Axelrod: Pleased and proud Obama has avoided ‘a major scandal’

Axelrod: Pleased and proud Obama has avoided ‘a major scandal’

Speaking to an audience at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics during an event promoting the release of his memoirs, Axelrod said that he was perhaps proudest of the fact that the Obama White House has managed to avoid “a major scandal” over the last six years…

“I think that in the administration itself and the White House, I don’t think that’s true,” when asked by an attendee about the administration’s failure to live up to the president’s stated goal of restoring ethical governance to Washington. “I mean there are exceptions, there have been a few exceptions but the rule has basically been that there has been a ban on the revolving door and these two-year strictures against such revolving door.”

“And I’m proud of the fact that basically you have had an administration in this place for six years in which there hasn’t been a major scandal,” he added. “And I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this administration.”

I suppose that’s true, so long as you don’t count the Obama White House’s politically-motivated decision in 2012 to assert categorically that the multi-stage Benghazi attack that claimed the life of four Americans including a U.S. ambassador was inspired by a YouTube video. That controversial claim is still the subject of investigations even today.

And who would call the Obama Justice Department’s decision to monitor the communications of AP journalists, or the naming of Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “co-conspirator” in a crime in order to track his movements, a scandal?

Oh, and…

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