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Axelrod: Obama Sees Bushes as Model for Post-Presidency

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By    |   Monday, 26 Dec 2016 08:09 PM

President Obama plans to take after President George W. Bush and his father, President George H.W. Bush, when it comes to commenting on public issues, David Axelrod told CNN on Monday.

"He often talks about the example of the Bushes, both Bushes as ex-presidents, who have been very discreet about how they've spoken on public issues since they left the White House. And he appreciated it and saw virtue in it," said Axelrod, who served as chief strategist for Obama’s presidential campaign and also as his senior advisor.

Obama spoke with Axelrod on a recent addition of his podcast, "The Axe Files" on a range of issues including the media, Obamacare and the presidential election.

When asked how he would handle life after his second term, he said he would sleep, think about a book he wants to write and take his wife on a nice vacation.

He said he also doesn’t want to be "like the old guy at the bar … who’s just hanging around reliving old glories."

"With respect to my priorities when I leave, it is to build that next generation of leadership; organizers, journalists, politicians," he said. "I see them in America, I see them around the world, 20-year-olds, 30-year-olds who are just full of talent, full of idealism. And the question is how do we link them up? How do we give them the tools for them to bring about progressive change? And I want to use my presidential center as a mechanism for developing that next generation of talent."

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President Obama plans to take after President George W. Bush and his father, President George H.W. Bush, when it comes to commenting on public issues, David Axelrod told CNN on Monday.
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