David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist and the quasi-president while Obama’s out on the campaign trail, “was stunned that the president left the stage feeling that he had won the debate. … Obama believed he’d got the better of Romney as he walked off stage to the dismay of his aides, according to a Democrat close to the campaign. The president failed to prepare properly, opting instead to visit the Hoover Dam the day before …”

He complained about being kept inside. He complained about having to read. He complained about having to prepare. He said that it was “a drag.” The Democrat that is the source here for Toby Harnden, the writer of the story, said that Obama “was so disdainful of Romney that he didn’t think he needed to even engage with him.” The story says that he “had one-liners on 47% prepared but chose not to use them.”

So this story in the UK Daily Mail would ask us to believe (and I do) that Obama thought he cleaned Romney’s clock when that thing was over. He walked off the stage thinking he won. And the reason? He hates Romney. He has such disdain for Romney that he thought all he had to do was just stand there. He thinks everybody else sees Romney the way he does: a rich, distant, insensitive boor.

There have been stories in the past six weeks, maybe two months that have gotten into a little detail on how much Obama really dislikes Romney personally. He dislikes Romney personally, and he dislikes what Romney stands for. Romney, to him — and I believe this, too. Romney to Barack Obama personifies what’s wrong with this country. In Obama’s view, Romney is an example of the wrong kind of people winning.

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