Earth to Obama: Obama thought he’d won the debate against Romney
This scoop comes from the U.K.’s Daily Mail (probably because the MSM in the U.S. has been sitting on it — you know they had it and didn’t run it):
When President Barack Obama stepped off the stage in Denver last week the 60 million Americans watching the debate against Mitt Romney already knew it had been a disaster for him.
But what nobody knew, until now, was that Obama believed he had actually won.
In an extraordinary insight into the events leading up to the 90 minute showdown which changed the face of the election, a Democrat close to the Obama campaign today reveals that the President also did not take his debate preparation seriously, ignored the advice of senior aides and ignored one-liners that had been prepared to wound Romney.
The Democrat said that Obama’s inner circle was dismayed at the ‘disaster’ and that he believed the central problem was that the President was so disdainful of Romney that he didn’t believe he needed to engage with him.
‘President Obama made it clear he wanted to be doing anything else – anything – but debate prep,’ the Democrat said. ‘He kept breaking off whenever he got the opportunity and never really focused on the event.
The Democrat, who is aligned with the Obama campaign and has been an unofficial adviser on occasions, said that David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, was stunned that the President left the stage feeling that he had won the debate.
Instead of prepping for the debate, he went sightseeing at the Hoover Dam the day before and he told a supporter on the phone his advisers were “‘keeping me indoors all the time’ to practice. ‘It’s a drag. They’re making me do my homework.’
According to the adviser, it took Obama 24 hours before he could be convinced he hadn’t soundly beaten Romney into the dirt instead of the other way around.