Obama adviser David Axelrod denies rumors of his imminent departure from White House

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod on Wednesday denied rumors that he will leave the White House after the midterm elections, despite whispers from those close to the administration that he may be next to leave.

“I’ll be here well into 2011. At some point, I’ll leave to work on reelect,” Axelrod said in an e-mail.

Two sources close to the White House told The Daily Caller that Axelrod would be most likely to become the next top aide to depart Obama’s side after the midterm elections.

“He’s always been one of those, ‘Honey, I’ll be gone for two years and home for dinner’ guys,” said one.

A second Washington Democrat in regular contact with the White House said that Axelrod is “very likely” to return to Chicago by the end of the year.

There has been some speculation in recent weeks that Axelrod would leave to go back to his wife and children in Chicago, as well as his political consulting firm AKP&D Message and Media. The fact that he renewed the lease on his home through most of 2011 was enough to quiet such talk.

Axelrod said Wednesday that he is “not leaving anytime soon.”

But both sources who spoke with TheDC said Axelrod has said from the beginning of his time at the White House that he would only be in Washington for two years.

Whenever Axelrod leaves, he is likely to keep one foot in White House affairs, as White House communications director Anita Dunn does.

Obama has been hit with an acceleration of top counselors leaving the White House. So far, it has been the president’s economic team that has lost top talent.

Larry Summers, the president’s most influential economic adviser and a treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, announced Tuesday he would be departing later this fall. Budget director Peter Orszag and Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, left over the summer.

And White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is likely to leave the administration no later than early next year, even if he decides not to run for mayor of Chicago, in which case he would depart sooner.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday morning that the top candidates to replace Summers are former Xerox Chief Executive Anne Mulcahy, Clinton-era CEA Chair Laura Tyson and Dianna Farrell, the deputy under Summers at the National Economic Council.

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  • Had Enuff 57

    “Work on re-elect” …………. ROFLMAO

    How dense are these elitists anyways?

    re-elect ………. lol

  • theslowrider

    Axelrod, and all democrats, ARE LIARS! He should be frog-hopped off to prison.

    • grayzel

      Not all rider but a good percentage. The problem is once we know a person lied how can that person ever be believed? If he said he wasn’t leaving I would suspect he will soon.

  • noonespetgoat

    He could replace every one of his advisors with the 12 disciples and it wouldn’t help him or us now.

  • nomore

    I thought we were going to ignor doncicciofitipaldi. This site will be the better for it.

    • bananabee

      Amen! That guy just trolls around this site picking fights and mocking people, he adds nothing to any discussion, and he is so negative..in short, he’s a typical liberal socialist

  • rainmaker1145

    He better not leave. He has to be somewhere close for service to appear before the grand jury in the spring and then a criminal court in the fall.

  • pepito

    I’m so glad all these schmucks are all bolting. Hey, I bet it was fun at first for these screamers, but when the going gets tough? The next rat that needs to split now is Obama himself.

  • coachpan

    The Rats are leaving the Ship. One at a time. Barry will be left on his own. Good luck sailor boy!

    • Momma M

      Don’t insult Sailors… Even drunken sailors have more sense than this fool.

  • sunnyr

    This guy is just another smarmy, lying spin doctor and I fully believe he will be there until this “president” leaves office.

    • doncicciofitipaldi

      Stay off drugs!

      • bananabee

        doncicciofitipaldi, so you just troll around these boards spewing your passive aggressive crap to people? Life….get one!

  • Momma M

    If his ultimate intent is to work on “reelect” … He might as well start working on that now… Cuz it’ll be a cold day in hell before THAT happens again!

    Reelect Obumbo? Does ANYONE even THINK that’s possible after what he’s put us through in under 20 months?

    • doncicciofitipaldi

      Absolutely. No matter how much you’ve been indoctrinated to hate Obama for ficticious reasons, YOUR SIDE HAS NO VIABLE CANDIDATE. Try again in 2016. lol

      • Momma M

        Hey, donc take your own advice there buddy… Put the drugs away… you’re brain is CRACKED!

        • pepito

          Hey Don Ciccio, lay off the cannoli’s… and the cannabis.

      • bananabee

        Uyy youre such a tool! Head on over to the Kos and stew in your facism