In an excerpt of the interview published in Politico today, Brinkley describes a conversation between Mr. Obama and Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates. Bates told the president his 6-year old daughter was cheering him on.
"Obama grinned," Brinkley wrote. "'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."'"
Mr. Obama also criticized Romney for saying that 47 percent of the country sees themselves as "victims" who depend on the government, the Associated Press reported. "That sense that folks who have contributed to this country but are at the lower ends of the income scale are somehow looking for government to do something for them, or feel some sense of entitlement, is just fundamentally wrong," he said.