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David Axelrod: Obama White House Needs a Shakeup

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 05:18 PM

David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, thinks his ex-boss should make some changes in the White House for his final two years in office.

Axelrod told MSNBC Tuesday that Obama should "evaluate" his current staff and determine what changes need to be made.

"Washington always wants you to throw out bodies after a bad election, so you'll hear that hew and cry," Axelrod told Andrea Mitchell. "But it's also been a turbulent couple of years — a lot of his team has been there since the beginning. It's a natural time to evaluate whether you've got all the pieces in place that you need, and he should do that."

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"I think people will leave on their own, because six years is a long time, but he also has to say what went wrong, what went right, what do I need to do to make these next two years successful," Axelrod said. "That'd be a wise thing to do."

On Monday, however, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president won't be firing and hiring after Tuesday's midterm elections.

"I think what will be different is that there have been some presidents who have felt compelled in the aftermath of the midterm elections to publicly fire high-profile members of the administration," Earnest said, as reported by The Hill. "At this point I don't anticipate that that will happen later this week."

Earnest did say that the post-midterm White House could see some staff members put in their notice and move on.

"Traditionally after a midterm election it's not uncommon for members of the president's staff to use the opportunity of that election or its aftermath to leave the White House and sort of engage in a transition," Earnest said. "So I would anticipate that there will be members, colleagues of mine here at the White House, who will do exactly that."

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