David Axelrod: Obama Was Aware Of Chris Matthews Criticizing First Debate

In his first post-debate interview, David Axelrod, a senior campaign advisor to President Barack Obama, joined MSNBC to discuss the president’s debate performance. He told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell that the president was aware that he had not met the expectation of some in the first debate, mentioning fellow MSNBC host Chris Matthews by name as someone who was vocally disappointed in Obama.

“When he left the stage in Denver, what was the first conversation that you’re aware of that the president had that indicated he wasn’t satisfied with what he did,” O’Donnell asked.

“Fairly quickly,” Axelrod replied. “There was some gentle criticism from people like Chris Matthews and others.”

“Did the president watch Chris Matthews,” O’Donnell asked.

“Well, yeah, he didn’t have to watch TV to hear him. He could actually hear Chris without the TV,” Axelrod said.

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