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‘Lipstick on a pig’: What did Barack Obama really mean? During her convention speech, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin famously quipped, "You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick." Later, during a Virginia campaign stop, Barack Obama said of John McCain’s policies, “That's not change. 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. You know you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it's still going to stink after eight years. We've had enough of the same old thing." Republicans insisted that Obama’s remarks were directed at Palin, even though McCain himself had used the common phrase just a year earlier in reference to one of Hillary Clinton's policies. Chris Carlson / Associated Press
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