Obama explains Lipstickgate to Letterman : Video

If our political dialogue means anything then its terms must be referential - they must point to something; and we should agree not to switch referents in an attempt to confuse people.  In the video Barack explains to Letterman that the "pig" referred to the Bush/McCain failed economic policies ... not to Sarah Palin. 

Now you could call Sarah the lipstick McBush is putting on his failed economics ... but never the pig ... no she's not the pig.   Anyone trying to claim that reference is someone trying to confuse  you.

Tags

  1. pro obama
  2. semantics
  3. lipstickgate
  4. 2008 election
  5. spin

Comments


Seth says
Just for the record, here is the actual transcript ...
source: thanks to PolitiCrazy
"John McCain says he’s about change, too. Except — 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. We’re really gonna shake things up in Washington.” That’s not change. That’s just calling some — the same thing, something different. But you know, you can — you know, you can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig."
-- Barack Obama
Also check out PolitiCrazy for more detailed semantic analysis.

Mark de LA says
Or perhaps Obama is now plagiarizing cartoons for his material (this appeared 4 days earlier):


Seth says
No plagiarizing here ... that is the message ... it has been in the stump speech for weeks.     

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