October 25th, 2012
12:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: The 'other guy' is a 'bulls***ter'

(CNN) - In an election that has produced new phrases like Romnesia and Obamaloney, President Barack Obama may have a new one for his Republican challenger that doesn't require any literary creativity: "bulls***ter."

The comment followed an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. The magazine's executive editor Eric Bates passed along a message from his six-year-old daughter who said to tell the president, "You can do it," regarding his re-election. Obama responded, "You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, 'Well that's a bulls***ter, I can tell.'"

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The article will appear in the November 8 issue of the magazine.

Obama's recent barnyard-style comment is perhaps another signal that there is no love lost between the president and his current opponent, Mitt Romney.

In their four meetings during the election season, only the comedic Al Smith charity dinner broke the tension between the two candidates, which was palpable during their three presidential debates.

Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley who penned the article spoke about the President's comments on CBS' This Morning.

"We could go through [history] and find good and bad relationships, this is not one that has a whole lot of mutual respect." Brinkley said.

The term Brinkley said, is a translation of what Obama is already saying on the campaign trail.

"It's another part of Romnesia, I suppose," Brinkley said. "The working man's Romnesia is BS-er."

White House communications director Dan Pfieffer told reporters Thursday he hadn't seen the story but said people shouldn't get "distracted by the word," and should instead focus on the issue of trust that the president discusses on the stump.

But the Romney campaign said the comment is a sign the president is on his heels.

"President Obama is rattled and on the defensive," said Romney campaign senior adviser Kevin Madden. "He's running on empty and has nothing left but attacks and insults. It's unfortunate he has to close the final days of the campaign this way."

Romnesia is a term that might have first been coined by a Twitter user in March POLITICO reported, but has been co-opted by the Obama campaign and in the president's stump speeches to underscore the campaign's message that Romney flip-flops on his positions.

"If you can't seem to remember the policies on your website or the promises you've been making over the six years you've been running for president … Obamacare covers preexisting conditions, we can cure this disease," Obama told a crowd in Florida Monday.

Obamaloney has previously been used by Romney and his surrogates to criticize the president's plans and policies as not based in reality.

–CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report


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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. joe800

    ...to all you time-clock republicans I have one thing to say : 13% tax rate...ok, technincally it's 3 words...or two words, a mathematical symbol and two numbers. ...but it's still lower than any of us paid....

    October 25, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. California Gary

    A BS'er..........Romney? No way.....he always has his facts straight and tells it like it is, doesn't he? I'm still looking for that pathway to the sea from Iran that runs through Syria.......these darned maps are all mixed up, because I can't seem to find it. But I know if Mitt said it, it must be so..........

    October 25, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Mitt is BS.

    October 25, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Romney and Ryan both speeketh with crooked tounge. They change stories, polices and the facts so quickly you can't keep up. They are hoping and it's happening that either people are just too eager to hear what they want to hear (play to every crowd "47 %") just too stupid to notice and/or just don't care as long as he's "WHITE". Romney talks about JOBS yet Bain Capital is laying off all its Sensata American workers and increasing their China work force. Even though Romney has a Blind Trust that he can't express his opinion on such matters due to the fact that he directly profits from the loss of American jobs and the money created in China on his behalf.

    October 25, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Both sides are full of it

    How Presidential of him. Seriously? Are you kidding me? This is who I'm almost STUCK voting for (because Romney sucks as bad or worse)?

    October 25, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. ted

    Romney is a unique politician as he has held every position on every issue possible, depending upon the audience he is addressing. We don't need a flip flopper in the White House. We need four more years of Obama/Biden who do what they say they will do.

    October 25, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. McShannon

    Mitt and his camp must be shocked at this naughty description of heartfelt reality. My gosh the pressure, what else will Mitt have to endure?

    October 25, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Larry

    This President has no class and no convictions. Look in the mirror Mr. President! I sure hope CNN posts this. they seem to post only what they want the last month or so!

    October 25, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. scarf

    A lot of the comments here remind me of the Dewey supporters who were so appalled at Truman when he got earthy. Turned out, Harry was right.

    October 25, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Nick

    This President has no class and no convictions. Look in the mirror Mr. President!

    October 25, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Nick

    Barry Obama! Talk about a BS'r lets see your records. All of them!

    October 25, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. msstiller58

    Larry, great post!!!!!

    October 25, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Way to tell the truth and shame these devils Mr. President!!!

