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White House denies staffer threatened Watergate journalist Woodward
http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 2/28/2013

Posted on 02/28/2013 5:57:19 AM PST by RoosterRedux

The White House is denying reports an adviser threatened famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward after the Washington Post reporter challenged President Obama's version of events on the looming sequester.

Woodward claimed Wednesday night that a White House aide sent him an email saying he would "regret" his comments. The aide was not identified, but an official familiar with the exchange told Fox News it was National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling. That was after Woodward wrote a column this past weekend claiming Obama was trying to re-write history -- regarding not only whose idea the sequester was, but also how it would take effect.

Woodward wrote that based on his reporting earlier in the budget battle, the president was trying to move the goalposts by trying to replace the sequester with a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts -- instead of solely spending cuts.

After Politico reported late Wednesday that Woodward was coming forward to claim he was threatened, a White House aide denied the claim.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; genesperling; lyingliars; nazis; partisanmediashills; sequester; thugs; whabuse
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1 posted on 02/28/2013 5:57:25 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

We didn’t threaten him and we’ll kill anyone who says that we did.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 6:00:36 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Well, if the threat was in an email, then it’s not going to be hard for Woodward to verify. Seems pretty stupid of the WH to call Woodward a liar if he can just produce the email on a Sunday morning show in retaliation.


3 posted on 02/28/2013 6:01:04 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: coloradan

We didn’t threaten him, the dead cat was just an accident.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 6:02:52 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: coloradan

I so want to cause pain to those over at DU


5 posted on 02/28/2013 6:02:52 AM PST by dontreadthis
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To: RoosterRedux

So, they are calling Bob Woodward a liar. Let’s see if Woodword lies does and takes it.


6 posted on 02/28/2013 6:02:57 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: RoosterRedux

I believe Woodward. Remember that story about the administration locking journalists in a closet during some event? These people want to control the message and have no desire for the truth of anything to come out.


7 posted on 02/28/2013 6:03:41 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: RoosterRedux

http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/27/vice-presidents-staff-lock-journalist-in-a-closet-for-hours-during-a-fundraiser-to-stop-him-talking-to-guests/


8 posted on 02/28/2013 6:04:37 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: RoosterRedux

I foresee another Breitbart murder.....


9 posted on 02/28/2013 6:05:37 AM PST by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: RoosterRedux

“Transparency” My Eye!


10 posted on 02/28/2013 6:06:16 AM PST by jag.drafting (/s)
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To: Boogieman

The Obama administration has crossed a critical line on the way to tyranny.

All administrations Democrat and Republican will try to spin the news and facts to their own political advantage. The Obama administration is threatening reporters for telling the truth.

I have lived and worked in many foreign countries and some of these were dictatorships. I have seen the same thing happen in those countries. We are very close to losing democracy and freedom.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 6:08:49 AM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Wow, even Nixon didn’t push it THAT far.


12 posted on 02/28/2013 6:08:58 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Fawn

He should probably stay out of Fort Marcy park too.


13 posted on 02/28/2013 6:09:01 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: coloradan

You using my police, my sanitation people, and my Oldsmobiles free of charge. So, if you mention extortion again, I’ll have your legs broken.


14 posted on 02/28/2013 6:10:00 AM PST by Freedumb
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To: RoosterRedux

FoxNews/Tucker Carlson now reporting that Woodward may have ‘hyped’ the email and that the Sperling email wasn’t ‘that’ serious, as a threat.


15 posted on 02/28/2013 6:10:43 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: RoosterRedux

... and Boner, Cantor and McConnell et al. still think they can play nice with these people ...


16 posted on 02/28/2013 6:12:26 AM PST by glennaro
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To: TomGuy
Nothing is as it appears on the surface.;-)

Woodward is an old rodeo hand and is mostly baiting the WH.

17 posted on 02/28/2013 6:13:26 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: RoosterRedux

“We have nothing to fear with Barack Obama in the White House”


18 posted on 02/28/2013 6:15:38 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: woodbutcher1963; Fawn

“He should probably stay out of Fort Marcy park too.”

Or planes for that matter, remember Ron Brown?


19 posted on 02/28/2013 6:20:29 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: RoosterRedux
"I didn't say that, I can't believe that you would think I said that."


20 posted on 02/28/2013 6:21:07 AM PST by John 3_19-21 ("as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.")
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To: RoosterRedux
They didnt threaten him, they were refering to his conscience saying it will bother him, ‘you will regret...’ means ‘you will feel guilty some day’..

This one is pretty funny, Woodward giving them an unexpected headache.
So when does the Obama regime call Woodward a Right Wing fanatic?

