US election: Barack's blue word

President Barack Obama has used a profane term to describe his rival Mitt Romney in an interview due out the week of the US election. Photo / AP
President Barack Obama has used a profane term to describe his rival Mitt Romney in an interview due out the week of the US election. Photo / AP

Barack Obama's campaign team urged reporters not to get "distracted" by a word after the US president was quoted using a profane term to tag rival Mitt Romney as dishonest.

Obama communications director Dan Pfeiffer did not deny Obama had used the word "bulls***ter" in a conversation with journalists from the magazine Rolling Stone, and insisted: "Trust is a very important part of this election."

An advance copy of Rolling Stone's Obama interview, due on newsstands next month around the time of the November 6 election, recounts a chat at the White House between the president and the reporters.

"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," the story recounts.

"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***ter, I can tell'."

US politicians - especially presidential candidates - usually refrain from using strong language in public, and Obama's reported use of a profanity quickly sped around news websites and social media.

There was no immediate reaction from Romney's campaign.

- AFP

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