Keywords: obama, romney, romnesia, small issues, name-calling
President Obama may be feeling the pressure of a tight race with Republican Mitt Romney.
Who could blame him? Mr. Romney's got a double-digit lead among men and Obama's among women as nearly evaporated since the first of three presidential debates.
Politico released a very telling excerpt of an exchange between Rolling Stone editor Eric Bates and President Obama.
"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."'"
Potty mouth Mr. President!
Romney's campaign said the comment was the sign of a "rattled" opponent.
"President Obama is rattled and on the defensive. He's running on empty and has nothing left but attacks and insults. It's unfortunate he has to close the final days of the campaign this way," Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden told Fox News.
Republicans claim the president has made his election about "small things" -- with his one-liners and jokes, and have used this trend as the basis for a new GOP ad poking fun at a president who once said if you can't run on your record, make the election about small things.
While campaigning in Tampa Thursday morning, the president when on another one of his "Romnesia" rants.
Obama said: "If you're starting to get a temperature, eyes blurry, showing symptoms. If you start thinking Romney wanted to save auto industry even though he wrote an op-ed that said Let Detroit Go Bankrupt. If there's a fuzziness to policies on your website ... Don't worry because this is a curable condition and ObamaCare covers pre-existing conditions."
A day after an interview aired in which President Obama declared he still has the lead, another national poll showed Mitt Romney slightly ahead while erasing Obama's advantage among women.
The Associated Press-GfK poll showed Romney pulling 47 percent of likely voters to Obama's 45 percent -- a split within the margin of error, but which certainly challenges the president's claim of having the edge.
The Associated Press-GfK survey was no different. But the poll did reveal that Romney erased the president's 16-point lead among women, pulling to a 47-47 percent tie.