Obama better get back behind his teleprompter:
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.
"Lipstick on a pig" is a common expression used by both Obama and McCain in the past, as noted by Ambinder. However, context counts - Sarah Palin's convention speech ad-lib in which she explained that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick has certainly created an association.
Oh, well - file this with "Andrew Cuomo was not making a racially charged rmark when he used the phrase 'shuck and jive' and "Bill Clinton deserved a pass for his use of 'fairy tale'". Looks like the Obama team has wearied of faux outrage.
The Hot Air team is well-repreented by AllahPundit, who notes this asymmetry:
Bear in mind as the inevitable nutroots naysaying about this gets going how insistent and ingenious they were in spinning secret offensive subtexts out of McCain’s ads. They’ll drill through six feet of bedrock to find “code” in something a conservative says, but they won’t dust off the topsoil of Obama’s comments.
Ben Smith notes that there has been a lot of lipstick talk in the Obama camp:
The crowd apparently took the "lipstick" line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: "lipstick."
UPDATE: The McCain campaign is now saying Obama called Palin a pig, which he didn't. The Obama campaign notes that "lipstick on a pig" is a fairly common idiom Obama often uses, as in a recent Washington Post interview. McCain has also used the phrase.
Though on a day when Obama's surrogates were joking that Palin's record can't be concealed with lipstick, it was hard for those following the campaign not to hear the echo.
Lots of thoughts and links from Glenn. As for Obama's loss of cool - waddya expect from a community organizer?