"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," writes Toby Harnden, the U.S. editor for the London Daily Mail. "But what nobody knew, until now, was that Obama believed he had actually won."
It took over 24 hours for Obama to concede that Romney had soundly beaten him, said an unnamed Democrat close to the Obama campaign, even though the President's aides realized immediately they had a major problem. Harnden's source said that David Axelrod, Obama's chief strategist, was stunned that Obama could have left the stage thinking he'd won. Obama's inner circle was dismayed at the 'disaster,' and the Democratic source believes that 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."
What neither Harnden nor his source seem to be taking into account, is the depth of Obama's malignant narcissistic personality disorder.