November 22nd, 2010
11:42 PM ET

Plouffe to White House, Axelrod may exit sooner

Ed Henry provides the inside scoop from the White House North Lawn.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is planning to bring former campaign manager David Plouffe onto the White House staff at the beginning of January to work alongside senior adviser David Axelrod for a brief time before Axelrod moves on to help run the re-election campaign, according to a senior administration official and a senior Democratic strategist familiar with the plan.

The sources added that Axelrod is now planning to leave his White House post as soon as immediately after the State of the Union address, which is an earlier departure date than originally expected and could be part of a new round of departures at the White House.

While there have been reports suggesting Plouffe will directly replace Axelrod, the working plan right now is actually for the two veterans of the 2008 campaign to work together for at least a short period as sort of a handoff, as the White House continues to reshape itself to deal with a Republican-controlled House and a shrunken Democratic majority in the Senate.

"I think there will be some overlap," the senior administration official told CNN about Axelrod and Plouffe working together next January.

While Axelrod is known as a master strategist he is the first to admit that he's disorganized, while Plouffe's key strength demonstrated during the 2008 campaign was crafting a plan and implementing it with meticulous precision.

"David will be very focused on executive strategy," a senior Democratic strategist said of Plouffe's plans to help Obama deal with a divided Congress and prepare for what may be a very difficult re-election campaign based on the slow economic recovery and anger within the country over the President's policies.

After his highly successful run as Obama's campaign manager, Plouffe has most recently been serving as a senior Democratic National Committee official advising the White House on the midterm election and has long been expected to be tapped for a high-profile administration post at some point in 2011 but perhaps not as quickly as January.

Plouffe was seen entering the West Wing of the White House on Monday afternoon and did nothing to knock down the speculation. When asked whether he will be joining the White House staff a little earlier than expected, he said, "We'll figure it out sooner or later."

A key detail that still needs to be worked out is precisely when Axelrod will leave, but CNN is learning for the first time that the senior adviser may exit sooner than expected.

A senior administration official said that Axelrod has now only committed to the President to stay on the job through the State of the Union address, which is expected to be in late January or early February.

This is a slight shift from what Axelrod suggested publicly on Nov. 14, when he said on "Fox News Sunday" that he would be in his White House post for approximately six more months.

"If I were to call you six months from now, will you be working in the White House or will you be working back in Chicago on the campaign?" Fox anchor Chris Wallace asked Axelrod in the interview earlier this month.

"You're right on the line there, I think, Chris," Axelrod said via remote from his hometown of Chicago. "I'll be going back - coming back here to Chicago and beginning to work on that - on that project."

A senior administration official explained that Axelrod wants to get some time off from work altogether to recharge his batteries before immediately jumping into the re-election campaign. Axelrod has essentially been working around the clock for four straight years when you combine his nearly two years in the White House with the two years he spent on the wild and unrelenting 2008 presidential campaign.

There has already been a significant amount of overhaul inside the White House since before the election, starting when Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel left to run for Mayor of Chicago and was replaced by Pete Rouse, who left open a senior adviser slot inside the West Wing. National Security Adviser Jim Jones was replaced by his deputy, Tom Donilon, and administration officials are still looking for a replacement for top economic adviser Larry Summers, who is leaving at the end of the year.

Two senior Democratic officials noted that Plouffe may not take Axelrod's direct portfolio inside the White House because there are also other potential moves coming that could mean a re-tooling of various roles amid some musical chairs inside the administration.

In large part, however, Obama is staying within the family by moving current staffers into new roles rather than injecting new blood into the staff as some outside advisers have suggested the President should do after the "shellacking" he faced on Nov. 2.

The officials said that current energy czar Carol Browner is being considered for a deputy chief of staff role with current deputies Jim Messina and Mona Sutphen expected to leave soon. Messina is moving to Chicago shortly to help run the re-election campaign with Plouffe staying in Washington this time around for the campaign.

The current Congressional liaison, Phil Schiliro, is expected to be elevated to become either a deputy chief of staff or a senior adviser to Rouse, according to the officials. The mostly likely candidate to replace Schiliro as the President's Congressional lobbyist is Rob Nabors, a former White House budget official who is now a senior aide to the chief of staff.

Amid all of the speculation behind the scenes, Plouffe tried to downplay any talk of more big moves ahead. "I'm just visiting," he said with a smile outside the West Wing of the White House.

