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David Axelrod to Leave White House Next Year to Work on Obama Re-election

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Senior White House aide David Axelrod said Thursday he will leave the White House next year and move back to his beloved Chicago to work on President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

"I'll be here well into 2011," Axelrod wrote in an e-mail to Fox News. "At some point, I'll leave to work on re-elect."

The announcement was not a surprise. Axelrod, one of the president's most trusted advisers, has always said his assignment in Washington was temporary. His wife still lives in Chicago and he travels back to his hometown often.

It's unclear whether he would return to private life after the 2012 elections.

Axelrod is the latest member of the White House to announce his departure. On Tuesday senior economic adviser Lawrence Summers said he will step down at the end of the year to return to academia. Obama's director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, and Christina Romer, the head of the Council of Economic Advisers, stepped down earlier this summer.

And there's speculation that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel could soon leave to run for mayor of Chicago.

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azuredaze

Boo bye, Axelrod. Next.

September 25 2010 at 7:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
simplmannc

CAN YOU SAY TEA PARTY !!

September 24 2010 at 3:34 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
dmartin316

Good luck with that Mr. Axelrod.

September 24 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Mary Jablonski

Re-election?!

September 24 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
Susanctuary78

Axelrod seems to be a nice guy. I suggest he simply retire instead of banging his head against the wall in attempt to get Obama re-elected.

September 24 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Shirley

Let's just hope more of Obama's cohorts leave. None of this bunch has done any good for our country. Let's get rid of the entire White House bunch.

September 24 2010 at 1:58 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
LiLiLM

I'm sure Mr. A will be missed by President O. What a smart and savy fellow! Chicago will welcome back a brilliant resident. I'm sure his family will be thrilled to have him living at home. Bet Rahm will want to "steal" him to work for the Chicago mayoral race. :-)

September 24 2010 at 1:03 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
moudsie

The headline makes it sound like the guy is just leaving Obama -- he's not, he's helping him in IL!

September 24 2010 at 1:00 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Tom and Tanya

Re-elect Obama? That's an exercise in futility. Remember to vote in November.

September 24 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse +65 rate up rate down Reply
Bob

Axelrod was a good campaing manager, but as advisor NOT.

September 24 2010 at 12:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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