Former Obama adviser David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC this morning to shed light on the reasons why he believes the president didn’t immediately call the Boston Marathon bombings a terror attack. In addressing the controversy, Axelrod said that “tax day” may have been a factor in holding Obama back from using the label.

“The word has taken on a different meaning since 9/11. You use those words and it means something very specific in people’s mind,” Axelrod said of the term “terror attack.”

But what came next is what will likely draw the ire of the president’s critics.

“And I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this — it was tax day. Was it someone who was pro–you know, you just don’t know,” he continued. “And so I think his attitude is, let’s not put any inference into this, let’s just make clear that we’re going to get the people responsible.”

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(H/T: Weekly Standard)

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