November 19, 2008 / 9:18 PM / 10 years ago

Close Obama adviser Axelrod to go to White House

David Axelrod listens as Barack Obama speaks to the media on their campaign aircraft from Boise, Idaho, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed

CHICAGO (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama has tapped David Axelrod, a senior aide and one of his most trusted confidants, to become a senior White House adviser, his transition team said on Wednesday.

Axelrod, who was Obama’s strategist during the campaign and has been a political consultant for a long list of prominent Democratic politicians, was seen as a crucial player behind Obama’s comfortable win over Republican John McCain in the November 4 presidential race.

Obama’s staff also announced that Greg Craig, a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton and also a former State Department official, will become White House counsel when Obama takes office on January 20.

Reporting by Caren Bohan, Editing by Sandra Maler

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