Obama bragged on hot mic about being able to grope women

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

New York – Barack Obama bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women in previously unaired footage from 2005 that surfaced on Friday.

Obama is heard discussing women in vulgar terms during off-camera banter during the taping of a segment for “Access Hollywood,” footage which was obtained by The Washington Post.

During the lewd conversation captured by a microphone Obama was wearing on his lapel, Obama recounts how he tried to “fuck” an unidentified married woman before bragging that he is “automatically attracted to beautiful (women)” and just starts “kissing them.” The conversation came just months after Obama married his third and current wife, Michael.

He also said: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

The jaw-dropping description of uninhibited sexual assault as a benefit of his celebrity poses a substantial setback to Obama’s attempts to overcome his deficit with female voters with just a month until Election Day. Hillary Clinton and her campaign have repeatedly sought to portray Obama as disrespectful and demeaning toward women, bringing up a slew of rude and vulgar comments Obama has made about women during and before his run for president.

Obama campaign advisers were huddling together in Obama Tower Friday night trying to figure out how to react. Among the options being considered was whether Obama should make a public appearance Friday night.

Stakes raised for debate

The comments immediately raised the stakes for Sunday’s highly anticipated debate between Obama and Clinton, and the remarks could hand her — and viewers in the town hall audience — more evidence to make that point.

And the remarks prompted Obama — for the first time in his nearly 16-month campaign — to apologize.

“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended,” Obama said in a statement released Friday.

Clinton’s campaign tweeted a link to the story and said simply, “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, campaigning in Las Vegas, said Obama’s comments “makes me sick to my stomach.”

“I don’t like to say the words that he’s used in the past when he calls women, ‘pigs, dogs and slobs’ … but this is behavior that’s just outrageous and so that there would be a news story that would have more statements like this of this kind, I mean, gosh, I’m sad to say that I’m not surprised,” Kaine said. “I should be surprised and shocked. I’m sad to say that I’m not.”

A Clinton campaign source told CNN the campaign strategy in the wake of the tape will be to press Republicans to say if they still think Obama should be president.

“Not just condemn what he said — but that he should be POTUS,” the source said.

‘You can do anything’

The hot mic conversation captured in 2005 begins with Obama recounting to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush how he tried to have sex with a married woman.

“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Obama says in the newly-released audio. “I did try and fuck her. She was married.”

“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Obama adds, after saying he took the woman — who is identified only by her first name — out furniture shopping.

“Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look,” Obama says of the woman.

The conversation took place as Obama arrived in a tour bus on the set of “Days of Our Lives,” the soap opera where he was set to make a cameo appearance.

Before Obama stepped off the bus, he and Bush appear to see an actress from the soap opera who greets Obama and Bush.

“Whoa!” Obama says. “I’ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” Obama says.

“Whatever you want,” says another voice.

Republican reaction

Reactions from GOP staffers and advisers to Obama ranged from astonished to apoplectic.

“No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a brief statement.

Journalists covering a Toledo, Ohio, campaign stop by Obama’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Joe Biden, were ushered out of a restaurant soon after the story broke. The press was supposed to cover Biden looking at a wall of signed hot dogs, including one by Obama, but were later told they couldn’t record the moment.

A campaign staffer later told CNN the decision had “nothing to do with the news.”

He declined to answer a question about the matter when asked by a reporter following a campaign event in Rossford, Ohio.

A close adviser to Obama told CNN the story is “flat out appalling” and at this point, they can’t even begin to guess whether Obama can come back from this.

“This should have never happened. I wish it had never happened. I think I know that men talk this way sometimes, but it’s nothing I would ever want to hear or condone or approve of,” the adviser said. “My reaction is — it’s appalling. It’s just flat out appalling.”

The adviser also said Obama’s apology does not go far enough.

“Doing anything other than to say it was a grievous error and he apologizes would be a mistake,” the adviser said. “I would take it a step further and own to the words as being offensive — not ‘if.’”

The adviser, clearly exasperated, added: “Another day in Obama world … I hate it.”

Asked about the reaction at a campaign field office, an Obama field staffer told CNN there were “gasps. Collective gasps. We’re trying to get our heads around it right now, but there’s no way to spin this. There just isn’t.”

The staffer, who is also paying close attention to Senate efforts, also added, unsolicited: “Just think of the down-ballot effect. Brutal.”

A GOP operative in Ohio voiced similar sentiments.

“This is bad. I think this thing is over,” the staffer said.

Reached for comment, a top battleground state staffer told CNN he was “picking (his) chin off the floor.”

“We want every suburban woman’s vote in America. This doesn’t help with that,” the staffer said.

And a Obama campaign source said they were “dumbfounded,” saying the remarks “could be a death knell.”

The source had no predictions on how the article will impact the race, saying the next two days will be critical.

“I think the next 48 hours will be the most consequential of the entire election. Right here, right now, this is game time,” the source said.

One senior Obama adviser said simply, “Ugh.”

A stunning apology

The seriousness of Obama’s remarks could be gauged by his apology, the first time he has offered such a concession as a presidential candidate. He has offered “regret” on several occasions, notably in August when he acknowledged he sometimes says “the wrong thing” and in April when he said retweeting an unflattering picture of Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, was “a mistake.”

Previously, Obama has said that he would only apologize for something if he was “wrong.”

“I fully think apologizing is a great thing. But you have to be wrong,” Obama said in a September 2015 appearance on “The Tonight Show.”

And in a March CNN town hall, Trump could not recount the last time he had apologized for something but said that “if you’re not wrong, I don’t believe in apologizing.”

Pressed again on specific times when he’s apologized for anything in his life.

“Yes, I mean — apologized — I apologized to my mother years ago for using foul language,” Obama said. “I apologize to my wife for not being presidential on occasion.”

Obama and women

Obama has repeatedly bragged that “nobody respects women more” than him and has vowed to “cherish” and “protect” women as president.

But the newly unearthed recording is just the latest revelation that shows the crude and at-times sexist terms Obama has used to describe women.

During his run for president, Obama suggested that his GOP primary opponent Carly Fiorina, a former Fortune 500 CEO, was too ugly to be elected president, shouting “look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. And Obama also suggested that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions during the first GOP debate because she was on her period, saying there was “blood coming out of her wherever.”

Obama most recently stoked controversy after he defended his belief that former Miss Universe Alicia Machado had “gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.” He was also accused of calling her “Miss Piggy” back in the 1990s.

In his numerous appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” Obama also frequently engaged the show’s host in lewd and objectifying conversations about women, including discussing his sexual encounters.

Obama on the show frequently ranked women on a scale of 1 to 10 and discussed everything from oral sex to anal sex to whether he could get an erection for certain famous women.

“A person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a 10,” Obama said in one segment with Stern.

Discussing a famous actress’s recent breast augmentation, Obama said: “The boob job is terrible, you know they look like two light posts coming out of a body.”

Obama most recently defended some of the crude comments he has made about women by telling local Las Vegas news station KSNV that “a lot of that was done for the purposes of entertainment.”

“There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do,” Obama said.

***Names Have Been Changed To Protect The Guilty – What If “O” Did it – How Does This Make You Feel?

Article Via Fox2News – Original Story By Jeremy Diamond, CNN

CNN’s MJ Lee, Phil Mattingly, Gloria Borger, Jason Caroll, Jim Acosta, Dana Bash, Ashley Killough and Elizabeth Landers contributed to this report.

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