Obama Senior Advisor David Axlerod Defends Warren

“With 23 days remaining until Obama takes office in the midst of the deepest economic downturn in decades as the country is still fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, [President-Elect Obama’s Senior Advisor David] Axelrod said the incoming president’s invitation to the Reverend Rick Warren was important because it underlined the inclusiveness Obama wants to institute in his administration.

“The important point here is you have a conservative evangelical pastor coming to take part in the inauguration of a progressive president,” Axelrod said of Warren, a prominent preacher who opposes homosexuality and who backed a ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in his home state of California. “[NYT]