If this is true, it's amazing. And I'm not ashamed to say, it makes me feel giddy. From the Daily Mail UK:
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.
He didn't know? I guess that's why the whole campaign turned quickly to this:
Although it took Obama more than 24 hours, the Democrat said, to concede that Romney had soundly beaten him, the President's aides realised immediately they had a major problem.
Almost immediately, the campaign's central message that Romney was a captive of the hard-Right wing of his party was shifted to portraying him as a flip-flopper.
At the same time, the campaign decided to accuse Romney of lying in the debate and also sought to highlight his comments about cutting public funding of the PBS network by making hay with the republican's quip that 'I love Big Bird'.
The Romney campaign believes that the result has been disjointed and reeks of panic.
It's the old story: A detached and clueless president. A rudderless campaign. A tin ear for politics and connecting with voters.
Wait a second. Who's the Republican and who's the Democrat, here? Am I wrong, or is this starting to be fun?