• Giuseppe Bognanni
  • Postdebate cleanup

Politico’s Mike Allen reported this morning that Barack Obama, in a forthcoming interview with Rolling Stone, indirectly calls Mitt Romney a “bullshitter.” Rolling Stone‘s editor, Eric Bates, told Obama that he’d asked his six-year-old if she had anything she wanted to pass along to the president. “You can do it,” the kid responded. According to the article Obama, hearing this, “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.'” Add it to the binder, already bursting, of election-cycle words that begin with the letter B: bayonets, Big Bird. Bain Capital. (The president’s comment is also, the Guardian points out, sort of a descendent of Joe Biden’s “big fucking deal,” so those of you looking for some symbolic continuity with this trend: there you have it.)

A bit too early to analyze all the blowback, but so far we’ve heard the remark called “childish, stompy foot and low-class behavior” by Twitchy.com, the Internet concern of Michelle Malkin, who last week called a political noncombatant a “ladyparts tool” for asking a question at a debate (a characterization with which we took issue). (To Malkin’s credit, I guess, she took some issue with Ann Coulter calling Barack Obama a “retard,” which, there you have it.) Then Twitchy went on to collect some various Twitter users’ responses to the Obama line, most of the takes-one-to-know-one variety, like this from columnist (?) Erik Rush: “Would a ‘pot calling the kettle black’ remark be racist?”