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. Four and The Door

    Obama said he would not use a reconciliation maneuver to pass his health care law.
    This is exactly what he did. He would not use Super PACs to raise campaign money. This is exactly what he did.
    So Obama in the heat of a losing campaign claims Mitt Romney is untruthful. Ironic, isn't it?

    October 25, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Mike

    You got it right Mr. President! He is a BS'er. He has been that way through out his campaign. No surprise there to me he is part of the GOP. Right wing nut jobs in the media spewing out the most outrageous stuff because their ideology of free markets solve it all was finally exposed for the BS that it is when it helped crater the world economy through Bankers gone wild mortgage bets. Now all they can do is lie and distort so that you do not see the fraud behind their curtain.

    October 25, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. ghostriter

    Matter of fact, I'll fix one of the routine conservative talking points to make it accurate.

    Unemployment in Jan 2009. 7.8% and RISING
    Unemployment now 7.8% and FALLING

    Now them's facts.

    October 25, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. dino

    Obama believes his bs.so much that he believes them.Obamanure

    October 25, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. leukevent

    Colin Powell is an intelligent, keen and honorable individual and saw first hand what went on under George W's administration and knows what's at stake if Romney gets elected.

    He knows Obama is a 'centrist' and not some 'commie/socialist' as the growing number of extremists in the GOP continue to espouse. He also has the calm, sharp intellect of a warrior-scholar and knows Obama's economic policies will work and are what's best for the country in the near and long term-if only the Republican House will quit blocking Obama's legislation as they have done throughout the Presidents entire term; wanting him to fail!

    Governor Romney..…“for the middle class that has suffered under the Obama economic policies for the last four years."


    The TRUTH:
    'The middle class has really suffered under Romney's GOP House Republican obstruction / blockage of Obama's economic policy legislation for the last four years!
    Not a single piece of significant economic legislation put forth by the President has even been allowed to come to the House floor for a vote due to Republican filibusters--numbering in the 70's during the course of the Presidents term in office, thus far!

    To the extent that Obama started to take his own 'Administrative Measures', not requiring Congressional consent, in order to bring some relief to the middle-class and trying to keep the economy moving in the right direction. DOES ANYONE PAY ATTENTION TO THE NEWS ANY MORE?

    Now Romney and the GOP have the 'balls' to say it's the Presidents economic policies that are responsible for the suffering middle-class and slow recovery. What a Crock of Lies!!!

    October 25, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |

    Hey, the President is precise on that one.

    October 25, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Newme1

    I'm glad he finally said it and I totally agree! Unlike, Mitt, the President did not speak bad about 47% of the country.
    Thanks Mr. President.

    October 25, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Oakspar77777

    Flip-flopping – on the deficiet, gay marriage, guitmo?

    On stimulus providng jobs, shovel ready jobs, or single-payer healthcare?

    On immigration reform?

    What promises has this administration not flip-flopped on?

    Take gay marriage – reguardless of which side you are on, during the 2008 debates he was unequivical in his position. As soon as he was elected, it changed to "evoloving." After the NC vote seemed unpopular in the media, he came out for gay marriage. That is flip floping at its best: saying whatever you feel you need to say to maximize your votes.

    I'm not even that opposed to flip flopping – since a flip flopper tends to follow the will of the people, like a personal micro democracy. What I am bothered by is the projectionist insults.

    If the President was an honorable man of his word, he would not have run for reelection, and kept his "one term proposition" with virtue. Gov Perdue of NC took take path, and even those who have opposed her ever step of her term admit that to be a class act – and a chance for the D party in NC to clean a house plagued with scandel.

    October 25, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Jane

    Potty mouth ! Your little followers talk just like you!

    October 25, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. bob aussie

    This democrat is disenchanted with Barack Obama. Yes, we can...... act like classless, disrespectful, name callers. The essence of Obama's administration is just that: name calling, passing the blame, and trying to bulls____t the bulls___ters. I wish there was a better candidate on the Democratic and Republican tickets, but I'll hold my nose and vote for Romney, because I'm tired of holding my nose for the bovine feces that emanates from the Obama White House.

    October 25, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney is a bullsh_tter.
    And a liar.
    And a blatant panderer.
    But with all due respect Mr. President he is not amnesiac. Romney is quite adept at remembering, especially remembering what lie to say to what group in order to secure a few more votes from those stupid enough to fall for his lies without first Googling him.
    Obama 2012.

    October 25, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Obama is Disgusting!

    Is this really the kind of foul-mouthed con we want in the White House another 4 years? Really??

    October 25, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. rigs

    Yep, Spot on, that's exactly what Romney is,a liar. Another commenter asked if there are more or less people employed since he took office, it's more, learn the facts. Republicans "You didn't clean up our mess quick enough, so put us back in" NO, Thank You.

    October 25, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. chicago_democrat

    The President needs to grow up.

    October 25, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Rick

    I am a lifelong member of the GOP. And for the first time in my life, I will be voting for the other side.

    I was hoping that my party could nominate someone worthy of the position, but, in truth, Mitt Romney is just terrible. The guy stands for nothing. He says whatever you want to hear. And, truly, in these tough times, I think a "yes man" is the last thing we need.

    I might not be over the moon about President Obama, but I'm so disgusted with the flip flops and hypocrisy in my own party, that I will be voting for Obama this year. I'm hoping there are some reasonable people remaining on the right who will join me in doing what is best for the country.

    October 25, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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