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Bryan Preston

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February 28, 2013 - 8:30 am

In 2008, Barack Obama promised to have the most transparent government in U.S. history. In 2010, he claimed to have made good on that promise.

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In the 2012 presidential debates, Obama claimed that the sequester, which will kick in March 1 if no deal between the White House and Congress can be reached today, was not something that he proposed.

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Veteran reporter Bob Woodward exposed Obama’s tall tale about the sequester. It was something that his White House had proposed, and the president himself had signed off on.

Now Woodward finds himself under attack from the “most transparent administration in history.” Woodward has been a Washington reporter for more than 40 years. He knows a story when he sees one, and he knows a threat when he hears one. When Obama aide Gene Sperling first yelled at Woodward over his sequestration reporting, and then sent him an email saying Woodward would “regret” challenging the White House’s point of view, Woodward understood its implications. Because he knew the facts were on his side. The only way he would “regret” reporting the facts would be if the White House took action to make him regret it, by discrediting him.

The attacks on Woodward quickly became personal. Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert fired the first flare, suggesting on Twitter that Woodward should retire. Others on the left piled on, and the attack reached a crescendo last night when David Plouffe, Obama’s former senior adviser and still a strong ally of the president, tweeted this.

 

Plouffe’s ageist attack on Woodward, who at 69 is still one of the most dominant reporters in Washington, shocked some Beltway veterans.

 

The Obama White House denies that any of this — Sperling’s yelling and his email, Plouffe’s swipe at Woodward’s age — constitutes a threat. The Obama White House has reduced itself to arguing over the meaning of the word “regret.”

But others are coming forward with claims that the Obama White House threatened them, too. A story in USA Today cryptically refers to the fact that other reporters have been threatened. And Democrat Lanny Davis, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, says the Obama White House threatened the Washington Times over a column that he wrote.

The White House aide allegedly told Times editor John Solomon, “that if he continued to run my [Davis'] columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.”

J. Christian Adams writes of other thuggish behavior displayed by the Obama White House.

The aide at the center of these current threat allegations, economic adviser Gene Sperling, has a history of mistreating reporters who don’t toe the Obama White House’s line. Sperling belittled CNN’s Jessica Yellin for presenting an alternative to Sperling’s viewpoint. He also got testy during an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo when she persisted to remind him that the Obama White House has no budget.

In both of those cases, Sperling lost his cool when a reporter had the nerve to present a viewpoint that opposed his. Now he’s accused of threatening another reporter for presenting the facts on sequestration.

The weight of the evidence clearly backs Woodward. The Obama White House did propose sequestration, and is now threatening and belittling Bob Woodward for reporting the truth.

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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The only mystery is why so many "smart" people still support Obama, clearly both most incompetent and dishonest President in American history. If you ask any of his fawning mindless sycophants what in particular Obama
s ever done that's good, or why they like him, the response is always emotional, never factual--e.g. "i just think he's great", or "i just love him" (usually young women!).

Let's see--a demagogue who appeals through compelling speechmaking, degrades and demonizes opposition, doesn't tolerate dissent--where have we seen that before? Adolph who?

Most telling of all is the way Obama has been able to slide by on Benghazi, the worst terror attack on Americans since 9/11. His behavior beforehand (failed to provide requested security assistance), during the attack (where exactly WAS he--WH keeps changing its story!), and afterward the biggest and most obvious cover-up in Presidential history.
Compared to what got Nixon and Clinton impeached, they were nothing compared to Obama's misdeeds and flagrant dishonesty around Benghazi. And remember--no one died @ Watergate!

We all need to encourage our respective Congressman to take their jobs seriously and reconsider impeachment against a President who clearly merits it. It would be the best thing for our country.
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Poor Bob....there's probably a drone with his name on it, knowing this administration's morons....I mean morals.
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Even Mike Schmidt at this age could face four years of softballs
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0's communications machine will try to ruin, sideline, and crush any journalist who doesn't toe the party line. That happens to be about 95% of them so he really doesn't have much of a problem. On the other hand, when some one like Woodward notices that the Emperor has no clothes and reports that fact, well, the machine kicks into high gear [dudgeon?] Remember you peons, the 0 is NEVER responsible for ANYTHING. And he wants to keep it that way.
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Exactly--especially Benghazi! Where was Obama? What orders did he (or didn't he) give? Where was he? Isn't he Commander in Chief? Where in the world do most people think Hillary got her marching orders?

Just amazing how Obama's been able to sidestep responsibility for the worst terror attack on Americans since 9/11. Just compare his complete invisibility on the issue with all the crap being taken by Hillary, CIA, etc., etc.--and none at all by the President!

Compare Obama's hiding out totally on Benghazi with his "front and center" performance as "Commander in Chief" after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, when he was all over the TV, thumping his chest, taking credit for having given the orders, etc., etc.

Just amazing how the "mainstream" media ( and even Romney) have pretty much given Obama a pass on this clearly impeachable fiasco.
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Perhaps the title of your article should be:

"Consistency of this administration from Fast and Furious and Benghazigate to threatening journalists"
1 year ago
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No longer simply an imperial presidency, but the Al Capone presidency.
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If you think it's bad now, wait and see what happens if the elites manage to kill the 2nd Amendment. At that point, reporters will just be jailed.
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