Part of the obligation of the president is to continually project forward and remind people of those fundamental principles and values and the vision that you’re driving toward. Nobody does that better than Barack Obama, but we didn’t always give him the chance to do that during the first two years. I think we lost that thread a little bit. We were too prosaic at times. There were a lot of days when we asked him to go out and do fairly prosaic things at times, and we sort of squandered the platform.
Axelrod is done at the White House as a new team takes over. He’ll be running Obama’s reelection campaign from Chicago.