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Not since the feud between Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter tore the Democratic  Party apart more than 30 years ago have two panjandrums of the party loathed  each other quite as much as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

And yet this week, television viewers will be treated to a remarkable  spectacle at the Democratic National Convention: Clinton will stand before a  cheering throng of delegates on Thursday night and deliver a primetime speech  nominating Obama, a man he once dismissed as incompetent, as president of the  United States.

The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their senior political adviser,  Valerie Jarrett, all argued strenuously against offering Clinton a plum  assignment at the convention. They wanted to relegate him to a minor,  non-prime-time speaking role. However, Clinton, who is viewed as an iconic  figure by the party faithful, refused to accept anything less than the  all-important nominating speech and threatened to boycott the convention unless  his demands were met.

The decisive vote in the matter, according to my sources, was cast by David  Axelrod, Obama’s chief political strategist, who argued that the Obamas needed  Clinton far more than Clinton needed them

The Obama campaign has insisted on seeing the speech before Clinton delivers  it, and Clinton has just as insistently refused to show it to them. As a result,  no one — not even the president — knows what Clinton intends to say. This has  led some Democratic insiders to speculate that Clinton will make  not-so-flattering remarks about the last four years of Democratic rule in the  White House.

“If I were the president,” one of these insiders told me, “I’d wake up at  night in a cold sweat wondering what surprises Clinton is going to come up  with.”

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on “Morning Joe” where the crew speculated as to why Obama Senior Adviser David Axelrod has been so “agitated” and “upset” in recent TV appearances. Mike Barnicle openly wondered if the Obama Campaign’s internal polling is showing something that has really got them worried. Time’s Mark Halperin believes the Obama Campaign planned to have this election won “during the summer” while they had a huge money advantage. But from this point forward, Halperin said Obama is going to be outspent by Romney. Halperin said the Obama people believe if they do not have the election in hand by the time of the nominating conventions (Weeks of August 27 and September 3), they will be in trouble.

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  ” So it’s time to Spend Spend and SOEND some more!!”

   Can you already hera the mantra cry from DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as she makes her way through the Sunday talk show circuit, proclaiming the efficiencies of the Stimulus, and Stimulus 2.0!?

     David Axelrod will say we just had to give him the chance, the time, for his policies to work.

     With the release of the weekly unemployment claims filed, as wellas the jobs report from January, unemployment has reached its lowest point in three years. At Least that is what we will be told! MOST of the “news” stories will leave out the “cooked books” math that gives us this artificially created number. What they fail to tell us is the REAL unemployment rate, which includes those who are no longer receiving unemployment benefits, and who have stopped looking for work. The rate also does not reflect those who have pieced together several jobs to make ends meet and stay off the government dole.

    So as Obama and his surrogates take to the campaign trail to sing their own praises, keep these things in mind!

In the midst of all the hoopla over NBC’s big Republican debate, George Stephanopoulos quietly returned to his old position as anchor of ABC’s This Week, and already he’s made some news with today’s appearance by former White House advisor David Axelrod. A new book out about President Obama details tensions between First Lady Michelle Obamaand White House staffers, which led to one advisor cursing her out during a meeting. Axelrod confirmed today that this incident did take place.

RELATED: Michelle Obama Tells ABC News She Wants Four More Years

The New York Times published an excerpt of the book, titled The Obamas, where the author alleges that former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was the advisor in question, reacting to a chain of events following the discovery that Mrs. Obama was quoted in a new French book as saying living in the White House was “hell.” Then he cursed out the first lady, who was absent at the time, but later Gibbs decided he had “misdirected his rage.”

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Martha MacCallum, FOX News: “One of the things is that you lived at a 505 North Lake Shore Drive apartment, right? This is the same building, it happens to be the same building David Axelrod lives in. Do you know David Axelrod? Ever have any interaction with him at all?

Sharon Bialek, Cain accuser: “I saw him in the gym. I mean — everybody nods to each other. It is friendly building but I never had any interaction with him.”

On a side note: I found it interesting yesterday as Ms. Bialek was speaking yesterday that she had to “read” her description of the alleged incident with Herman Cain. What she read was what her attorney would have presented if she had been speaking on behalf of Ms. Bialek. I can only imagine that if it were my spouse, she would not have needed a piece of paper to “read” the details of the incident!

From a “progressive” at American Chronicle:

It’s much easier for a president to move his agenda forward if the electorate perceives him as an honest individual worthy of respect. Only 58 percent of Americans believe that Obama was born in the US, the president has a very serious credibility problem with the American public.