Hey, O is re-elected. They are free to be critical now.

21 posted on 02/28/2013 6:22:15 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: Boogieman

Already has on Politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/woodward-at-war-88212.html?hp=t1_3


22 posted on 02/28/2013 6:23:48 AM PST by edcoil (Half of every class gratuates at the bottom, they are now politicians.)
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To: cpdiii

“We are very close to losing democracy and freedom.”
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The way I see it we are not close to losing freedom, it has already been lost. As for democracy, that is what we were never supposed to have, in fact we were warned against it, we were supposed to have a constitutional republic, the republic was lost long ago and a perverted democracy was forced on us, now the de facto democracy is evolving to an unconstrained oligarchy which will be seen as a dictatorship but the dictator is merely a puppet operated from behind the scenes by a group which is bent on the total destruction of the USA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROnbwCf37EA


23 posted on 02/28/2013 6:24:23 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: RoosterRedux

Wow, that’s a surprise. I thought they’d admit it.


24 posted on 02/28/2013 6:24:32 AM PST by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Somebody's lying.

Is it Bob?

Or is it Barry?

Every word that comes out of Barry's mouth is a slithering lie. Why would this time be any different?

25 posted on 02/28/2013 6:26:23 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Boogieman

The Obamedia is sending the flying monkeys after Woodward.


26 posted on 02/28/2013 6:27:58 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: RoosterRedux
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27 posted on 02/28/2013 6:27:58 AM PST by baddog 219
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From the article:

According to Politico, Woodward said he was "yelled at" by an Obama aide over his weekend column in the Post. Then, he said he received a page-long email from the aide -- apparently Sperling -- that said: "I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. ... 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."

So was the email saying he would regret "staking out that claim" because the emailer thought he was wrong, or because there would be payback, like reduced access or slurring his reputation, or ?

The whitehouse is trying to say they were warning Woodward he would regret being wrong in his claim that the admin had proposed the sequestor AND that getting rid of the sequestor never included tax increases. But Woodward wasn't wrong. So......
28 posted on 02/28/2013 6:30:47 AM PST by Girlene
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To: Boogieman

Well, now I would bet it’s gone from threats to little signals. Maybe a dead animal on the front porch. That email will never see the light of day.


29 posted on 02/28/2013 6:33:27 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: sickoflibs
Of course they're trying to cover that this was any type of threat other than worrying about Woodward's reputation...... except Plouffe said this in the article:

Former Obama adviser David Plouffe tweeted Wednesday: "Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated."

Plouffe sounds like he's impugning Woodward's reputation.......ridiculing him.
30 posted on 02/28/2013 6:38:13 AM PST by Girlene
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To: riri
Here's the email. I trust Woodward's assessment of the situation and this email's mention of regret is probably tied to something that was said in the meeting.
From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013

Bob:

I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios — but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)

I agree there are more than one side to our first disagreement, but again think this latter issue is diffferent. Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously.

My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.

Gene

From Woodward to Sperling on Feb. 23, 2013

Gene: You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you believe them. This is all part of a serious discussion. I for one welcome a little heat; there should more given the importance. I also welcome your personal advice. I am listening. I know you lived all this. My partial advantage is that I talked extensively with all involved. I am traveling and will try to reach you after 3 pm today. Best, Bob

Source


31 posted on 02/28/2013 6:39:44 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: RoosterRedux

The white house is not believable in anything it says or does.


32 posted on 02/28/2013 6:40:01 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: All

For those who don’t want to go to Politico here is the e-mail from the White House:

From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013

Bob:

I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios — but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)

I agree there are more than one side to our first disagreement, but again think this latter issue is diffferent. Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously.

My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.


33 posted on 02/28/2013 6:42:17 AM PST by Clyde5445
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To: I want the USA back
The white house is not believable in anything it says or does.

The White House doesn't care what you or I believe. All they have to do is make sure they can continue to convince the 51+% of the low-information voters.

34 posted on 02/28/2013 6:47:29 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Girlene
RE :”Plouffe sounds like he's impugning Woodward's reputation.......ridiculing him. “

That clip was played on The Morning Joe and FNC F+F this morning,

This fight is an unexpected headache for Obama empire.
It shows that this fight is not like the others.

This one could be fun for a change.

35 posted on 02/28/2013 6:55:42 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: Girlene
RE :”Plouffe sounds like he's impugning Woodward's reputation.......ridiculing him. “

That clip was played on The Morning Joe and FNC F+F this morning,

This fight is an unexpected headache for Obama empire.
It shows that this fight is not like the others.

This one could be fun for a change.

