Barack Obama's reelection campaign hasn't even hit full stride yet, and there's already an e-book that supposedly explains all the campaign's dirty secrets.
Politico and Random House released "Obama's Last Stand" this morning, an e-book that among other things claims that when speculation began that Marco Rubio might become Romney's running mate, Obama told a close friend of the Florida senator that he should "watch out" because he could get his ass kicked, electorally speaking.
Obama's trash-talking competitiveness, a trait that has defined him since his days on the court as a basketball-obsessed teenager in Hawaii, was on display one night last February, when the president spotted a woman he knew was close to Sen. Marco Rubio in a Florida hotel lobby. "Is your boy going to go for [vice president]?" the president asked her. Maybe, she replied.
"Well," he said, chuckling, according to a person who witnessed the encounter. "Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked."
Considering that Rubio used to play high school football in Miami-Dade and has admitted to being a big, big fan of Nicki Minaj, we're pretty sure he can take a little innocent trash talking.
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That particular anecdote -- and really, who the hell knows how true it is? -- isn't going to be all that great for Obama's image however.
But such behind-the-scense trash taking isn't all that uncommon in politics. Florida Congressman John Mica reportedly told Sandy Adams, another incumbent running against him in a primary due to redistricting that "I'll destroy you."