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  • WADR: Hillary's Economic Adviser Filibusters When Asked for Brevity

    08/04/2016 3:37:35 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 4, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Have you ever had somebody try to sell you on something but the pitch goes on and on and on with a complicated explanation which is almost impossible to understand? If you were smart, you would walk away with your hand on your wallet. Such was the case yesterday when Gene Sperling, Hillary Clinton's economic adviser, attempted to explain her economic policies on Bloomberg's With All Due Respect to hosts John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. His seemingly endless complex explanations seemed to frustrate the hosts until Heilemann asked Sperling to very briefly explain her economic policy. The result? Sperling went on another yet...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 5 January 2014

    01/05/2014 5:10:00 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 151 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 5 January 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 5th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mitt Romney; Mark Rienzi, a lawyer for an organization of Catholic nuns challenging a requirement that some religion-affiliated groups provide health insurance that includes birth control; Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Gene Sperling, director of the White House's National Economic Council; Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Obama pans GOP 'brinksmanship' to governors [Valerie Jarrett also on conference call to 25 govs]

    10/12/2013 4:27:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 11, 2013 | Amie Parnes
    Obama told 25 governors on a conference call that the shutdown "is hurting local economies." President Obama hit Congressional Republicans on Friday telling a bipartisan group of governors that the "brinksmanship strategy" of shutting down the government and threatening default is something "the country can't afford." Obama made the comments to 25 governors on a conference call aimed at discussing the effect of the federal shutdown on state budgets and the overall economy, according to a White House readout of the call....... Obama was joined on the call by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, NEC Director Gene Sperling, Deputy Office of...
  • Sperling Admits Obama Misled in Debate: The President Did Propose the Sequester

    03/03/2013 8:01:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 3/3/13 | Daniel Halper
    White House economic adviser Gene Sperling admits that, yes, in fact, the sequestration was President Obama's plan: White House economic adviser Gene Sperling admits that, yes, in fact, the sequestration was President Obama's plan: "We put forth the design of" the sequestration, Sperling finally admits after a long back-and-forth.
  • Axelrod Disses Sperling To Downplay Woodward Dust-up

    03/01/2013 5:32:59 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    David Axelrod has written Gene Sperling off as a political lightweight lacking the tonnage to have intimidated Bob Woodward in their dust-up over the sequester. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Axelrod sarcastically asked "what is Gene Sperling going to do to Bob Woodward? Bob Woodward, who faced down H.R. Haldemann as a young man, feels intimidated by Gene Sperling?" You really have to hear the sneer in Axelrod's voice as he pronounces the name "Gene Sperling" to appreciate just how far under the bus Axelrod was willing to throw a fellow member of Team Obama. View the video here.
  • Bob Woodward’s Curious Words on Chris Matthews’ Show (VIDEO)(suggests scandal for White House)

    01/26/2009 1:21:41 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 1,712+ views ^ | January 25, 2009 | MsUnderestimated
    Today on NBC’s Chris Matthews’ show, Bob Woodward was one of the guests on the panel, and during the standard Q&A between Chris and the panelists, a couple of curious things came out of Woodward’s mouth. The first thing that caught my attention was when Chris played a segment of the inauguration where Obama said we “must begin again the work of remaking America.” Woodward began his comments by reminding us of the “if you will unclench the fist, we will extend the hand.” He says it’s obvious the big difference between Obama and Bush & Cheney is that Obama...
  • Bob Woodward strikes again! (McChrystal assessment edition)

    09/22/2009 3:51:39 AM PDT · by Saije · 60 replies · 2,054+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 9/21/2009 | Peter Feaver
    The Obama Administration has been Woodwarded again, this time with a major scoop: Bob Woodward has a major front-page story that is more or less a summary precis of General McChrystal’s confidential Initial Assessment of the Afghan situation...I have a few initial assessments of my own: 1. It is not good to have a document like this leaked into the public debate before the President has made his decision...I assume the Obama team is very angry about this, and I think they have every right to be... 4. The leak makes it harder for President Obama to reject a McChrystal...
  • A D.C. whodunit: Who leaked and why? -Bob Woodward's scoop on Afghan report raises questions

