The New York Times this weekend examines Eric Holder’s tenure as Attorney General, noting that his “saving grace” in the White House is First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

His saving grace through years of controversies has been the friendship of two women close to Mr. Obama. Valerie Jarrett, the president’s senior adviser, grew close to Mr. Holder during the 2008 campaign and, as one former Obama adviser put it, “was always his protector” inside the White House. Michelle Obama has become good friends with Mr. Holder’s wife, Sharon Malone, and the two couples go out to dinner from time to time.

The story cites White House sources who quietly express reservation about Holder’s tenure in the White House.

“Some in the West Wing privately tell associates they wish he would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit,” the story notes.

President Obama, however, has remained publicly supportive of his controversial Attorney General.