President Obama Exposed by David Axelrod as ‘Emotional and Prickly’

President Barack Obama talks with senior adviser David Axelrod at the White House in 2009.
President Barack Obama talks with senior adviser David Axelrod at the White House in 2009.

President Barack Obama doesn’t like to reveal very much about himself in personal terms, but that opaque quality is starting to erode a bit. Some of the most interesting recent revelations have come from David Axelrod, Obama’s former chief strategist, in his new book “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” and in Axelrod’s public statements publicizing the book. What emerges is a depiction of Obama who is more prickly and more emotional than he lets on in public.

Some takeaways:

Obama is bothered by his media coverage: Axelrod told The New York Times, “Look, every president says, ‘I never read that stuff,’ and no president is telling the truth when they say that. It’s only human to be aware of what’s being written and said about you and to be less than happy when you feel like you’re not being treated fairly.”

Obama can have a short fuse, though he hides it from the public: The president called Axelrod a “mother—–r” and stalked out of a meeting after his strategist criticized the president’s debating techniques as Obama prepared for his 2012 debate with Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the book says. “Axe” turned out to be right: Obama did poorly in the encounter with Romney. Obama recovered with a solid performance the next time.

Obama dislikes New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd: The president views her with “contempt,” Axelrod writes, and was “patronizing and disrespectful” toward her when they talked.

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Source: US News & World Report | 

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