September 10th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama says 'enough is enough'

Obama speaking in Virginia Wednesday.

Watch: Obama speaking in Virginia Wednesday.

(CNN) — Barack Obama accused the McCain campaign of "lies" and "Swift boat" politics Wednesday, after nearly a day of claims his 'lipstick on a pig' comment was a sexist attack leveled at GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin.

"Spare me the phony outrage. Spare me the phony talk about change," Obama said at the start of an education event in Virginia. "We have real problems in this country right now. The American people are looking to us for answers, not distractions, not diversions, not manipulations. They want real answers to the real problems we are facing.

Watch: 'Spare me,' Obama says

"I don't care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift boat politics," he also said. "Enough is enough."

Obama's heated response came after the McCain campaign said the Illinois senator owes Palin an apology for invoking an old adage on the campaign trail Tuesday: "That's not change," Obama said, saying John McCain’s policy views were similar to President Bush’s. "That's just calling something the same thing something different. You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

McCain's campaign said Obama's remarks were offensive and a slap at Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin - despite the fact that the Arizona senator himself used the phrase last year to describe a policy proposal of Hillary Clinton's.

Within minutes, the McCain campaign announced a conference call focused on the remark, which they said was a deliberate reference to Palin's line: "You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."

UPDATE: Responding to Obama's comments, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said, "Barack Obama can’t campaign with schoolyard insults and then try to claim outrage at the tone of the campaign."

"His talk of new politics is as empty as his campaign trail promises, and his record of bucking his party and reaching across the aisle simply doesn’t exist," Rogers also said.

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  1. J-M

    You got that right...ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, and this slime is going to backfire on McCain!

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. tanner, ca

    Obama is sliding rapidly in the polls so he's getting angry. That's to be expected.

    But all the SHEEP on this site are going to fall in line with the Zerobama and back him no matter what. Keep fooling yourselves in thinking that what you read on this site reflects the average American. You are all sheep bleating at each other and convincing yourselves that you are in the majority. When you most defininately are not. Baa baa.

    NOBAMA is on the downward spiral. Adios Zerobama.

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Sarah

    The comment WAS intended as a jab towards Palin. As a woman, I find it to be very offensive. I wouldn't think anything was wrong with it if Palin had not just used a lipstick analogy in her recent speech.

    Obama's camp is so tacky.

    McCain-Palin 08!

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. doublestandard

    You guys are morons....what other possible reason would Obama have to make that comment? You know full well that every thing he says is prepared and rehearsed, he can't evenmake a joke without a teleprompter. Either it was directly aimed at Palin, or he was just a total imbecile.

    And you have a lot of nerve calling this the gender card, when Obama throws up the race card constantly. He accuses mccain of saying he doesn't look like the guys on dollar bills; when did mccain say anything at all like that?

    Obama......fraud, loser, moron.

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Deb J


    He is correct Lipstick on a Pig is still a Pig. Do not treat her any different. This is serious business and we are tired of the crap the republicans do, rather than deal with issues.
    Cut the crap and deal with the real problems. She does not qualify and that is the issue, McCain is the same old thing and we need to move on.

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Faith Parsons

    This mudslinging is part of the political process and will never change. Expect it, ignore it and vote for the individual you feel is best for the country. Politics brings out the ugliness of our souls.

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Anonymous

    The true key phrase is that the McCain camp responded "within minutes." They must have people watching every line uttered by Obama/Biden, just waiting for something they can lable sexist. Hence their choice of Palin.

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. April Garlow

    All you have to do is look at Obama's body language, and his pause and smirk after the first line of his pig remark ,to realize he aimed it at Palin, and he knew what he was doing.The media can try to spin him out of it, but he has repeatedly shown his disdain for women throughout his campaign.He is educated, but not that bright.

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Mr. Independent

    As a concerned voter. I am disappointed by the antics that the Republicans are using. I am also appalled that some women base their choice primarily on Palin’s gender. Are some women that ill-informed that they could possible lose their choice when it comes to pregnancy?

    By the turn-of-the-20th-centruy women were attempting self-induced abortions by using hangers and ingesting toxic chemicals. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Allan

    The hypocrisy of the Republicans is stunning. I hope the American public is not stupid enough to swallow it, but recent headlines are not promising. I also wish the media would stop papering over the issues and start telling the truth instead of putting a corporate slant on everything. The Democrats "complain about" but the Republicans "slam" the opposition?? Stop it. And there are some real issues here. I really wonder if Palin believes in the end of days. What's the difference between American religious fanatics and Iranian religious fanatics? They are both dangerous.

