According to an excerpt from President Obama's forthcoming interview with Douglas Brinkley at Rolling Stone, the president offered a particularly unvarnished opinion of his GOP rival Mitt Romney:
As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president. ... [S]he said, "Tell him: You can do it." Obama grinned. ... "You know, kids have good instincts," Obama offered. "They look at the other guy and say, 'Well, that's a bullshitter, I can tell.'"
Obama has used epithets for Romney (e.g. flip-flopper) that basically mean the same thing, but conservatives aren't too happy about Obama's turn toward the vulgar. "What a disgrace!" exclaims the staff at Twitchy, a website run by conservative provocateur Michelle Malkin. "We suppose such childish, stompy-foot and low-class behavior should be expected from President Obama at this point. It's predictable. And one could surely toss the old schoolyard taunt 'it takes one to know one' right back at him."
The White House has yet to comment.
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