October 25th, 2012
12:41 PM ET
10 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

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Haha. LIke I keep saying; Sniff it. If it smells like bulls-t, then it is. Mittens has been sniffed and found wanting.

    October 25, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I can agree with Obama on this since there is no clear reliabile way to pay for the Romney tax cuts.

    October 25, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    Manure, horse dong, fibber or LIAR is probably the more politically correct term Mr. President. But we feel you 100%.

    October 25, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    This clown is sooooo not up to the job of President. Every day brings another example of why this clown has go. While this may play well with his infantile far left base, most Americans are appalled by the absolutely lack of respect and decorum this fool displays on a daily basis. It is time for some ADULT LEADERSHIP in the Whitehouse. TIme to show this five year old the door.

    October 25, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Valentina

    Very presidential Mr. President. You go man!

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 25, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. tykl

    Classless. Dan Pfieffer says, "people shouldn't get "distracted by the word" – all the words? like comprehensive immigration reform in the first term? like closing gitmo? like halving the deficit? like dropping the unemployment to 5.6%? like healing our relations around the world? like healing the divide in washington? like marriage is between a man and woman? O just hopes for change. News flash, hope is not a strategy. America needs a change. America needs somebody to occupy the WH who will actually do the work.

    October 25, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. matt

    So Presidential...

    October 25, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Informed Voter

    LOL. Oops! Open Mic Obama tells the truth.

    October 25, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Borderless

    Says the guy who to this day hasn't quite figured out his story on Benghazi. Oh, and then there's that little Des Moines Register interview where Obama suddenly adopts Romney's tax plan as his own. Oops.

    Time for President Hollywood and Racist Joe to shop for some new real estate.

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    Another four years of Hollywood is just stupid.

    October 25, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Critical Thinking

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black...lol

    Mr. President how do you look at yourself in the mirror? I think we need to come up with an even stronger discription for the word dilusional to accurately define your personality.

    You are too funny Mr. President, too funny.

    October 25, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Ready

    Right and coming from a guy who promised the whole world and didn't deliver, who's the bs'r??? What was that about cutting the deficit in half and going through the budget line by line?? Oh that BS Obama.

    October 25, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Dumb and Dumber

    Mitt Romney has no moral compass. He doesn't give a crap about this country or citizens unless you are wealthy. Anyone who votes for him unless you are rich is just stupid.

    October 25, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. francis francis

    Romney has a lot more in the closet than those tax returns! Gosh!

    October 25, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. b

    Mitt Romney has turned bulls**t into a science.

    October 25, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Darrell

    One question for the Romney supporters? Why is Mitt hiding the specifics of his plans?

    In three debates, he refused to offer any specifics.

    In three debates, the severely conservative turned in a marshmallow moderate.

    In three debates, Mitt lied about his former views on abortion, taxes, etc.

    In three debates, Mitt offered the country BS.

    If Mitt was proud of his plans, why hide them from the voting public?

    Yes, Mitt supporters, you guys are, or intend, to vote for the man behind the current....like the game show, Let's Make A Deal, you find nothing worth value behind the current, expect Mitt's poor job creation record: 25 years at Bain, according to his campaign, he created 100,000 jobs; MA, while Mitt was Gov., the state was ranked 47th out of 50 states.

    October 25, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. jeff

    Does Obama think its perfectly normal for six year old's to use a term like "Bulls*&ter? " This is our President. No wonder our country is in the tank. Great values, Mr President.

    October 25, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |

    Thank you President Obama...for stating the obvious
    Thank you for saying what I have always been thinking
    Mitt Romney will say whatever it takes to get elected
    Mitt Romney gets more reboots than a 486 PC
    He gets more restarts than a Nintendo Entertainment system
    I think Mitt Romney is a nice guy, but even nice people can be full of $#!+ and it tends to spill out of their mouths
    by now, it should be evident to most people that Mitt Romney is in fact a Bull $#!++er

    October 25, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Mete Krop

    Romneysia is the best terminology that describes what is going on in Mr. Romney.

    October 25, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Joi Gibson

    Tell it like it is Mr. President!


    October 25, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Vicky

    Shame on HIM! to use such an inappropriate and desperate language, new low!!!

    October 25, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Mase

    Classy. What do you expect from the hip hop president. Over the last month Obama is the one with the credability gap. He fabricated truckloads of falsehoods about Romney that the American public found out was complete baloney in the debates. Very little if any of his campaign promises from 2008 were ever initiated or completed and the Benghazi consulate mess has further damaged voters willingness to believe Obama.

    October 25, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. MikeB

    Can't win on issues? Go juvenile.

    October 25, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Frankly that is like the kettle, calling the pot, black.........to use a very old adage, for transferring what one person does, to another person.

    Obama is the biggest liar in America........and that is PROVEN with the entire administration's lies on Libya..........which even as we speak, CONTINUE TO BE TOLD!

    October 25, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Brenda

    So mean spirited of the President and CNN for dividing our country. Shame on him and you

    October 25, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Jaime

    Good Job, Mr. President! You hit the nail right on the head, no equivocation, no double talk, no doubt as to the accuracy or facts..... he is full of it and I honestly do not understand how any sane person could vote for him or anyone who is afraid of detailing his plans as he knows and has said if he did tell us what he wants to do with Social Security and Medicare he would not get our votes. Wow incredible consumer oversight here..... how could one do this? Buy a house/apartment in a great location, looks interesting needs some work, but cannot tell you what needs to be done until you buy it and then you will find out... really? would any sane person do this? doubtful

    October 25, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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