Axelrod: Obama closing argument 'from his loins'
November 2nd, 2012
06:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Axelrod: Obama closing argument 'from his loins'

Lima, Ohio (CNN) – David Axelrod described the message coming from President Barack Obama days before Election Day as "coming from his loins."

"I've never seen him more exhilarated than he is right now. He believes in what he's doing. He believes in what he's fighting for," Axelrod told reporters Friday after the president's event in Lima, Ohio. "You can see in the speech that he's delivering that this is coming from his loins."

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"I just wanted to say loins," the president's senior adviser added with a smirk. "I wanted to see if I can get loins in the story."

Axelrod's comments followed Obama's third campaign event of the day in Ohio, the latest example of the emphasis Team Obama is putting on the state.

The auto bailout is something the president cites as a major first term accomplishment. It has taken center stage here after TV and radio ads from Mitt Romney's campaign criticized the president over saving companies that are now expanding in China. Obama's campaign and auto CEOs have pushed back hard against the charge that Jeep (owned by Chrysler) and GM are now shipping jobs overseas, a message Axelrod perpetuated.

Axelrod said the ads were slipped on Ohio residents "like a thief in the night," and that Romney "got caught." He described the spot as a "risk" for the Romney campaign, necessary because of their precarious path to 270 electoral votes.

"It backfired horribly," Axelrod said.

"A few ads at the end of a campaign isn't a campaign," senior adviser David Plouffe, standing next to Axelrod, told reporters.

Plouffe, exuding electoral confidence, called recent efforts by the Romney campaign in Pennsylvania "fairytale" and said the auto ad will only serve as a reminder of the president's steps to rescue the industry, which provides a significant number of jobs in the Buckeye State.

An "utterly confident" Axelrod said come Tuesday, the Romney campaign "will be left to wonder why the mythical wave never came."

Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • President Obama
soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. sparks2000

    President Obama will serve 4 more....sorry Mitt......we remember the previous 8,which led us to the last watch failed us

    November 3, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. more comic relief

    Fire Obama. You'll feel better about the next four years if you do.

    November 3, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Juan lejos

    Great picture of axle rod. Haha

    November 3, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. JohnnyYuma61

    Axlerod said that? Sounds more like Biden.

    November 3, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. kane

    Good ol Dems speaking from their loins...Clinton and now Obama. They will say anything to get elected so that they can take care of their loins.

    November 3, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. nana999

    Back at you, Romney: "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

    Axelrod: "I just wanted to say loins," the president's senior adviser added with a smirk. "I wanted to see if I can get loins in the story."

    November 3, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Howie

    Obama is a divider of people's and nations. Nothing good came from his party when they were in control. He has said he hates this country and he obviously does.

    November 3, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. ru serious

    What?! Like Axelrod but come on, what a lame comment. Voted for Obama last time, will certainly not this time. He's been an empty suit at best. This conservative leaning Independent is going GOP, sorry, can't afford any more of this.

    November 3, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. rs

    Scary thought Axelrod, crank it down a notch or two, eh?

    November 3, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. rs


    Well all better than the GOP, my fried. Gas was higher under Bush (and I trust you support Capitalism- supply and demand and all that); When Obama hit office we were losing 750,000 jobs a month, being up 177,000 this past one seems pretty good; the deficit is DOWN 31% (as it ALWAYS is under Democrats). Sure there is stuff to get better, but going back to Bush's policies, using the Bush Co. crew is flattly a mistake.

    Face it, you guys have nothing to run on but fear n' lies. Romney is pretty good at that- but it would be bad for America and a lousy way to win!

    November 3, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Anne

    The President got negative already: Voting Is The Best Revenge. Is this the way to bring people together? against whom should voters seek revenge?

    November 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. rs


    Yeah, yeah, and Mr. Romney has been Mr. Sunny too- especially when he lies about- well everything. I guess if delusionalism is your thing anything can seem happy. The GOP on happy pills seems to have forgotten that it was their party and President that brought our great country to its knees, then sat on the sidelines and didn't do one damn thing (except pass radical social agenda abortion laws- witness creeps like Aking, Mourdock, and Ryan).

    Romney still hasn't tolsd us what he's gonna do, and what he has said doesn't add up (even his suppossed 6 "experts" disagreed with his economic plan-oops more lies).

    It would be nice if the GOP were patriotic, and truthful again- but their frat-boy mentality is simply unsuitable for our nation.

    November 3, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    To all liberals/democrats just think about this one thing, imagine you had an accountant who took care of your money. He spent more of your money than he took in and ran high deficits and added massive amounts to your debt. So after 4 years you found yourself in high debt and deficits and you are completely broke, you then find out your accountant managed your money with no budget. what do you do, do you rehire that accountant for 4 more years or find another one who has a record of balancing budget and business success?

    November 3, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. rosethornne

    There's indeed one nasty arrogant condescending lying sociopath in the race, and it is not President Obama.

    November 3, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Kay

    Harry S. Truman said," Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of the opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all it's citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." Pres Obama, his administration, MSNBC, Network and left-leaning cable news....all are trying to silence the voice of opposition. We want answers! We want the truth about Benghazi and all the lies that have been told! The truth WILL come out. Remember Watergate? Wouldn't it be better for the truth to come out BEFORE the election!

    November 3, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. A.Yeshuratnam

    'Last push' is only a mirage. Literate and politically conscious American voters who had already decided after the first debate will never change their minds. This is quite transparent from the huge crowds that cheered in Romney's meetings. Although polls (real and manipulated) give conflicting numbers, the general trend according to impartial surveys is that Romney is leading in all states. Even White Democrats have switched sides in Ohio after Powell deserted the Republican Party. Judging from the crowds that throng Romney's meetings, it can be said with certainty Romney may sweep the polls and win popular as well as electoral votes..

    November 3, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. tet1953

    lol how do they let stuff like that past their lips?

    November 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. luckjoe

    Obama says vote for revenge. Romney says vote because you love this country. Romney 2012!

    November 3, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. tim

    promise's promise's that all we have gotten and that all we'll get the next 4yrs if the Divider in chief gets back in office.He speaks from his loins because there better than his brain.23million out of work the next term would bring 35million out of workOnly a FOOL would vote for him.

    November 3, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. keep bain guy away

    Their metaphors aside, they speak about what really matters. No lies, no misleading the voters. Just plain ignorance on the part of GOP "supporters" fuming at their mouths. Obama/Biden 2012!

    November 3, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Pippa

    Stupid public outburst about a word that for centuries was used to describe utmost emotion of man's total dedication (to a goal in life).
    Axelrod rules:-)

    November 3, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Jerry Lemieux

    Axelrod must have the same degree of familiarity with Obama's loins as Larry Sinclair does. Does Axelrod frequent the Gurnee Mills parking lot?

    November 3, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Jerry Lemieux

    Axelrod must have been having discussions with Larry Sinclair on this particular subject.

    November 3, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. freedom

    Pure sleaze. The office of the president should be the most refined office in the land. This is not worthy. Reminds me of the Clinton years. Go Romney/Ryan !

    November 3, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Kathy Bell

    Poor Romneyites!!! So desperate they take a silly, funny comment and go psycho. Now you're just embarrassing yourself. Obama is going to win, you know it and so does everyone else.

    November 3, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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