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Axelrod was president and sole shareholder of AKPD from 1985 until he sold his interest after Obama’s victory, government records show. The firm owes Axelrod $2 million, which it’s due to pay in installments beginning Dec. 31. Axelrod’s son, Michael, still works there.
The problem is that Axelrod’s former firm is currently receiving huge fees “from Healthy Economy Now, a coalition that includes the Washington-based Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA,” as well as AARP, the SEIU and other big players in the health care debate.
Big players to the tune of 12 million – in an advertising deal for Obama’s propaganda they just got – this was also news to me
plan that were produced and placed partly by AKPD Message and Media, a firm founded by Axelrod that employs his son and still owes Axelrod $2 million.
I’d like to know who’s paying the 12 million? Taxpayers?
House Republicans got a talking points memo that says
White House-PhRMA deal raises “serious questions as to whether the drug lobby is helping to bankroll a multimillion dollar severance package for one of the President’s senior advisers.”
The memo points out that the drug industry will profit handsomely from the deal and asks whether Axelrod “recused himself from the PhRMA ‘deal,’ or will he work to defend an agreement with an industry that is directly funding his son’s work, and indirectly funding his own $2 million severance package?”
And while Axelrod has to respond to this, the White House has been “caught by surprise” by all this love for the public option from the left
“I don’t understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo,” said a senior White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We’ve gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don’t understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform.”
Wow! Sometimes I feel like during the Bush years – I am not sure whether to attribute all the fubars to incompetence or corruption!
A series of articles I’ve been looking for exploring the question “who advises Obama”
Sorry Sirota, B0bots who think yourselves policymakers – it ain’t you, he told this to the New York Times.
Of course, considering the topic, the venue and the subsequent insult, I doubt he was even thinking of B0bots:
And part of the reason we don’t spend a lot of time looking at blogs is because if you haven’t looked at it very carefully then you may be under the impression that somehow there’s a clean answer one way or another – well, you just nationalize all the banks, or you just leave them alone and they’ll be fine, or this or that or the other. The truth is this is a very complex set of problems and bad decisions can result in huge taxpayer expenditures and poor results.
So, who is that simplistic idiot who can’t figure out complexity the way Obama does? I can only think of one “simpleton” who writes a blog for the New York Times and spends a lot of time on Banks nationalization lately: Paul Krugman.(see his simplistic entry here) Whether he reads him or not, the Reagan admiring Hope & Change” fast talker took time to call the Nobel prize in economics a simpleton.
Which brings into question: whose brilliant minds is Obama trusting?
Well, a puff story in Chicago Times says that this guy
is reading Obama’s mind
Obama has called his head speechwriter a mind-reader.
I mean how could these two not understand each other?
Similarities (and differences) exist in David Axelrod’s relationship with the current president and Karl Rove’s with the past.
Of course the Jr.Jr team doth protest
Both Mr. Rove and Mr. Axelrod forged partnerships with their clients long before they began campaigning for the presidency, guided them through elective office and, ultimately, to the White House. Mr. Axelrod rejects the comparison, saying that he is more of a protector of Mr. Obama’s image and message than a policy maker or strategist intent on remaking the country’s political DNA, as Mr. Rove often talked about.
He only plots enemy lists and such, gingerly called by NYT “back and forth”
The recent back-and-forth with Rush Limbaugh, for example, was explicitly authorized by Mr. Axelrod, who told aides that it was not a moment to sit quietly after Mr. Limbaugh said he hoped that Mr. Obama would “fail.”
And while Favreau “reads Obama’s mind”, Axelrod is the speech center in the brain
There are few words that come across the president’s lips that have not been blessed by Mr. Axelrod. He reviews every speech, studies every major policy position and works with Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, to prepare responses to the crisis of the day.
The cutest thing about the new political henchman running the White House? He somehow humbly thinks of himself as the voice of the people
. “Can I speak on behalf of the American people here?” he said Mr. Axelrod often asks aloud.
Not that we the people elected him for anything ever, but if you look back at the primaries, we didn’t elect his puppet either.
These words – according to Politico, were first retracted by an aide speaking anonymously
“What the president-elect said today is correct, David Axelrod misspoke,” the aide said.
Then Axelrod decided to make it official and deny some more
I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.
Now, how could he even know what Obama didn’t do at any time?
Especially when Obama himself said he did
“But the last thing I want to do is get involved in New York politics,” he said, noting that he has enough of that to deal with in his home state of Illinois, which is also looking for someone to fill his senate seat.”
And aren’t we glad the DNC moved to Chacago?
which was first posted by Sarah in Italy
CHICAGO, ILL. — Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.
That’s one of Obama’s first priorities today.
He’s meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.
There’s already been speculation about his selection…from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Chicago’s south side who co-chaired Obama’s presidential campaign, to recently-retired state senate president Emil Jones, to the governor himself.
It’s likely the governor will make his decision quickly so the new senator will get some seniority before newly-elected senators take office in January.
Didn’t Obama resign senate 10 days after this meeting?