September 9, 2008

The New Obama: Dirty Jokes on the Campaign Trail

A professional dirty joke editor explains it all to you.

Yes, it is the new rapidly devolving Obama ("The Uniter!") brand- Now with 2 (Two!) sexist jokes in one!

"You know, you can put lipstick on a pig," Obama said, "but it's still a pig."

The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."

"You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called 'change,'" Obama continued, "it's still gonna stink after eight years." - Political Punch


I suppose those hired to tell the world what Obama means after he says what he means will be pulling yet another one-nighter on this one. But it won't do them any good. This is, all in all, the filthiest thing Obama has said about a woman in his campaign to date. Indeed, I think he just set the bar to a new low for filthiest thing said about a woman in a political campaign in the last 50 years. And I think the lad is just getting warmed up.

But let there be no mistake about it. The above clip and quotes are two sexist jokes with a soupcon of a dirty joke thrown into the last one.

And I say that as a former professional in field of dirty jokes.

I say professional because, for several years in a previous life, I was responsible for the editing of the Jackie Martling "Jokeman" page at Penthouse Magazine. It was one of about five areas I had to edit at the time and it was my least favorite, but I did it because it was part of my job.

For those that don't know Martling's work, he used to be third banana for Howard Stern (May still be for all I know), and he was pretty good at cranking out off-color jokes within the limits of what radio would allow.

Martling's banal stand-up routine, as well as the worn chestnuts he'd haul out of his bottomless pile of crappy jokes and send in, was strictly filth from "Hello, Teaneck" to "You've been great. Both of you. Good night." Over the course of several years until I escaped this odious task, I read every variety of dirty joke invented from the stone age until, well, 1975.

One of the standard lines of humor when making a dirty joke about women is, as all men who have been teenagers know, to compare a woman's natural odor to rotting fish.

So God says to Adam, "Hey, where's Eve?" Adam says, "I let her go wading in the ocean." God says, "Idiot, now all the fish are going to smell like that."

Older than dirt and about as funny as.... You get the picture.

And by linking the "Pig with lipstick" reference to the stinking fish reference, Obama gets to ooze out some filthy and sexist humor with maximum deniability. He'll go the "Who? Moi?" route on this one. Already, in classic Obama fashion, he's claiming that he meant something else entirely. John McCain, I think.

Of course, it could be claimed, as it will be claimed, that he simply wasn't aware of how what he was saying would sound. For a man whose foreign policy rests on the assertion that he can literally talk his way to world peace, that's even more unnerving. Better if he just copped to it... or claimed it was an unconscious slip that links back to his unexplored childhood.

Because lately -- as he become more tired and more easily rattled -- Obama's seeming more childish. Even the register of his voice seems to be creeping up the scale. Did this man every grow up or did he just slide up the years like some sort of perverse Peter Pan?

But you can still hear it in his tone and in the way that he's sort of pleased with himself for whipping it out and getting away with it.

Yes, its the new Obama. Perhaps next week he's going to launch a new slogan to what's left of his base base:

Obama-Biden: Defining Degeneracy Down As Fast As We Can

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Agreed. Most posts I'm reading get stuck on the lipstick/pig reference but, to me, the stinking fish line is by far the more offensive. I think people are mistaken to think the "smelly old fish" remark is aimed at McCain. No, Obama's whole slimey riff is definitely anti-Palin, right on down to his back-handed mention of her raising five, count 'em, FIVE children.

Basically, in one fell swoop, he's attempting to make a not-so-subtle joke that - despite her polished, professional appearance - Palin is actually a suspiciously "smelly" female. In point of fact, she's really nothing more than a tarted up pig with a whole lotta piglets hanging off her ample teats. You know, too phony, too busy, and simply too FEMALE to be trusted in the VP job.

But, hey! He's giving her "credit" here. So, we should all just relax and get the hipness of the "joke", right?

Nice goin', Barry! This ought to bring more of the ladies over to your side, I'm sure.