36 posted on 02/28/2013 6:56:40 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: sickoflibs

Morning Joe is very pathetic when it comes to protecting democrats and in particular obama and obamasocialists.

Joe is the parrot.
mika is the sweater.
the guests are the flying monkies.


37 posted on 02/28/2013 6:58:55 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: sickoflibs

It would be nice. I have a feeling it will blow over soon; nothing touches obama. It IS nice to see Drudge fanning the flames, though.


38 posted on 02/28/2013 7:07:58 AM PST by Girlene
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To: woodbutcher1963

I seriously doubt that Vince Foster died in Ft. Marcy Park.


39 posted on 02/28/2013 7:15:31 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Girlene
I may indeed blow over quickly.

However, because the sharks taking little bites out of the WH are Woodward and Lanny Davis and because they are indeed drawing blood (at least some threats) from the WH, it is possible this is just getting started.

Both Lanny and Woodward need all the press they can get, and this stuff keeps them in the headlines and keeps their books and speaking engagements in demand.

Also, it is important to keep in mind that because both Davis and Woodward are seasoned professionals, they now how to sense weakness and a bona fide story.

40 posted on 02/28/2013 7:20:57 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: BwanaNdege

Wherever Vince Foster died, it wasn’t in Fort Marcy Park. The body was laid out like on a mortician’s slab, & the thumb was jammed into the trigger guard of an antique revolver he didn’t even own.

The Clintons made out like fat rats on that one.


41 posted on 02/28/2013 7:30:06 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: RoosterRedux

Report the deny lie OR ELSE!


42 posted on 02/28/2013 7:34:58 AM PST by 444Flyer
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Somebody’s lying. Is it Bob? Or is it Barry?”

Ha! Rhetorical, I know. Hussein CAN’T NOT lie.

Fortunately, there are still tons of old hippie now-Obama supporters who remember Watergate. They’ve worshiped Woodward as some kind of god for bringing down Nixon. He has credibility, an they might even pay attention to him now when he says that the emperor has no clothes.

I hope Woodward is not laughing this off. Nixon and his staff were a bunch of dolts who bungled a chicken-sh!t B&E, and weren’t dangerous. Hussein is evil and extremely dangerous. He could realize the same fate as Breitbart, Breitbart’s coroner, and the gay guys in Obama’s Chicago church. Dirt naps — all of ‘em.


43 posted on 02/28/2013 7:51:22 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: RoosterRedux

We didn’t threaten him we just wanted to tell him that we were sending him a gift, a pair of specially fitted cement shoes!


44 posted on 02/28/2013 7:58:34 AM PST by Rock N Jones
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To: Boogieman

“Seems pretty stupid of the WH to call Woodward a liar if he can just produce the email on a Sunday morning show in retaliation.”

This administration is nothing BUT LIES and the idiots who keep believing them. Say it often enough and it goes away. He didn’t know nothing about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, who insisted on sequester, threats, etc.


45 posted on 02/28/2013 8:07:42 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: RipSawyer

“We are very close to losing democracy and freedom.”
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

The way I see it we are not close to losing freedom, it has already been lost. As for democracy, that is what we were never supposed to have, in fact we were warned against it, we were supposed to have a constitutional republic, the republic was lost long ago and a perverted democracy was forced on us, now the de facto democracy is evolving to an unconstrained oligarchy which will be seen as a dictatorship but the dictator is merely a puppet operated from behind the scenes by a group which is bent on the total destruction of the USA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROnbwCf37EA

What are you? Some sorta crazy insane BIRTCHER?????

Sorry, It is just that I have been slammed on this very forum for posting the exact same video so i am passing the love onto the next poster of that video...


46 posted on 02/28/2013 8:09:41 AM PST by GraceG
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To: RoosterRedux
None of this is a surprise to those who remember the story...

"Journalist locked in a closet for hours during VP Biden's fundraiser"
47 posted on 02/28/2013 10:02:17 AM PST by tsowellfan
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To: RoosterRedux
Woodward claimed Wednesday night that a White House aide sent him an email saying he would "regret" his comments. The aide was not identified, but an official familiar with the exchange told Fox News it was National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling.

Sounds easy enough to prove...

48 posted on 02/28/2013 10:17:59 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: RoosterRedux
Former Obama adviser David Plouffe tweeted Wednesday: "Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again.

Mike may not be able to hit like he used to, but Plouffe was never clear as to whom would be pitching. After all, we've seen president mom jeans throw......


49 posted on 02/28/2013 10:20:22 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Fawn

...more than one. The Mafia never stops at one. That would be like eating just one salted peanut.


50 posted on 02/28/2013 11:50:20 AM PST by miserare
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