During a private speech at MIT on Friday, former President Barack Obama praised his own administration for “not having a scandal that embarrassed us,” a comment that was taken as a veiled jab at the current occupants of the White House.
“I know that seems like a low bar,” the former president cracked. “Generally speaking, you didn’t hear about a lot of drama inside our White House,” he added.
Obama spoke for about an hour to an exclusive audience at a sports policy conference in Boston, where strict restrictions were put in place to keep his remarks off the record. All attendees — including the media — were barred from live streaming or sharing photos and video and other content from Obama’s appearance on public platforms, the Boston Globe reported prior to the event.
During and after Obama’s panel, “photography; video recording; streaming; and social media posting, including on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other platforms” were not permitted. Those who failed to adhere to the policy were “subject to removal from the conference and denied tickets to future SSAC conferences.”
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