..any threats Matt?
No, Woodward did not troll us.
What is being lost in all of this, is that Woodward got about a 30 minute earful from the White House, and that earful wasn’t whispered sweet nothings, either.
And Lanny davis and Fournier have been on the receiving end, too.
Should I know Matt Lewis?
MESSAGE TO BOB:
Expose corruption in ALL Washington politicians--and journalists--as you did Nixon, and you will prove that you are a truth seeker rather than a partisan hack.
Your failure to expose corruption in the Presidential Administrations that followed Nixon's cast serious doubt on your motivations.
I don’t think that it is the Chicago way, actually, I think it is Hillary’s revenge.
Watch all of those who are loyal to her line up against the Obamas.
Trotting Michelle out everywhere was always going to make her annoyed.
The email exchange
From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013
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.
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
I don’t know. The email was sent after the fact. It may not reflect the tone of the original statement. After all, it’s in writing. This administration doesn’t leave a trail if it can help it.
It was a trivial nudge... but my guess is that Woodard had been nudged one too many times by the WH and knows lots of others the WH has nudged. This time Woodward pushed back.
What is REALLY being lost is :
THE SEQUESTER WAS OBAMA’S IDEA.
(Woodward v. Sperling is the undercard.)
Everybody comes to FR for the news, BTW
Re: Missing parts of Nixon tapes released(18 mins) From rwoodward | 03/06/2011 12:01:40 PM PST replied Yes I would be very interested in what Mr. Liddy had discussed with you. God Bless,
This article was posted by a lib claiming no threat:
I’m a bit skeptical to believe either side on this but I’m not sure why people are quick to dismiss it based on an email. This administration is nasty...and magically this works out in the White House’s favor?
No. Just a sensible analysis of the facts.
When I saw conservatives start to drool over Woodward, I suspected we were being played. He probably sold 10,000 books from people who wouldn't have considered it before his big "break" from the administration.