOP however are incredibly distasteful and seem hell bent on destroying all sensible political debate in this election

  14. His statement were crispy clear and definitely referred to Mrs. Palin. Hey, he obviously can only resort to such childish moves as to call his competitors names.

  15. Here’s the video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPd4yk0x-eg
    or just go to YouTube and look up FPd4yk0x-eg

    He was specifically talking about McCain’s policies being the same as Bush’s, but now McCain et. al. have slapped on the magic “Change” slogan, as if that somehow changes the policies.

    Wheeler, JohnM, and the others need to check their facts before commenting.

  16. Obama made his remarks in the context of Palin’s “lipstick” remark, one of the most quoted lines in her speech. There was no equivalent context from Hillary.

    Sorry, but a simple text search doesn’t get Obama away from his schoolyard insults.

  17. … it’s silly to pretend that he had no knowledge of the context in which he was speaking, which is Sarah Palin’s oft-quoted line about hockey moms wearing lipstick.

    This is like when Obama “accidentally” flipped off Hillary; everyone in the room knew what was going on… then the fake halos come out after the fact.

  18. John M,

    So, when Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland called Obama “uppity,” was that racist? Surely, “anyone with half a brain knows what [Westmoreland] was inferring (by the way, the word you’re looking for is ‘implying.’ Inferring means you’re listening, not speaking) by the comment.”

    Come on, come out and say Westmoreland is a racist and that he should apologize. Let’s see if you’re a man of true character and integrity, or just another right wing fool…uh, tool.

  19. … if he simply didn’t realize how his “clever” insult would be interpreted? Do you honestly think that he … and his speech writers and handlers were just so foolish that they couldn’t see this coming? Come on…

  20. So, Palin and the Republicans now get to own “lipstick” forever? What about the fact that McCain is now stealing “change,” something clearly OWNED by Obama?

    You’re too funny, DRH. Try a little more logic. What you’re advocating is the most base and banal idiocy–the idea that somebody can own a piece of the language and call it their own, like Paris Hilton copyrighting “that’s hot.” Right, because no one else has ever said that before.

  21. If you think that the republicans are claiming to own the word “lipstick” then you are just an idiot. It’s just quite a coincidence that Obama used that term right after Palin gave her speech refering to lipstick. I think that it was an intentional low blow on behalf of Obama and his speech writers. I can’t wait to see him get crushed in the polls.

  22. wow, Obama points out a few lies the Repubs are trying to peddle and they cry foul! The republican party has no clothes…they have no real issues, just puff and fluff and sugar and sara and slogans, so stop telling the truth Obama, they can’t handle it….and a few americans might actually use their brain cells and vote democratic!

  23. Good point, enough squabiling over name calling. my biggest fear is Universal health care. If Obama is elected, god forbid, and he does implement the universal health care to America, what’s going to happen. The new health care system will now cover a surplus of tens of millions of uninsured americans, which would be fine, if it didn’t also include the 12 million or so illegal imigrants which would also be reaping the benifits. Do I think that universal health care is a great idea, yes, but it will not work unless we have a ton of doctors show up out of the blue. If you don’t like waiting in line at the doctors office now, just wait until America starts a universal health care system.

  24. Neither party comes out looking good here.

    Obviously the Republicans are blatantly exploiting Sarah Palin to position themselves as the “women’s” party, and to insinuate that Obama is a sexist – sorry – pig.

    But honestly Obama should have put more thought into his comment. Yes, it was used to describe policy and not a person, but come on. Palin had just recently used the image of an animal wearing lipstick to describe herself, so are we supposed to beleive the whole thing was a coinicidence?
    Sure, it’s an old saying. So is “Indian giver” or “Call a spade a spade” or “She was asking for it” but I wouldn’t want to hear my candidate use any of these inappropriate phrases either.

    What if Sarah Palin had described Obama’s policy by saying “you can paint a black rat white but it’s still a black rat”. Wouldn’t Obama be outraged? Of course he would, and he would have reason to be. You can’t make a colorful statement about animals wearing lipstick and then say it’s not about women in some way. I mean, who else wears lipstick?

    Maybe we need Obama to come very clean about this whole thing and speak directly to his feelings about women. Let’s face it, he passed up the obvious choice for vice-president, the choice that would have secured him the election…and why was that again? With Hilary Clinton by his side, this whole incident would never have happened.

    And speaking of the Clintons, didn’t Obama do this same thing to Bill Clinton during the primaries? Bill made an innocent comment and the Obama people turned it into a racist insult. I think they were well aware that Bill Clinton is not a racist.

