David Axelrod is a senior White House adviser. So he doesn’t have to be briefed on how to eat his morning cornflakes. But you would think he would have a clue on whether the president prefers broccoli or spinach.
Axelrod and President Obama evidently weren’t on the same page when it came to extending the Bush tax cuts. Hell, they weren’t even in the same book.
Axelrod said today that Obama has not caved to Republicans on extending the tax cuts, disputing the Huffington Post’s account of an interview with him.
Axelrod told HuffPost: “The administration is ready to accept an across-the-board continuation of steep Bush-era tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest taxpayers.”
Guess Axelrod was taken to the White House woodshed because he later clarified that Obama is willing to discuss the best way forward, but believes the tax cuts should only be extended for the middle class. The administration, Axelrod said, does not “believe we can afford a permanent extension of tax cuts for the wealthy.”
I’m sure the whole mess has, uh, taxed both men’s patience.