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Barack Obama's Bob Woodward gamble (Barry's dumb bet, lol)
politico ^ | 9/22/2010 | Mike Allen

Posted on 09/22/2010 7:33:44 AM PDT by milwguy

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 don’t know for sure, that their bet on lavishing the Watergate legend with cooperation paid off with a largely sympathetic portrait they expect looks something like this:

A young commander-in-chief, with no military experience, inherits festering, deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan. After some scraps with military brass who were testing their limits, Obama draws on his innate confidence and deftly brings together competing factions of his own war cabinet behind a hybrid plan that includes a troop “surge” not unlike the one in Iraq, which he had denounced as a candidate.

But there already are reasons to believe that the portrait will not be entirely what the White House team bargained for, and that Obama—far from mastering his competing groups of advisers—will be seen as tugged and pulled by them and by his own deep misgivings about the Afghan war and its chances of success.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; genesperling; obama; obamaswars; partisanmediashills; sequester; woodward
Barry's ego has once again bit him in the butt. Even his cheerleaders at Politico can't put a happy face on Woodward's portrayal of the Obama White House.

Barry is so used to getting positive press that he could probably not imagine Woodward writing something bad about him. Woodward, even though a lib, has at least a shred of journalistic integrity left and writes what he found.

1 posted on 09/22/2010 7:33:46 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: milwguy

He should have gone with Rolling Stone.


2 posted on 09/22/2010 7:35:41 AM PDT by AU72
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To: milwguy

If their bet on giving Woodward access turns out wrong, White House aides will have little grounds for complaining that Woodward is out of the loop. At times during the reporting, according to administration officials and other sources familiar with the book, Woodward surprised top defense and intelligence officials by coming in for interviews armed with classified maps, in some cases labeled with code names for clandestine operations.

Nice to see the White House treats classified information so carefully. An investigation should be launched into who gave Woodward the classified info and they shold be fired and jailed post haste.


3 posted on 09/22/2010 7:35:47 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: milwguy

“Woodward, even though a lib, has at least a shred of journalistic integrity left and writes what he found.”

I certainly hope so....


4 posted on 09/22/2010 7:36:38 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: milwguy
Even his cheerleaders at Politico can't put a happy face on Woodward's portrayal of the Obama White House.

... and Woodward is a lefty, so you know he's dressed things up quite a bit already.

5 posted on 09/22/2010 7:36:42 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: milwguy
The White House doors swung wide for the world’s most successful non-fiction writer.

Woodward has been known to pen some fiction, as well. The whole William Casey death bed tale is anorexically thin.

6 posted on 09/22/2010 7:38:00 AM PDT by edpc (It's Kräusened)
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To: maggief; penelopesire; STARWISE; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Liz; milwguy

Jennifer Griffith and Fox News had a little different take:

Woodward might have thrown Obama a bone (sort of) in that “get out of Afghanistan” could possibly ignite his base of anti-war democrats to support him by a higher turn out of those democrats in November.


7 posted on 09/22/2010 7:39:40 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: milwguy

8 posted on 09/22/2010 7:40:07 AM PDT by McGruff (Rebellion is Brewing! Just Vote the Bums Out!)
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To: milwguy

This is in the right direction. I can’t believe none of these rifts and infightings never happened before Nov 2008. Yet the journ0Lists were more than happy to foist this retard onto American public.

With that in mind, Woodward’s rehab for his reputation still has a long way to go.


9 posted on 09/22/2010 7:40:12 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: milwguy

Remember the Clinton guy who stuffed classified docs in his pants? Sandy Berger, I think. I see a pattern of - maybe reckless disregard for national security...


10 posted on 09/22/2010 7:40:35 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: milwguy

When it comes to the ‘war effort’ - somehow it doesn’t seem right to be publishing so much ‘internal’ stuff during a current administration’s term. I feel that way, regardless of who is in office. I’m more concerned about exposing deficiencies (which, when it comes to Obama there doesn’t seem to be a short supply) out in public for our enemies to take advantage of.


11 posted on 09/22/2010 7:42:20 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: milwguy

Woodward’s book will confirm, sadly, what we’ve all known for months: Obama is incompetent and dangerous.

Woodward’s track record is good. He is methodical and unrelenting in documenting his facts. As the article says, “ “He does have this virulent independent streak, which is frankly a source of his credibility.”

So maybe this will open some eyes that have been wearing blinders.


12 posted on 09/22/2010 7:42:53 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: milwguy
"We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger." Barrack Hussein Obama 2010

THIS is Barry's legacy.

13 posted on 09/22/2010 7:46:43 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: milwguy

The excerpt from the Washington Post is even worse. Obama says we can “absorb a terrorist attack”, so for political reasons we are surrendering in Afghanistan, even though that would prevent terrorist attacks. Obama says without a withdrawal deadline, he would lose the entire Democratic Party.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/21/AR2010092106706.html?hpid=topnews


14 posted on 09/22/2010 7:47:00 AM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: milwguy
Journalist's, interpretation of situations and the power of thought (especially in the case of a prize/award winning author) is indeed, effective in the mind of the readers of his book. Let us pray it is accurate and relatively unbiased.

How refreshing an idea ... Unbiased. It could happen!

15 posted on 09/22/2010 7:49:27 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: milwguy

Hubris, is a terrible thing to waste.


16 posted on 09/22/2010 7:49:37 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SumProVita
If you want to know what's happening, you don't read Woodward.
Try Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.

