Before delivering the keynote speech at Wellesley College’s 135th commencement Friday, Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, defended the administration’s handling of its recent troubles, including the targeting of conservative groups by Internal Revenue Service officials who were reviewing applications for nonprofit status.
Although many Americans have expressed outrage and concern over the singling out of the groups by the IRS, and over the Department of Justice’s combing through phone records of journalists at the Associated Press, Jarrett said in the interview that the mood of the administration is “very upbeat.”
“In any given day, our administration has about 2 million employees, and things happen,” Jarrett said. “We put in process procedures to make sure if there has been any wrongdoing, there will be appropriate consequences, and we will move on.”
And even with the scandals at the forefront of daily national news, Jarrett said she had no doubts about the administration’s conduct, and stressed that White House staff are concentrating on moving past the incidents.
“We have every confidence that people within the White House have behaved appropriately,” she said. “People all around the country are counting on us not to get distracted or bogged down by this.”