Former President Barack Obama made a jab at the Trump administration during a speech on Tuesday, according to The Georgia Straight.
During his speech in Vancouver, Obama said:
“The nature of things that wind up on your desk are by definition things that other people find unsolvable. For all the mistakes we made, we didn’t make mistakes of integrity, and I’m proud that we left office without a scandal.”
While the Trump administration has had its fair share of scandals, the Obama administration has the gift of time working on its side because some people forget about the scandals that rocked the White House from 2008 to 2016.
Here are a few examples of scandals and “mistakes of integrity” that the Obama administration made:
On September 11, 2012, four Americans lost their lives in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Lybia — U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. As details about the attack emerged, the role of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was drawn into question because of the narrative she put forward about the attack.
Clinton claimed the attack was a random outburst of violence from the Lybian people prompted by a YouTube video. Later, emails surfaced that showed Clinton had emailed her daughter Chelsea about the attacks that evening, claiming the attack was planned by al-Qaeda.
She also admitted to the Egyptian prime minister that she knew “the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack — not a protest.”
Her contradictions about the situation prompted House Republicans to open an investigation into the incident. During her public testimony, Clinton delivered her infamous line about the attacks: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Operation Fast and Furious
In a botched attempt to track the buyers and sellers of illegal guns, former Attorney General Eric Holder allowed the illegal sale of around 2,000 guns for $1.5 million to people believed to be connected to the Mexican drug cartels.
Operation Fast and Furious resulted in illegal guns all over Mexico and the United States, including the guns used to kill U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Holder tried to keep it under wraps, but a whistleblower made the information public.
During the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation, Holder was cited with contempt.
Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton’s runway meeting
While Hillary Clinton was being investigated by the FBI for her use of a private email server during her days as secretary of state, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch was overseeing the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Just before then-FBI Director James Comey was set to announce that he would not be indicting Hillary Clinton for her emails, former President Bill Clinton met with Lynch on a tarmac in Phoenix. While both sides maintain that they only met to discuss their grandchildren, many people remained suspicious.
In May 2014, Obama announced that Americans had recovered Bowe Bergdahl after he had been held by the Taliban for five years. While a returned soldier would usually excite Americans, Bergdahl was another story.
There are two parts of Bergdahl’s story that Americans struggled with. First, Bergdahl walked off his post when he was captured by the Taliban, prompting the Army to give him a dishonorable discharge in 2017. Second, Obama traded five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl. Americans who believed the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists were not happy to see five prisoners traded for Bergdahl.
Politifact’s lie of the year
In 2013, the fact-checking outlet Politifact awarded Obama with the “lie of the year.”
Throughout his campaign for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, the former president promised, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
Politifact found this to be a lie, as many people were dumped from their plan after the ACA rolled out, forcing them to leave their health care plan even if they liked it.
So there are five scandals that may have slipped Obama’s mind during his speech in Canada. Although there are many others — including unmarked pallets of cash given to Iran and hot-mic comments promising flexibility to Russian President Vladimir Putin — this shows that Obama and his team did not leave the White House without a few scandals of their own.