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February 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Legendary reporter Bob Woodward tells Politico that White House staffers have threatened him over his sequester reporting.

Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.

CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.

What’s there to debate? Bob Woodward’s reporting has spoiled Obama’s plan. That plan was to blame the entire sequester on Republicans, then allow the cuts to hit, and blame them again. Woodward reported that the sequester was the Obama White House’s idea, blowing the plan to bits.

Woodward isn’t easily dismissed. He’s a veteran reporter who helped bring down the last truly paranoid president we had, Richard Nixon, and at 69 years old is going after another arguably more paranoid president.

So all the president’s men are threatening Woodward. Politico picks up the story.

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.

Digging into one of his famous folders, 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.’ ”

Madness,” indeed.

Barack Obama has spent the entire week lying about the consequences of the sequester, which Woodward reports and Congressional sources verify was personally approved by the president. What happens when March 1 comes and the so-called cuts kick in and the sky does not fall?

Barack Obama will have all the credibility of the Mayan calendar that told us the world would end last December.

Woodward stands in the way of Obama’s escape path — blame it all on Republicans. Obama’s fans know that his credibility is very much on the line. They’re savaging Bob Woodward tonight.

 

 

Listen for the sound of drones lurking over the Beltway for the next couple of days.

Update: BuzzFeed reports that the senior White House official who sent the “you’ll regret this” email to Bob Woodward is Gene Sperling.

Update: Online, JournoList 2.0 seems to have arisen as Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall, Matt Yglesias, Dave Weigel, and the BuzzFeed crew are all making the story about Woodward and not about the threat. They’re also laying the groundwork to argue over the meaning of “regret.” The Democrats’ playbook is very small indeed. We’re back to the bad old days of Bill Clinton fiddling over the meaning of “is.”

Update: Problem with the “It wasn’t a threat” line: Sperling has a history of threatening behavior toward reporters.

Update: The Obama White House went here tonight:

More: Lapdog Media Wag Tails In Overdrive To Defend Team Lightbringer Against Woodward

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Indeed, Woodward himself slipped. For in spite of it all, he's still willing to carry Oblamo's water:

Woodward 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.’ ”

Woodward is operating under the delusion that Oblamo is somehow above it all and is a class act. But, as much as he knows history, he is willfully blind to the dictator-in-the-making that is happening before his very eyes.

The irony being first that Woodward correctly identifies the president's actions as "insane" and then incorrectly identifies the indemnification of his reporting as an act by subordinates. Woodward himself made it quite clear in the early 70's that the president is responsible for the actions of his staff. Did he not?

So, why the failure to connect the dots here? (rhetorical)
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And I should add, or I would be quite remiss, no small number of present and past foreign dictators.
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“I think if Obama himself saw the way they’re dealing with some of this...", what makes Woodward think President PantsO'Fire isn't directing this?
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"What happens when March 1 comes and the so-called cuts kick in and the sky does not fall?"

But the sky is going to fall, and if you don't believe that, just turn on the TV; you'll see the sky falling live on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and PMSNBC, on FOX not so much. In addition to all their political communication outside the government, the Administration burned up the bandwidth yesterday giving furlough warnings to federal employees. These guys really are prepared to push grannie over the cliff so they can blame the Republicans for it.
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Guck frannie. Bill Ayers wanted to kill 25 million, Obama and the small c communists said they would do it by attrition instead. "No healthcare for you!", yelled the soap Nazi.

"No gas for your car, no guns and no real news!" It's fun living under leftist rule. Every day is a new excitement.

Woodward is Jewish, gives Hagel something to do on his first day with his new title. Nominating Hagel I suppose would scare Israel less than the first choice, Rashid Khalidi. Also, Khalidi doesn't rhyme with bagel.

Is the media going to suddenly grow a conscience? Will a single Democrat?

Not a chance. Depravda will keep Obama as bubblewrapped as ever. And Democrats will goosestep right behind him. I love the smell of treason in the morning.

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They've gone full-on totalitarian.

Our Founders would be shooting by now.

Heck, they'd have been shooting long before this.

http://1389blog.com/2013/02/28/just-askin/

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Indeed, Woodward himself slipped. For in spite of it all, he's still willing to carry Oblamo's water:

Woodward 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.’ ”

Woodward is operating under the delusion that Oblamo is somehow above it all and is a class act. But, as much as he knows history, he is willfully blind to the dictator-in-the-making that is happening before his very eyes.

The irony being first that Woodward correctly identifies the president's actions as "insane" and then incorrectly identifies the indemnification of his reporting as an act by subordinates. Woodward himself made it quite clear in the early 70's that the president is responsible for the actions of his staff. Did he not?

So, why the failure to connect the dots here? (rhetorical)
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Let me pose a simple question. If Woodward shows the gumption and fortitude to not back down in the face of the WH bluster, do you think it's possible, just possible, that the wobbly House GOP "leadership" might follow suit?
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Woodward will back down. Count on it.
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"So all the president’s men are threatening Woodward."

Well now, I guess you read their book...Woodward and Bernstein that is. If all the President's men are after him, it won't have been the first time. The man is a legend. I knew Mr. Obama was going to have a problem when he started showing up on Fox. The guy is the anti-spinmeister, completely straight. And he's a living legend. Mr. Obama's in trouble!
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"Obama's in trouble"...
For what; if Woodward would not give him any quarter, then maybe.
While I'm dubious, I hope you're right.
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I think Mr. Woodward is about to get a personal lesson in Socialism. And it won't be pretty. Even now the minions over at Media Matters are digging into his background and if they don't find something to destroy him, they will just make something up.
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I've been following the discussions by Dems elsewhere.

Woodward has already been labeled:

A racist
A shill for the GOP (!!!)
A right-winger (!!!)
A WASP who hates Obama because Obama is black (actually Woodward is of Jewish descent)

And despite the fact that POLITICO.com has now corroborated Woodward's account, they continue to insist that Woodward is totally wrong (though they can't cite any facts to back that up)
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It will be similar to the Eloi standing silently watching while the Moorlocks devour one of their people.
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The current crop of the politicial class doesn't know with whom they're dealing. Bob Woodward is an original, not a wannabe. The WH, however it deals with this, will not stand unrevealed. Nixon at the beginning of his 2nd term was brought down not so much by what he did as by what he did NEXT. Get ready for the show, folks.
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The Ides of March
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Basically, Obama combines the worst traits and characteristics of every previous President.
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And I should add, or I would be quite remiss, no small number of present and past foreign dictators.
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I am highly suspicious that Barack Obama's real father was a frozen sperm donation from Benito Mussolini.
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Having never been questioned, they don't own any big boy pants to pull up.

If I was Woodward, I would look for a tracking device attached to my car. Then, I would get one...attached to my person.

Apparently, if you aren't writing Plouffe pieces about Emperor Severus, you're subject to Marshall law.
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Long time, no see.

Glad you're back!
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Hi Chris. I've been here, check out Myra's Photo Caption contests. Also, always comment at VDH's. Hope you are doing well.
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Gene Sperling went rogue. Obama knows nothing about this and would never have authorized this. Hey, what about Anne Hathaway's dress at the Oscars? She swapped her original Valentino gown for a Prada one. OMG!!!
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How is it "news" that Obama was the author of the Sequester stratagem?

Just imagine, everyone, how much safer and more prosperous we would be, as a people, if the media as we know it would just disappear in a poof of smoke?
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Thanks to the Google News Archive, it's easy to verify that Woodward is right.

All you have to do is search the archive for news stories from mid 2011. I found one that states clearly that Reid proposed the sequester to McConnell.

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The Nixon/Obama photo is poetic.
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