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Bob Woodward: Obama 'mistaken' on sequester
Politico ^ | 10/23/12 | Leigh Munsil

Posted on 10/23/2012 8:45:19 PM PDT by MissesBush

Bob Woodward says President Barack Obama got some of his facts wrong on sequester at Monday night’s debate.

Woodward’s book, “The Price of Politics,” has been the go-to fact check source for the president’s answer, in which he claimed the idea of using deep, automatic, across-the-board domestic and defense spending cuts to force Congress to address the nation’s burgeoning federal deficit originated from Congress, not from the White House.

“What the president said is not correct,” Woodward told POLITICO Tuesday. “He’s mistaken. And it’s refuted by the people who work for him.”

Woodward, a Washington Post journalist who was a key reporter on the initial coverage of the Watergate scandal, said he stands behind his reporting in the book, which drew upon sources involved in last year’s deficit talks and detailed notes taken in the meetings.

Woodward reports in his book that White House Office of Management Director Jack Lew and Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors took the proposal for sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and then it was presented to congressional Republicans.

During the debate, however, Obama said the idea originated on Capitol Hill.

“First of all, the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed,” Obama said, adding his strongest pronouncement to date on its future: “It will not happen.”

Woodward said there’s a possibility the president was unaware of how the idea came about.

“It’s a complicated process — and in fairness to the president — maybe he didn’t know that they were doing this because it’s kind of technical budget jargon,” Woodward said.

“What I wrote — it’s specific date, time, place, participants,” he said. “What I’ve reported is totally accurate. Call Nabors and Lew. Or ask the White House. I mean, they know that’s accurate.”

Still, briefing reporters Tuesday aboard Air Force One, White House press secretary Jay Carney continued to blame sequestration on Congress.

"What the president said last night was a reiteration of what his position has long been," Carney said. “The sequester that was designed and passed by Congress was never meant to become policy, it was never meant to be implemented."

Woodward agreed that sequestration wasn’t intended to actually happen.

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“No one thought it would happen. The idea was to design something … that was so onerous that no one would ever let it happen. Of course, it did, because they couldn’t reach agreement,” he said. “They all believed that the supercommittee was going to come up with a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction plan, so there would be no sequestration. Of course, the supercommittee failed and so the trigger went off, which has all of these very Draconian cuts.”

This article first appeared on POLITICO Pro at 3:53 p.m. on October 23, 2012.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; debatelies; harryreid; obamalies; sequester; sequestration
No Mr. Woodward, Obama wasn't mistaken. OBAMA LIED! Why does Woodward make excuses for Obama on this, saying he may not have known and it's a complex issue?? Something being a complex issue would not be an excuse for Romney getting something wrong with the Obamabot media. Obama confidentally asserted defense sequester came out of Congress. If he really didn't know where it originated from, why did he so forthwrightly claim it did? Come on folks, the guy just lied bald faced to take the heat off himself during a difficult moment in the debate fully counting no one would fact check him on it. The problem was, Obama didn't know Woodward's new book has the insider scoop on where the defense sequester came from.
1 posted on 10/23/2012 8:45:25 PM PDT by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

F you Woodward. The day we need your help, hell will already have frozen your future home solid.


2 posted on 10/23/2012 8:49:55 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor... she's redlining captain, I can't hold her together!)
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To: MissesBush
"They all believed that the supercommittee was going to come up with a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction plan, so there would be no sequestration."

Then "they all" are idiots. There probably wasn't a soul at FreeRepublic that didn't see that the supercommittee would never agree on a plan and that it would fail.

3 posted on 10/23/2012 8:54:45 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: MissesBush
Woodward was bashing Obama on a Fox panel last week.

As bizarre as it seems, I'm wondering if the WaPo (Woodward's employer) is going to endorse Romney this time (I believe they endorsed George W. in either '00 or '04).

4 posted on 10/23/2012 8:57:11 PM PDT by what's up
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To: MissesBush

Obama was ‘mistaken’ about many things during the debates.

But, that is what happens when he spends more time on the golf courses than in briefings and in the Oval Office.


5 posted on 10/23/2012 9:13:50 PM PDT by TomGuy (Dukakis is to tank as Obama is to binder & Big Bird)
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To: what's up

Woodward is an old school Democrat. He’s also got old fashioned ideas about objective reporting and finding the truth.

So he’s now showing up on Hannity.

Liberals are not interested in any story damaging The One.


6 posted on 10/23/2012 9:24:44 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: MissesBush
"No Mr. Woodward, Obama wasn't mistaken. OBAMA LIED!"

