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WH ‘Threatens’ Bob Woodward Over Comments

From the Politico:

Woodward at war

By MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI | February 27, 2013

Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about – and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets.

Why was Woodward warning the White House about his upcoming article, anyway? Was he afraid of ‘losing access’? But also notice the Politico’s headline. Woodward is the culprit here. Not the Obama White House.

Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of the four or five administration officials most closely involved in the fiscal negotiations with the Hill. “I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today,” the official typed. “You’re focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out that claim.”

Woodward repeated the last sentence, making clear he saw it as a veiled threat. “‘You’ll regret.’ Come on,” he said. “I think if Obama himself saw the way they’re dealing with some of this, he would say, ‘Whoa, we don’t tell any reporter ‘you’re going to regret challenging us.’”

This says a lot about how the Obama thugs plays hardball with everyone. Even Richard Nixon didn’t threaten Bob Woodward. (And don’t think for a minute that Obama didn’t sign off on this.)

“They have to be willing to live in the world where they’re challenged,” Woodward continued in his calm, instantly recognizable voice…

Why? When have the Obama people ever been challenged before in the last five or six years?

A White House official said: "Of course no threat was intended. As Mr. Woodward noted, the email from the aide was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation. The note suggested that Mr. Woodward would regret the observation."

As is always the case, Mr. Woodward was just too dumb to understand the administration’s ‘nuance.’

Woodward — first in “The Price of Politics,” his bestseller on the failed quest for a grand budget bargain, and later with his opinion piece in The Post — makes plain that sequestration was an idea crafted by the White House. Obama personally approved the plan and later signed it into law. Woodward was right, several congressional officials involved in the talks told us.

And never mind that the Politico has soft-pedaled this fact, if they have reported it at all. After all, they might lose their precious ‘access’ to the ‘puppet master’ Obama.

And that contention has made Woodward, once Public Enemy Number One to a generation of Republicans, the unlikely darling of the right wing. Conservatives suddenly swoon over him, with his stepped-up appearances on Fox News and starring role in GOP press releases.

As usual, the Politico has things exactly backwards. Bob Woodward has never been particularly hated by the right wing. (Who never loved the ‘moderate’ Richard Nixon.) But he has been one of the ‘darlings’ of the left. That is, until the last few weeks, when they have turned on him like a woman scorned.

And while White House officials are certainly within their rights to yell at any journalist, including Bob Woodward, this very public battle with a Washington legend has become a major distraction at a pivotal moment for the president.

Poor Obama. He always has to face distractions like this when he is so busy trying to be President. Distractions like having his flunkies threaten famous journalists.

The feud also feeds a larger narrative because, like many others, Woodward thinks this is a very thin-skinned White House that does not like being challenged on the facts.

It’s not the ‘White House’ that is thin skinned who and who doesn’t like being challenged on the facts. It is Mr. Obama. And it’s because he has never been challenged in his entire privileged life.

He said that explains the senior aide’s in-your-face email. “I think when they get their rear end in a crack here, they become defensive,” he said. “This could be a huge issue if the economy takes a hit. And people are going to go back and say exactly what happened and who did it and so forth.”

The Woodward reporting has caused the White House spin machine to sputter at a crucial time. The president was running around the country, campaign-style, warning that Republicans were at fault for the massive cuts set to hit Friday. What Obama never says: it was his own staff that proposed sequestration, and the tax hikes he now proposes – aimed at replacing half of the cuts — were never part of that very specific plan.

In other words, the Politico is saying Woodward’s revelations are coming at a very bad time. When Obama is trying to convince the American people to believe his lies. Woodward should be ashamed of himself.

The White House instead has, with great success, fudged the facts. The administration has convinced a majority of the country that Republicans are more to blame by emphasizing that Republicans voted for the plan. Which they did — after Obama conceived it…

Wow. Bob Woodward is even giving the cringing cowards at the Politico enough gumption to admit that Obama is lying. Albeit, as discreetly as they could.

