On Bullshitters

Our guest columnist is Douglas Brinkley, speaking to Rolling Stone.

We arrived at the Oval Office for our 45-minute interview… on the morning of October 11th.…

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.’”

Politico, reporting the Rolling Stone excerpt, also offers a helpful link to “PHOTOS: 21 potty-mouthed politicians”.

Obama says kids know Romney is dishonest [Politico]

5 comments:

3:37 pm • Thursday • October 25, 2012

If Romney somehow manages to win, it’s food blogging, cars, and celebrities. You will never read another word from me about how stupid my country is ….

3:40 pm • Thursday • October 25, 2012

As a nation we’d probably be a lot better off if the six-year-olds decided which candidate would become president. They haven’t yet been trained to accept the complete and utter crap we adults swallow without a whimper. Kudos to the President for stating a simple truth.

3:50 pm • Thursday • October 25, 2012

@Dave H:
The problem is that mental six year olds are.

4:02 pm • Thursday • October 25, 2012
4:56 pm • Thursday • October 25, 2012

@Dave H: There’s a Nickelodeon (I think) kids poll that has recently been highly predictive of presidential elections. Probably because the Nick Kids parrot their parents.

This year’s choice? Obama.

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