Now that all three Presidential debates are over, has anyone discovered a time when Obama actually told the truth in any of them?

7 posted on 10/23/2012 9:25:42 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: what's up

Equally shocking is Anderson Cooper.

No bigger Obama worshiper existed in 2008.

He’s actually been asking real questions post Libya - one of thr few in the MSM.


8 posted on 10/23/2012 9:26:28 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: DoughtyOne; MissesBush

Now, now,....Bob WoodwARD has lately been a frequent “guest” on Faux News, seems he’s coming around “Slowly”!!!


9 posted on 10/23/2012 11:20:02 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: what's up

Maybe he sees the “handwriting on the wall” and he might want to have access to Romney if he wins the election?


10 posted on 10/24/2012 4:08:00 AM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: MissesBush; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale
Look, the new ‘Tea Party Republican’ Boehner House passed this and Ryan even called it a historic achievement on the floor before voting for it. Then a year later Ryan is trying to convince voters that he opposed it.

There are no clean hands here on this one.

Last year Obama demanded his debt increase, Republicans demanded budget cuts. They agreed on this and passed it. Now both are claiming they were against it.

I don't know if Mitt was really opposed this at the time, no telling with him, but he picked Paul Ryan who was gung ho for it.

11 posted on 10/24/2012 5:47:24 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: MissesBush

Liberals just can’t bring themselves to call other rats liars. To them conservatives lie and libotards are mistaken. Good Grief!


12 posted on 10/24/2012 5:55:54 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: danamco

The guy is a political operative, and always has been.

I’ve never seen a more dishonest person.


13 posted on 10/24/2012 8:43:51 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor... he is the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Can you tell me WHO is NOT???


14 posted on 10/24/2012 10:17:50 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

No, I’m not going to make a list for you. That’s up to you. I’m telling you that Bob Woodward is not leaning in your direction. If you want to ignore my comments, that’s up to you.

There are decent people out there.

I know the dynamics what were in play when he went after Nixon. I know what the history of the Left has been for up to 60 years. I know what Woodward’s actions have been since. I know what his actions have been when we have had other criminal level men in the White House.

He is a fraud. You mentioned him. I have told you about him.


15 posted on 10/24/2012 10:31:26 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor... he is the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: DoughtyOne; All

” F you Woodward. The day we need your help, hell will already have frozen your future home solid.”

Thank you

Woodward is an evil sleazy POS !


16 posted on 10/24/2012 11:06:17 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: DoughtyOne

I only need to go here to see a hypocrite!!!


I publicly confirm my acknowledgment that God the Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Ghost are the Rulers of the Universe
I desire them to be the Keepers of My Soul, the Guardians of all those I hold dear to my heart

Those who know me on this forum, know that I am far from perfect
Although that is true, I don’t want to leave any doubt that I know there is a Holy Trinity
that They are omnipotent and deserving of my devotion

It may not always look like it, but when the chips are down, They have that devotion above all others”

I do believe it is my duty to respect my fellow man
I also believe that I fail that duty more often than I would like
Here’s to a constantly expended effort to do better”


17 posted on 10/24/2012 7:41:18 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: DoughtyOne

I only need to go here to see a hypocrite!!!


I publicly confirm my acknowledgment that God the Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Ghost are the Rulers of the Universe
I desire them to be the Keepers of My Soul, the Guardians of all those I hold dear to my heart

Those who know me on this forum, know that I am far from perfect
Although that is true, I don’t want to leave any doubt that I know there is a Holy Trinity
that They are omnipotent and deserving of my devotion

It may not always look like it, but when the chips are down, They have that devotion above all others”

I do believe it is my duty to respect my fellow man
I also believe that I fail that duty more often than I would like
Here’s to a constantly expended effort to do better”


18 posted on 10/24/2012 7:42:28 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

Your problem is that you can’t recognize an honest man when you’re confronted by one.

If you could, you would be able to recognize a guy that is gaming you more easily.

There’s nothing hypocritical about calling a spade a spade.

Bob Woodward is gaming you.

If he weren’t, he would have gone after Bill Clinton and now Barack Obama due to their ‘problems’. He hasn’t. He hasn’t changed.

Later...


19 posted on 10/24/2012 10:31:50 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Your problem is that you can’t recognize an honest man when you’re confronted by one.

Pal, I don't have a problem, but what I see here is a self-serving ALL-knowing individual who think that all are Idiots when NOT in line with your views. That just sums it up, May God bless you and have mercy!!!

20 posted on 10/25/2012 2:02:25 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: MissesBush
I watched the third debate again the other day, and then read the transcript of the first question one more time, and I noticed a comment that Obama made that was expunged from the transcript as [Crosstalk].

