Barack Obama made light of his now-infamous lipstick flap at the expense of Gov. Sarah Palin on the Dave Letterman Show. “It’s a common expression, at least in Illinois,” Obama said, “I don’t know about New York City, I don’t know where you guys put lipstick on here.”
"This is sort of silly season in politics, not that there is a non-silly season in politics, but in Illinois the expression connotes that if you have a bad idea -- in this case, I was talking about John McCain's economic plans -- that just calling them change, calling it something different, doesn't make it better. Hence, lipstick on a pig is still a pig," Obama said.
Of Palin, Obama told Letterman: "There is no doubt that she's been a phenomenon, as somebody who used to be on the cover of Time and Newsweek ... those were the days," he said with mock sadness. "She's on a wild ride and there's no doubt that she's energized the base."
Wednesday night, it was all about Palin on the show:
Letterman: “But now, Labor Day weekend, we hear that John McCain has selected Sarah Palin and nobody knows, except maybe people living in Alaska, who that is. And we think, in the beginning we think, oh my God, that’s the worst decision the man could have made. And then, subsequently, it turns out to be a pretty good decision for the man, for the party, certainly for the ticket -- and calculated, no question about it, calculated. And I’m wondering, if he had picked Sarah Palin before you picked Joe Biden, is there a chance that maybe you would have selected somebody else? Would that have affected your choice?”
Obama: “You know, the way I thought about it was, ‘Who’s going to help me govern? Who’s the person I want in the room if we’ve got a big decision to make? Who’s going to be able to give me good counsel, good advice, who’s able to maybe have some ideas that I don’thave or give me a perspective that I haven’t seen, and I think that nobody can do that better than Joe Biden.” (audience applauds) “And I know what he cares about and what he stands for. I think he’s going to be a great choice.”
Letterman: “When word came out that it was Sarah Palin, what was your personal reaction? What was the reaction of the folks around you?”
Obama: “You know, we didn’t know much about her, and I think that, obviously, she’s a skilled politician and you know, she has energized their party. But, what I think are pretty confident about -- we’ll know, you know, if she does more interviews with people and talks to them -- about what her ideas are. I think what we’re going to see is she shares John McCain’s view that the policies of George W. Bush have worked pretty well."
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