The Washington Times - September 11, 2008, 10:04AM



NEW YORK I am here in the Obama bubble for a busy day commemorating the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.


The campaigns have called an attack time-out to mark the solemn occasion, and Barack Obama and John McCain will meet twice today. First, they will lay a wreath at Ground Zero. Tonight, they will appear at a service forum at Columbia University, meeting on stage to shake hands in between segments.


The schedule means I won’t be dedicating any ink (today, at least) to the “lipstick” kerfuffle, so I’ll bid it farewell here.


Yesterday I tried to push the story forward by requesting an interview with a certain lipstick-wearing pig.


A Disney spokeswoman emailed: “Appreciate that you thought of Miss Piggy but she will decline to comment.”


Under an “Obama snorts off ‘pig’ dust-up” headline, I have a story in today’s paper about yesterday’s back-and-forth.


Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday said the dust-up over his “lipstick on a pig” comment was part of the “silly season,” blasting his presidential rival’s campaign as having “phony outrage” and blaming the press for fanning the flames.

While taping “The Late Show with David Letterman” in New York, Mr. Obama told Mr. Letterman he did not mean to direct the “common expression” at Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Mr. Obama said that he meant Republican Sen. John McCain’s economic plans were not about “change.”

“Keep in mind, had I meant it that way, she would have been the lipstick, you see?” Mr. Obama added. “The failed policies of John McCain would be the pig.”


Read the full story here.



Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times


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