Woodward is a writer of historical fiction, or what he hopes will becomne history the way he has it planned. He's altogether unreliable. I always thought it [possible he was a KGB mole.

Sensing that our fearlessly ineligible POTUS is drain-bound, which anyone could have told him in November 2008, Woodward is merely going to finish nailing his coffin closed; along with everyone else in the country who can still read without moving their lips.

He'll sell lots of books and speak at Tea Parties.

17 posted on 09/22/2010 7:50:25 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Revive The Poll Tax and Literacy Requirement for voter registration.)
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To: milwguy

The book also says that Obama ignored all his generals, and instead came up with his own 6 page strategy for surrender.


18 posted on 09/22/2010 7:50:32 AM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: Kenny Bunk

I’ve always taken Woodward with a BIG grain of salt. I am hoping, however, that he has enough truth in this book to encourage another segment of Obama voters to begin to open their eyes.


19 posted on 09/22/2010 7:56:31 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: onyx

Very possible....it does kinda make sense that Obama’s base would be inspired by confirmation that Obama is a sniveling,anti american,narcissist,coward...lol.

But Obama/Woodward have to know that this is going to ‘ignite’ our side ever more too.


20 posted on 09/22/2010 7:57:40 AM PDT by penelopesire ('You are either with us or you are with the marxists')
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To: milwguy

‘Woodward writing something bad about him’

I think you just found the target. And mislabeled it.

Writing facts and truth is not ‘writing something bad’ about him.

But that’s what it will be labeled, eh?


21 posted on 09/22/2010 7:59:31 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I prefer Victor Davis Hanson to Evens-Pritchard, but I like both. VDH has been on fire lately, excoriating Barry and using his vast knowledge of history to debunk all the claptrap coming out of Obama’s mouth when he reads off the teleprompter.


22 posted on 09/22/2010 8:01:42 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: Siegfried X
John Keegan wrote a book years ago called "The Mask of Command". He chose four commanders and showed how, over time, commanders had become more removed from the battlefield, and that this trend carried a certain risk with it.

Alexander the Great -- fought in his own battles and was wounded many times. He understood war.
Duke of Wellington -- observed battle from just behind the line, and was frequently shot at. He understood war.
Ulysses Grant -- led from the rear, mostly. He did it well, but relied on telegrams from subordinates for much information. Grant did well, because he understood war.
Adolph Hitler -- led from the capital. He ignored his generals and based much of his WWII strategy on his own experience as a soldier in WWI. This did not serve him well. He understood one war, but not the war he was fighting.

Barack Obama leads the war from vacation spots, he ignores his generals, has no knowledge of war at all, and only seeks to curry favor with political extremists at home.

FAIL.

23 posted on 09/22/2010 8:01:55 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Things will change after the revolution, but not before.)
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To: Siegfried X

This book is a broadside compliments of Hillary. Game on!


24 posted on 09/22/2010 8:04:34 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: milwguy

It’s being pushed really hard by the left....

It’s for Obama’s advantage. He can’t talk about what he and the Democrats have actually done.

Another diversion.

To stir up the base ..


25 posted on 09/22/2010 8:15:22 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: SumProVita; milwguy
THis, like every other "leak," or "wink-wink," from the WH could be Team Obama /MSM strategery. I reckon one of us (no more than that ... I'd hate to reward Woodward) is going to have to read this.

My bet? Woodward will damn Obama with very faint praise .... "A" for Effort sort of thing, stressing how "well-meaning," and laden with love for his subjects, Obama really is. It will be a case of the treacherous peasants betraying Obama!

Another cobblestone laid in the road to Hillary's rightful Assumption of The Throne in 2012.

26 posted on 09/22/2010 8:21:45 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Revive The Poll Tax and Literacy Requirement for voter registration.)
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To: Freddd

I agree with Fredd, they are already spinning it to Zero’s advantage! Funny how they timed the release of the book perfectly, before the elections and in the morning. Hope y’all have enough Xanax to get through the coming days.


27 posted on 09/22/2010 8:24:12 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: SumProVita
I’ve always taken Woodward with a BIG grain of salt.

Did anyone ever figure out how he avoided William Casey's 24/7 guard and overcome Casey's inability to communicate because of a brain tumor?

28 posted on 09/22/2010 8:24:47 AM PDT by Stentor ( "All cults of personality begin as high drama and end as low comedy.")
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To: All
“...but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.” - Barrack Hussein Obama 2010


We absorbed it because of leadership from the top.
Do you think that would be the case now?

29 posted on 09/22/2010 8:44:04 AM PDT by az_gila (AZ - one Governor down... we don't want her back...)
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To: SumProVita

The White House doors swung wide for the world’s most successful non-fiction writer

You mean to tell me that it is Woodward and not Michael Moore? oh, non-fiction, I got it;)


30 posted on 09/22/2010 8:58:04 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: milwguy
Barry is so used to getting positive press that he could probably not imagine Woodward writing something bad about him.

Obama gives new meaning to the phrase "living in a bubble." He and his staff don't have a clue (and don't care) about the real world ramifications of Obama's misguided policies. If Conservatives stay united and turn out in large numbers on 11/2, this is one bubble it will be a pleasure to see burst.

Besides injecting DC with new blood, it will send Dems (and RINOs) to the unemployment line where they actually have to live under the edicts they've been legislating for everyone else.

31 posted on 09/22/2010 10:50:31 AM PDT by abbyg55
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