Posted by: Cest la vie at September 9, 2008 7:34 PM

Truthfully it isn't going to matter what Obama's explanation is. The headlines, bloggers, and E-mails will be putting it out there and a nuanced explanation will convince only the dedicated.

Posted by: Travis at September 9, 2008 7:40 PM

Melt down. Neither Biden nor Obama knows what the other intends to do. There is no message discipline. None, zero, zilch, nada.

The machine is broke. Nice that it happened here, and not at three a.m. some December morning, eh?

Mr.Van Der Luen, there's no way in heck he didn't know the fish connection. He's been Southside long enough to hear every dirty joke you ever had to see twice over, and probably a lot you wouldn't have finished reading.

Just like Trinity, there are rites of passage and then there are rites of passage for those plucky few who would organize Southwest Chi.

I wonder if Howard Dean has been sedated yet; he's the only one missing for a gaffe trifecta.

Oh, and there was a blurb on Drudge about an Obama campaign staffer questioning John McCain's honor.

Glad I'm not a Democrat. Pass the popcorn, please?

Posted by: TmjUtah at September 9, 2008 9:04 PM

I feel sorry for his daughters.

Posted by: Connecticut Yankee at September 9, 2008 9:26 PM

Michelle will kick his better than me.

Obama, you dumbfuck.

Posted by: Nana at September 9, 2008 11:38 PM

I don't think Obama much likes women in general. And it's clear he doesn't like Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Retread at September 10, 2008 6:10 AM

I think what is happening here is (like in the Stephanopolous interview) Obama's "Muslim" is showing. Muslim's, as everyone knows, are blatantly misogynistic. He did it to Hilary, too. It seems when the pressure is on he can't keep up the facade.

Posted by: RJL at September 10, 2008 8:32 AM

I was also thinking their might be an ethnic element to the misogyny as well, then I ran across this:

Acting Like Swine
by Simon

There is a whole lot of smoke about Obama's latest insult of the McCain/Palin Campaign. Instapundit has a good roundup. It appears that Obama is resorting to something called the dozens. An art form popular in the ghetto where males hurl insults at each other to prove their manhood.

"The Dozens", also known as "Yo Momma Fights", is an element of the African American oral tradition in which two competitors, usually males, go head to head in a competition of often good-natured, ribald "trash talk". They take turns insulting--"cracking", "west coast dissin'," or "ranking" on--one another, their adversary's mother or other family member until one of them has no comeback. This is called playing the Dozens or doin' the Dozens, and sometimes dirty Dozens, The Dozens is a contest of personal power--of wit, self-control, verbal ability, mental agility and mental toughness. Each putdown, each "snap," ups the ante. Defeat can be humiliating; but a skilled contender, win or lose, may gain respect. The Dozens is one of the contributing elements in the development of hip hop, especially the practice of battling.

Posted by: RJL at September 10, 2008 8:38 AM

Aww, come on guys. He was just talkin' to that crowd in a language they could understand, they being all, you know, lesser than him and all that. Honestly, I was stunned to think that someone who wants to be the head of the (currently) free world would use such phrases in a campaign speech. He just sounded like a 5th grader on the playground. How "polished" of him! How "elite" and "brilliant!" Stupid, spoiled brat.

Posted by: JB at September 10, 2008 10:05 AM

Let's not forget his ugly flipping off Hillary like a school kid. We use to do this stuff in the classroom to giggles -but then we learned to shave and stuff grownups do.

Posted by: Don L at September 10, 2008 10:09 AM

The headlines, bloggers, and E-mails will be putting it out there and a nuanced explanation will convince only the defecated.


Posted by: M. Simon at September 11, 2008 7:04 AM

Thanks RJL. I wrote that. :-)

Posted by: M. Simon at September 11, 2008 7:07 AM

I thought the same thing about the fish also but it was dismissed. Glad I found some other people that think the same.

Posted by: Brad at September 14, 2008 10:33 AM
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