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Obama 'Insiders' Share Stories

The federal government is in the fourth day of a shutdown that makes President Obama’s 2008 campaign promise of post-partisanship and a new era of government efficiency sound almost quaint. Three former members of the president’s inner circle were in Albany last weekend for The University at Albany Student Association's  "World Within Reach" speaker series.

Former senior adviser David Axelrod, campaign strategist David Plouffe, and speechwriter Jon Favreau assisted and advised Obama, crafting his campaign as he rose from freshman Senator to presidential candidate and beyond. Axelrod said the leap from being Obama's friend and colleague to senior advisor to the president was a great one.

Favreau recalls back in the early days of chasing the Democratic nomination, Team Obama was more about hope; that "change" came later.

Plouffe, his days as campaign manager behind him, still offers insight when called upon.

Favreau emphasizes nothing is written in stone when it comes to Washinton politics.

The UAlbany event marked the first speaking engagement where all three appeared onstage together.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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