Axelrod says Obama rebounding by returning to propaganda of campaign

January 31, 2011 08:45

Axelrod calls it ‘the narrative’ but what it means is the Utopian ‘hope and change’ that hid Obama’s real agenda of massive redistribution of wealth financed by deficit spending and achieved by nationalizing health care, the auto industry and the banks.

By Julianna Goldman and Mike Dorning at


Axelrod said the president and his administration had lost the essence of their strength, the ability to maintain public support by offering a consistent narrative, much as Obama had during the 2008 campaign. Instead, Obama and his staff were too deep into the tactical legislative battles over the response to the financial crisis and overhauling health-care laws. [emphasis added]

“We got so enmeshed in the details of governing that we stopped telling the story,” Axelrod said in an interview Jan. 28, his last official day at the White House as Obama’s senior adviser. “The president of the United States has a responsibility to set that tone, to set that vision, to give people that sense of the things that bind us. I regret that we didn’t spend more time doing that.” [emphasis added]

“We did that better in the last 60 days,” Axelrod said.

He said the perspective he will gain from spending time outside Washington will help with the campaign. He said he’ll also have time to reflect on, among other things, the Obama narrative for 2012.


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