    Obama baby, if you want to dish it out, learn to take it. If you’re going to yell ‘racist’ when you know it’s not true, then learn to take it when someone insinuates you’re a sextist.

    Or prove otherwise.

  25. Can we just dump all these politicians out of both the Democratic and Republican party (YES ALL OF THEM!!)and start over please?

  26. As far as Republicans ‘suddenly’ loving women and unwed mothers, better late than never, which is when we could expect the same ‘love’ from the Democrats.

  27. Like everybody says, Obama thinks through every word he says. He chooses his words very carefully, that is why what he says when answering spontaneous questions seems so disconnected. He is very smart and aware of Palin’s joke, so I believe he knew how this would be taken by his Democratic audience. He didn’t have to say it was about her. I think it was a “clever”, backhanded way to insult her and then be able to feign innocence.

  28. Take a jab at Palin, yes. Call her a pig, no way. Connection’s just not there unless you’re a Republican tool looking for any reason to trash Obama.

    Like I said, McCain said the same thing about Hillary, so if Obama is wrong, then so is McCain. Palin and the Republicans do not own the old cliche so they don’t get to define meaning or intent.

    Besides, this is coming from the Republicans, the one’s who brought us:

    time line = bad; time horizon = a beautiful, patriotic thing

    civil war = bad; sectarian violence = positive spin

    bail out = bad; liquidity back stop = no funds from tax payers

    torture = war crimes perpetrated by commies and terrorists; enhanced interrogation = afternoon chit chat with tea and cookies from Americans

    How anyone can still believe a single word Republicans say is beyond me.

  29. In all due respect, I do not understand why you disregard the fact that Obama called Palin a pig. You CAN NOT say that he was not talking about Palin. Obama is getting very nervous about his recent dip in the polls and getting nervous about how much the liberal media is hurting his campaign. There IS NO EXCUSE for what Obama said. You can go back in the past as much as you want to, but you cannot excuse Obama for this crued poke at Palin. The crowed applauded in joy as he said the pig comment.. they knew EXACTLY who he was talking about. I suggest that you start telling the whole story.

  30. I love that comment….you can paint a BLACK RAT white; but it’s still a BLACK RAT….do you get the “drift” Barry??

  31. According to Ron White of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, he may have been speaking about Bush when he said “you can’t fix stupid”, and evidently the McCain-Palin republican ticket is rapidly learning from and supporting (in absentia of the GW) the Bush philosophy. Palin is a female incarnation of the GW and of course McCain only supported him over 90%. Ron White is absolutely right but the correct saying should be “you can’t fix stupid” and that is the republican ticket for 2008.

  32. WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT: Why are you even responding, you are only spouting foulness. Do not start thinking you can tell anyone how to live or how many children to have, AMIMALS BREED.

  33. There the Republicans go making up stuff again! The Republicans are projecting their shadow side if they see something in Obama’s comment “put lipstick on a pig”as anything other than an analogy to McCain’s campaign tactics of posing as agents of change. There was absolutely no reference to Palin as a person, at all. He never even mentioned her name, he clearly was not talking about Palin. He wasn’t even talking about McCain himself, but he was talking about McCain’s campaign. “Putting lipstick on a pig” is not referring to any universal group of people, not racial or gender or religious specific, it is an analogy for a “cover up” or “making something appear better than it is” or “making something look appealing when it clearly will not work”. I have heard that statement all my life. I am a female and I have never thought of it as gender specific. If you read anything else into it, you are just either projecting what you would mean by it if you said it and projecting your own gender bias (like possibly McCain’s meaning when he used that phrase referring to Hillary’s policies or now we wonder if his projection on Obama means he was referring to Hillary herself) or you are making up a lot of stuff about what Obama might have been thinking. Why would republicans do this projecting? Because they want to distract us from the real issues facing Americans — issues like Health Care and loss of jobs and unemployment and an unnecessary war that McCain has supported 90% of the time that is still going on with thousands killed on both sides. McCain supported Bush 90% of the time in making the mess we are in and he is now trying to say he is an agent for change? Wow, what a perfect analogy to say “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig”. I agree with Obama! And yes “you can wrap an old dead fish in new paper, but it will still stink.”

    People were standing up clapping in the audience to the analogies Obama made because they agreed with him about the deceit of the Republicans saying they are for change. He is a great speaker because he gives words to our thoughts and strong feelings. The only changes the republicans will make are bad ones if you believe in freedom, like taking us backwards in time to having less women’s right of choice for their own body. That is why the people cheered in the audience, because Obama is right and McCain is Wrong! And his analogies were right. Not personal, just dead on, hit the spot, right on target about the Republican scam.

