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Obama’s Brain

John on March 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Remember Bush’s Brain? Today’s IHT has a piece on David Axelrod which specifically makes the comparison to Karl Rove. Here are a few highlights:

The circle around Obama has grown exponentially since he arrived in the White House. An army of new assistants, deputies and advisers surrounds him, but it is Axelrod who sits the closest to the Oval Office. His proximity is a symbol, in a unique West Wing kind of way, of how close he remains to Obama…

He also helps decide which fights to pick and which ones to avoid, making him a leading voice in setting the political tone in Washington. The recent back-and-forth with Rush Limbaugh, for example, was explicitly authorized by Axelrod, who told aides that it was not a moment to sit quietly after Limbaugh said he hoped that Obama would “fail.”

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There are few words that come across the president’s lips that have not been blessed by 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 gold-colored sofa in his office is often a bullpen for brainstorming new speeches, with the writers surrounded by two walls of campaign photos and a large picture of Manny’s, his favorite Chicago deli.

Meet the new boss…

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