    09/28/2009 3:33:19 PM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 12 replies · 766+ views
    Politico ^ | 22 September 20009 | BEN SMITH - Politico
    Bob Woodward’s Monday-morning exclusive on a 66-page report from Gen. Stanley McChrystal to President Barack Obama about Afghanistan policy was a rite of passage for the new administration: the first major national security leak and a sure sign that the celebrated Washington Post reporter has penetrated yet another administration. White House officials greeted the leak with a grimace, but none suggested they’d begin a witch hunt for the leaker. Woodward is famous for his access to the principals themselves — he recently traveled to Afghanistan with National Security Adviser James Jones — and leak hunters couldn’t expect with confidence that...
  • Bob Woodward book on Obama to show president fighting for control of agenda

    05/11/2010 4:56:17 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 11 replies · 679+ views
    AP via Washington Examiner ^ | May 11, 2010 | Bob Woodward
    The publisher's catalog says Bob Woodward's upcoming book on the Obama administration will portray the president struggling for control of his domestic agenda. Simon & Schuster will release the book, currently untitled, this fall.
  • Woodward book on Obama coming in September

    05/05/2010 9:52:35 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 25 replies · 1,204+ views
    AP via Brietbart ^ | 05/05/10 | HILLEL ITALIE
    NEW YORK (AP) - A Bob Woodward book on the Obama administration is coming out in September.
  • Obama's War

    09/22/2010 5:32:53 AM PDT · by Neoavatara · 19 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | September 22, 2010 | Neoavatara
    Wow, this is worse than I imagined. Bob Woodward, in his classic way of infiltrating a White House, has done so in his most recent book, Obama's Wars. The chaos from this book is frightening. There is no goal in mind. There is no end game. There is simply academic discussions that are never ending.
  • ABC News: White House Reacts to Woodward Book

    09/22/2010 6:26:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 22, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    A senior administration official who read the book says "the President comes across in the review and throughout the decision-making process as a Commander in Chief who is analytical, strategic, and decisive, with a broad view of history, national security, and his role." The official says of the descriptions of the infighting in the book that "the debates in the book are well known because the policy review process was covered so exhaustively." White House officials are still matching New York Times excerpts with anecdotes in the book but one says not all the quoting is fair, especially Vice President...
  • Obama at Odds With Advisers on Afghan Exit Strategy, Woodward Book Reports

    09/22/2010 7:01:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 22/9/10 | Tom Kavanagh
    Frustrated that his top military advisers failed to provide him an exit plan for Afghanistan, President Obama crafted his own strategy, according to a new book by Bob Woodward. In "Obama's War" -- Woodward's meeting-by-meeting account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review -- the president stressed that the plan to add 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation "needs to be . . . about how we're going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan. Everything we're doing has to be focused on how we're going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint. It's in...
  • Why Bob Woodward’s New book is a stunner and why John Bolton went off (Video)

    09/22/2010 7:31:52 PM PDT · by Justaham · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-22-10 | John Schulenburg
    Wow, so Bob Woodward’s new book is making a lot of headlines to today and why shouldn’t it? It’s an amazing view into the White House and well, frankly scared the bejeesus out of me just knowing that this joker is in charge of our country and military. Where to begin? It starts with the front page story from the Washington Post which talks about Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars. The book quite literally is a stark reality check for the American people on who their Commander-in-Chief is and how he thinks. The first bombshell that people are talking...
  • US has 3000-strong crack squad in Afghanistan to wage its secret war in Pakistan

