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Axelrod Coming Back To Chicago

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Sep 23, 2010 7:15PM

Senior Advisors Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod listen during a meeting with President Barack Obama and the economic team in the Oval Office; Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Obama advisor David Axelrod will eventually leave the White House and return to Chicago but it's not for a new job. Rather, Axelrod will begin work on what's looking like a tougher and tougher task: President Obama's reelection. And even that departure still is a few months off, sometime "well into 2011." From the Tribune:

Axelrod, who calls himself a "Chicagoan on assignment,'' has long made clear he missed his hometown and would return before the end of the four-year term. His wife still lives in the city.

One of Obama's most trusted aides, Axelrod occupies a small office just steps from the Oval Office. On a wall in Axelrod's office hangs a picture of the White House drawn by his daughter. The Chicago skyline is shown in the reflecting pool.

He also engineered Obama's successful 2008 campaign but, judging from those approval ratings, has his work cut out for him this time around.