When Obama attacked Romney for being stuck in time for calling Russia the biggest geopolitical threat to the United States instead of Al Qaeda, Obama made this startlingly unpresidential retort:

"Governor, the 1970's called, and they want their policy back."

Now, that's just childish!

-PJ

21 posted on 10/25/2012 2:07:47 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: danamco

Glad to see we’re still Pals.


22 posted on 10/25/2012 3:49:44 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Over and over again, I have reason to say this guy is stuck at nine years old. That WAS childish.

Russia has never quite gotten over the fact that it tanked and the West didn’t. That’s true so much so, that Russia has sought to team up with China against us.

Chinese citizens are occupying Eastern Russia. Sooner or later, Russia is going to have to step in to end it, or watch China gobble up it’s Eastern frontier. What then? If Russia’s not careful, it will have to go to war with China at some point.

Russia should be siding with the West. Instead it plays the 1970s mind games that Obama thought was a joke. Russia still supports Syria and Iran. These are two very bad players in the region.

What’s Russia going to do when it’s Islamic headaches are supplied with a nuke by Iran, or even nuclear technology they can build upon themselves? Russia is played a very short-sighted game.

Obama understands none of this.

He’s so busy patting himself on the back for Iran not having the bomb yet, he completely misses the fact that Iran is proceeding at full speed developing one. And once they have it, it will be too late.

He dismissively laughs at things he can’t comprehend.

Russia, China, Islam, it’s a three headed beast that we would do best not to underestimate.

We need an adult in there.

Nine years old IS so seventies... for the guy we need in the Oval Office.


23 posted on 10/25/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Agree!!!


24 posted on 10/25/2012 10:31:52 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: DoughtyOne

“Bob Woodward is gaming you.”

I never been a fan of Bob Woodward, but when I see him frequently with Sean Hannity on FAUX News with a “new” tone, I see that even HE has discovered a traitor in the W.H. with his “liberals” views!!!

Noonan apparently see it the same way???

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204530504578079232194509700.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion


25 posted on 10/26/2012 7:50:34 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

Kind of funny really. Obama is bad, because he’s going to lose. “Let’s distance the Left from this guy, so his going down is seen like something we really wanted all along too.”

If Obama were popular right now, do you honestly think this book would have been published? Woodward marches in as the voice of the establishment Democrats. “We wanted no part of him either!”

LOL, they were riding this pony for all it was worth. And now they’re going to sell him to a dog food manufacturer.

“We never really like our Pony. Sure we allowed the nation to be hoodwinked. We helped every way we could. We spend 3.5 years doing it. But we really didn’t like what he was doing.”

ROTFL Yeah, I’m buying it Bob. /s

Where was Bob in the fall of 2011, and the spring of 2012? He could have started a ground-swell effort to have someone challenge Obama for the nomination. Where was the Democrat leadership? Where WAS Peggy Noonan?

Now Bob sees things clearly? This is about two things.

1. Bob wants to be seen as credible.
2. Bob wants to run cover for the Leftists.
3. Bob wants to make a buck.

Come forward in 2009 or 2010, if you want me to believe you Bob. You allowed Obamacare, the apology tour, the selling out of Israel and our own interests, and countless other things to take place. And now you have a conscience? Not buying it Bob.


26 posted on 10/26/2012 8:09:36 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: danamco

Kind of funny really. Obama is bad, because he’s going to lose. “Let’s distance the Left from this guy, so his going down is seen like something we really wanted all along too.”

If Obama were popular right now, do you honestly think this book would have been published? Woodward marches in as the voice of the establishment Democrats. “We wanted no part of him either!”

LOL, they were riding this pony for all it was worth. And now they’re going to sell him to a dog food manufacturer.

“We never really like our Pony. Sure we allowed the nation to be hoodwinked. We helped every way we could. We spend 3.5 years doing it. But we really didn’t like what he was doing.”

ROTFL Yeah, I’m buying it Bob. /s

Where was Bob in the fall of 2011, and the spring of 2012? He could have started a ground-swell effort to have someone challenge Obama for the nomination. Where was the Democrat leadership? Where WAS Peggy Noonan?

Now Bob sees things clearly? This is about three (oops) things.

1. Bob wants to be seen as credible.
2. Bob wants to run cover for the Leftists.
3. Bob wants to make a buck.

Come forward in 2009 or 2010, if you want me to believe you Bob. You allowed Obamacare, the apology tour, the selling out of Israel and our own interests, and countless other things to take place. And now you have a conscience? Not buying it Bob.


27 posted on 10/26/2012 8:10:13 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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