Barack Obama

Barack Obama Calls Mitt Romney a "Bullshitter" Without a Hint of Irony

The candidate who broke several high-profile promises from his 2008 campaign seems to have ignored that


don't believe the hype

How fatuous our politics are. The president wouldn't call his opponent a bullshitter himself, so why not put it in the mouth of a child? From Rolling Stone's interview/profile of Barack Obama, via Politico:

"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."'"

And the kids, they can't tell Obama's a bullshitter, because they're too young to remember broken promises like closing Guantanamo Bay. There's five pages of them on PolitiFact alone.

Romney may be a bullshitter, but only one of these candidates is the president already. And that he hasn't been completely forthcoming with the American people on a range of issues (like, say, the Iraq War, one of his clarion calls for re-election) ought to be clear to all but the most beguiled of his supporters by now.

At least there's just two more weeks of this nonsense… and then four years.

NEXT: 56 Killed in Ethnic Fighting in Myanmar

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. How fatuous are politics are.

    Fucking proofreading- how does it work?

    1. That is correct. It means “silly or pointless”. As opposed to the word you’re probably thinking of, “facetious”, meaning “flippant”.

      1. You’re a funny guy, Greg83.

      2. The proper correction here is

        How fatuous OUR politics are…

      3. Joe’z Law knows no bounds.

      4. Don’t be fatuous, Jeffery.

    2. Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey.

      1. You mispelled Jeffrey.

    3. [S]he said, ‘Tell him: You can do it.’

      to continue: ‘you can do it Mr. President! Take your hand out of my daddy’s ass and stop making his mouth move.’

  2. I am as profane as the next guy. But is it really a good idea for a President to call someone bullshiter? Does Obama think this will help him? I can’t see how. It just makes him look small and petty.

    1. A bullshitter is a guy who tells harmless embellished stories that make adventures seem more exciting than they were.

      A lying sack of shit is Barack Obama.

      There’s a difference.

      1. Thank you!

        I like the guy who makes his fishing trip sound fun.

        It’s a fucking liar who makes up a completely false statement about a murdered Ambassador.

        1. To be honest, the poor unsuspecting fish that were murdered on that fishing trip are probably more worthy of respect than any ambassador.

      2. Hey wait, you can’t be disrespectful to the President like that. It’s against the constitution or something, isn’t it?

        1. No, that’s Mohammed. You can’t be disrespectful of Mohammed. Otherwise, the President will blame the deaths of people halfway around the world, and his own dereliction of duty as he watched them be killed without doing anything, on you. Then he’ll have you thrown in jail and held without bond.

          BTW Nakoula is still in jail, held without bond, on orders from a Federal judge.

      3. A lying sack of shit is Barack Obama.

        Not necessarily. All Barack Obamas are liars, but not all liars are Barack Obamas.

        1. Actually, I’m wrong too. It’s possible that there is another Barack Obama out there (probably in Kenya) who is not a liar.

          1. Barack Obama, Sr. died in Kenya 30 years ago. So he’s not a liar any more.

    2. Worked for W called that reporter a “major league asshole.” In fact, I think you were here defending it.

  3. Has anyone placed Jan Wenner into the disposition matrix yet? The man is a clear threat to my personal sanity.

  4. Congress would not fund Gitmo’s closing. That is one lame excuse for a “broken promise”.

    A good Obama broken promise? Not cutting the $1.2 trillion deficit he inherited in half.

    1. One of the only times not getting Congress’ permission has stopped this president from doing something

      1. Obama issued an EO to close Gitmo. Apparently he is not the imperial POTUS that his predecessor was.

        1. He could have just moved them all to Bagram.

          1. Or given them back to their host countries. Congress refused to fund moving them to a US prison because no one wanted such a thing in their backyard, which is understandable.

            1. Yeah, there is this thing about Congressmen representing districts, in one or more of which these prisoner would have had to be housed…

            2. Bull. Rural towns love prisons.

              There are much more dangerous people in existing maximum security prisons in the US.

