Yesterday, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward claimed that, because he is standing by his reports that sequestration was, in fact, the brainchild of the Obama White House, that it was personally approved by Obama, and that Obama’s pushing for tax increases now to somehow resolve the laughable sequestration impasse is simply again kicking the can down the road, he has been threatened by “a very senior person” in the White House. Bob Woodward revealed this “Obama Administration” threat during an interview on CNN’s Situation Room yesterday morning.
It seems that Woodward had also told two Politico reporters the very same thing … also yesterday, and that they appear to have “sat” on the story until this evening when the CNN interview finally forced their hand. Somehow, I am not very surprised by this. We do know that most of the left-wing drive-by-medial are Obama worshippers and would blindly follow him anywhere … like rats on a sinking ship!
Here is a transcript of some of the interview from newsbuster.org:
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. I mean, they put out these long talking points and said, see, even Woodward’s book reports that Speaker Boehner said, let’s get $600 billion over ten years in revenue in the super committee. That’s exactly right. That’s not the sequester. And they’ve said – they have,as you know, I said, get somebody from the White House here, and we’ll debate.
BLITZER: We invited the White House to send someone here, to debate this issue with you, and they declined.
WOODWARD: Why? Why? Because it’s irrefutable; that’s exactly what happened. I’m not saying this is a moving of the goalposts that was some criminal act or something like that, I’m just saying, that’s –
… BLITZER: You’re used to this kind of stuff, but share with our viewers what’s going on between you and the White House.
WOODWARD: Well, they’re not happy at all, and some people kind of, you know, said, look, we don’t see eye to eye on this. They never really said, though – afterwards, they’ve said that this is factually wrong, and they – and it was said to me in an e-mail by a top –
BLITZER: What was said? Yes.
WOODWARD: It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this.
BLITZER: Who sent that e-mail to you?
WOODWARD: Well, I’m not going to say.
BLITZER: Was it a senior person at the White House?
WOODWARD: A very senior person. And just as a matter – I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in. And even though we don’t look at it that way, you do look at it that way. And I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication’s strategy – let’s hope it’s not a strategy, but it’s a tactic that somebody’s employed, and said, look, we don’t go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don’t like, that, you know, you’re going to regret this. And just - it’s Mickey Mouse.
… BOLDUAN: That line clearly has touched a nerve with folks at the White House. There’s no question about that.
I do think Woodward is being very gracious (or naive) when he says, “let’s hope it’s not a strategy.” . This same strategy has been used in “Chicago” politics for decades. It is nothing new. And, Obama is, after all, a product of Saul Alinsky’s left-wing ideology and the corrupt Chicago political machine. He has proven to be very adept at strong-arm, character assassination-type politics. I would ask Bob Woodward … when have Obama’s lap-dog media darlings and other left-wing, progressive activists not employed such a strategy?
Already, shivering-legged, left-wing progressive media apparatchiks like Politico’s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen are labeling Woodward with a newly-minted uncomplimentary term, “unlikely darling of the right wing.” In truth, he is really nothing of the sort. All he’s doing is reiterating a truth that many Americans already know … but are afraid to stand up and say; either because they are suckling at the Obama administration’s bloated teats, or are afraid of the possible consequences, or of engendering the displeasure of His Imperial Majesty. No need to even mention the mindless Cool Aid drinkers. We know where they grovel.
But I digress! Back to the “unbiased” media. The “unbiased” Politico pair received the following information from Bob Woodward yesterday and it seems they held on to it until 8:00 p.m. last night when CNN’s reporting the story forced their hand:
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.’”
In all this, there is one thing that the Obama administration may have succeeded in actually doing. They may have convinced many Americans that it was a real mistake re-electing him to office. As Obama’s left-wing blundering continues … even the Cool Aid drinkers might slowly begin to rise from their collective fog and realize the damage being done to this great country. One can only hope!
- Bob Woodward: White House Threatened Me (huffingtonpost.com)
- ” You’ll Regret What You’re Doing ” – Telling The Truth Is A Punishable Offense (youviewed.com)
- White House Tells Bob Woodward: “You Will Regret Doing This” – The Video (breitbart.com)
- White House Threatens Bob Woodward “You Will Regret This”….. (theconservativetreehouse.com)
- Bob Woodward on threat from White House staff: “…it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in” (cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com)
- Bob Woodward threatened by White House over sequester reporting (americanthinker.com)
- ‘A Very Senior Person’ at White House to Woodward: ‘You Will Regret Doing This’ (nationalreview.com)
- White House Threatens the man who brought down Richard Nixon (grumpyelder.com)
- White House Yells at Woodward for Half Hour: ‘You’re Going to Regret Doing This’… (redflagnews.com)
- Bob Woodward says W.H. staffer told him he would ‘regret’ sequester comment (washingtontimes.com)