bunch of ppl , i dont know if axelrod is queer or not, but obama seems ok its his ppl that seem weird,does he not support a person to give there honest view on how they feel about issues, as miss california did, this is not just anybody but senior advisor to the president, ( these have been my words)
Axelrod Ruminates on Rove and Miss California
By Bernie Becker
David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama.Ron Edmonds/Associated PressMr. Axelrod in March.
In a wide-ranging interview on Thursday night, David Axelrod opened up about comparisons to Karl Rove, the White House dress code, President Obama’s battle against smoking, the First Family’s new dog and even Miss California.
He did this all on a game show.
The senior adviser to the president and former campaign consultant was the special guest on National Public Radio’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” which made a road trip to George Washington University in the nation’s capital for an episode that will air this weekend.
Mr. Axelrod – or, as host Peter Sagal called him, “the moustache behind the throne” – was on to play “Not My Job,” in which notable people face pop quizzes about subjects they are totally unfamiliar with. (In Mr. Axelrod’s case, that meant failed historical Utopian movements – or, as the show dubbed it, “No, We Can’t.”)
But before that, Mr. Axelrod played a different kind of mental gymnastics, displaying a barbed wit while both answering and deflecting questions from Mr. Sagal and the Chicago-based show’s panel – the comics Mo Rocca and Paula Poundstone and The Washington Post’s Roxanne Roberts.
At times, the “Rasputin in this magic kingdom,” as Mr. Sagal also labeled him, was dismissive of his predecessors in the White House, such as when he was asked about comparisons to Karl Rove, a chief adviser to former President George W. Bush.
“I always reject that,” Mr. Axelrod said. “I would like to think we’re better than that.”
And when discussion turned to the more liberal dress code of the Obama West Wing, a tieless Mr. Axelrod brushed off criticism from members of the previous administration, saying the country “saw how things went” under those more buttoned-up wardrobes.
Mr. Axelrod was just as happy to turn aside questions from the panel, such as when Mr. Sagal asked him exactly what he did.
“You sound like the President,” Mr. Axelrod cracked.
And Mr. Axelrod had another one-liner ready when Mr. Sagal pressed him about the Mr. Obama’s smoking habits.
“The president and I are close, but we don’t get that close,” Mr. Axelrod said.
Finally, there was the conversation weaving between, of all things, Miss California U.S.A. Carrie Prejean, the same-sex marriage opponent who the panel had already mocked at length, and Bo, the Obama family’s Portuguese water dog.
When Mr. Axelrod was asked how involved he was in the selection of Bo, he jokingly answered that he “only got called in for the final three.”
But as Mr. Axelrod was trying to set the record straight – he actually was not consulted – Mr. Sagal asked about the two runner-ups.
“One was Miss California,” Mr. Axelrod cracked to the audience’s laughter.
Eventually, Mr. Axelrod started answering the questions about failed Utopian leaders like William Dorrell. Mr. Axelrod had to answer two out of three questions to win a prize for a listener – the voice of the show’s announcer Carl Kasell on their answering machine.
And if he failed? Not only would the listener miss out on the prize, but Mr. Axelrod would have to go back and face his boss.
Mr. Obama, you see, won during his “Not My Job” appearance in 2005.
Those interested can find out whether Mr. Axelrod made it two-for-two for the administration starting on Saturday.