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David Axelrod: 'Proud' That the White House Has Gone Six Years 'in Which There Hasn’t Been a Major Scandal\

In this photo provided by The University of Chicago, David Axelrod, senior strategist for President Obama's re-election campaign, reflects on the 2012 contest during a public forum in the Performance Hall of the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Axelrod will formally join the nonpartisan Institute of Politics as its inaugural director in January. Credit: AP

Former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod told an audience at the University of Chicago that he's "proud" that the White House has gone six years "without a major scandal."

Axelrod was responding to a question about the so-called "revolving door" between government officials and lobbyists and said that the Obama administration has largely steered clear of such entanglements.

“I’m proud of the fact that basically you've had an administration in place for six years in which there hasn’t been a major scandal,” said Axelrod, who advised President Barack Obama both in the White House and on the campaign trail. “And I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures, you know, of this administration.”

BuzzFeed reported the comments Tuesday.

Asserting no “major scandal” provides at least a qualifier, but Axelrod does seem to dismiss controversies that have plagued the administration, including the IRS targeting of conservative groups; the 2012 Benghazi attacksOperation Fast and Furious; revelations about the National Security Agency and a bad government loan to the politically connected solar panel company Solyndra.

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