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Martha T. Moore, USA TODAY
Kids say the darnedest things -- and so do presidents. Chatting with journalists from Rolling Stone at the conclusion of an interview, President Obama said kids can tell that "the other guy" -- that would be Mitt Romney -- is "a bulls----er.''
In the Rolling Stone article -- previewed this morning by Politico and to be published Friday -- executive editor Eric Bates tells Obama that his six year old daughter wants to tell the president, "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 bulls----er, I can tell.'"
Romney and Obama have already called each other liars in their political ads, though the language has been more refined. An Obama ad earlier this month said Romney is "dishonest" for saying he is not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut during the first presidential debate. In July, a Romney ad said Obama had been "dishonest" in ads about Romney's tenure at Bain Capital: "When a president doesn't tell the truth, how can we expect him to lead?" the ad said.
In the Rolling Stone interview, conducted by historian David Brinkley, Obama also says he'll be "proud" if historians use the term "Obamacare'' for the 2010 health care law. In future, Obama predicts, "people will say, 'This was the last piece of our basic social compact' - providing people with some core security from the financial burdens of an illness or bad luck."