David Axelrod Articles


Plouffe Defends U.N. Ambassador, Axelrod Doesn't

9:44 AM, Sep 30, 2012

There were mixed messages from aides to Barack Obama this morning on the Sunday talk shows.

On the one hand, political adviser David Plouffe, who works at the White House, defended America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, for her handling of the terrorist attack in Libya. But on the other hand, David Axelrod, a top Obama political adviser stationed at the campaign headquarters in Chicago, threw Ambassador Rice under the bus. Watch here:

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Axelrod to Fundraise for Dem Who Linked Giffords Shooting with Tea Party

9:15 AM, Sep 24, 2012

President Barack Obama's closest political adviser, David Axelrod, is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser later today for a Democratic candidate for Congress who linked the Tea Party with the shooting in Tucson that injured former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The Democrat that will be joined by Axelrod is former congressman Bill Foster who is running for a House seat in the Illinois.

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Axelrod Won't 'Go on Tape About' Party Platform Omitting God or Jerusalem

1:35 PM, Sep 08, 2012

President Obama's top political adviser, David Axelrod, gave an interview to WNYC but refused to go on the record about the Democratic party plaform's omission of God and Jerusalem from this year's document. Bob Hennelly, the reporter conducting the interview, writes:

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Specious Democratic Talking Points

3:45 PM, Sep 02, 2012

President Obama's top strategist, David Axelrod, said today on Fox News Sunday that, under Obama, we've had "29 straight months of job growth." Yet, according to the federal government's own figures, 29 months ago, 58.5 percent of Americans were employed. Today, only 58.4 percent of Americans are employed. In other words, any job growth over the past 29 months hasn't even kept up with population growth.

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The Interview that Started the Spat Between Obama Aides Axelrod and Cutter

8:55 AM, Aug 20, 2012

According to a new ebook by Glenn Thrush, President Barack Obama's top political adviser, David Axelrod, had a spat with Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the president's reelection campaign. 

 "If there was a flash point, it came in March, according to three people close to the situation," writes Thrush. "Axelrod got wind that a producer at a network morning show had been asking for him to appear – only to be told by a junior staffer that Cutter, who had been conspicuously upping her TV appearances, could substitute."

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Axelrod Won't Rule Out Biden Being Dropped, Tells Joke Instead

11:02 AM, Aug 16, 2012

President Barack Obama's closest political adviser, David Axelrod, would not rule out dropping Vice President Joe Biden from this year's presidential ticket when asked about the rumors this morning on MSNBC. 

"All right. David, it's Sam Stein," said the Huffington Post writer to Axelrod. "I''m guessing you're not taking John McCain's advice to drop him and put Hillary Clinton? But a more serious question --"

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Obama 'Drops In On Chicago HQ, and Fires Up the Team!'

6:58 PM, Aug 11, 2012

David Axelrod tweets

POTUS drops in on Chicago HQ, and fires up the team! twitter.com/davidaxelrod/s…

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What Does Axelrod Know?

11:50 AM, Jul 28, 2012

Patrick Caddell, writing at Breitbart.com, asks, "White House Leaks: What Does Axelrod Know, And How Does He Know It?"

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Axelrod Doesn't Deny National Security Leaks Came from White House

8:34 AM, Jul 25, 2012

President Obama's top political adviser, David Axelrod, came under heavy fire this morning on MSNBC this morning about high-level national security allegedly coming from the White House: 

Axelrod at first dances around the issue, claiming that others do not believe that the leaks are coming from the White House (which is not the same as saying, with absolute certainty, that the leaks did not come from individuals in the White House). 

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Axelrod: 'There's this Reign of Terror Going on in the Republican Party'

12:18 PM, Jul 16, 2012

President Obama's closest political adviser, strategist David Axelrod, believes there's a "reign of terror going on in the Republican party," according to a transcript of a recent interview he gave to National Journal

"How would the president accomplish [his] goals with a Republican-controlled House and possibly Senate?," the reporter asked Axelrod.

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Axelrod Calls Commerce Secretary Allegations 'Concerning'

7:32 AM, Jun 11, 2012

President Obama's closest political advisor, David Axelrod, called allegations against Commerce Secretary John Bryson "concerning."

