Chef Jose Andres is used to gushing fans, but this was new.
“At the plane in Des Moines a woman tells me: Mr. Axelrod keep up the good work!” Andres tweeted Thursday morning. “Funny! I look like you?”
Well, yeah, kinda. There’s something about David Axelrod — a tall, bearlike, everyman quality — that causes other big guys to be confused with him. Such as?
“I don’t want to impugn anyone by suggesting a resemblance to me,” Axelrod told us. But it happens. A lot.
At April’s White House Correspondent’s dinner, Martin Short threw his arms around a man he thought was actor Richard Kind, he later told David Letterman — but whoops, it turned out to be Axelrod. Obama’s senior strategist has been told he looks like Rob Reiner, in his Meathead on “All in the Family” era. And then there’s his GOP doppelganger, pundit Alex Castellanos.
“I did have a young Republican run up to me at a debate and tell me I was his ‘personal hero,’ ” Axelrod told us. “I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh yes, Mr. Castellanos. I want to be just like you!’ So I signed Alex’s autograph and sent the kid happily on his way.”
Works both ways: Castellanos — like Axe, a frequent TV talking head — has strangers come up to him and say, “I know you. You’re David. . . something.”
The two go way back, and Castellanos counts Axelrod as a good friend. “Everyone in Washington says there’s nothing that can bring us together. But a roguish mustache can overcome all political differences.”
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