David Axelrod Just Saying That Jon Huntsman Loves Everything About Barack Obama

WASHINGTON - MAY 16: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama (L) listens to Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-UT) (R), his nominee to be ambassador to China, speak in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House May 16, 2009 in Washington DC. President Barack Obama nominated Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., as the American ambassador to China. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Pool/2009 Getty Images

According to those weird motocross ads, we are just one day away from Jon Huntsman's official entrance into the 2012 presidential race. And you can tell that Team Obama is taking him seriously. One of Huntsman's most glaring weaknesses is that until very recently, he was serving in the [socialist, America-hating, apology-addicted] Obama administration as the ambassador to China, and yesterday, Obama strategist David Axelrod emphasized just how supportive of Obama Huntsman has been.

Speaking Sunday on the CNN program “State of the Union,” Mr. Axelrod said Mr. Huntsman had been “effusive” about what Mr. Obama was doing when Mr. Axelrod accompanied the president to China during that 2009 trip.

“He was encouraging on health care,” Mr. Axelrod said. “He was encouraging on the whole range of issues.”

A Huntsman spokesman calls Axelrod's comments "absurd." But since nobody knows what really took place, Axelrod can basically claim whatever he wants. Huntsman had a tear in his eye as he hugged Obama, Huntsman ran alongside Obama's train as it was pulling away from the station, etc.

For 2012 Hopeful, Envoy Job in China Was a Useful Detour [NYT]