Axelrod On Obama Speech: He Will Offer Commentary, But Don't Expect Him To Be Back "In The Ring"

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David Axelrod shares his expectations of former President Obama's first public remarks since leaving office.

"I know from my personal conversations with him, he believes that former presidents have a certain role, and it's not to reengage in the political wars, but to offer commentary on larger points when they're appropriate," Axelrod previewed the speech to be given at the University of Chicago.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN: Don't try to run away from that Obama question, though, it's coming, Axe, I'll tell you right now, it's coming.

DAVID AXELROD: No, I'm not going to run -- I'm not a -- I'm not running anyway, my friend. But on that point, there are two groups of Trump voters, the group that Alisyn spoke to and then there's the group that voted for him, not so much because they liked him but because they didn't like Hillary Clinton. He's doing much less well, according to some of these polls, with those voters. That should be a source of concern for him.

As for Obama, I think what you'll expect -- you can expect today is that he's going to address the need for these young people to get invested in community service, in organizing, in trying to change their world by getting together to solve problems. I do not think that he's going to offer a critique of his predecessor. I know people are hungry for that. If that's what they're looking for, they'll be disappointed.

What I'm looking for is the director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago is to see him inspire these young people to believe that they can make a difference. And I think that he will.

ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN: That's not juicy. I know you want to see the inspirational message --

AXELROD: No, I understand that. You know, but, you know what, he --

CAMEROTA: But, please, don't bother us with that.

AXELROD: But, you know, I do think people are -- you know, there are a lot of people who would love to see him be the point of the spear in this debate with President Trump and Trump has given him ample reason to respond. But he, I know from my personal conversations with him, he believes that former presidents have a certain role, and it's not to reengage in the political wars, but to offer commentary on larger points when they're appropriate.

So, you know, I don't think he's going to plunge into this and get back in. He's run his last race. He will comment when he thinks basic principles are being abrogated and I'm sure he'll be making speeches on some of these larger issues in the -- in the months to come.

CUOMO: That sense of --

AXELROD: But don't expect him to be in there back in the ring again.

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