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AP photo: Sexist or Sexy? You decide


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Lipstickgate: Obama’s greatest moments in sexism

It’s a continuation of my previous post:

Obama absolutely loves Jay-Z:

January 14, 2008 — PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Barack Obama claims to run a clean campaign, but someone in his camp took a swipe at Hillary Clinton through the candidate’s theme song.

As Obama and his wife, Michelle, strolled triumphantly into his victory party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3, Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” was blaring. In it, Jay raps, “I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one.”

Some listeners took it as a not-so-sly reference to Hillary.

“We didn’t know he used that,” a shocked Clinton spokesperson said.

Obama has no problem admitting he’s a rap fan.

Yes, I know that Sen. McCain previously used the same pig-with-lipstick joke, but he isn’t the one that has been repeatedly called out for making sexist comments.  While I don’t believe Obama’s pig remark was a swipe at Palin, I can’t blame people for jumping to that conclusion either.

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Obama to Big Media: Guys, guys, stop focusing on my sexist remarks

Somebody call this guy a whaaambulance:

“See, it would be funny, but the news media decided that would be the lead story yesterday. This happens every election cycle. Every four years, this is what we do. This is what they want to spend two of the last 55 days talking about…Enough!” he said.

Obama called the attacks “lies, outrage and swift boat politics.”

“These are serious times and they call for a serious debate…spare me all the phony outrage. Spare me all the phony talk about change,” he said.

If the times are as serious as Obama claims, why did he resort to childish name-calling?

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This is the first story I was exposed to when I got back from the gym:

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.” 

This type of comment is what’s known in political circles as a “pulling a Biden.”

UPDATE: Via HotAir, the McCain camp creates an ad:

UPDATE: The folks at MSNBC’s First Readare saying that McCain made similar comments about Hillary’s healthcare plan.  I looked into it and it’s true, however, the comment was phrased much better: 

McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan, he said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the early 1990s.

“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said of her proposal.

Not exactly the same thing, is it? While McCain did use the same phrase, Hillary never made a lipstick-related comment before McCain made his nor was he comparing her to a pig. Obama’s comment was poorly phrased, which is why this gaffe is dominating the news this morning.

UPDATE: A stroll down memory lane…

  • “She’s got the kitchen sink flying, and the china flying, and the, you know, the buffet is coming at me.” — April 20
  • “You challenge the status quo and suddenly the claws come out.” — February, Tulane University
  • “I understand that Senator Clinton, periodically when she’s feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal.” — February

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