        2. What about “prosecutorial discretion” DREAMin’ for the jihadis? Hmmm?

    2. What party controlled both Houses of Congress from Jan 2007 to Jan 2011?

    3. Congress would not fund Gitmo’s closing.

      Congress didn’t fund the bailout of GM and Chrysler. That didn’t stop Obama from spending the money.

    4. If I were president, I would have said that every day I didn’t have a funding bill on my desk, I would release one of the prisoners into the district of a member of Congress who opposed the funding.

    5. Palin’s Buttplug| 10.25.12 @ 11:39AM |#

      Congress would not fund Gitmo’s closing.

      Mary, for a primitivist paleoanararchist or whatever the fuck you sometimes pretend to be, you are in truth a sad, sick, pathetic little partisan-cocksucking statist to the bone who will lamely throw out any half-cocked interpretation of events or counterfactual claims in desperate attempt to prop up your mythic belief that your democratic TEAM boys are anything better than the lying scum on the other side of the aisle who you so revile.

      Here you have a president who can bomb libya without consulting congress, assassinate american citizens without getting anyone’s go-ahead, has a Justice department which runs guns to mexican drug cartels…. and yet you claim one of Obama’s core platform-planks of 2008 was stymied by *a stingy congress*.??.. which it should be noted, his party maintained a strong majority in?

      What utter, screaming bullshit.

      And of course, *all deficits* are inherited, but any actual growth? Any jobs that happpen to emerge? Any slight improvement in the economic conditions of the country?

      Obama did it all by himself.

      You treat obama like a fucking spoiled child, whose weaknesses are all someone else’s fault, and whose supposed successes are blown ridiculously out of proportion. He’s a lying sack of shit, and you’re just a moronic boob who will believe whatever he says mainly because he’s “not republican”.

  5. You weren’t listening. He said, “BULLSHITLER.”

    Totally acceptable and appropriate.

      1. Chimpy McBu$hitlerburton.

  6. And “bullshit” is perfectly embodied by Romney’s repeated lie that Obama went on an “apology tour”. No such tour or apology occurred.

    Obama did say the US had been “arrogant” in the understatement of the decade.

    Somehow to the wingnuts that became an apology.

    1. And “bullshit” is perfectly embodied by Romney’s repeated lie that Obama went on an “apology tour”. No such tour or apology occurred.

      Yes it did.

      1. It was a bend over and say you’re sorry tour.

      2. link to an Obama quote?

        Of course you will find no such thing (but thousands of Romney quotes)

        1. Obama apology tour quotes from the tour that ‘never happened’.

          God, shreek’s a douche.

          1. He never explicitly said “sorry” or something similar therefore it’s not an apology, get it?

            I personally like the “re-imagining” pointed out in yesterday’s Taranto column:

            In any case, you don’t have to use the word “apology” to apologize. Blogger Jeryl Bier has an ingenious illustration of the point, playing off this Obama quote:

            While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms. . . . So I’m here to launch a new chapter of engagement that will be sustained throughout my administration. The United States will be willing to acknowledge past errors where those errors have been made.

            Bier asks us to “re-imagine that statement in another context”:

            Barack: Michelle, . . . I have at times been disengaged, and at times I sought to dictate my terms. . . . So I’m here to launch a new chapter of engagement that will be sustained throughout our marriage. I will be willing to acknowledge past errors where those errors have been made.

            Michelle: Thank you, Honey, I appreciate the apology.

            Barack: I didn’t apologize.

          2. I love how he told *the Turks* that America still hasn’t faced up to her history.

          3. OMG, someone suggested that American is not completely perfect! THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

      3. Who are you gonna believe, Randian, Shriek or your own lying ears?

    2. Obama did say the US had been “arrogant” in the understatement of the decade.

      Good thing Obama decided not to double down on arrogant policies like American troops in the middle east, going after websites operated in foreign countries, and trying to punish banks that hold money of Americans.