    09/23/2010 9:37:34 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    Sindh Today | ANI ^ | 9/22/10 | Julius Cavendish
    Washington, Sept 23 (ANI): An Afghan paramilitary force with a strength of 3000 well-armed troops, collectively known as Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams, has been trained and deployed in Afghanistan not only for surveillance, raids and combat operations in Afghanistan, but also for the United States’ secret war in Pakistan against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, according to current and former US officials. While the existence of these teams is disclosed in ‘Obama’s Wars,’ a forthcoming book by famed journalist Bob Woodward, interviews with sources familiar with the CIA’s operations, as well as a review of the database of 76,000 classified U.S. military...
  • Barack Obama's Bob Woodward gamble (Barry's dumb bet, lol)

    09/22/2010 7:33:44 AM PDT · by milwguy · 30 replies
    politico ^ | 9/22/2010 | Mike Allen
    Early in Barack Obama’s term, he and his aides faced a rite of passage familiar to every White House for the past 40 years: What to do about Woodward? In Obama’s case, the answer came quickly: The White House doors swung wide for the world’s most successful non-fiction writer. Once inside, the author was treated to a buffet of access to bold-faced names—Biden, Clinton, Gates, Panetta—topped off with a sit-down with Obama himself. “Obama’s Wars,” Bob Woodward’s 16th book—the previous 15 have all been best-sellers and often dominated the news upon release—comes out Monday. Administration officials believe, but so far...
  • According to Woodward, Obama got "pissed" with US military for demanding troops

    09/27/2010 3:57:09 AM PDT · by Suvroc10 · 18 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 27, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    According to Bob Woodward, Barack Obama got "pissed" with the US military for demanding more troops. The startling disclosure that is not presidential at all comes as part of author Bob Woodward’s first interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer as he begins to hawk his new book, "Obama’s Wars." In one of the meetings Obama attended to review Afghanistan policy, he simply blurted out, "I’m pissed!" because he was getting frustrated with the insistence of US military leaders demanding more troops so they could win in Afghanistan. Just imagine, US military leaders actually had the unmitigated gall to dare ask their...
  • Obama aides divided over Afghanistan (Holbrooke "the most egotistical bastard I've ever met")

    09/23/2010 6:13:38 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 23, 2010 | AP
    Obama aides divided over Afghanistan: book Woodward book reveals nothing new: adviser WASHINGTON -- President Obama's top advisers spent much of the past 20 months arguing about policy and turf, according to a new book, with some top members of his national security team doubting the president's strategy in Afghanistan will work. The book, Obama's Wars, by journalist Bob Woodward, says Obama aides were deeply divided over the war in Afghanistan even as the president agreed to triple troop levels there. Obama's top White House adviser on Afghanistan and his special envoy for the region are described as believing the...
  • The reluctant commander in chief

    09/24/2010 5:05:08 AM PDT · by libstripper · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2010 | MIchael Gerson
    What is most disturbing about the coverage of Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" is not the juicy bits of conflict and infighting; it is the fact that the White House seems pleased with the image of President Obama that emerges. "I think the president comes across pretty well in the book," says one official, "even if it looks crazy around him." What comes across is a president deeply skeptical about the Afghan war, suspicious of the advice of military leaders and obsessed with finding exits and setting withdrawal deadlines. To a press or political aide in the administration, this must seem...
  • Audio of President Obama Telling Bob Woodward “We Can Absorb a Terrorist Attack”

    09/27/2010 8:04:18 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 15 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 27, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of famed journalist/author Bob Woodward talking about President Obama’s private interview with him in the White House where Obama said that the United States “can absorb a terrorist attack.” The audio of Obama saying that to Woodward is then played on the video, and Woodward said, “I jumped in my chair a little bit” when he heard Obama say that. He also played audio of Obama talking about a “potential game-changer” – a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists “blowing up a major American city.” Obama told Woodward, “That is where I can’t afford any mistakes.”...
  • Bob Woodward says Barack Obama doesn't have the 'X-factor'