Topics: David Plouffe • The Buzz • White House

soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. jim in va

    Good riddens to Axlerod and his so called"summer recovery tour".!!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  2. king

    obama need to get some new blood on the white house but he need to keep those who were loyal to hime abreast and find other ways to utilize their skills. they need to go and reenforce the great things that obama and his administration had done for this country. and emphasize why it is in the nation best interest not to get a repuglican in the white house. explain how the big corporations are holding america hostage and refuse to play their role in the capitalistic system that they claim obama and dems are trying to distroy and implement socialism. when the middle class and poor buy their goods with trillions of dollars they refuse to invest the money back in the economy on purpose to stimulate job growth. they have been holding 50 million americans hostage; 15 million unemployed, 10 million partimers, 10 million temporary workers and 15 million unsatisfy with their jobs. show them that obama have no choice but take the trillions of dollars they have piling up on the sidelines and put it back into the society by force so people could get jobs, and this is just because they want some extra tax cut dollars in their wallets. tell them how the repugs want to take the money away from the poor and middle class by cutting government programs. how the hell will local business survive without these people demand money. now local business have to cut jobs, that mean less revenue coming in to the state and federal government.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
    • Diane

      Good comment!

      November 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
    • mrBlah

      blah blah blah blah... give this speech to someone who cares.

      November 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
      • Karen M.

        mrBlah, If you do not like it, do not read it.

        November 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • Don

      Hey man with supporters the likes of you it's no wonder Odumwa will be a 1 termer!

      November 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
      • Carolyn Neuman

        I can remember when my brother and I were shocked at the ineptness of President Reagan. We were even respectful when we spoke of him in our own home. The type of put downs nowadays are empty and thoughtless . Maybe you could suggest some actions that you would LIKE to see President Obama take. I am going to vote for a second term and be very happy when he is reelected in 2012.

        November 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
      • Karen M.

        AMEN! Let's support the clean-up of a failed republican leadership. Stop the mud slinging, stop the negativity, wake up and smell the coffee people. Support recovery and stop the outsourcing...evil, demon greed is what's bringing us down!
        GO! usathebest!

        November 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
    • Woodsong

      You are a moron!!!

      November 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      King, it is your type exactly why nobody in their right mind would wants another like you in the White House. OH, your crack about all the wonderful things Obama has done for the Nation. What a joke. Do you heatherns even know what this man has done or is trying to do. Are you a Patriot or are you also a foreignor like Obama. He does not uphold the Constitution of the United States. He's even voiced his desire to change the American Flag and it's National Anthem. He will not salute either. For this he should be lined up against the wall and executed. His health plan no one can pay for. I surely hope you don't have anyone in your family on Medicare because after December 1, they will be lucky if they can receive treatment. No Doctors are going to work for another 22% cut in medicare. Another thing Palin was absolutely right about his death panels they just are not called that. But after Dec 1 people on Social Security and Medicare if they have medical problems the Doctor will have to contact a panel of government workers to let them know what he reccomends for their treatment. In turn the government panel will decide if the patient is worthy of receiving said treatment. THEREFORE THE DEATH PANELS. If you people and I mean you people would shut your mouths long enough to do some studying on what your man has done you would see that he is not OH THEWW GREAT ONE. These decisions are going to affect you also not just the White as you thought.

      November 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
      • GVickowski

        Can you please disclose where you gleaned this information? I think it's a good idea to stay with facts when we are dealing with reality, and by you disclosing where you heard/saw/read this, we can see whether said sources deal in fact, or just empty accusations designed to discredit someone, whether or not they can disprove said accusations.

        November 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
      • tonyinhouston

        Gaylon, u must be joking with all the lies you just spit. Every thing you just said is a lie. go back to your country you moron.

        November 23, 2010 at 12:22 am |
      • Notfooled

        Do you have proof to what you are saying a website or something because all I hear is scare tactics and talking points.

        November 23, 2010 at 12:27 am |
      • Nevergiveup

        You always believe chain letters? That is just dumb, he wants to change the National Athem... LOL. I love how you cons believe everything you read and are being told, but you never see if for yourself. Cons always want to tell us, the people who support the president, we drank the koolaid. The republican party is playing you like a fiddle... normally I wouldnt care, but its ppl like you ruining the country. Voting on anger and fear....

        November 23, 2010 at 2:48 am |
      • Meteoric

        "He should be lined up against the wall and executed"? System administrator ... Call the Secret Service.

