November 6th, 2008
03:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Source: Axelrod to be named presidential adviser

A source tells Candy Crowley that David Axelrod will be named Senior Adviser to the President-elect.

A source tells Candy Crowley that David Axelrod will be named Senior Adviser to the President-elect.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - A source with the Obama Transition team tells CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that a plan to name David Axelrod a Senior Adviser to the incoming President is "in the works."

Axelrod was the Obama presidential campaign's chief strategist, and a top adviser to Obama during his run for the Senate in 2004.

soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Angie-Ohio

    He deserves it. I'm sure Obama knows what he is doing. David helped get Obama elected and I'm sure he would be a wonderful presidental adviser. You have to have people around that you can trust. So all I can say is another wonderfully brilliant move by President Obama.

    November 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Griff

    Axelrod the Alien???????

    November 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Bob

    What so funny about Leo's comment is that Obama has not even made it to Jan 20th, and already he's commenting on how or what happens with Obama in office. Leo fails to realize that it's going to take republicans and democrats alike to get out of this mess from the past 8 years. The true american Joe Lieberman and McCain realizes this as well. If this bi-partianship doesn't get broken up, I don't care who's president , we will all remain in the same condition that we're in now. By the way Leo, those that voted, voted for their particular candidate for a particular reason, thats what true americans do, no matter what color they are.

    November 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. mjc

    Obama needs to keep all of his Brilliant Campaign Staff on his Whitehouse Team. Obama set the TONE for his Campaign and everyone on his Staff worked well in unison with that TONE.

    November 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Christine

    I can't smile enough – love Obama's choices!!

    November 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Gracie





    November 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Steve

    Does this mean he will need to resign as the fundraiser for Father Pfleger?

    No more helping Michelle keep the trash from using the emergency room at Michelle's hospital?

    ...or is these all still big secrets unreported by CNN?

    November 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Florida for Obama


    The best joke ever.

    November 6, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. jimmie brenner

    THANK YOU, DAVID!!!!! There is nothing else to add. jb

    November 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Anonymous



    DON'T,,,,,,,,,,,,,YOU,,,,,,,,,,,,THINK,,,,,,,,,,SO,,,,,,,,,,,,OBAMABOTS ? ? ?


    CHANGE ? ? ?

    November 6, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Larry Sinclair

    Axlerod looks like Adolph Hitler. I hope Rahm Emanuel doesnt turn his back on him.

    November 6, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Texas Teacher

    EXCELLENT CHOICE! An intelligent man for an intelligent President!

    November 6, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. indepdentvoter10

    Mr. Axelrod,

    Many Thanks for all you do !! You, David Plouffe and Mr Gibbs ran a flawless and well organized campaign. The GOP need to take notes and LEARN from your team.

    November 6, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. NoPrty

    I'm very, very thrilled to hear that! Aside from Michelle, I don't think anyone knows the Prez-elect better. Congratulations Team O, for running a smart, clean, campaign. I must admit that even I was doubtful that you could win without getting in the mud. You convinced me.

    November 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    Memo to Repub.:
    1. you not only LOST the election, it was a landslide

    2. bipartisan means TWO parties play the compromise game; so far Republicans are indicating they are not willing to meet in a bipartisan fashion and are pulling the same pathetic smear, and scare tactics that lost them the election

    3. Obama is showing that he is NOT going to be a pushover and will pick the people he thinks will be the best for the job; it is just there are two few BESTS in the Republican party!!

    Obama's choses are thus far are AWESOME and the depth of his economic and foreign affairs advisors put the Bush cronies intelligence to shame.

    November 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. SF

    Ya Think?

    November 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Cam, Atlanta

    Gloating Gutless Girly Liberals: Axelrod is a con just like Obama's Chicago cronies Axelrod is a con just like Obama's Chicago cronies

    Why would you not RE-HIRE your winning team? DUH??? You don't trade your #1 quaterback that helped you win the Superbowl. Its that simple.

    Stop hating. Obama, out-played, out-smarted, out-witted his opponent. You're just mad that the Republicans weren't creative enough to come up with their own winning strategy.

    Obama plays to win. Get on board or get lost sucking your thumb.

    November 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. Gail

    Have to add my 2 cents – We've all come to know David Alexrod and knew things were in good hands with him. Same things for his new appointment. Congratulations David.

    Obama! WE did it!!!

    November 6, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. MATT WIILL, W-S N.C.


    November 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Betty

    Great this is the guy that helped him get elected, hiding Obama's past. He will continue to do the same at the White House. So far 0-2 for Obama's picks

    November 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Independent white female patriotic voter

    Since I began following the Obama campaign from its beginning, I have been most impressed with David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs. i am really glad to see them on the Obama team in the white house. He has been making great choices with his selection. I am so glad I voted Obama and of course more glad he won the race.

    November 6, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. chris

    Great choice. If this country is run like this campaign, it will be a great 8 years for America.

    November 6, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. annie - never again a dem.

    The sleazy dirty politics of southside Chicago go all the way to the white house now!

    November 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. annie - never again a dem.

    Congratulations cnn you and the other corrupt, evil biased news medias have elected a mess to represent our government. Can't wait until they crap on you like you did the American citizens.

    November 6, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Kay

    For all those haters who want to move to another country because Obama won: GOOD BYE AND GOOD LUCK WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

    November 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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