According to a new book that will be published later this month, President Barack Obama "
"One factor made the 2012 grind bearable and at times even fun for Obama: he began campaign preparations feeling neutral about Romney, but like the former governor's GOP opponents in 2008 and 2012, he quickly developed a genuine disdain for the main [sic]," an excerpt of the book reads. "That scorn stoked Obama's competitive fire, got his head in the game, which came as a relief to some Obama aides who had seen his interest flag when he didn't feel motivated to crush the opposition. Obama, a person close to him told me, didn't even feel this strongly about conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most. At least Cantor stood for something, he'd say."
The book claims that "a longtime Obama adviser" said of Romney, "
Additionally, the book excerpt suggests that President Obama is motivated to win the 2012 presidential election by his competitive drive.
"It's why he played to win-and why so many of his top staffers were former high school and college jocks, guys-and they were, after all this time, mostly men-who'd start a fifteen-hour day with a ninety-minute run. 'He's the single most competitive man I've ever met,' Robert Gibbs, his first press secretary, told me, adding: 'What's the one thing Barack Obama hates more than losing? Losing twice.'
Obama's "genuine disdain" for Romney, the book suggests, is helping to motivate the president's drive to win this year's presidential contest.