David Axelrod, the former senior adviser to President Obama, bragged on the administration’s record of ethical governance during a talk at the University of Chicago, telling attendees that the White House’s record for the past six years has been pretty much scandal-free.
“I’m proud of the fact that basically you’ve had an administration that’s been in place for six years in which there hasn’t been a major scandal,” he said, Talking Points Memo reported. “And I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this administration.”
Mr. Axelrod was responding to a question from a member of the audience about the “revolving door” of government officials and the lobby industry.
“The rule is that there’s basically been a ban on such a revolving door,” Mr. Axelrod said, about the “pretty strict strictures” that guided the White House during his years in the administration and that followed his 2011 departure as senior adviser.
Mr. Axelrod also said the White House’s record might not be “pristine,” but that it was still “light years” ahead of previous administrations, Talking Points Memo reported.
The Obama White House, meanwhile, has fielded the likes of “Fast and Furious,” the gun-walking program that left a U.S. border patrol agent dead; the Benghazi consulate attacks and its lingering questions about what the White House knew and when; the IRS tea party targeting fiasco; and the Justice Department’s wiretapping of various media officials, to name a few.