David Axelrod is the architect of one of the greatest cons of the last century. With his help, a lesser-known senator who’s past was and is a mystery was able to sell most of a nation on a vague promise of “hope and change” and was able to ascend to the highest office in the land.
However, though Barack Obama owes much of his success to Axelrod, the two apparently struck a deal so that Axelrod would never be under the thumb of the president and could even tell him to “go f*ck” himself.
Recently, Axelrod sat down for an interview with the “Kickass Politics” podcast and claimed that he originally did not want to go to Washington, but struck a deal with Obama.
“It was a total adjustment, and I was frightened about it. I honestly – I had spent a career staying out of Washington,” Axelrod said. “You know, I have a lot of great friends in Washington, I revere the institutions, I’m proud – particularly as the son of an immigrant – I’m proud of America’s institutions, and I think sometimes we take them for granted too much. But there’s a pathology to Washington that I – you know, it’s who’s up and who’s down, and very bright, insecure people trying to kneecap each other, keeping the other guy out of the meeting to elevate their own importance.
“And so, I knew all that. And I actually had this interesting conversation with Obama after the election – or, it was probably in the final weeks of the election, when we were thinking about, we knew we were gonna win,” Axelrod stated. “And I said ‘I don’t, you know, I don’t know if I can go.’ And he said ‘Why not?’ And I said, ‘Well, first of all,’ I said, ‘I’ve spent my whole life setting myself up so I could tell anybody I wanted to go fuck themselves. And I’ve walked out of campaigns, and work situations, when I thought it wasn’t right. And, I said, ‘and you can’t say that to the president of the United States.’”
“And he said ‘Well, you know, that’s probably true. You can’t really say that to the president,’ he said, ‘but…’ And then he made the case why it was important, and so on and so forth,” continued Axelrod. “At the end of it, he said ‘And one other thing.’ ‘What’s that,’ I said. He said: ‘You can tell me to fuck myself. Just don’t do it in front of anybody else.’ So I went.”
In truth, it would seem that Axelrod failed in his duty to keep Obama in line as the president-turned-emperor has served as an off-the-leash despot.
Whether it was Axelrod or not, it seems clear that one of Barack Obama’s biggest problems is that not enough people have stood firm against America’s first dictator.
Because of that, we are all paying the price.