Hillary Clinton isn’t the only high profile Obama first-termer to snag a book deal recently; David Axelrod has a book of his own on the way. His memoir is due out in the fall of 2014, months after Clinton’s book is expected to hit store shelves.
“Over the past 30 years as a journalist, political consultant and senior adviser to the President, David Axelrod has had a front row seat to our political process at every level,” The Penguin Press’s President and Editor-in-Chief Ann Godoff said in a statement.
David Axelrod was Barack Obama’s campaign advisor during the 2008 campaign. After winning the White House, Axelrod became the Senior Advisor to the President, working as one of Obama’s top advisors and strategists during the president’s first term. When it came time to run for re-election in 2012, Axelrod was there.
“From the day I sat on a mailbox as an awestruck five-year old, watching John F. Kennedy inspire and challenge my neighbors, to the final, emotional rally of Barack Obama’s political career, I have taken an extraordinary journey, filled with rich history and unforgettable characters,” Axelrod said in the statement.
David Axelrod is no newcomer to politics. He served as a top political advisor to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. He is a former politcal writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, who now works for NBC as a senior political analyst.
David Axelrod’s book deal comes just a week after Simon & Schuster announced that they would publish Hillary Clinton’s memoir in the summer of 2014. The former first lady, senator, and secretary of state will recall her time in office during Obama’s first term. Clinton’s book deal is likely to kick off a book tour surrounded by speculation over whether one of America’s most popular public figures will run for president in 2016.
With their book deals behind them, if Hillary Clinton does decide to run for president, perhaps David Axelrod will be there to help run her campaign.