“When [President Obama] talked about Romney, aides picked up a level of anger he never had for Clinton or McCain, even after Sarah Palin was picked as his running mate. ‘There was a baseline of respect for John McCain. The president always thought he was an honorable man and a war hero,’ said a longtime Obama adviser. ‘That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no goddamned war hero.’”
-- Politico’s Glenn Thrush in a forthcoming book, “Obama’s Last Stand.”
There’s apparently more to the president’s intensely negative re-election campaign than just a desire for a second term.
According to a book due out later this month by Glenn Thrush, a Politico writer with deep connections inside Obamaland, Obama really, really doesn’t like soon-to-be Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Romney has a long history of infuriating his opponents. Veterans of the 2008 and 2012 Republican primaries recount how rivals – particularly Rudy Giuliani – found the moderate, mild-mannered former Massachusetts governor to be infuriating.
Excerpts from the book detail Obama’s hyper-competitive streak and how he feels that Romney is undeserving and “quickly developed a genuine disdain” for the Republican.