David Axelrod joined me this AM to discuss the very unique circumstance of a sitting president really campaigning hard:
HH: David, welcome, good morning, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.
DA: Hey, good to be with you.
HH: David, I called you last night, or Tweeted you, because we have an unusual circumstance. And this is not a partisan conversation. It’s an historical one. Since World War II, there have only been four times where two term presidents have finished their term. You might consider five if you count Johnson as a two term president – 2008 with W., 2000 with William Jefferson Clinton, 1988 with Ronald Reagan, 1960 with Ike, and then 1968 with LBJ if you count that as a two termer. In each of those cases, they didn’t go on the campaign trail, I don’t think.
HH: …in the way that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are out there. Am I right about that? This is really a unique circumstance?
DA: It is a unique circumstance, but it’s also unique that you have a president who is 1) a political asset to the nominee, and B) is fully supportive of the nominee. I mean, we’ve had cases, for example, with Eisenhower where he was famously reluctant in the case of Nixon to put his pull imprimatur on him. You remember one of the great negative ads of all time was provided by Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was asked if he could name a major decision that Nixon helped him make, and he said at a press conference if you give me a week, I may think of one. Continue Reading