From Lowell Ponte's Sept. 11 Newsmax column:
Obama’s excuse-makers flooded the media on Wednesday, frantically trying to deflect America’s reaction to his words, arguing: “Do you really think Senator Obama was trying to call [Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor] Sarah Palin a pig?”
Yes, Mr. Obama was doing precisely this, and he deserves the backlash he is receiving from women and men across the political spectrum.
When you smear people’s trademarks, you smear them. Obama obviously did this deliberately — but clumsily.