farewell and thank you, for now – see you in 2012

Thank you globalcitizenlinda

PS Jake Tapper: “President Obama is not particularly known for effusive emotion, but one cannot help but think he too will have moments of sadness when this close and devoted aide, who has dedicated so much of his life to him, does not come in to work.”

Jake? (Or ‘Twat’, as I fondly call him):

Sorry, just got a little mad there.


25 Responses to “farewell and thank you, for now – see you in 2012”

  1. 1 Theo67
    January 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    This has to be hard for all of them, because they’ve all been together for so long, and been through so much. I also think that this will be a jolt in the arm for the Administration, and a breath of fresh air. “Bittersweet” is the right word.

  2. 2 VC prezOfan2
    January 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    A HUGE ‘thank you’, Mr. Axelrod! You have done a terrific job and I, for one, will miss your calm responses to the dimwitted questions proposed by the press. Enjoy some quiet time with your daughter and your wife, and unwind for now. We might need your calm expertise heading into 2012.

  3. 3 sherijr
    January 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you David Axelrod.. and I second that last picture- stuff it Jake.

  4. 4 majii
    January 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    If PBO cried and used Tapper’s handkerchief to wipe his tears, Tapper would still say the president is not known for “effusive emotion”. The man had tears in his eyes as he was giving the speech in AZ! Tapper has made it his personal mission to make unfair comments about the president. Yes, the cute little kid’s finger sign is how I feel toward Tapper, too.

    • 5 Ladyhawke
      January 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

      I understand that there is supposed to be a healthy tension between the press and the White House, but every question from Jake Tapper is dripping with sarcasm, snark, gotcha, and innuendo. He’s always looking for the negative angle on any story. I can’t remember any positive stories about the administration. He seems to have a permanent snarl on his face. He just makes my skin scrawl.

      • 6 Dorothy Rissman
        January 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

        Ladyhawke, you are so spot on about the Tap. Remember when Tap was on that toot about Obama being a smoker? Every chance he got he made some snide comment about it. Even producing photos for everyone to enjoy.

        Jack is a snake in my book.

  5. January 31, 2011 at 12:05 am

    ThanX David for being that “rock” for our beloved President.

  6. 8 globalcitizenlinda
    January 31, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Thank you very much Mr David Axelrod and your family for the dedicated service you have collectively provided to President Obama and to all of in the US and globally who have benfited from your calm counsel in times of such momentous events in our lives. I hope that you and others who served with such distinction know that we appreciate your contribution

  7. 9 Kelly
    January 31, 2011 at 12:45 am

    lol that little boy, serious bizness. 😀

  8. 11 Asher in Boston
    January 31, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Thank you Mr. David Axelrod, for all your hard work and for being their a loyal friend and collegue to the President. Now, have some down town with your family and friends and you comply your knock out punch for 2012. Oh CS, that kid means business and I swear guys, its not my kid. Lol. Jake for sure desrves that gesture from the little kid.

  9. 12 cat48
    January 31, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Maureen Dowd (of all people) had a sorta nice column about Axe leaving:

    (Though Axe can wax endlessly about Washington’s wayward ways, he admitted to friends that it’s harder leaving than he thought, and he plunged into bon voyage parties and dinners. Asked about the cascade of “exclusive” exit interviews he was giving, he warned drolly: “Don’t turn on the Shopping Network!”

    “The White House is like fantasy camp for him,” said his charming assistant, Eric Lesser. “He could go to an Afghan war council in the Situation Room, meet Sandy Koufax and have a baseball signed, and have lunch with Caroline Kennedy.” )

    She got Plouffe about right, too:
    “Packing boxes leaned against the office wall. David Plouffe, a more orderly, reserved type — a man who shows his affection for Obama by studying the turnout models for Congressional swing districts — is moving in Monday.”

    There’s no replacing Axe, though. The prez will have to do without Gibbs soon, too. Bittersweet for all.

  10. 13 Michele
    January 31, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Good morning, I’ve been listening to a lot of press conferences with Robert Gibbs and it always seems to me that jake has a harsh tone and always wants to to report on a poll to dipuste the current poll… What is his problem… I personally wish he would go one on one with the defense department’s press secretary he would make him scream for his mommy. If you guys have never seen one of Geoff’s briefings check it out on C-span..

    January 31, 2011 at 7:27 am


  12. 15 Sonjia Duncan
    January 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

    It’s just reorganization of the troops. Some to Chicago to get ready for the next election and new blood to make sure DC is fine tuned to take care of the change in the House. I never thought my retirement would be so exciting. God Bless America and THANKS for this blog and BWD.

    • January 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Sonja, I was just reading comments, as you say it is a reorganization of the troops. I don’t think you can be an employee of the government and work within the confines of the government and establish a re-election political campaign, huh? If Robert and David are putting together President Obama’s re-election campaign, which I think that is why they are going back to Chicago,then this would not be allowed? In their employment, all (Dem,Rep &TP) would be subsidizing his re-election. Pls give me some input here. It makes sense that this is the way it should be. All hell would break loose if they stayed in their positions at the White House and worked on our President’s re-election. They are not really leaving their friend, just playing “musical chairs”. Both must be private citizens to put together a strategy for his re-election?

    • 17 Dorothy Rissman
      January 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Agree. Axe hates Washington. Perhaps it is better if he is working on the campaign for 2012. The prez and he are very close, so it may be better for both of them if he is working behind the scenes. I love Axe. I feel he, David P. and Gibbs found this wonderful gift for us by the name of Barack H. Obama.

  13. 18 S. Holland
    January 31, 2011 at 8:37 am

    loved your “little mad there”! ( I agree with you)

  14. 19 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I just love this post by Steve Benen on David Axelrod. You know he is enjoying this. It must be driving Mitt Roney crazy. Just hilarious……


    In particular, Axelrod reflected on the state of the Republican presidential field — he characterized it as the most unpredictable field in his lifetime — and made one observation about a GOP contender that we’re likely to hear again.

    He pointedly praised one of the leading contenders, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in a way that spotlighted Romney’s vulnerability within the GOP for signing a state health care law that parallels the new federal law in some ways.

    Romney “did some interesting things there on health care, you know,” Axelrod said. “We got some good ideas from him.”

    Well, that’s likely to leave a mark.


  15. 20 Carolyn Waterman
    January 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

    As one who grew up in Chicago, and still loves it, I say hurray for the Axelrods to be at home for a couple of years, and what a way to celebrate: tickets to the wonderful Chicago symphony! These people are classy people and hard workers. David and his wife deserve some rest and recreation. He has served the president well. Now, I pray that he gets our president re-elected in 2012! Thinking about the field of Republican hopefuls is downright scary, as it is scary to think of what would have happened the past to years if McCain/Palin had been elected…doesn’t bear thinking about! The president has a steady hand, and a long view, which we need.

  16. 21 Fred
    January 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    For me it’s a toss up between Tapper, the CNN guy, and the Faux guy for king douche. They are all huge douche bags in their own ways.

    • 22 DreamChaser57
      January 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      LMAO – Chipsticks, it’s official we have testosterone on the blog, love it. I mean this with sincerity.

  17. 23 ari
    January 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    i’m sorry to go ot, but is that really a child giving the finger? Who is this child parents?

    • January 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Yeah, the kid’s giving the finger alright Ari. It’s a photo from a Dutch soccer match taken a few years ago – I know I shouldn’t laugh, but it does make me smile.

    • 25 Sue in Minnesota
      January 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      I’m simultaneously thinking, that’s right kid, and what’s wrong with your parents? Funny, how little people so easily reflect the bad manners of the grown ups in their world.

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