LEBANON, Va. — “That’s not change,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said of what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is offering.
“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.”
The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”
“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change,'” Obama continued, “it’s still gonna stink after eight years.
“We’ve had enough of the same old thing! It’s time to bring about real change to Washington. And that’s the choice you’ve got in this election.”
Obama added that “it is not going to be easy … John McCain has a compelling biography, you know Sarah Palin is an interesting story.”
The crowd booed.
“No, she’s new!” Obama said. “She hasn’t been on the scene, you know, she’s got five kids and my hat goes off to anybody who’s looking after five. I’ve got two and they tire Michelle and me out!”
— Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller
UPDATE: Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs insists the senator was not referring to Palin. “That’s an old expression,” Gibbs says. Source: ABCNews
Wasn’t this guy touted as a gifted speaker? I haven’t seen much evidence of it. According to ABC news, his audience thought he was referring to Sarah Palin as a pig. Since these things are highly scripted, I would have thought that a sycophant should have detached his lips from the Obama posterior long enough to say something like “Dude, you’re trying to woo women who supported Hillary, maybe you should rethink that comparison”, but nooooooo.