Axelrod quickly cultivated a reputation for his aggressive use of negative messaging to discredit his clients' political rivals.

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The current attacks and innuendos against Mitt Romney can ultimately be traced to Barack Obama’s closest advisor, David Axelrod. Read more:

On this website there have been already entries where David Axelrod was mentioned:
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The current attacks and innuendos against Mitt Romney can ultimately be traced to Barack Obama’s closest advisor, David Axelrod.

David M. Axelrod was born February 22, 1955, to Myril Bennett Axelrod (who worked for PM, a leftist New York newspaper whose ranks were penetrated by communists seeking to advance the Stalinist line) and Joseph Axelrod (a psychologist who committed suicide in 1974).

In late 1973 or early 1974, he secured a job as a political columnist for the Hyde Park Herald, a local weekly newspaper. His work at the Herald caught the attention of two particularly noteworthy individuals, David Canter and Don Rose:

David Canter (1923-2004) was the son of Harry Jacob Canter, a lifelong communist who: served as secretary of the Boston Communist Party; ran for governor of Massachusetts on the Communist Party ticket in 1930; earned a special invitation to Stalin's USSR in 1932; and later taught at the Abraham Lincoln School, an infamous Chicago-based front that indoctrinated students in the teachings of Marx and Lenin. Like his father, David Canter was also a lifelong communist. He was educated in Stalin's Soviet Union from 1932-37, before returning with his family to the United States.

Axelrod quickly cultivated a reputation for his aggressive use of negative messaging to discredit his clients' political rivals. A Chicago Magazine profile from December 1987 dubbed Axelrod a “Hatchet Man” who was ever-prepared to “blast the dickens” out of an opponent. Reflecting Axelrod's constancy in this regard, a Tribune profile two decades later described him as a “ferocious” competitor who was unafraid to use “venom” to poison the campaigns of rivals, or “brass knuckles” to “bludgeon” his foes.

When Obama decided, in early 2007, to run in the following year's presidential election, Axelrod orchestrated the formal announcement of his candidacy. Notably, Axelrod selected Springfield, Illinois—where Abraham Lincoln had launched his own political career—as the venue for that announcement. In a speech heavily influenced by Axelrod, Obama proceeded to invoke Lincoln six times while touching upon such themes as the “failure of leadership” plaguing not only the U.S. but the world at large. Moreover, it was Axelrod who conceived the “hope and change” and “Yes, we can!” slogans that became the battle cries of the Obama campaign.

After Obama's electoral victory in November 2008, Axelrod, who had been the president and sole shareholder of AKP&D since 1985, sold his interest in the company and became a senior advisor to President Obama. As such, his influence over Obama continued to grow. The Politico reported: “There are no limits on his roles inside the Obama administration…. Axelrod is now a pillar for Barack Obama.” The New York Times referred to Axelrod as the “President's Protector,” the man “who sits closest to the Oval Office.”

On January 28, 2011, Axelrod left his advisory post in the White House in order to become the communications director for Obama's re-election bid.

 

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