    10/02/2010 11:27:41 AM PDT · by Michel12 · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2 october 2010 | Alex Spillius
    President Barack Obama is letting down his troops and seems not to have the commitment and 'X-factor' to win the war in Afghanistan, Bob Woodward has told The Daily Telegraph. This strong opinion is all the more stinging because it comes not from the US President’s usual vociferous critics but Bob Woodward, the legendary Watergate journalist who is normally scrupulous at keeping his views to himself. “I believe in neutral inquiry,” he tells The Daily Telegraph in an interview. “That is the core job of the journalist.”
  • Obama's Shocking Statement to Woodward About 'Losing' War

    09/29/2010 1:58:18 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 16 replies
    The Fox Nation ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | The Fox Nation
    BILL O'REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: Who wouldn't want out of that mess? I mean we're spending billions of dollars over there and we're getting our people killed. Who wouldn't? But, here's the deal. Once you fight, you have to fight to win. You have to fight to win. And, a lot of Americans, including me, are not sure he has the heart for the fight. BOB WOODWARD: It's a fair question. When you look at the record here that's presented in this book, the "X" factor that never comes out, he never -- when I asked him, I said, "Well,...
  • Interview with The Woodward Report: THE HOTTEST NEW POLITICAL WEBSITE

    05/01/2010 1:16:29 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 8 replies · 792+ views
    Times Square Gossip ^ | May 1, 2010 | James Edstrom
    What is the most popular part of The Woodward Report? The headlines page is the primary focus, it’s updated constantly. The page is designed to provide the most thoughtful and influential stories so that the readers can form a complete, current political picture of the times. It provides links to stories from various news outlets across the web plus original content that we provide ourselves. We primarily link to U.S. based publications but we do pick up a lot from global publications as well. The Woodward Report links to stories of news and analysis to a vast variety of publications....
  • Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war

    09/22/2010 6:03:14 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 32 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/22/2010 | Steve Luxenberg
    President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward. ... According to Woodward's meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review, the president avoided talk of victory as he described his objectives. "This needs to be a plan about how we're going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan," Obama is quoted as telling White House aides as he laid...
  • Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war

    09/22/2010 11:17:24 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/22/10 | Steve Luxenberg
    President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward. Frustrated with his military commanders for consistently offering only options that required significantly more troops, Obama finally crafted his own strategy, dictating a classified six-page "terms sheet" that sought to limit U.S. involvement, Woodward reports in "Obama's Wars," to be released on Monday. According to Woodward's meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo account of the 2009 Afghan strategy...
  • What happened to the Barack Obama dream?

    09/25/2010 8:19:00 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 59 replies
    London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | September 23, 2010 | Alex Spillius
    Bob Woodward's searing critique of the Democrats' war strategy comes as key advisers are leaving and voters lose patience with Barack Obama's promise to deliver 'hope and change'. Alex Spillius reports on an increasingly isolated President. When Barack Obama took office 20 months ago – and what a long 20 months it seems – there was a lot of talk about the great "Team of Rivals" he was appointing around him. Parallels were drawn with the cabinet of substantial talents and big personalities assembled by Abraham Lincoln to rebuild the nation after the civil war. Now, in a new book,...
  • Bob Woodward book blames Obama for debt deal collapse

    09/06/2012 6:43:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/06/2012 | Rick Moran
    Read the entire 7,000 word ABC News story to get a grasp of Obama's incompetence in dealing with a major negotiation. Absolutely breathtaking: An explosive mix of dysfunction, miscommunication, and misunderstandings inside and outside the White House led to the collapse of a historic spending and debt deal that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were on the verge of reaching last summer, according to revelations in author Bob Woodward's latest book.The book, "The Price of Politics," on sale Sept. 11, 2012, shows how close the president and the House speaker were to defying Washington odds and establishing...
  • Woodward's Blokbuster Obama Expose: The Price Of Politics

