“They seize on innocent remarks, try to throw them out of context, throw up an outrageous ad because they know that it’s catnip for the news media,” Obama said before delivering remarks about education to a small group of supporters gathered in a high school library. “I don’t care what they say about me but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift boat politics. Enough is enough.”
...“This whole thing about lipstick. Nobody actually believes that these folks are offended,” he said. “Everybody knows it’s cynical. Everybody knows it’s insincere. This is a game we play, it’s a game, it’s a sport and maybe if this wasn’t such a serious time, that would be okay,” he told the mostly female audience.
Obama said the lipstick fight was distracting from the discussion on the war, the economy, education, and energy policy. “This is what they want to spend two out of the last 55 days talking about. You know who ends up losing at the end of the day? It’s not the Democratic candidate, it’s not the Republican candidate, it’s you, the American people,” he said, “Because then we go another year or another four years or another eight years, without addressing the issues that matter to you, enough!” Obama said.