The rest of Obama’s term is going to be very difficult if he isn’t able to convince the public that he was born in the United States. But it doesn’t seem like the arrogant Obama cares very much what the voters think, he dismisses the concerns of those who doubt the legitimacy of his presidency.

It is incumbent upon Obama to remove all doubts, once and for all, and release his original birth certificate. That’s something that contrary to Obama apologists, he’s yet to do. The original Obama birth certificate with the name of the hospital and the doctor, his or her signature, the infant’s weight, and the national origin of the parents has NEVER been made public. Obama has only released a short-term copy of a “certificate of live birth”.

I’m not a “birther” or a conservative Republican; I’m a progressive who attacks Obama from the left. It’s not just a fringe minority that has questions about legitimacy of the Obama presidency, according to a recent poll 44 percent of us have questions about where Obama was born.

The legitimacy of the President of the United States is at stake, and all of us (Republicans, Democrats and Independents) should demand that Obama release his birth certificate.

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During the course of questioning about the Obama administration’s attacks on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper brought up the issue of Barack Obama refusing to release his long form Hawaii birth certificate in an interview today with senior White House adviser David Axelrod.

Axelrod said that Obama’s birth certificate “has been available to people.”

When Tapper followed up by asking if the long form version (aka the original with more information than the shorter publicly released version) has been released, Axelrod ducked the question with this bizarre rejoinder, “the only people who want to keep things secret are folks who have something to hide.”

Before people get too excited, Tapper later Tweeted his disdain for birthers:

jaketapper Periodically it becomes clear that I need to warn folks: I block birthers (and truthers). Keep that nonsense out of my twitter feed. Thanks. 11 minutes ago via ÜberTwitter

However, Tapper had no problem raising the issue with Axelrod:

TAPPER: But what do you say to people who argue you are demonizing an organization for a charge that nobody knows if it’s true or not?

AXELROD: Well I’m not demonizing the Chamber of Commerce. I’m simply suggesting to them that they disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns and put to rest, put to rest the questions that have been, that have been raised.

TAPPER: Isn’t that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?

AXELROD: The president’s birth certificate has been available to people.

TAPPER: The long form?

AXELROD: Someone once in the course of this debate about whether we should have a law to force these organizations to disclose where they’re money is coming from in the campaigns, someone said, and I think they’re right – “the only people who want to keep things secret are folks who have something to hide.” If the Chamber doesn’t have anything to hide about these contributions, and I take them at their word that they don’t, then why not disclose? Why not let people see where their money is coming from?

Outside of the likes of Les Kinsolving, this appears to be the first time the long form birth certificate issue has been publicly queried at the senior White House level.

H/t Amanda Carpenter

Fox News is partly to blame for spreading the idea that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States, White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Wednesday.

“I find the whole thing bewildering, but there is that strain, and it’s always been there in our politics,” he said on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.” 

He added, “These are times of great change and stress, so you see some of those things come out, but it is no doubt promoted by our friends at Fox and others, and that’s part of the politics we have to deal with.”

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Note: In actuality, FOX News, like most of the other news sites, has tried to steer clear of the birther controversy from the onset.

President Barack Obama’s Washington-bashing could boomerang on his own party in Congress if he’s not careful, House leaders warned White House senior adviser David Axelrod in a closed-door meeting Thursday.

The fear, raised by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, campaign chief Chris Van Hollen and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, is that Democrats have more to lose if anti-Washington sentiment is not directed at one party or the other.

“If the president is going to go out and talk about how Washington’s broken, he’s got to include a strong contrast with congressional Republicans or else we’re going to get blamed for it,” one meeting participant said later.

But Axelrod gave no indication that he plans to alter the president’s course, sources told POLITICO. White House aides did not reply to requests for comment.

House leaders’ concerns over the president’s criticism of “Washington” or “Congress” rather than the GOP appear to reflect anxiety about the possibility that Obama’s positioning for the 2012 election could come at the expense of Democratic congressional seats this year.

Axelrod – joined by senior White House aides Jim Messina and Stephanie Cutter – argued that Obama is committed to doing everything he can to help Democrats in November’s mid-term election, witnesses said. The president and Vice President Joe Biden have stepped up their fundraising and campaign appearances for Democratic candidates, and the Democratic National Committee has committed to giving $9 million apiece to the campaign committees of House and Senate Democrats, part of an overall $50 million political effort by the White House this fall.

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