Via Daily Mail: 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 Obamas 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 didnt 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.