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. I am Worried for My Kids Future

    McCain and Palin: Together, THEY ARE A BRIDGE TO DISASTER!!!... and, continued failed economic policies, never ending war, entitlements, lying and empty talk. They are both egomaniacs. This country MUST CHANGE or we will never recover! Wake Up Americans!

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Susan

    Its about time!!!!!!!!!Good boy!!!!!!! Now lets get back to talking about the fact that electing McCain is 4 more years of Bush

    September 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Floridian

    I know Oboma did not mean it that way but Palin is not a pig, she is a dog. You notice that the McCain camp is not letting her off that very short leash. They are afraid that she may actually have to answer a question without a rehearsed answer. And she is going to be a heartbeat away from President? Yikes!

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Evangelical

    Didn't McCain use the same phare against Hillary's Healthcare plan?
    How scynical and ravenous McCain and GOP are.

    GOD, help them for they know not what they do.

    Real wolves in sheep's clothing.

    Watch out America.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008 – 2016

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Dan

    Did anyone notice how Obama brought the house down as soon as the word "lipstick" came out of his mouth? His audience sure made the the connection to Palin because it sure not a funny line on its own. Why is his sarcasm not negative but if it's a Republican making a comment it's mean and hateful? I just don't see the difference.

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. mb

    i can't believe that this kind of idiocy gets coverage. obama has been using that phrase long before palin arrived on the scene. get over it. let's talk about real issues.

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Tamy

    I an sick to death of the Repub's doing something and then calling the Obama camp wrong for doing the same thing. Do they think no one is listening. Quit putting Palin out there like some demi-god, pitbull, and when some one calls her on her crap, say "Hey, that's not fair, she's a lady" BULL! I'm glad Obama called them on their lies. Enough is enough and everyone one I have spoken to lately says the same thing, Vote for Obama, even people who I thought for sure would be McCain voters. At least the repub lies are going to lose them the election.

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Independent for Obama

    I'm glad SOMEONE is talking about the issues. Thank God we get to take a break from "As the Campaign Turns".

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Madison152

    I just head Obama talking.. he's just so amazing. He's so right.. we have to focus on issues.
    Am listening to Palin talking.. how can they use the same speech for over a week and not address the important issues we are facing. I can give her next speech today. .as it's not going to be a bit different from what she has been saying all week long. Who the hell cares if her husband is a snow mobile world champion.. is that going to lower my taxes??? will it make me more safer in this contry???
    When she uses a LIPSTICK comment, she's considered a strong woman.. when she cant face the same comment coming at her, she wants to run away rather than talking a bit about issues. She hasnt spoken anything other than the ill-crafted speach written by Bush's speach writers.
    Please America.. realize that they are just staging a true blunder..
    Trust OBAMA.. he'll bring us the change we need

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Reverend J

    Nice how you just glossed over the part where Obama criticized the media for not doing it's job.

    Seem to leave out this part:

    "See it would be funny, it would be funny except - of course the news media all decided that that was the lead story yesterday. They'd much rather have the story - this is the McCain campaign - would much rather have the story about phony and foolish diversions than about the future."

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. CNN loves Palin

    I am a mother of a child with Down Syndrome and can tell you with 100% confidance that Ms. Palin is NO FRIEND to children with disabilities.

    As a female I say yes, a woman can have it all (career and family)...but how WELL will she wear the hats? Who is raising this special needs baby that is only months old? Sorry, but my daughter is 9, and my presence was needed every step of the way.

    BTW, I am pro-choice. The only special needs community excited about Palin is pro-life. Stay on track America. Palin is nothing more than a repackaged evangelical GOP! If you put lipstick on a is still a pig!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Proud Liberal

    The McPOW & Moose ticket have no issues to run on, besides "if you loved the last eight years, you'll REALLY love us!"

    Cowardly whining and cowardly lying – it is the republican way.

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Sean

    SO are many of you STILL fans of McCain's, even when he's behaving like a whiny tattle-tale on a grade-school playground? If so, then how can you support a man who truly, undoubtedly thinks you're a moron who will fall for anything he decides to tell you?

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Ann

    I Can't take credit for this one, but it hit the nail on the head:

    McCain is the pig, Palin is the lipstick.

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Deb

    Way to go Obama! Back on track.

    So much negativity from MCain & Palin...and the Republican party. If anyone from the Republican party is asked a question it is never a truthful answer plus they try to switch the subject to Obama.... Not an honest & happy group of people..

    Its ok for McCain to say the pig line with pink lipstick but not Obama.

    September 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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