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May 12, 2015
In his historic first term in office, President Obama succeeded in enacting health-care reform, a financial industry regulatory overhaul, tax cuts and a nuclear arms treaty with Russia among many other legislative accomplishments. What policy issues remain unfinished business for the Obama Administration? What will the President focus on in his remaining time in office and how will he work with a Republican-controlled Congress? What impact does the 2016 race for the White House have on both the Democrats and Republicans? One of President Obama’s closest advisors and architect of his two winning historic Presidential runs for the Oval Office, David Axelrod looks at today’s headlines and analyzes the key issues at stake over the next two years providing valuable insights from his unique vantage point.
From the financial crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the fight for health care reform and an unsettled situation in the Middle East, the Obama Administration has been tested with issues of enormous consequences. As President Obama’s senior advisor, David Axelrod worked 20 feet from the Oval Office. Now he brings his perspectives on leadership as someone who was in the room as monumental decisions were made affecting the lives of millions, around the world. Drawing on his years as a top strategist and spokesman for the President, Axelrod gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at life in the White House and what he has learned from his experiences on the world stage.
The 24/7 media cycle, social media and a culture where information is currency have completely changed the face of politics—in some cases for better and in others for worse. A veteran strategist in the field of political communications who started out his career as a newspaperman and political writer for the Chicago Tribune, David Axelrod reflects on the changes that have taken root in the media and what the evolution of technology has meant for the direction of our political discourse at home and abroad. Has our sound-bite culture drowned out thoughtful discussion? Does a culture that embraces talking heads over substance make us less apt to listen to opposing viewpoints? How can we better use new mediums to advance issues of immense importance to our future? Axelrod shares the answers to these questions as he reflects on a rapidly shifting media and political landscape.
One of President Obama’s longtime closest advisors, David Axelrod examines the accomplishments, lessons learned and the way forward for the Obama Administration in final two years.
When President Obama chose a senior strategist to guide the strategy and communication efforts of his re-election campaign, he turned to his closest advisor, David Axelrod, who navigated his administration through the daunting challenges it faced during his first term in office. A respected journalist, political strategist and award-winning ad maker, Axelrod was the sage architect of Obama’s improbable four-year march from the Illinois State Senate to the White House, and again served as the mastermind in securing Obama’s second term in office. As senior advisor to the President, he was a key figure in shaping—and selling—the administration’s agenda and its significant legislative victories, including the economic stimulus program, health-care reform and financial regulator reform. From his unique vantage point, Axelrod analyzes the major issues of the day, the challenges facing the Obama Administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, the 2016 race for the White House and the leadership lessons he has learned working alongside the President in turbulent times. Axelrod is a senior political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. In 2013, he was inducted into The American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame. His New York Times best-selling memoir, BELIEVER: My Forty Years in Politics (February, 2015), spans forty years which include corruption and transformation, turmoil and progress, offering a look behind the closed doors of politics while offering a thrilling call to democratic action. This powerful and inspiring memoir is enlivened by the charm and candor of one of the greatest political strategists in recent American history.