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Senior White House aide David Axelrod will appear on Fox News next week, but instead of talking politics he'll be discussing his daughter's struggle with epilepsy, The New York Times reported Thursday.

In the interview, which was already recorded, Axelrod tells host Martha MacCallum what it's like for him and his wife to care for Lauren, their adult daughter who is developmentally disabled as a result of repeated seizures as a child.

Axelrod says it's not easy to explain to Lauren why he needs to spend so much time away from their Chicago home.

"She would say, 'How come Barack Obama needs so much help?'" Axelrod says, according to excerpts obtained by the Times.

The interview will air in two parts next Monday and Tuesday on Fox News' "American Newsroom."

Axelrod and his wife, Susan, started a foundation called CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) and make occasional media appearances to promote epilepsy awareness.

Last month the president's right-hand man said he will leave the White House next year and move back to his beloved Chicago to work on Obama's re-election campaign. He discusses his inevitable departure with MacCullum.

"(It's) the privilege of a lifetime to serve and to serve in that building," Axelrod says. "And I never lose sight of that every single day I walk into it. But it's a privilege to be Susan Axelrod's husband and Lauren Axelrod's father, and I want to enjoy that privilege as well."
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My respects go to Mr. Axelrod for giving the FNC an opportunity to interview a person on the opposite side of the political spectrum as Fox sits on. It would be like Karl Rove being interviewed on NPR or most of the MSM. It is also on a topic that has nothing to do with politics.

November 19 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Martha MacCallum is one of the few anchors at FOX NEWS who, on occasion, tries to be fair and balanced. This interview with David Axelrod is apparently one of those occasions.

November 18 2010 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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