    October 25, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Joman

    There is nothing Mr. Obama can say or joke about that is going to change the current situation, his record. Take a look at the facts, reality tells me that we are headed in the wrong direction. That's what I really care about, the economy. I voted democrat in the last election and I was promised a "change", The so called "change" never happened. I really don't care who created the mess, I just want this fixed. You, Mr. Obama, told us that you were going to fix this and for this reason i voted for you. Now, Mr. Obama, I'm voting you out of office because you failed to fulfill your promise and did not perform as promised. Same deal with Romney if he doesn't perform, he will be a one term prez.

    October 25, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. BLKMANinAmerica

    WELL I guess the truth hurts but he is that and worse..................a major LIER.

    October 25, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. armyav8r

    "make Romney reveal his tax records!"...oh, wait...he did that. O.K. then..."I am creating jobs!".....oh, wait, 2008 UNEMPLOYED = 9.1 million and 2012 UNEMPLOYED = 12.1 million (darn it). O.K....how about "Big Bird and Bayonets!" ...oh wait...we DO have more bayonets now (darn it...wrong again). What else can I try? I know "SMALL GOVT AND FREE MARKETS GOT US INTO THIS MESS".....oh, wait, America DID use that model to rise to a world power (darn it!)

    October 25, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Sara

    Obama shows his complete lack of class dignity once more. As for the term itself – applies quite well to Obama, but Romney has too much class to use it.

    October 25, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. LocalVokal

    Really? Now republicans want to tell people what language they should use too? Were you this upset when the word retard was used the other day? If Romney had said this about Obama, he'd get a big HELL YEAH!! from all of you hypocrites. If you read the article, you'd see that this was a comment made AFTER the interview. Oh yeah, I'm sure cowboy Bush NEVER, EVER said anything this horrible. smh.

    October 25, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Romy Monteyro

    Very presidential indeed! You Dems and all Obama lovers out there should really be proud of your very articulate boy!
    This poor excuse for a man has really lost it. He has lost respect for everyone including himself. When a man has lost self respect he is no longer a man but a mouse! When Obama said that vile word about Romney, he was actually talking about himself-the biggest BSer who ever sat in the Oval Office. Obama accomplished nothing in his first term, what do those voters who still insanely support him think he can do for America in the next four years except to complete his agenda of destroying Americanwhich he and his shameless wife hate, along with their lunatic so-called pastor and mentor the arch America hater Jeremiah Wright. With a trash like that for a mentor, should we be surprised that Obama speaks the idiotic and uncouth way he does?

    October 25, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. armyav8r

    2008 UNEMPLOTYED = 9.1 million / 2012 UNEMPLOYED = 12.1 million Nice try....but then there is REALITY sir....oh yes, and that 4 YEAR REPORT CARD you cannot evade.

    October 25, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. just sayin

    obama's entire life story is nothing but bs from a master bs'er. heck that should be his secret service name... bs1.

    October 25, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. not in WI

    Takes one to know one.

    October 25, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. California Gary

    Romney once again stands to profit handsomely from Bain shutting down a company (one with healthy profits at that) and shipping the jobs to China........all the while talking about how this practice needs to stop and how he will fix it. A BS'er? No.....not much!

    October 25, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. armyav8r

    4 YEAR REPORT CARD (sorry but you cannot evade, distract, or divert attention from it....SORRY): straight from CNN:
    (CNN) "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
    We put that question to the test and here's what we found – by the numbers:
    9.4 million - Number of people unemployed in August 2008.
    12.6 million - Number of people unemployed in August 2012.
    6.1% – U.S. unemployment rate in August 2008.
    8.1% – U.S. unemployment rate in August 2012..
    1.6 million - Number of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) as of August 2008.
    5 million - Number of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) as of August 2012.
    Another round of Stimulus won't create jobs
    5.7 million - Number of people working part-time, involuntarily, in August 2008.
    8 million - Number of people working part-time, involuntarily, in August 2012.
    Prices and Finance
    $3.96 - Average price for a gallon of milk in July 2008.
    $3.92 - Average price for a gallon of milk in September 2012.
    $3.09 – Average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in January 2008.
    $4.11 - Average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in September 2012.
    Housing
    68.1% - U.S. homeownership rate as of June 2008.
    65.5% - U.S. homeownership rate as of June 2012.
    $196,600 - Median price of an existing single family home in 2008.
    $181,100 - Median price of an existing single family home in September 2012

    October 25, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Mike

    LOL. There's our "presidential" leader for you at it again. Sort of like the pot calling the kettle black.

    And he's also about as transparent as the P O S that came out my back end earlier today. Off the record interviews? Trust him for another 4 year, I think not!!

    October 25, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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