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

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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Phil

    Obama would know BS first hand. His 2008 campaign was made up of empty promises and BS. And now that he has lost the ability to make those promises again his 2012 campaign is left to just, well BS. Very appropriate and presidential of you Obama. Dude get out of office, you are a disgrace to the Oval office, a disgace to our government & you are a disgrace to this country. You have poisened the minds of millions to the point that if you had a punch party for mass suicide, every one of them would drink on command.

    October 25, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. lBill Earle

    As usual, our classless president has all the charm and warmth of an unflushed toilet.

    October 25, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. larry

    “The private sector is doing just fine.”
    “I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”.
    “I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.”.
    “I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”.
    “I will remove earmarks from PORK projects before I sign any bill.”.
    “I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”.
    "I will bring ALL of our troops home within ONE year."
    “I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!”.
    “I’ll have no lobbyists in my administration."
    "I'll close Guantanamo."
    “If You’ve got a Business – You Didn’t Build That.”
    "I'll unite the people of this great country."
    “The war on terror is over”

    October 25, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. LocalVokal

    LOL! Way to call him what he is!

    October 25, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Al

    How long before the republicans start cryin about this one. I think their feelings might be hurt.

    October 25, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. James

    This is the Hope and Change messiah? The one who said he would be different? Romney hasnt called Obama names. Obama has shown his true colors. There is a reason he was voted the most liberal in the senate. He cant get along with other and looks down on them–thats why he got nothing done. He fools with his smile and weak minded people buy it because they want a pop star with no substance.

    October 25, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Dave

    And Obama is correct. Romney is a serial liar and we've known that from the start.

    October 25, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |

    And what has us 47 percenters and others laughing while voting for Obama is that just as whenever a circus comes to town – all the clowns come out. Those being Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Mr. Sununu and the Senate hopeful who is simply the gift that just keeps giving – I wonder if he knows that he should just quit now.

    October 25, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Romney is very shaky , you could see that on the last debate performance .
    And he is so similar to GW Bush and the lies of the NeoCons .

    So , yes, Romney is Full of it !

    October 25, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. No-Kool-Aid Here

    This nothing of a Community Organizer better start packing his bags. He can go back to smoking his pot to his old high school buddies, selling cocaine to his college buddies. Finally, he can congratulate himself for out-dooing Carter as the worst POTUS in history

    October 25, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. OCcent

    Interesting, coming from a guy whose whole plan for the 2008 was "hope and change".

    October 25, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Dean

    Obama is an embarassment to the office. Let's see if Americans are stupid enough to elect him again.

    October 25, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Oh Dear. Tough Guy Slingblade Tagg just took back his apology and is currently chasing chickens ready to crap some thunder.

    October 25, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. francis francis

    Mitt has a lot more in the closet than those tax returns! Gosh! Has he said "Gee whiz!"yet!

    October 25, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Marika

    LOL, Romney/Ryan flip-flop more than fish out of water! Lets just look at the Abortion debate as an example and we have all heard earlier statements from various Republicans, yes you know who I am referring to..

    October 25, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Name.lovemore (South Africa)

    Obama is da man for American...da republicans are orientated leaders unlike democrates

    October 25, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Fred Won't Be Fooled By Romney

    Obama is just being nice.

    There are far more appropriate terms to describe Romney.

    October 25, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Jeannie Farley

    Obama's lies just keep floating to the surface. He has lied over and over and the people are seeing it more and more everyday. He is all about himself and that wont float this time.

    October 25, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Al

    Sometimes there's only one word that's the perfect fit. Bullpooper just doesn't have the right ring to it.

    October 25, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Republican Class Warfare

    I really don't understand how anyone interested in the future of this country could vote for Romney.

    October 25, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. truth hurts

    So Obama, the four year failure with no plans for the next four years is calling his opponent, Romney, a man that has succeeded at everything he has done and made millions, the man with solutions and plans for the future of this country, the mature adult, respectful family man, a "bulls**er"????? He obviously takes the American people for fools. But the polls show the American people are not fooled by Obama any more. Having Romney in the Whitehouse will be SOOO refreshing after this infantile imbecile is evicted in a few weeks.

    October 25, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Ron

    Congraluations Obama....if you get elected, you continue to alienate Congress by your hubris. The honeymoon is over and all your promises in this election are worth dung. Folks, if he's elected we're going to see 4years of political stagnation because of stupidity like this.

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

    Hi Rick. Biggest liar in history? Now you sir are BSing.

    Have you forgotten about the WMDs in Iraq lie? That was a lie that has cost thousands of American soldiers their lives, and countless more mental and physical injury...

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

    It takes one to know one. Obama has been BSing for 4 years now.

    October 25, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    lBill Earle - As usual, our classless president has all the charm and warmth of an unflushed toilet.

    Post of the Day Award... congrats!

    October 25, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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