President Obama said he is not surprised at the closeness of the race with Republican Mitt Romney, telling NBC's Brian Williams Wednesday that "folks in your business were writing me off a year ago, saying there's no way I would win."

The network aired the first take of the interview on Wednesday's Nightly News. No big revelations, but Obama did discuss his relationship with Romney.

Williams asked about reports that the two men don't like each other. Obama responded, in part, "I don't think anybody would say that while you were in the middle of a campaign that-- you felt deep affection for the other guy, because, you know, look, you're-- you're fighting for competing visions."

You can see NBC's report here.