Obama: Kids ‘look at other guy’ and see ‘bulls****er’

President Obama touted his popularity with young Americans in an interview with Rolling Stone, published in this month's issue, saying he's a "killer" with kids ages six to 12. “They look at the other guy and say, ‘Well, that’s a bulls****er, I can tell,’” he said. From the article, first excerpted in Politico

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.

After a thoughtful pause, she said, “Tell him: You can do it.”

Obama grinned. “That’s the only advice I need,” he said. “I  do very well, by the way, in that demographic. Ages six to 12?  I’m a killer.”

“Thought about lowering the voting age?” Bates joked.  “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.’”

In a recent Nickelodeon kids poll, Obama beat Mitt Romney by a huge margin.

Obama also weighed in on teenagers. Asked what Rep. Paul Ryan's enthusiasm for Ayn Rand might mean for a Romney presidency, Obama said you would have to ask the vice presidential candidate. But he explained how he saw the objectivist writer's appeal.

"Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up," he said. "Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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