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Axelrod to leave White House in early 2011

By Aaron Blake

White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that he will leave the White House in early 2011 to begin preparations for President Obama's 2012 reelection bid.

"Sometime in the spring -- late winter, early spring -- I'll be coming back here to Chicago and beginning to work on that project," Axelrod told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

Axelrod has been with Obama since the beginning of his presidency, after guiding Obama to victory in 2008 as his chief strategist.

Obama is widely expected to run for reelection.

Axelrod also said that Obama remains opposed to a permanent extension of all of the Bush tax cuts. But he did not rule out a temporary agreement that would extend the middle-class tax cuts, which the White House wants, and the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which Republicans want.

When asked directly on Fox News Sunday about whether the president would be okay with a temporary extension of all cuts, Axelrod said, "Chris, I'm not going to negotiate with you on this program."

He summarized Obama's position: "We cannot go the extra step and permanently cut taxes primarily for millionaires and billionaires at a cost of $700 billion over the next 10 years alone."

The Huffington Post reported this week that the White House was softening its position on a temporary extension of the tax cuts for the wealthy -- a report that was met with a great deal of resistance on the left.

The White House has said repeatedly that it's vital that the middle-class tax cuts be extended, but Republicans have stood firm on the tax cuts on incomes above $250,000 per couple, and the White House has said it is willing to at least hear out Republican leaders.

By Aaron Blake  | November 14, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
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Good, another Left-Wing Jew leaves the White House. BTW, is Left-Wing Jew an oxymoron?

Posted by: vince33x | November 15, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

How nice for the media that they and the Republicans have won in reducing President Obama's standings around the world.
I am amazed watching the way the billionaire Murdock and the twins in Texas can buy the media and make the working people who really pay the taxes and buy the products of the billionaires vote republican.

The Republicans know just how to appeal to people who call themselves Christians by having so called "truth sayers" put out lies on Obama. I have numbers of examples of those on file which have been proven lies upon checking.

The soul purpose of the Republicans is to get back in control. The budget Obama had to work on the first year was the Republican budget. The two illegal wars he is trying to settle are republican wars.

A friend of mine stated he was in the midst of some fundamentalists preachers once, and they were talking about how Saddam caused 9/11 and had the nuclear bomb, all of which was a lie.
Louise McCollum

Posted by: elmccollumwindstreamnet | November 15, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

No one's taxes are getting cut. That is the verbiage used to influence the Democrat ignoramuses and get them all riled up in a class-warfare tizzy. Tax rates will remain where they have been for several years now(with the wealthy as always, paying the highest percentage of taxes). What WILL happen if Congress fails to act is there will be tax INCREASES. So it should be phrased:
" Do you want tax increases in this time of economic uncertainty or do you want to keep the present rates?"

Knowing that increasing taxes will lower revenue that should be a no-brainer.

Posted by: epluribusunum1 | November 14, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Axelrod would be better employed doing something to strengthen the economy. I don't care how many Grecian temples Axelrod builds, how many Teleprompter speeches THE ONE gives, "IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!".

THAT will determine whether Barry gets another 2 years. And right now, it's not looking good. THE ONE has proven he's an empty suit - only interested in forcing his ideology on the country.

Posted by: GarandFan | November 14, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"Given the Republicans dearth of truly vibrant and viable candidates" - dude, those guys usually run people who have done tings. run things. ya know? not messiahs, probably not 'vibrant'. so if talking about stuff, but never actually do stuff is whats needed, vote dem. for the reps, look at daniels, pawlenty and romney. they've actually run things, done stuff. unlike BHO. we made that mistake. we wont make it again. man. that G20. this poor small man, BHO. i think the world is embarrassed FOR us. he of course doesnt seem to realize it yet. we here do. and again, we wont make the same mistake twice. we'll elect someone who has done things. rather that a good TOTUS puppet. to repair the damage if the prior 12 years (by then)

Posted by: fred1962 | November 14, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Next year??!! How about before Thanksgiving.

Posted by: trh123 | November 14, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

back to the minors for Axe, who was so embarrassingly stoned on Obummer Kool-Aid that he ceased making sense as he cluelessly doddered around D.C.
Wouldn't it be great if a respected statesman or woman could be brought into this salvage operation, instead of the crummy p.r. people Obummer clings to?
All hat, no cattle.
Please just take this *whole* show back to Chicago, soonish.
Hillary, step in. Please.

Posted by: FloridaChick | November 14, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Now the President could have taken the "sage" advice of Doug Schoen and Pat Caudell to not run in 2012. They apparently forgot that the President would still be eligible to run again for a second term at a later date.

However not running would be the chicken's way out -- to "cut and run," so to speak.

Given the Republicans dearth of truly vibrant and viable candidates (apparently Jesus has opted out of throwing his hat in the ring), President Obama's path -- at present -- looks quite doable.

Darrell Issa's endless witch hunts -- er, uh...investigations... yeah, that's the ticket -- will play to the President's strengths. Thanks, Darrell!

Posted by: jade_7243 | November 14, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

It must be wonderful Axelrod, to know you are going to be very, very highly paid for the next two years trying to get Obama reelected. It is not going to happen unlesas all Americans of all ages still believe in Oboma's BS.

The smartest thing Obama could do is pack it in , the sooner the better . Not to wait until every politician destroys him and he then must go in a straight jacket!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | November 14, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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