So the blame game is full swing – and Woodward is smack in the middle of it. The Obama White House is out to discredit him. Behind the scenes, Obama allies are spreading word that the Woodward book broadly — and his reporting on sequestration specifically — are misleading because Republicans, especially House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, were so clearly among the chief sources…

Think of all of the irony here. And just imagine the fire storm if Obama were a Republican doing this.

It is no secret on Capitol Hill that Cantor and his staff cooperated extensively with Woodward. It is fairly obvious as you breeze through the opening chapters of the book. But we have talked with many Democrats and Republicans who cooperated with the book. And all of them say that while they might dispute some of the broader analytical points Woodward makes, the play-by-play is basically spot on.

David Plouffe, the longtime political adviser to Obama, taunted Woodward on Twitter shortly after this column was published. "Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again" he tweeted. "Perfection gained once is rarely repeated."

In other words, Woodward is washed up. Aren’t there any adults at all on the Obama team?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “WH ‘Threatens’ Bob Woodward Over Comments”

  1. Petronius says:

    Woodward has forgotten to have amnesia.

    Instead of ignoring inconvenient facts, and swallowing and regurgitating verbatim the usual spin and fear-mongering issued by Nerobama and his minions in the regime, Woodward has let the cat out of the bag –– giving all of us a rare glimpse inside the real workings of the-most-transparent-administration-in-history.

    Bob has forgotten the first rule of modern journalism: that the proper role of the media is to coverup and double-down on Nerobama’s lies, to hide the facts, bury the truth, confuse and misdirect the people, and to praise Nerobama, to advance his agenda, to protect him at every turn, secure his election, reelection, and re-reelection, and to crack down hard on anybody who dares to point out a single instance of his treachery, madness, malfeasance, misfeasance, and abuses of power.

    So now Bob’s just another washed-up has-been. No doubt it’s a matter of creeping dementia. Time to put him out to pasture.

    Move along folks; nothing to see here. (Sigh.)

  2. captstubby says:

    ” is like imagining my idol …”

    this once Hero Of The People already has a Executive notch on his Handle.

    the lean years have instinctively forced him to not ignore the chum in the water any longer.

    like what Stalin had done,this loose cannon may have to be “airbrushed” from history.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    CONTROLISTS. That is the proper term for our ruling class.

    This is another example of what they do: control everything they can, then punish their enemies and reward their friends with the resources.

    If you thought politics was anything other than this, you’re a fool.

  4. untrainable says:

    War? No, but Bob Woodward is about to experience the thrill and privilege of seeing the underside of the Obama Bus, unfortunately from the perspective of being thrown under it. The wheels of the bus go round and round…

  5. Mithrandir says:


    ►As a reminder, the Obama Administration fired federal Inspector General Gerald Walpin in 2009 after investigating, (and getting money returned from said investigation) former Phoenix Sun point guard Kevin Johnson’s charity organization who supported Obama in 2008.
    WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124511811033017539.html

    ►More lawlessness from Obama that goes completely unchallenged: changing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, removing requirement to work for welfare, killing Americans without trial, amnesty without Congress approval, letting illegals go, allowing illegal family members to remain in country, recess appointments without the Senate being in recess, Fast and Furious executive privilege, unaccountable for Benghazi deaths. Republicans have been whipped into shape not to challenge him too much, lest they be labeled racists, which they already are on a daily basis.

    Now Woodward’s Turn From Drudgereport headlines:

    • “Woodward a Liar” http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/02/andrew-sullivan-woodward-a-liar-158182.html

    • “He’s Old” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/28/white-house-denies-staffer-threatened-watergate-journalist-woodward/

    • “He’s a Crybaby” http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/02/consensus-white-house-didnt-threaten-woodward-158172.html

    ♦They called Gerald an old senile liar as well. Out of touch, time to retire. Too old.

    ♦These are the cyclical socialist tactics, just like Hitler used against S.A. leader Ernst Röhm. Liberals learn that socialist tactics are good, until there is no one left to protect you from socialist tactics. Yep, the gun points in any direction the shooter wants.

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