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“Double Down” examines the debate that almost cost Obama a second-term election

A recently published excerpt from "Double Down: Game Change 2012," the Mark Halperin and John Heilemann book that goes behind the scenes of the 2012 presidential election, reveals the intense drama that unfolded between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16 in 2012, the 48 hours between President Obama's disastrous first presidential debate in Denver, and his upcoming New York debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

Published in New York magazine, the excerpt reveals that Obama, who despite being "most self-contained president in modern history," was riddled with self-doubt and almost gave up on the debate that could, according to advisor David Plouffe, “lose the whole fucking election.”

Until the Denver debate, former president Bill Clinton thought Obama was "luckier that a dog with two dicks":

Before Denver, Clinton had watched in wonder as Obama caught break after break. Although the economy wasn’t roaring back, neither the European banking crisis nor the unrest in the Mideast had caused it to nosedive. Meanwhile, Romney’s ineptness staggered Clinton. After the release of the 47 percent video, he remarked to a friend that, while Mitt was a decent man, he was in the wrong line of work. (“He really shouldn’t be speaking to people in public.”) As for Obama, Clinton trotted out for his pals the same line again and again: “He’s luckier than a dog with two dicks.”

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