A new e-book titled Obama's Last Stand by Politico's Glenn Thrush offers a behind-the-scenes take on President Obama as he prepares for his final election. The thrust of the book, at least as far as Obama himself is concerned, is that the President is not a laid back idealist but a hyper-competitive politician who gets moody when he loses at anything.
Thrush offers several examples of this competitive streak, starting with the one that opens the book and also appears in a story timed for the book's release. In February, the President was on a swing through Florida to raise money. He saw a woman whom he knew to be friends with Senator Marco Rubio. Calling her over in a hotel lobby, Obama asked, “Is your boy going to go for [vice president]?” When she replied that Rubio might, Obama responded with a juvenile taunt, “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”