        November 23, 2010 at 10:33 am |
      • David D

        My friend, I think you don't really know who you are yourself. If you have the guts to call someone a foreigner, ask yourself where do you come from? Jingoist like your type deserve not to live on our beautiful earth created by our only ONE father God. We're all foreigners and are here on earth temporally. Think not you're better than anyone, regardless of that anyone's color or ability to performe for when you die you become a clay for the living to use and mold a pot.

        November 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
    • vova

      Amazingly illiterate!

      November 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Joseph Agunbiade

    Yeah, Obama is a listening president. Good move!

    November 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  4. Randy

    I am confident that this President will be in charge throuh 2016.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
    • Dan

      In charge, yes. But of what ..?

      November 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
      • Notfooled

        The United States of America.

        November 23, 2010 at 12:47 am |
    • Woodsong

      Stop drinking that kool aid moron!

      November 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
    • steve

      Let's hope not or we will be completely controlled by the feds.

      November 22, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
    • MastaFunk

      Since "Actions Speak Louder than morons" I hope your right, he is a good man, who cares about our rights and our Country, regardless of these "sky is falling" loons.

      November 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
      • Karen M.


        November 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Notfooled

      Just keep being confident, because it will happen. People will realize who really is on their side. The Democrats have always been on the side of the poor and middle class and the republicans are for the rich. I just heard today that some patriotic millionaire's are saying to cut only taxes for the rich. They sent President Obama a letter saying that they don't need it and are willing to pay their share. Now these are people who love America ( the true patriots)and are true Christians who know our country is in trouble and are not greedy. They have compassion for their fellow countrymen.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:37 am |
  5. Stephen A. Johnson

    President Obama needs to understand the American psychie, we love a person who fight and stand up for what they believe in

    November 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
    • Tim F

      It's great to stand up and fight for what you believe in Stephen but Mr Obama has ignored 80% of what he campaigned on. Actions speak louder than words and his actions aren't even close to his words from transparency in Gov't to closing Gitmo and ending the wars. He has surrounded himself with more "czars" who aren't subject to Congressional scrutiny than any other President. He's just no different than any other politician who panders to people's emotions to get elected.

      November 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
    • Agnim

      "Obama needs to understand the American psyche"; because he's not born to an American, a Harvard Lawyer, a University professor, a US Senator & HAVE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS VOTED HIM PRESIDENT?
      The Panama-born McCain't wished he was more American and understand Americans as you do,. lol

      Gosh! The ignorance and arrogance of uneducated, under-educated and mis-educated Americans!

      November 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        You're one more stupid person if you really believe what you said.

        November 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      No, anglo irish American descendants do not speak for all the American groups from Israel, latin american, Africa, the middle east, Asian Americans, Italian-Americans, etc. Such comments as sound prejudiced and biased 🙁 You belong in Nazi Germany.

      November 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        Wo theHades would want to speak for you cannibals.

        November 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Hal

    I am confident that this President will be out on his butt at 2012!

    November 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
    • Woodsong

      Right on!!!

      November 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
    • MastaFunk

      thanks you remind me why I don't take stock advice from Trailer-Breed Redneck idiots.

      November 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
    • Dan

      The name of this advisor fits: Are you sure Plouffe will not pull off this continuous flop of a flipflop president!?

      November 23, 2010 at 1:48 am |
  7. Dave

    Plouffe has most recently been serving as a senior Democratic National Committee official advising the White House on the midterm election.
    With a success record like that, what on earth were the other candidates like?

    November 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
    • Resist710

      Well Dave, that simply isn't possible when the post you occupy necessitates that you sell out to the corporate oligarchy

      November 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  8. john

    king, do you understand that more than 3/4 of the jobs in this country are created by private industry and that government jobs are far more costly than private sector jobs? I hear you about corporate greed and agree, management & CEOs should be forced to reinvest in their companies and share profits more....but if you create a bad environment for business, jobs and companies will leave. The government must protect people by fair regulation but not crucify business because jobs and wealth leave the country. Its about balance. The only people that will create jobs are the ones that are comfortable enough to take the start up it or not, that is reality. I think some of Obama's folks are too in the ivy league. Dems & Repubs need to moderate and work together to help this country. We are not on a good path.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  9. Victor amaya

    Re-election?? this man is delusional, he couldn't win if he ran for dog catcher in Washington D.C.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
    • Woodsong

      I pity the dogs he would be supposedly caring for.

