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Axelrod Bristles at Bushies' Criticism

Youch! Here's a clip from Washington Post reporter Lois Romano's interview with senior White House adviser David Axelrod, who takes issue with former vice president Cheney's assertion that President Obama's policies are putting the nation at increased risk of a devastating attack, former senior adviser Karl Rove's endless commentary, and former chief of staff Andrew Card's declaration that by foregoing a suit jacket in the Oval Office, Obama and his aides were insufficiently respecting the presidency. (Here's the full transcript.)

Romano initially asked about Cheney's comments. Said Axelrod: "I was disappointed in the vice president's comments, not because he stated the obvious -- that there are threats that are grave -- but that he suggested that somehow the president's decisions on torture and Guantanamo would increase the likelihood of that. You know, one of the things that I've been impressed by is the graciousness that President Bush has shown during this transition period...When he left, he wished us the best, and I think that he meant that -- but apparently, the memo didn't circulate around the White House, because I've seen what I consider tasteless comments by the vice president, amazing comments by Karl Rove. You know, the last thing I think we're looking for at this juncture is advice on fiscal integrity -- or ethics -- from Karl Rove. I mean, anyone who's read the newspapers for the last eight years would laugh at that....

"I've never seen anything really like it."

And, finally, Axelrod said: "Andy Card, saying that we were somehow denigrating the presidency because we were wearing shirtsleeves in the Oval Office -- well we're wearing shirtsleeves because we have to roll up our sleeves and clean up the mess that we've inherited."

By Dan Froomkin  |  February 13, 2009; 9:52 AM ET
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Why not ask Alxerod how he felt about using his contact at the Chicago Tribune back in 2004 and coordinating legal efforts to get BHO’s democratic primary rival, Blair Hull, as well as his rival for the general election, Jack Ryan’s SEALED divorce records released leading to an easy senatorial election?

Was this part of the politics of hope and change?

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | February 13, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Republican criticism is consistent regardless of the issue or circumstances, and with good reason. Persons who hold rigid values and believe their views are infallible are, beneath their arrogant posture, basically insecure, inadequate people. It should not be expected that any Republican in Congress will cooperate with President Obama, now or in the future.

Posted by: kaycwagner | February 13, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Those who want to criticize will do so no matter what the truth is. Some did so against Bush and some now do so against Obama. Criticism should be based on facts on that particular issue however, not partisian politics nor deflections to irrevelvant topics.

We tried the politics of fear (and outward appearance) for Bush/Cheny's administration and now it's time to give Obama a chance. Let's not label him a failure after these short weeks in power. Why not actually let him try HIS way and see where it leads? It would seem he can't do worse than our previous president.

Posted by: allenofwoodhaven | February 13, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

hmmm...totally left out of the conversation was how Axelrod helped get jack Ryan's SEALED divorce records made public so the President could win his seat. If this doesn't happen, then Obama is not the Prez. This is change? Seems like more of the same to me...

Posted by: leeh11281 | February 13, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

So, sharpshootingpugilist and leeh11281, are you the same person, or are you just getting your stock deflection attacks from the same right-wing talking points playbook? Your posts are suspiciously similar.

In response to your claims, yawn. Is that the best you can do? Time for a new playbook it seems.

Posted by: kuzbuite | February 16, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

My comment follow @ I am appalled to find that this much legitimacy is even granted to such a weasel as Karl Rove.
I am sorry,
Where is the legitimacy of a Karl Rove Website? This is the same individual who is currently in contempt of congress, the people's branch of our federal government. Rove a.k.a. "Turd Blossom" has spent his last 8 years championing the very policies that have crippled our nation's economy and standing in the world. He has only sought to divide our nation with political chicanery. What gives him the legitimacy to receive this or any level of recognition!? He should be serving time for his crimes. Please answer.
P. H.

Posted by: drum_sing | February 16, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

@sharpshootingpugilist and leeh11281:
Maybe Obama learned that not all things sealed are sealed for good reason.

Case in point, Daddy Bush sealing shrub's military service records. The *only* reason for doing that was to hide the fact that shrub skipped out on his 'tidy and safe' posting that kept him out of actual combat.

And for the completely hypocritical GOP crowd we have Andrew Card. "Obama's working without a jacket is disprespecting the office". Yet we have pictures every president back to Kennedy (including shrub) doing the very same thing.

Well not Nixon or Johnson, but do they really want pin their 'respect for the office' hopes on Nixon?

Posted by: rpixley220 | February 17, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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