    Are the Republicans now acting all outraged just trying to bully Obama into not saying anything that aggressively points out their scam on Americans? They know that we the people of America like it, cheer, DONATE when he speaks the truth so sharply! They just want to shut him up. Shut us up! It will not work. It will not work this time, not this time, because Obama is a winner and because We the People are winners!!!!!!

    So, does anyone know any more analogies that mean the same thing as “putting lipstick on a pig” and “wrap an old fish in new paper it still stinks”? Anything else that could be used to describe the Republican party covering itself up with make-up or a re do of itself and its appearance? My husband thought of “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, but that would have been a personal attack against McCain himself and Obama was going after the campaign issues not McCain as a personality. At any rate, Obama’s speech was a “Wake up America Call” and his choice of analogies about pigs and fishes was certainly more exciting and effective than the analogy “you can iron an old shirt, but it’s still worn out” or what ever that old saying was (that is the only other one I could think of similar at all). Obama’s pigs and fishes analogies certainly do point out how the Republicans are just covering up what they really stand for with the “Republican reinvention image of themselves as being the ones for Change now”. The American people are going to show that we are not stupid and we will elect a president that has been honest with us, has an effective plan of change for the betterment of the lives of American people, and who has already demonstrated the excellent executive decision to appoint a highly qualified vice-president that REALLY has the experience to help lead this country into the changes we so desperately must make.

  34. Actually the Republican’s don’t have a plan on real issues so they want to talk about anything else but the issues. Lets me see just how silly they believe the American people are

  35. The Democratic audience must have watched Palin’s speech to so quickly recognize the lipstick inference.
    I think it was a subtle swip but really; now, IF Obama had said “You can put lipstick on a fox and she’s still a fox”, it would be for sure he was talking about Gov. Palin!!

  36. First off, I think Obama was trying to cut it both ways without being caught! Oh well, get over it. McCain never called Hillary a pig either, he was talking about a bill that she was backing, everyone knows it. If you look at Obama’s demenor when he was talking, he even had to think about what he was saying as he was being cautious on how he put it out there knowingh full well what the reaction would be, anyone within their right ming would know this.

  37. Ms. Palin already proudly referred to herself as a “pitbull,” so this whole thing is getting confusing.
    There’s no doubt that Obama and far too many of his supporters were incredibly misogynistic and race-baiting during the primary, and there’s no doubt that the republicans have traditionally NOT been the party of significant “change” or “value” as regards women’s status.
    So all that male b*tchiness is biting both parties in their precious butts.
    BUT Palin & McCain will be WORSE for women than Obama.
    And thanks to a sensationalistic, lazy, mostly above-it-all due to their above-it-all salaries- press that has enabled both parties to get away with way too much– & an overwhelmed electorate that is mostly trying to pay its bills & keep from drowning in debt (something the government, press, & candidates don’t seem to address) those are our choices.

  38. OK Libbies, find me the exact speach and historical records of Proof.
    Just a typical fabrication from the party of Hollywood.

  39. What has Palin to do with any of this? Palin is the tag-along, and an unvetted, lying one to boot, but she is on the ticket as VEEP NOT POTUS!!! Obama keeps speaking to what little of McCain’s policies he puts out there, and McCain keeps shoving Palin out front like she’s at the top of the ticket. Even extremist Republicans need to wake up every now and then. When Biden says something, then Palin can jump all over it with her extreme deaf, mute and blind base…until then…

    It’s Obama VS McCain…get over it…that’s how THIS democracy is run! For my money, she deserves whatever she gets after her silly speech at the Republican Convention. She even acted like she believes she’s top of the ticket and people clapped when she called HERSELF a bulldog in lipstick! Well, if you’re going to dish it, you’re going to take it. Obama has NO REASON to be sorry in this particular instance. Palin should be in the background with Biden, who will tear her apart during the debates…apples and oranges, people, apples and oranges!!

  40. Ed Travis, you need to check your fact and yourself before you post lame idiocy like your drivel. The Democrats are the party of Hollywood? Have you looked at McCain and the Republican Party?

    There is photo evidence of McCain and his lobby campaign manager Rick Davis boarding a yacht in Montenegro that is owned by Anne Hathaway and her former crooked boyfriend, who by the way, just pleaded guilty to like twelve counts of everything.

    Robert Duvall narrated a video tribute to McCain for the convention; Patricia Heaton, John Cryer, John Voight are out campaigning for McCain.

    And let me remind you, because I know you’re real slow, Ed Travis…

    Ronald Reagan, Fred Thompson, Arnold Schwarzenegger. And of course, the new rock star celebrity, Sarah Palin.

    I think you best shut up now before you make yourself look like a third grader.

