"Keeping it classy, Mr President: Obama describes Romney as 'a bullshitter'"By Toby Harnden In Las Vegas
When asked whether he had a message for a six-year-old support, President Barack Obama took the opportunity to describe his opponent Mitt Romney as 'a bullshitter'.
The extraordinary comment - most American newspapers decline even to print such a word - came at the end of an interview with 'Rolling Stone' in which Obama was asked possibly the softest softball question ever lobbed at him.
As he left the Oval Office, Eric Bates, executive editor of 'Rollin Stone', told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president and she had responded: 'Tell him: You can do it.'
According to Bates, Obama grinned and said: 'You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, "Well, that's a bullshitter, I can tell."'
The interview was conducted on October 11th, 10 days before Obama was decidedly more high-minded at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial dinner in New York.
'I particularly want to thank Governor Romney for joining me, because I admire him very much as a family man and a loving father, and those are two titles that will always matter more than any political ones,' he said at the dinner.
'So we may have different political perspectives, but I think -- in fact, I’m certain -- that we share the hope that the next four years will reflect the same decency and the same willingness to come together for a higher purpose that are on display this evening.'