      November 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
    • fayse

      Thankfullly, you are wrong.The Republicans have conducted a smear campaign and obstruction for two years now. They do not care about the struggles of the American people, they only care about getting back into the Presidency. The economy is recovering, slowly but, after the God awful mess that we faced because of the Previous administration, it will not happen overnight. The Republicans have spent all of their energy twisting the truth and telling hateful lies. And, I am 66 years old, I have followed Politics for a very long time and I am entitled to my opinion.

      November 25, 2010 at 10:28 am |

    Is it a prerequisite to be Jewish to serve in the administration or not. It seems most of the coveted positions including the Supreme Court (3 out of 9) are reserved to those of the Jewish faith. The scary part is that their loyalty is with Israel, first look at the soon-to-be House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) comments about his pledge of loyalty to Netanyahu rather than America. If anyone other than those of the Jewish faith even hinted about their loyalty to another country rather than the US they would have been crucified.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
    • wondering

      Seriously? You guys are not saying he's a Muslim, AND a Jew-lover?

      I, for one, choose to spend my life in the "kool-aid" because frankly, your tea s uc ks.

      November 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  11. Mortanion

    Obama is awesome if you are into weak presidents

    November 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  12. Tim F

    What I fear is two years of ineptitude will easily be overlooked by the American voter with two years of political spin. Please don't drink the kool aid again and allow Mr Obama back. He's an empty suit!

    November 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Your fear says much about your own inner monsters. We humans are mirrors of what we have inside our heads, so what you actually fear is yourself.

      November 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  13. Sarita Horse

    Ask for more vacation’s.

    November 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  14. JM

    Does it bother others as much as me that the President (and it applies to as many republicans as dems) and govt is already so focused on re-election 2yrs away and so blatent about it. Yes this is politics in washington but enough is enough. We have simply too many problems to deal with of naional importance and I wish the media would call these guys/gals out. Our president(who I voted for) has brought no change to what matters and only more of the same.....

    November 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      jm: Times published yesterday: President Obama accomplishments:

      1. First he won the election in 2008, in 2009 passed health care
      Same year, passed fiancial regulatory reform, ended t he combat in Iraq. He focused t he battl e in Afghanistan, t he a c t ua l center of terrorism. Preside nt Obama stopped the recession.

      I learned from other news organizations that Obama also aid ed s t ude nts , schools and univer siti e s,, he prevented the economic collapse of our economy and changed illigal wall street rules that stole money from average Americans.He lowered the high salaries of white house staff. His alleged aloofness is rather how officials have limited access to him due to all the plots to kill him. Personally, I do not he is aloof, rather he is very friendly and humane.

      November 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
      • fayse

        thank you for your research and comments. Our voices need to be heard as well as the opposition. There are many Americans who support the President. It seems like most of the negative comments are based on "one liners" and negative slogans with out being factual. This is still the United States of American and we are all entitled to our opinon. It is just a very sad thing that the Republicans have used hate to divide our great Nation because they were sore losers in 2008 and their top priority is to regain the White House, they couldn't care less about the American people.

        November 25, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  15. DanteX


    How hard can it be to show the STARK differences between the Liberals and Progressives that constitute the majority of the Democratic Party and the bigoted and racist Conservatives like Sharron Angle and Joe Miller and Christine O'Donnell and Carl Paladino and the rest of the "APOCALYPSE OF IDIOTS" that NOW constitute the modern-day Republican Party of the United States all of whom have led this Nation towards economic and financial collapse with their so-called " 'free' market" and "free-trade policies that have shipped MILLIONS and MILLIONS of good-paying jobs overseas to China and India and Indonesia and Mexico and other far-flung places around the World thus throwing MILLIONS and MILLIONS of American people out of work for the last Thirty (30) Years?

    It is NOT that difficult to do Mr. Obama. So reach down and act like you have a pair of balls and take the fight to the Conservatives and the Republican Party that will NEVER TRULY try to "work with you" because they DESPISE YOU and are out to make you –in their words- "a one-term President" and who "want to see [Obama] FAIL" – These are NOT your ALLIES or "friends' Mr. Obama and THAT was QUITE OBVIOUS even in the time BEFORE you were even the Democratic nominee.

    November 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  16. RoadRunner

    The question is: Will Mr. Plouffe be far enough to the right wing to fall in line with the Presidents policies? If not, he risks upsetting the neo-cons, and then they will retaliate by not liking President Obama.

