Letterman, Obama Sort Out Pig Logic

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2008 9:08 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Barack Obama chalked up the lipstick-on-a-pig kerfuffle to "silly season in politics" during a taped appearance on David Letterman's show tonight, ABC News reports. He reiterated that he meant it as a swipe against John McCain's policies, not his running mate. When Letterman asked if he'd ever actually tried to put lipstick on a pig, Obama said, "No, but I think it would be fun to try." Their exchange also included a tortured lesson in lipstick-on-a-pig thinking:

Letterman said he thought it was odd that Republicans apparently called a meeting and said, 'You know what? He called our vice-presidential candidate a pig.' Responded Obama: "Keep in mind that, technically had I meant it this way—she would be the lipstick!" As the audience laughs, a confused Letterman says, "You are way ahead of me." Obama: "The failed policies of John McCain would be the pig. I mean, just following the logic of this illogical situation."