"This news broke overnight," Axelrod told CBS's Erica Hill. "I don't really have anything to contribute to that. Obviously, it's concerning. But I'm not, you know, going to comment because I don't know any of the details."

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Martin Short's Meeting with David Axelrod

11:04 AM, May 31, 2012

Actor and comedian Martin Short retells the story of mistaking the president's closest political adviser, David Axelrod, for actor Richard Kind:

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Closest Political Adviser Attended Obama's 'Kill List' Meetings

The New York Times reports that David Axelrod attends the highest-level national security meetings.
12:14 PM, May 29, 2012

The New York Times has a very lengthy article today on President Barack Obama's war on terrorism policy. Obama himself, at his weekly "Terror Tuesday" meetings, "[insists] on approving every new name on an expanding 'kill list,' poring over terrorist suspects' biographies on what one official calls the macabre 'baseball cards' of an unconventional war," the Times reports. 

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A Sense of Place

12:50 PM, May 07, 2012

It seems the Obama re-election effort, which is now officially underway, will not be run out of Washington. The big decisions will, of course, be made in the White House where, Mark Halperin writes:

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Would Axelrod Hold a Republican Accountable for Obama Scandals?

8:59 AM, Apr 22, 2012

David Axelrod, a top level campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, seemed to suggest on CNN this morning that so-called "scandals" under Obama aren't really scandals. (Particularly, the question was about the GSA and Secret Services issues.) Axelrod, a Democrat, did however suggest that if these things were happening under a Republican president, it then might be a campaign issue:

Here's the transcript:

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Axelrod Can't Explain Why Democrats Haven't Passed a Budget in 1,040 Days

10:51 AM, Mar 21, 2012

Fox News host Bret Baier had a straightforward question last night for Obama advisor David Axelrod: "Why haven't Senate Democrats passed a budget resolution in 1,040 days?" It's the sort of question that's probably not asked enough, especially considering Republicans in the House have passed a budget in that time and they--under the leadership of Paul Ryan--introduced a new budget yesterday. 

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Obama Campaign Releases Trailer for Campaign Documentary

3:44 PM, Mar 08, 2012

Barack Obama's campaign has released the trailer for its 17-minute documentary, titled "The Road We've Traveled."

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Planet of Team Obama

9:51 AM, Jan 02, 2012

Newsweek writer Andrew Romano takes a tour of Barack Obama’s reelection headquarters in Chicago and reports:

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That Was Fast – White House Backs Off From Jobs Act Ultimatum

11:52 AM, Sep 13, 2011

Just this morning, White House adviser David Axelrod went on network television and laid down an ultimatum about the president's jobs bill:

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Millions, Billions, Whatever

12:49 PM, Jul 05, 2011

In his New York Times column today, David Brooks writes that Republicans opposed to tax hikes as a part of a debt limit deal "have no sense of moral decency." The column happens to include a rather conspicuous typo:

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Kristol: ‘Troop Deployment Schedule Is Being Determined by David Axelrod, Not by David Petraeus’

11:06 AM, Jun 23, 2011

The boss blasted President Obama’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan a couple minutes ago on Fox News. “Most strikingly,” Bill Kristol said, “was the president's announcement about the September 2012 deadline: cutting the fighting season in half next year and really putting at risk our achievements in Afghanistan. I mean, it is really remarkable when our troop deployment schedule is being determined by David Axelrod, not by David Petraeus.”

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Morning Jay: Blue Smoke and Mirrors

5:00 AM, Jun 15, 2011

And so the great machinery of the Obama-Biden campaign has slowly begun now to turn. Consider the following:

A. The president is in Puerto Rico on a visit so obviously political that Bloomberg can't keep it out of the lede:

President Barack Obama made the first official presidential stop in Puerto Rico in a half-century today with a message aimed more at an audience on the U.S. mainland.

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Commander-In-Hiding

Less Obama goes a long way.
Apr 11, 2011

President Obama isn’t quite in hibernation. But he’s saying less, proposing less, appearing in public less, doing less, interacting with Congress less, plugging his health care plan less, and singling out a Republican demon less. It took two years and the harsh rejection of a midterm election for Obama to figure out what shouldn’t have been a secret: The magic of the presidency declines with overindulgence.

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