    November 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  17. elizabeth

    Alll is well. #he economy shall get better and President Obama shall remain in 2012.

    November 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  18. Don

    It's going to take a miracle worker to get Odumwa relected! All the Rats are leaving the sinking ship under the guise of helping him get a second term. The 2nd term may be in Cool County Jail! LMAO

    November 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
    • fayse

      You obvioulsy have no idea of how campaigns work. The reshuffling of staffers has always been done this way. And as for your insulting way of reworking his name, you may think that it sounds cute but, in reality it makes you appear childish. That is the "President of the United States" to you. Elected by the majority of the American people. When you insult the President, you insult the Presidency and you insult the United States of America.

      November 25, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  19. chineka duff

    I think is good idea for a switch up the staff because although, Axelrod had the iintentions advising the President but he has done was made the President looked weak in his governing

    November 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
    • ChristianC

      May I kindly suggest a few basic grammar classes before posting another comment?

      November 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
  20. joe

    We can shuffle the deck chairs on the Titanic all we want, the ship is still going down with the American people on it. Too many years of living high off the hog and liquidity/credit induced prosperity is coming home to roost. Obama is a terrible choice to get us out of this mess as he is nothing but an administrator and orator, not a leader..Getting rid of Axelrod will not make a difference


    November 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  21. Don

    "King" said Oboma needs to get some new blood on the White House? Who's blood?

    November 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  22. tony

    I'm sorry, WHAT??? RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN?? Ok, I have just OFFICIALLY LEFT the democratic party. That's it, I dont want to be a loser anymore. I am joining the Republican as a moderate. This is too much, Obama needs to be lashed if he thinks we want 4 more years of a weak man who is afraid of his own generals, afraid of racist right wingers, afraid of Detroit and Wall Street, afraid of his own shadow too probably. I wanted Hill, she wont run, I will NOT SUPPORT THIS MORON FOR A SECOND TERM!!!! And I know a lot of (soon to be ex-) Dems feel the same way. So long, thanks for all the fish.

    November 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
    • tonyinhouston

      who needs your vote you moron.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:25 am |
  23. oldshoshone

    Who will run America once Axelrod leaves the White House?

    November 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  24. NJgeorge

    Obama needs new blood in the WH because I believe his current advisers are Republican operatives. He doesn't seem to know the difference between good advice and bad advice. He's totally "sold out" the very people who voted for him for president. You want proof? GITMO's still open; using Justice Dept to block federal court unconstitutional ruling of DADT; still in Iraq and Afghanistan (expanded war no less); no immigration reform; caving in to Republicans on all legislation and still rebuked by them (being played as a sap and doesn't realize it?); lack of leadership; and far short of being captivating and inspirational as president from my perspective.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  25. Maurice

    I have been a backer and supporter for President Obama. I also feel as though he's losing my support....not because of the beating the Dems took or his policies, which I happen to agree with....whole-heartedly. I am begining to feel as though he doesn't have the fire..."the eye of the tiger" that is needed to combat the repubs. We're on the right side of most of the issues, but are letting the republicans dictate the tone and conversation. The message team needs to show the public that this adminstration is fighting for them. If the public can only see and understand how they benefit....they would be fully behind him. Be concrete and specific on how the average citizen benefits from the policies of his administration, everything from heath care to tax cuts. Relay the core message in ordinary, everyday language. Consider the audience you're targeting and modify the message for greatest impact. We need him to take the gloves off and stand his ground....then go on the offense. Don't be afraid to look combative...thats the only way he'll get re-elected. People want to see him take them on and out-message them.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
    • doug

      I respectfully disagree. He has given record numbers of talks, it's not the lack of communication, but the incorrect notion that government is the answer. It's not. Less government. Fiscal responsibility. The democrat or republican that endorses those tenents will earn my vote.

      November 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Mauice, our President Obama would waste his time letting negative foes distract him, better to focus on solving things positely. The radical crap-throwers want, I think, get him enmeshed in filth at their low level of immorality. Since when is the Presidency of America a boxing ring? Perhaps folks like Limbaugh or Palin are looking for a mud fight? That is t he ir problem, not Obama's. Real personal strenght withstands a leader through tough times. Thankfully President Obama has the gift of graceful maturity. He remains calm and adult-like no matter what. The most difficult times of his presidency are passing. Clinton and Reagan also had very tough times, before th e y were r e-elected. Be pat ien t
      violence is a terrible adviser.

