Skip to comments.Barack Obama's Bob Woodward gamble (Barry's dumb bet, lol)
Posted on 09/22/2010 7:33:44 AM PDT by milwguy
Early in Barack Obamas 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 Obamas case, the answer came quickly: The White House doors swung wide for the worlds most successful non-fiction writer. Once inside, the author was treated to a buffet of access to bold-faced namesBiden, Clinton, Gates, Panettatopped off with a sit-down with Obama himself.
Obamas Wars, Bob Woodwards 16th bookthe previous 15 have all been best-sellers and often dominated the news upon releasecomes out Monday. Administration officials believe, but so far dont 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 Obamafar from mastering his competing groups of adviserswill 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 ...
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.
He should have gone with Rolling Stone.
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.
“Woodward, even though a lib, has at least a shred of journalistic integrity left and writes what he found.”
I certainly hope so....
... and Woodward is a lefty, so you know he's dressed things up quite a bit already.
Woodward has been known to pen some fiction, as well. The whole William Casey death bed tale is anorexically thin.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
THIS is Barry's legacy.
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.
How refreshing an idea ... Unbiased. It could happen!
Hubris, is a terrible thing to waste.
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.
The book also says that Obama ignored all his generals, and instead came up with his own 6 page strategy for surrender.
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.
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.
‘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?
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.
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.
This book is a broadside compliments of Hillary. Game on!
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.
To stir up the base ..
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.
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.
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?
We absorbed it because of leadership from the top.
Do you think that would be the case now?
The White House doors swung wide for the worlds most successful non-fiction writer
You mean to tell me that it is Woodward and not Michael Moore? oh, non-fiction, I got it;)
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.
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