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 attacks; Operation Fast and Furious; revelations about the National Security Agency and a bad government loan to the politically connected solar panel company Solyndra.