      November 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. bco

    I just hope that the new team pays some attention to building and then constantly reinforcing a clear message or narrative about what, and who, the President and his party stand for.

    I hope that they will choose to start telling their own story, instead of responding to the well-managed but insincere messages from the Right. I hope that they'll constantly make it clear that they are working for the American middle class, while the opposition carries the torch for the the transnational corporations, and transnational wealth.

    I hope that they will frame the last election as Speaker Pelosi has done so simply, and so clearly- "Americans voted for jobs."

    Then, each and every time the Republicans propose another measure for the benefit of only the top 1%, they can repeat the chorus, "Americans voted for jobs. They did not vote for this."

    November 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  27. Fallon Massey

    Axelrod was great during the campaign, and terrible when trying to govern.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  28. Maurice

    This administration needs to show specific numbers and examples that people will understand. Don't assume the public will look for the information this instant gratification society, we need instant answers and rebuttles. Go Dems and Independents...2012. Be bold and stand your ground like Representative Greyson from Florida. As a matter of fact, the Obama Administration should bring him on as their strategic marketing weapon. He knows how to get the right blend of message with outrage.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  29. Candace

    Oh, so Obama is now back to running for President again!! I think that is his job, runing for office not governing!! I say,
    run Sarah run!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
    • Nevergiveup

      Yea sarah should run... so I can laugh.. havent had a good laugh lately! Sarah can run all day long.... she never says anything constructive. So what, she was a govt to a state that has more land then ppl, now they dont even want her. Everytime she opens her mouth she just complains and ridicules. No one wants to hear that.. Her stupid catch phrases dont mean anything. You think maybe she'll have one of those phrases for a leader in another country?? Shes nothing more then a TV personality who uses politics as her platform....

      November 23, 2010 at 2:59 am |
    • fayse

      Sarah Palin does not know the difference between North Korea and South Korea. She recently referred to North Korea as our allies. Sarah Palin is a quitter, she quit her elected office to pursue financial gain. She does not have an original thought in her head. This is why she relies on sound bits, one line slogans and the twitter.

      November 25, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  30. edward

    If Obama gets re-elected he will finish running this country into the ditch further than any Republican has ever dreamed of doing.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  31. 1900innoho

    Both Plouffe and Axelrod are secretly running the country. Obama is their puppet. And they are doing a horrible job.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  32. Sherri W.W.

    You are right!~the Presidents base Loves him

    November 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  33. Sherri W.W.

    If all will stand back and really LOOK at what is going on,you will be VERY glad we have this very brillant and cool headed man running our country! Not to say that Pres.O.does not have to stand and FIGHT~with the gloves off!~because,yes he MUST and WE WILL KEEP MOVING FORWARD WITH HIM~and~this time,WE take OUR type of America BACK~so we can all be PROUD to live here again~for us,our children and their children!~We have the right President~NOW~LETS GET BUSY AND HELP HIM AMERICA!!

    November 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  34. ocap

    BHO instead should focus on becoming the supreme leader of the Muslim world.

    November 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  35. ocap

    Is our president seeking reelection for supreme leader of the Muslim world or president of the USA?

    November 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  36. Lets Be Civil

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    November 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  37. Notfooled

    President Obama needs to realize that the Republicans will never play fair. They want him out. He needs to get the big jobs done in the lame duck session while he still has the votes. They need to pass Start Treaty, Bush tax cuts, DADT, Dream Act. If they wait (like the Republicans want them to) they will never get the votes for any of these. Wake-up.
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    November 22, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  38. No way!

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    November 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
  39. EBC

    What a bunch of pissy-selfish shunted doing nothing but bashing President Obama... For what? You folks are NOT walking in his shoes, you have NO CLUE on what it takes to be President, all you folks do us whine and complain...

    WHERE THE HELL were your voices of outrage when a Republican President and Congress was selling YOU out for a profit to China, spending like a bunch of drunken sailers and shipping millions of jobs overseas AND passing bills and laws with NO DAM way to pay for them!!!! Can you say suckers???

    You Obama haters are the ones drinking the "sucker kook-aid" because by the time folks like Boehner, Palin, Canter, McConnell get done sucking every penny out of you, shipping more jobs overseas, touting their bogus "trickle down theory" aka: screw the middle class while the RICH and GREEDY Republicans get even more richer while stripping the middle class of their rights, money, job, mortgages and education!!!