    09/09/2012 9:23:12 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-9-2012 | MOTUS
    I had originally reserved today to recap some of the antics from the lesser acts at last week’s DNC (Democratic National Circus). Such as Sandy Two Buck Fluke, Kerry “Today there are people trying (to) take away rights that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for: our right to vote, our right to choose, affordable quality education, equal pay, access to health care... and Joey “fact-check me, I dare you!” Biden. Butt then news about a new soon-to-be-released blockbuster by Bob Woodward came out in the Washington Post: Inside story of Obama’s struggle to keep Congress from controlling outcome of...
  • Bob Woodward Takes Down Obama

    10/14/2012 10:35:52 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 34 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.14.12 @ 12:39PM | By Quin Hillyer
    Very strong stuff from Bob Woodward criticizing The One's administration regarding Libya. These (the first link and this one) are two excellent videos. In the second, Woodward concludes that "anyone in the intelligence community knows that [Obama's brags about having hobbled al Qaeda] are not true." [T]hose in the know have always said that Woodward has always had particularly good sources in the intelligence community, going back some 40 years. Plus, as the perfect leading indicator for Washington conventional wisdom, Woodward signifies very bad news for a liberal if he comes down as hard on said liberal as Woodward did...
  • Bob Woodward Shocker: There Is a Way to Raise Revenue AND Lower Tax Rates

    11/11/2012 3:49:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | November 11, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Stop the presses! Stop the presses! The Washington Post's Bob Woodward on The Chris Matthews Show Sunday not only called Democrat visions of balancing the budget by raising taxes on the rich a "fantasy," but he also said "there is a way to...raise more revenue and perhaps lower the rates" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Bob Woodward Shocker: There Is a Way to Raise Revenue AND Lower Tax Rates BOB WOODWARD, WASHINGTON POST: But there's a fantasy element, unfortunately, in this, about the tax increases for the wealthy. It probably is sensible, good policy. It’s theology, as you know,...
  • Bob Woodward: Why is Obama still misleading everyone on the sequester?

    02/23/2013 11:40:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Success may have a thousand fathers, and failure be an orphan, but don’t doubt the parentage of the sequester. After yet another week of White House denials of paternity and a new layer of hysteria over the nature of the cuts involved, Bob Woodward reminds us again who came up with the plan in the first place. As he reported in his book The Price of Politics more than a year ago from on-the-record interviews with the players involved, the sequester was proposed by then-Chief of Staff Jack Lew and personally approved by President Barack Obama, before Harry Reid presented...
  • Woodward pushes back: W.H. confusing, distorting facts on sequester

    02/24/2013 2:11:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/24/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward tells POLITICO Playbook that the White House is muddling the facts on the sequester - "a classic case of distortion and confusion." **SNIP** "The White House pushback is a classic case of distortion and confusion," Woodward said in an email to Playbook. "We unfortunately have seen this too often in recent presidential history... I do not think it is willful. They are just mixed up, surprisingly so."
  • Woodward: Obama Exhibiting 'A Kind of Madness I Haven't Seen in a Long Time’

    02/27/2013 9:59:38 AM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward continues to break ranks with his Obama-loving colleagues by holding the President's feet to the fire concerning the looming budget sequester. Just days after he wrote a piece in the Post exposing the inconvenient truth that it was indeed the White House that initially proposed sequestration during the 2011 debt ceiling debate, Woodward appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday saying that Obama's decision to not send the USS Truman to the Persian Gulf as a result of these deliberations was "a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time" (video follows with...
  • BOB WOODWARD: Obama Is Showing 'A Kind Of Madness I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'

    02/27/2013 8:01:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/27/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" today, saying he's exhibiting a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns. "Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said. "Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not...
  • Woodward: Obama's Decision Not To Deploy Carrier "A Kind Of Madness"

    02/27/2013 12:51:39 PM PST · by yoe · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2013
    Video Bob Woodward blasted President Obama on Wednesday morning for deciding to recall an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf because of impending budget cuts, calling the decision "a kind of madness." Woodward: Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’ Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president...
  • A Chill Wind

    02/28/2013 12:28:54 PM PST · by allmendream · 25 replies
    self | 28 Feb 13 | self
    A chill wind is blowing in this nation. A message is being sent through the White House and its allies… If you oppose this administration, there can and will be ramifications. And in the midst of all this madness, where is the political opposition?… We need leaders, not pragmatists that cower before the spin zones of former entertainment journalists. We need leaders who can understand the Constitution… The journalists in this country can battle back at those who would rewrite our Constitution… You have, whether you like it or not, an awesome responsibility and an awesome power: the fate of...
  • Behind the Curtain: Woodward at war

    02/27/2013 5:35:33 PM PST · by Third Person · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | February 27th, 2013 | Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen
    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...
  • Get ready for the Obamacollapse!

