February 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Jon Favreau's career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement. That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama's lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama - as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles. The departure subtracts a vivid personality from the president's operation, defined since the beginning by Obama's spoken words and the team that wrote them.
January 13, 1988
The "alarming" results of anonymous testing for the AIDS-related virus indicate New York state could see 1,000 infected infants born this year, state health officials said. The findings have prompted a special appeal from state Health Commissioner Dr. David Axelrod to doctors to begin special counseling for women of childbearing age.
November 18, 1985 |
Mayor Edward Koch today contradicted the state health commissioner and ruled out using city inspectors as "sex cops" to investigate sexual activities in hotel rooms in an effort to stop the spread of AIDS. In Tokyo, where he is vacationing, the mayor rejected a call by state Health Commissioner David Axelrod to extend the city's crackdown on high-risk sexual practices.
November 2, 2008 |
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's fitness advice for Barack Obama -- squats for his "skinny legs" and biceps curls "to beef up those scrawny little arms" -- got the Democratic nominee's chief strategist wondering: How are the California governor's basketball skills? Schwarzenegger might not know it, strategist David Axelrod said, but "Sen. Obama's pretty fit."
November 13, 2010
SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET The Chris Matthews Show Potential GOP presidential candidates for 2012. (N) 5:30 a.m. KNBC SUNDAY CBS News Sunday Morning George W. Bush and Laura Bush; Diane Keaton. (N) 6 a.m. KCBS Today Bob Newhart; male menopause; apples. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union Midterm results; lame-duck Congress: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas); Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.
January 10, 2012 |
A new book paints Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as an often divisive White House chief of staff who pushed pragmatism over rigid policy ideals and sought to avoid First Lady Michelle Obama. Washington politics tend to require meticulous planning, but Emanuel appeared to be winging it - focusing on day-to-day concerns at the expense of the long-term, according to the book "The Obamas" by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor. There was no set agenda during Emanuel's 7:30 a.m. meetings for top staffers, according to Kantor, who wrote that, “it often seemed driven by what was in the newspaper that morning.” “Even Emanuel's allies admitted his style was scattered: 'schizophrenia' as one said.