Caitriona Palmer: A feat of political genius unlike any seen before
Published 26/12/2012 | 05:00
The mood in the tiny room at the University of Denver was buoyant until 10 minutes into the first presidential debate, when Obama's staffers quit smiling and began to realise that their boss was in serious trouble.
An election victory that had practically seemed in the bag was, all of a sudden, impossibly – unbelievably – in jeopardy.
Riding back to his hotel room that night, the president checked the early reviews on his iPad and made a call to his closest advisor, kingmaker David Axelrod.