In a surprise appearance at the daily White House briefing before the press on Monday, President Obama knocked down suggestions that his campaign's insistence on additional years of tax returns from the Romney campaign was in any way "personal."
"I think the idea that is somehow exceptional, that there should be a rationale or justification for doing more than the very bare minimum, has it backwards," Obama said of his request for more tax information. "The assumption should be, you do what previous presidential candidates have been doing for decades."
"This isnt sort of overly personal here guys, this is standard stuff," Obama added. "I don't think we're being mean by asking you to do what every other presidential candidate has done."