  41. Ed Travis, you need to check your facts and yourself before you post lame idiocy like your drivel. The Democrats are the party of Hollywood? Have you looked at McCain and the Republican Party?

    There is photo evidence of McCain and his lobby campaign manager Rick Davis boarding a yacht in Montenegro that is owned by Anne Hathaway and her former crooked boyfriend, who by the way, just pleaded guilty to like twelve counts of everything.

    Robert Duvall narrated a video tribute to McCain for the convention; Patricia Heaton, John Cryer, John Voight are out campaigning for McCain.

    And let me remind you, because I know you’re real slow, Ed Travis…

    Ronald Reagan, Fred Thompson, Arnold Schwarzenegger. And of course, the new rock star celebrity, Sarah Palin.

    I think you best shut up now before you make yourself look like a third grader.

  42. Have to, he’s the only candidate who makes any sense. And i’ll vote democrat until all the neo-con nit-wits leave my party.

  43. You know, i used to like McCain, but he’s become a total tool of the neacons (or neocrooks). I will vote for Obama. He and Biden are showing a lot more presidential presence and dignity than the other two.

  44. wow, i am so sick and tired of hearing about the non-sense that its not even funny anymore !!! but i guess that its ok for McCAIN to use the “you can put lip stick on a pig ,but its still a pig phrase,towards HILLARY CLINTON,but cry like a little girl with a skined knee when the same phrase is used…..wow !!!!! but what it all boils down to is this ” we still live in a world that is color struck.thats right people, you know just as well as i do that this race is a race about race !!! americans don’t think that a black man has what it takes to lead this country…and its sad that we still live in a world like that.the same world that loves to cliam, that “blacks” love to play the race card, when in fact its the other way around.we all know that this will be a record setting election. but what no one will talk about is the reason why….and thats because a black man is running for president.and people, thats real talk !!!!!

  45. can someone, anyone explain something to me.how is it that we live in a country that proclaims that”equal rights” is what this country is about. but as soon as you say something,that a woman don’t agree with or like, its call being sexist…now grant you, we suppose to live in a country whereas we all are “EQUAL”until you are a woman running for the vice presidency of the united states…the same woman who has took jabs at obama. but i guess that its fair for her to attack someone. but as soon as someone retaliate against her.its call being sexist. go figure !!!!

  46. first off republicans sling ten times the mud trying to avoid the issue’s

    second it was taken out of context, and McCain is guilty of the very same slander almost verbatim.

    and third SHE’S A PIG!!! with lipstick.
    even the joke she told says it all. she’s a BITCH with lipstick

  47. Funny all the people saying the republicans are slinging mud after all the ad hominum attacks launched at Palin. Elections are always full of mud slinging but some of these attacks are over the top. And as far as the mud slinging there is very little difference between the parties and you all know it.

  48. He used all caps, but he also used quotation marks. That should have made it obvious that he thought the word “change” isn’t really owned by the Obama campaign. If you’re going to nitpick, go all the way.

  49. Oops. He didn’t use quotes. For some reason, I thought he did. He probably should have. I still interpreted his statement, though, as meaning that Obama owns change only in the figurative sense, in that he’s made it his campaign mantra.

    On a philosophical level, we could actually argue about the ownership of words, anyway. It could be said that Obama really DOES “own” change, at least for the duration of this campaign, since he started out with that word as this theme. The word “change” is now associated with the Obama campaign, and any attempt by the McCain campaign to use the word does feel, to me at least, like a sorry attempt to “steal” the word and what it means right from the Obama camp. But it’s all a matter of perception, really.

  50. As an earlier commentator said, when she saw the speech, she didn’t automatically jump to the “OMGWTFBBQ he’s calling Palin a PIG!” stance. Not everyone in this country is that stupid.

    I think we need to mention the influence of the media here. Not only did the Republican party immediately cry foul after Obama’s comment, but the mainstream media, ever hungry for drama (especially after Hillary left the race), started mentioning this really rather insignificant moment OVER and OVER, so people who didn’t even SEE the speech got it into their heads that Obama called Palin a pig.

    So, while I agree that many Americans are pretty stupid for believing everything they see on CNN (or Fox News), how much can we blame them (entirely) when we realize that that so many people have been raised to trust the news (whether it’s news or not)? If we can’t trust the “news,” who can we trust?

  51. but what it all boils down to is this ” we still live in a world that is color struck.thats right people, you know just as well as i do that this race is a race about race !!! americans don’t think that a black man has what it takes to lead this country…and its sad that we still live in a world like that.the same world that loves to cliam, that “blacks” love to play the race card, when in fact its the other way around.we all know that this will be a record setting election. but what no one will talk about is the reason why

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