    I PRAY. Sarah Palin runs for President, if she is the "great white hope" of the GOP Party, then bring her on!!! President Obama took his shellacking in the mid-term, let's see how Republicans like getting a double-shellacking come 2012.

    RICHER doing it, you'll be lucky if you have a pot to piss in let alone any rights left!!

    November 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
    • Country gal

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      November 23, 2010 at 1:04 am |
  40. MJk

    Im reading some of these left wing posts and laughing Obama is a one termer i never believed in him i saw the BS reaking from his soul he was and still is Inexperienced all he knows how to do is campaign he is finished with the american voters he has accomplished zilch, nada, nothing and for some on here who still want to spew this crap like he has accomplished something i say to u move out of this country your an embarressment to america

    November 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
    • Grammar Police

      Please make sure that before you attempt to insult to someone, you proofread your post. You should have used "you're" not "your". I'll use it in a sentence for you: Your grammar is an embarrassment to any education system that ever existed in this country.

      November 23, 2010 at 1:09 am |
  41. Gracie

    Do you morons even listen to what Republicans are offering??

    1. They voted NO to extend employment benefits because they think you're lazy and not looking for a job, AND they think your making excuses

    2. They voted NO to cap deficit spending. These are the same jokers crying and blaming President Obama for THEIR deficit spending, and they still voted NO to put a cap in soending!!!

    3. Republicans are obstructing and delaying the passing if the SMART treaty with Russia to secure and protect nuclear reactors, even when said treaty was supported by Ronald Reagan and Bush AND was initiated by Republicans themselves!!!!

    3. Blocking climate tax legislation protecting our planet by putting stricter regulations on carbon emmission, etc.

    4. Ending YOUR social security and Medicare benefits by outsourcing it to private GOP lobbyist corporation!!!!

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    HUGE tax breaks to the top 2% of the
    wealthy. Do majority of you fall in the 2%

    All you Obama Haters must be millionaires and billionaires, because when the Republicans gets done nickel and diming you for every penny you're gonna wish your name was Warren Buffet. Otherwise you're royally SCREWED!!

    November 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
    • Country gal

      Gracie if these people on line would wake up and find out just what the republicans are doing in Washington to the middle class people they would not be land blasting our President. I am afraid that we are in for a sad awakening. Our country is hurting and the people are too dumb to understand the reality of it all but sooner or later we will.

      November 23, 2010 at 1:10 am |

    I guess some people like what we had 4 years ago. Im still trying to figure out why we went to War in Iraq and how that will be paid for. Lets not forget how far North Korea has come along that is easy to do when you look at Iran.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  43. Phoenix86

    So the head rat is leaving the sinking ship. Now only the inmates are left.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  44. pw

    If I was president. Boner and caribou dumbass will be kick in the butt

    November 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  45. pw

    To you stupid teabaggers and narrow-minded rednecks; kiss you jobs good bye to china!!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  46. ThinkAgain

    Thank God! If Plouffe had been around the first year, the White House and the Dems would have done a much better job of getting the message out on their accomplishments – and on how much the Republicans have tried to block everything President Obama has tried to do for the American people!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  47. CBRP

    As I read what is written as comments I am amazed at how much hatred there is in this country. We are losing respect for one another and cannot discuss any subject without using colorful but eye-raising language. It seems we need to express our differences without "dissing" those who serve.

    We have no patience and expect instant gratification. We want miracles when none can be had. It took time to get into this mess and it will take time to get out of it. We all stood by as war was declared on Iraq. We never asked about costs in dollars and cents or the human toll this is taking.

    President Obama and his family and staff are the recipients of bad-mouthing. People cannot criticize without using invectives. Nancy Pelosi may not be your favorite person but she should not be demonized. Now Mr. Axelrod is the recipient of these crude and rude comments. We should stop and think before we write comments.

    People who go to Washington to serve may not always do what we want but we owe them our respect just as you may want to be respected.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  48. Shellacking Will Be Forgotten

    I hope everyone will not waste their breath or energy for the next two years debating who will be elected president in 2012. Obama will be reelected easily. Don't forget... after their first two years in office, Reagan and Clinton had awful approval ratings also and most people said they would not be reelected either. Wrong! They both won in a landslide.

    November 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  49. chapalody

    Too bad Axelrod didn't leave sooner before he filled Obama's head full of so much tone deafness to the American people. Axelrod can't get all the blame. Obama surrounded himself with nothing but the left wing of the party and the advice he was getting was always on the opposite side of the American people and this country. Not that Obama objected to it. Obama embraced it because of the attitude he has toward America and the American people.