    02/27/2013 7:40:33 PM PST · by struggle · 35 replies
    Vanity | 02/27/2013 | struggl
    Hey guys, can you feel it? There's that smell in the air...the acrid stench of desperation. This Friday marks the first time the Republicans MIGHT ACTUALLY STAND UP TO OBAMA! Guess what has happened in the last day alone? 1. Bob Woodward has called the Obama Admin's actions "madness" and compared them to Nixon. 2. Bob Woodward was threatened by Glen Sperling, Obama aide. 3. The media is in full a**-cover mode, trying in anyway possible to spin the slam of Woodward, THEIR HERO, as some kind of fluke. 4. @SharylAttkisson is back on the question track with #Benghazi 5....
  • Obama Gets Cold Feet: On Second Thought, You Might Not Notice the Sequester

    02/28/2013 4:55:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush ^ | February 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, the sequester, it's gonna cut, they're saying, $85 billion. We actually know it's 22. But we'll go with their 85. We're gonna cut $85 billion this year, light? Look at this story. Wall Street Journal today. Secretary of state John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, said that the United States is preparing for the first time to directly provide nonlethal assistance to rebel Syrian fighters as part of a bid to change president Bashar al-Assad's calculations and to expedite his removal from office. Meaning, we're gonna pay freedom fighters in Syria some money to get rid...
  • Bob Woodward Is Senile

    02/28/2013 4:45:15 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 35 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/28/13 | LD Jackson
    I know of no other way to put this. The Obama administration is taking their attacks to a new low and their attempts to control the media to a new level. Bob Woodward is no stranger to anyone who follows politics and is familiar with the media. He is the man who broke the Watergate story and his has been around the block at least once or twice. Not only that, but he is well-respected, usually by his fans and his critics. His reputation is above reproach, but that may be about to change. If we were looking for one...
  • And the WH hatchet man was …

    02/28/2013 5:40:50 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-28-2013 | Ed Morrissey
    … Gene Sperling, at least according to BuzzFeed’s source with access to the e-mail conversation between Bob Woodward and whoever “threatened” him. As hatchet men go, a director of the White House Economic Council odd choice. Isn’t this the kind of thing Rahm Emanuel used to handle? (snip) "Woodward, Politico reported, called the top official — identified to BuzzFeed as Sperling — to tell him that he would question Obama’s account of negotiations leading to the “sequester” — automatic cuts set to take effect next month." "The aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward said, and then...
  • Is Obama Losing His Media Allies Over The Sequester?

    02/28/2013 6:57:33 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/27/2013 | IBD Staff
    Politics: Here's a pretty good sign that President Obama is losing the sequester fight: Even his best friends in the press are starting to chafe at the desperate and deceptive warnings coming from him and his administration. At one of his countless anti-sequester events, Obama warned that the budget cuts will "gut critical investments," "weaken America's economic recovery" and "weaken our military readiness." He said tens of thousands of parents will scramble to find child care, and hundreds of thousands will "lose access to primary care and preventive care." [snip] Even the media appear — incredibly — to be growing...
  • Mika Mocks Woodward Over White House Threat: 'Is He Really Afraid Of A Little Aide?'

