Here we are up to, the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir “Believer: My forty years in Politics” and political personality responsible for Barack Obama’s legacy, David Axelrod. Stay tuned to learn about the CNN senior commentator’s family, net worth, children, and Wiki Bio.
Who is David Axelrod?
David M. Axelrod is an American political advisor and analyst and former White House bureaucratic. He is probably most famous as the chief tactician for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.
Following Obama’s election, David Axelrod became the senior advisor to the president. In early 2012, he quit the position and embellished as the senior strategist for Obama’s successful re-election campaign in 2012.
As of 2015, he joined CNN as Senior Political Commentator and wrote for the Chicago Tribune. Currently, Axelrod is the director of the non-partisan University of Chicago Institute of Politics, initiating from December 2019.
His Early Life and Career
David Axelrod was born in the Lower East Side of New York on February 22, 1955. As a juvenile, he was a big fan os the Kennedys. When he was 5, he sat above the mailbox close by his family’s flat to see John Kennedy’s speech at a political rally. 8 years later, at 13, he volunteered with Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign.
David graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York in 1972. David mentioned in one interview, ‘I attended The University of Chicago, I was educated at the Chicago Tribune.’
After graduating from the University of Chicago in political science, Axelrod spent almost eight years as a Chicago Tribune’s political reporter, the youngest political writer to be named on paper. The Chicago Tribune appointed Axelrod to cover national, state, and local politics.
David Axelrod first encountered Obama in 1992. They got to know each other through Bettylu Saltzman, a Chicago Democrat, when she introduced two of them. Axelrod was among the people Obama would consult before delivering his 2002 anti-war speech. He was also active in the Obama campaign, serving as the chief strategist and media advisor for Obama.
He said in The Washington Post, “I thought that if I could help Barack Obama get to Washington, then I would have accomplished something great in my life.”
Meet David Axelrod’s Wife-Susan Landau
Axelrod met his future wife, Susan Landau, playing basketball in a coed league in Hyde Park. They married each other happily in 1979. Axelrod’s wife, Susan, is a co-founder of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). She, formerly, served on its advisory board. Susan is the daughter of research doctor Richard L. Landau.
Meet David’s and Susan’s Beautiful Family
David’s mother, Myril Bennet Axelrod, was a journalist for the left-wing 1940s magazine PM, and his father, Joseph Axelrod, was a ballplayer and psychologist. The couples have two sons, Michael Axelrod and Ethan Axelrod, and one daughter, Lauren Axelrod.
In June 1981, their first child, Lauren, was diagnosed with epilepsy at seven months of age. It was the inspiration for David and Susan to create a CURE Organization, which is an active pioneer to epilepsy cure research.
Susan told “The baby was so congested, it was impossible for her to sleep. Our pediatrician said to give her one-quarter of an adult dose of cold medication, and it knocked her out immediately. I didn’t hear from Lauren for the rest of the night. In the morning, I found her gray and limp in her crib. I thought she was dead.”
David Axelrod’s Net Worth
According to the reports, his estimated Net Worth as of 2019 was $1.9 million. Similarly, his net worth as of 2018 was $1.6 million. His annual salary is still under review.
David Axelrod lists his Chicago Condo for $1.25 million.
Fun Fact: He told the hosts of “Morning Joe” that he would shave his signature mustache if Obama lost Pennsylvania, Minnesota, or Michigan in the 2012 Presidential Elections. He got to keep his mustache.
Check out the latest tweet of David Axelrod! “What is it about @realDonaldTrump and Russia? American troops targeted, and he still has nothing to say.”
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 30, 2020