    November 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  50. Michael

    Our political system is screwed up because of hate and partisanship. The next President is going to be a "no good socialist, communist, big spender, liar, anti-American, war lover, etc.etc." It will not matter if he or she is a Republican or Democrat.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:44 am |
  51. willard

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    November 23, 2010 at 3:03 am |
    • Ponder This

      OMG... I can't believe the illiteracy displayed on these blogs. Can these nonsensical, Palin-like replies be coming from those who objected to President Obama talking to kids, advising them to stay in school? Are these people really allowed to vote?

      November 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  52. gEe

    Republicans blame everything that is wrong with this country on pres obama,although he's only been in office 2yrs. I wonder how much of this is he's polocies,and how much of it is he's skin color....

    November 23, 2010 at 3:06 am |
  53. Dan

    North Korea just demonstrated with artillery fire what they think about the move of a new campaign advisor for the other campaign advisor, and how strong they believe Obama is (he was in South Korea just last week or so?).

    November 23, 2010 at 3:17 am |
  54. evol 1

    D**m!I speaks as a naturalized american citizen, all you folks who are running your mouths about how bad a job the president is doing and wishing for him to fail just 2 years in after inheriting the MESS those other Greedy MF and there inner circle friends place the american people in,am completely dumbfounded by the suggestion to put the GOP MF back in the white house! If that ever happen the american people will indeed be the stupidest set of people on pl,et earth! I think the president is doing his best and the rest of us asamerican should be more supportive and do what we can to help make the usa the beacon of hope that it stands for! Can anyone see prez Palin or any other of those hateful bastard governing and really looking out for poor and middle class people! Genuine american christians, please pray that God help the POTUS to govern with wisdom! I honestly believes his heart is for the people and that's a great thing! If its his destiny to be re elected no amount of lies are scare tatics will stop that from taking place, after all I do not think the majority of the american people are lunatics! Peace, Love and Blessings! Evol1.

    November 23, 2010 at 4:47 am |
  55. Jerry, Florida

    Oh man, it's going to be a good year after all! After this President NObama trained liar (Or is it the other way around?) leaves I really hope the individual replacing him has some decency and will not lie as much as this idiot does, and will stop with the smoke and mirrors rhetoric.

    One can only wish. Right? Oops! I forgot this moron is only leaving to work on the Liar-in- Chief's 2012 campaign. I am really 2012 will find both at the unemployment line. Then, maybe then, they will realize how difficult it is for most Americans.

    Again, America, don't hold your breath. The Anointed One (not my choice of words; rather, Plastic, Bobblehead Pelosi's) will still be able to use his rhetoric to fool enough Americans into supporting his candidacy for 2012.

    God help America, please!

    November 23, 2010 at 7:29 am |
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    November 23, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  57. Ernie

    Big Dave is not coming back to the White House because he sees how "Disorganized" everything is. I perdict that he will be gone before the "State of the Union Message". Like I wrote before all the "Cockerroaches" are begining to smell the "Orkin Man". Big Dave is one of the bigges "Cockerroaches". It's all a matter of time. The more Obama "Screws Up" the more people are going to be leaving. They are saying right now "this is not what I signed up for". Happy Tarils Dave.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  58. Jack Davis

    I was told, and I believe, that fixing things will take two election cycles. So far, 2010 has shown good results. The Democrats lost the House, several Senate seats, a goodly number of gubernatorial races and a host of state legislatures.

    So a good start has been made. See you for Part 2 in 2012.

    November 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  59. Debbie

    Plouffe is brillant but I think a day late and a dollar short. Obama has failed to continue to communicate with those who helped put him in office and with the public in general. Where Bush made policy by shooting from the hip, Obama makes policy in a vacuum. Not sure that Plouffe will be able to work his magic or not. It will depend on if there is a Democrat that can challenge Obama in the primary and who the GOP offers up.

    November 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  60. EJM

    The WH gets "shellacked" in the midterm elections.
    Their response?
    Re-elect Pelosi and Reid for their Congressional leaders.
    Move one slimy political operative (Axelrod) out, and replace him with another
    slimy political operative (Plouffe) from the same inner circle.

    It is mourning in America.

    November 24, 2010 at 3:57 am |
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    November 24, 2010 at 9:56 am |
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