    02/28/2013 6:25:01 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Using her most sarcastic scared-little-child voice, Mika Brzezinski has mocked Bob Woodward for saying the White House threatened him over his reporting on the sequester. On today's Morning Joe, Mika said "is he really afraid of a little aide who said that to him? Really?" View the video here.
  • WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat (audio at link)

    02/28/2013 6:25:09 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 73 replies
    630 WMAL, Washington, DC ^ | 2/28/13 | WMAL Staff
    WASHINGTON -- Bob Woodward isn't the only person who's received threats for airing the Obama administration's dirty laundry. It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days - even former senior members of the Clinton administration. A day after Woodward's claim that a senior White House official had told him he would "regret" writing a column criticizing President Obama's stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL's Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington...
  • All the President’s Thugs

    02/28/2013 7:15:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-2013 | J. Christian Adams - Commentary
    February 27, 2013 All the President’s Thugs J. Christian Adams Hey, Bob, you can’t say we didn’t warn you. We knew this White House was capable of attacking even the great Bob Woodward for telling the truth.You could have listened to Michael Barone. He saw it coming even before Barack Obama was elected. In October 2008, he penned “The Coming Obama Thugocracy.” I experienced it when DOJ press harpy Tracy Schmaler yelled at a half dozen reporters, as the White House official did to you, about my under-oath testimony involving the New Black Panther dismissal. Her victims included Pete Williams,...
  • USA Today reporter: I know a few reporters who’ve gotten White House e-mails like Woodward's

    02/28/2013 7:20:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/28/2013 | AllahPundit
    Noteworthy, although I'm not sure which way it cuts. Younger reporters were tweeting last night that they get angry e-mails from political flacks all the time and that it's no big deal, which is a nifty way to humblebrag about how they've upset Power by speaking Truth while also serving the liberal cause du jour of discrediting Bob Woodward. (Some serve more bravely than others.) Is that what David Jackson means here, that Woodward's blowing routine White House grumpiness out of all proportion? Or that Woodward's right and that veiled White House threats are more common than you’d think? In...
  • WH Senior Adviser Plouffe: Woodward Washed Up

    02/28/2013 7:35:13 AM PST · by Biggirl · 56 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | Breitbart News
    Wednesday night, in the aftermath of the blow-up regarding the White House’s email to Bob Woodward suggesting he would "regret" his reporting of sequestration, White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe took to twitter to bash Woodward as a past-his-prime hack: - See more at:
  • Ron Fournier: Yeah, I Got the Abusive Treatment From the WH

    02/28/2013 9:17:00 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 17 replies
    Big Government ^ | 02/28/2013 | Ace of Spades
    As editor-in-chief of National Journal, I received several e-mails and telephone calls from this White House official filled with vulgarity, abusive language, and virtually the same phrase that Woodward called a veiled threat. “You will regret staking out that claim,” The Washington Post reporter was told. Once I moved back to daily reporting this year, the badgering intensified. I wrote Saturday night, asking the official to stop e-mailing me.
  • Bob Woodward on threat from White House staff: " makes me very uncomfortable to have the

    02/27/2013 7:31:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/27/13 | The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,
    Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward told CNN that he has been threatened by White House staff over his budget cut challenge. Highlights from the interview are below; a full transcript will be posted on MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” Highlights from Full Interview: THIS IS A RUSH FDCH TRANSCRIPT. IT MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. BOLDUAN: What do you make of the White House's response to your article? WOODWARD: Well, I think they're confused. I think they've got this idea....
  • Obama Goes Strong to the Paint, But Woodward Draws The Charging Foul!!!

    02/28/2013 8:39:12 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-28-2013 | MOTUS
    You’re probably wondering which “Senior White House Staffer” yelled at Bob Woodward for over a half hour. Apparently the disagreement was over Bob’s insistence on maintaining a smidgen of journalistic integrity with respect to reporting on the origin of the Grand Sequester Bargain. Bob stood firm that it was originally BO’s idea; even in the face of withering disapproval and untold backlash that’s bound to kill the career of the veteran Washington Post reporter - who was the first to break the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon White House. Butt, as the Plouf-daddy points out, Bob’s pretty much...