The men behind the men

Presidents and leaders around the world are usually people with strong personalities who are able to push certain policies among politicians and justify them to the public.

But often it is the men (or women) behind these leaders that determine the direction in which to go. It also often happens that key advisors during the electoral campaign gain in popularity and are seen as indispensable to bring forth that same message they had somehow created.

It has happened to Bill Clinton, who awarded Tony Coehlo key jobs when it came to decide how the Democratic Party would go through crucial elections; George W. Bush, who rewarded Karl Rove’s 2004 aggressive electoral campaign with a position as Deputy Chief of Staff, and it’s just a matter of time before we see who moves the puppets inside Barack Obama’s White House.

Right now, it seems like there are especially two men behind the scenes who can force the agenda more than others: David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel. Obama’s current chief of staff has maintained a rather liberal approach on social issues, while maintaining a more conservative foreign policy, especially in regards to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

Axelrod, on the other hand, is someone who has often worked through his consulting firm for big corporations in the past. That is why a helping hand from the Obama administration towards these big interest groups might not come as such a big surprise.


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