      Way to make up for past displays of arrogance, Barry!

      1. Shut up you racist!

      2. Right. Obama said we were arrogant and went right on being arrogant.

        Still, hardly an apology.

        1. I hope you know a good chiropractor after moving all those goal posts.

          1. His shoulders are fucking HUGE!

    3. So, he was on tour to apologize for the U.S. being arrogant? Well, that isn’t the same as an apology tour at all.

    4. Obama did say the US had been “arrogant” in the understatement of the decade.

      Apparently droning the shit out of innocent people and maintaining a kill list is okay as long as you feel sorry about it.

    5. I wouldn’t mind if he went on an apology tour apologizing for our government’s foreign policy atrocities.

      I do mind him going before the UN — an org that would fit in better in Pyongyang than New York — essentially apologizing for the first amendment’s existence.

  7. Speaking of Obama, check out the front page of today’s Des Moines Register.

    1. Clearly the Des Moines Register does not appreciate bullshitters either.

    2. That is striking. I’m voting for Johnson, but I’ll laugh my ass off if Romney wins.

  8. Don’t bullshit a bullshitter.

      1. Don’t con a conman.

        1. Don’t niggle a ni-

          1. Don’t you monkey with the monkey.

            Peter Gabriel is a racist.

  9. Romney may be a bullshitter, but only one of these candidates is the president already.

    Excellent point, Ed. Look at Obama the campaigner versus Obama the president, and people are actually buying the rhetoric that Romney won’t be as bad as Obama. He’s spouting essentially the same nonsense as Obama already, plus Obama has laid more groundwork for him to be a dictatorial president should he choose to.

    Divided government is the best we can hope for, although not what I will vote for.

    1. It’s risky voting for divided govt when there’s more than one office in play. Voting for BO so we can have divided govt assumes the Dems lose the senate, which is not necessarily going to happen.

      Plus, you have no idea what happens with the 2014 congressional elections.

  10. Holy crap, the first time in his entire “presidency” that he’s been right about anything.

  11. Thanks, Ed.

  12. This is just delicious.

    Gloria Allred’s October surprise was to get some Romney testimony unsealed from a divorce case he gave evidence in many moons ago.

    The judge granted that this morning, because Romney consented. But what Allred really wanted was her client, the embittered ex-wife, to have the gag order she agreed to in the divorce lifted. What they really wanted was an aggrieved woman making the talk show circuit bashing Romney.

    The judge declined to do ungag Ms. Bitter Ex-Wife, because superlawyer Allred never, umm, actually filed a motion to do so.

      1. She is such an incompetent.

        1. Brought up yesterday at another site, Gloria’s finest moment.


          1. I’m impressed, since the hearing where this happened was this morning.

  13. Fuck Politifact. Last time I checked, they were listing Obama’s “deprioritize medical marijuana busts” promise as “in the works”.

  14. I figured joe derp would be on this thread like a fly on…well, bullshit. I am disappoint.

  15. 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.”‘”

    “Except for that 9 year old girl who got booed for saying she wanted Romney to win. Fuck her”

  16. Once upon a time Presidents were not expected to use curse words in public.

  17. Kid is pro-Obama: Kids have good instincts.


  18. Blackadder : Baldrick, have you no idea what irony is?
    Baldrick : Yeah! It’s like goldy and bronzy, only it’s made of iron.

  19. Barack Obama Calls Mitt Romney a “Bullshitter”

    Pot, Kettle.
    Kettle, Pot.

  20. And the kids, they can’t tell Obama’s a bullshitter, because they’re too young to remember broken promises like closing Guantanamo Bay. There’s five pages of them on PolitiFact alone.

    Looking at that list, I’m almost glad that the Big Zero is such a pathological liar.

  21. Obama and his creatures tell it to us straight:

    I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children.

    Gibbs should have that tattooed on his bloated face.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.