NOW Today: Overheard in the Oval Office


Our friend and NOWist, Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates, recently conducted an interview with President Obama, which appears in the latest issue of the magazine (on newsstands today). At the end of the interview, Eric shared an anecdote with the President courtesy of his six-year-old daughter. Here’s how the article’s author, Douglas Brinkley, recounted the episode:

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 bull—er, I can tell.”

Notably, the Obama campaign is not denying that the President was referring to Governor Mitt Romney.

Today on NOW, we’ll talk to Eric about what else the President said in his 45-minute interview, and we’ll preview Governor Romney’s major speech today on jobs and the economy slated to be delivered shortly after the show. It’s been a long week for both candidates. Whose done the most good for their campaigns with just 11 days to go? See you at noon ET.


Eric Bates, Executive Editor, Rolling Stone

Wes Moore, Author, “The Other Wes Moore”/Retired Army Captain (@wesmoore1)

Joan Walsh, Editor-at-Large, Political Analyst (@joanwalsh)

Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed (@buzzfeedben)


Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing, Co-Directors, “Detropia”

Mark Binelli, Author


Chris Hayes, msnbc Host, “UP” (@chrislhayes)

NOW Today: Overheard in the Oval Office