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One of the greatest political strategists in recent American history, David Axelrod offers an insider’s perspective into the major issues of the day.
A respected journalist, political strategist, and award-winning ad maker, David Axelrod was the sage architect of President Barack Obama’s improbable four-year march from the Illinois State Senate to the White House. 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 regulatory reform. From his unique vantage point, Axelrod shares the leadership lessons he learned working in the West Wing and analyzes the major issues of the day. He is a senior political commentator for CNN and host of The Axe Files podcast, a series of interviews with key figures in the political world. Axelrod was inducted into The American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame in 2013. His New York Times best-selling memoir, BELIEVER: My Forty Years in Politics (February, 2015), spans 40 years which include corruption and transformation, turmoil and progress—offering a look behind the closed doors of politics while issuing a thrilling call to democratic action. This powerful, inspiring memoir is enlivened by the charm and candor of one of the greatest political strategists in recent American history.
Obama advisor David Axelrod in conversation with Trudeau Advisor
David Axelrod on the Democrats, Republicans, and Trump in Conversation with Bill Kristol
David Axelrod on CNN
David Axelrod on the 2016 Elections with Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Crossroads: The Most Consequential Election of our Lifetime
In January 2021, whoever takes the oath of office—whether it’s a second term for Donald Trump or a first term for Joe Biden—will face an ongoing pandemic, record unemployment numbers, an economic recession, and a national reckoning with race in America. Plus, with politics as polarized as ever, the stakes of an election have never been higher. As the senior strategist for the last two successful Democratic presidential campaigns, and now a Senior Political Commentator on CNN, Axelrod shares his expert analysis on the 2020 campaign, what type of messaging and strategy we should expect in the final months of the race, and his unique insight into the challenges that the next president will face on day one.
Two Hacks and One Campaign: An Insider’s View of Politics 2020
In this penetrating look at today's political climate, campaign veterans David Axelrod and Mike Murphy take audiences deep inside the very top level of American politics and the 2020 presidential election with a degree of insight and knowledge not found on Twitter. Offering a candid, up-to-the-moment analysis of events as they unfold, these seasoned pros have seen it all: the peaks and valleys, the pressure-cooker moments, the huge breaks and horrible calamities no one saw coming. From a look at Congress and the agenda ahead, to behind-the-scenes stories, you can always count on Mike Murphy and David Axelrod for a witty, informative and frank take on all things political.
The Evolving Media and Political Landscape
The 24/7 news 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 who started out his career as a newspaperman for The Chicago Tribune, David Axelrod reflects on the changes that have taken root in the media and what they mean for the direction of our political discourse at home and abroad. Has our desire for soundbites 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 media 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.
Witness to History: Leadership Lessons from a Presidential Advisor
What Other Organizations Say About David Axelrod
David Axelrod and Ari Fleischer were great together! The speakers were gifted at sharing what they experienced and how they worked within the White House. They were perfect with the students. Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University
What Other Organizations Say About David Axelrod
Mr. Axelrod gave a very interesting and informative talk about his involvement in politics, the passing of the Affordable Care Act, and why it is important for students to get involved and stay involved in politics. Many students approached us after the event thanking Mr. Axelrod for a great talk and an overall successful event!
Eleanor Werner, Fordham University
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