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Bob Woodward: The White House told me Id regret challenging them
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Posted on 02/27/2013 5:53:13 PM PST by chessplayer

Via John Sexton of Breitbart.com, I’d sure like to know which ray of Hopeychangey sunshine shared this bit of bright good cheer with Woodward. To be clear, he doesn’t specifically say it was someone inside the White House; I’m assuming that from Politico’s description of this very short clip (“Bob Woodward pulled back the curtain on his battle with the White House over a recent column on the sequester”), but maybe it’s someone from outside the building. Jim Messina, maybe? Remember, he’s into “punching back twice as hard.”

Good point from John:

John Sexton @verumserum

For all those who claimed origin of sequester didn't matter, apparently it mattered enough that the WH tried to bully Bob Woodward.

The clip also helps explain why Woodward took off the gloves this morning on MSNBC. Not here, though: Even when he’s telling Politico about being threatened by Obama’s lackeys, he feels inexplicably compelled to say that The One would surely disapprove if he found out. But why? Letting surrogates do his dirty work has always been key to Bambi’s above-the-fray brand. It started before he became president; it continued in last year’s campaign; it goes on happening today. Would a man who chose Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, for cripes sake, be shy about playing rough with people? There’s nothing unusual about a pol getting surrogates to fling shinola on his behalf. What’s unusual is that Obama, uniquely, continues to get a pass for it, even by people who claim that his toadies have threatened them.

Update: Here we go.

Steve Krakauer @SteveKrak

"Very senior person" at White House emailed Bob Woodward "you're going to regret doing this," says Woodward live now on @CNN.

Update: Annnnd the truth-to-power left springs into action to protect Precious:

Josh Marshall ✔ @joshtpm

Wow, looks like Woodward is going the full David Mamet/Judy Miller combo. This is gonna be fun to watch

Josh Marshall ✔ @joshtpm

Who goes birther first, Scalia or Woodward?

Update: Here’s Politico’s write-up of their interview with Woodward, in which he makes clear that he took the e-mail as a threat.

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.’ ”


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KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; genesperling; partisanmediashills; sequester
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To: Venturer

Bob Woodward should issue a statement that he is not suicidal, and is in good health.


21 posted on 02/27/2013 7:12:04 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

Gene Sperling

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22 posted on 02/27/2013 7:24:47 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: chessplayer

Bttt.


23 posted on 02/27/2013 7:33:26 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: F15Eagle

Who threatened you Bob? Let’s get it in the public now before anything happens.


My guess would be the new Chief of Staff at the White Hut, Dennis McDonough.


24 posted on 02/27/2013 7:39:53 PM PST by lodi90
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To: SpaceBar
WTF is wrong with liberals?

Heck even Hugh Hefner said: "I never thought that censorship would come fromn the left."

Liberals ALWAYS turn tyrranical.

Where has Woodward been over the past 40 years?

25 posted on 02/27/2013 7:40:44 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: chessplayer

I believe that the media now realize that Obama and his thugs are capable of doing anything to anybody they perceive as a threat. I expect to see some ‘accidents’ happening to members of the media as they begin to turn on Obama. Hopefully this will motivate them to work their way back to becoming a free press instead of a mouthpiece for the left.


26 posted on 02/27/2013 8:16:14 PM PST by patriotsblood
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To: ReaganGeneration2

I’m concerned that he sat there and listened to an aid (one of his employees) to another of his employees treat him that way. I wouldn’t have.


27 posted on 02/27/2013 8:49:51 PM PST by sheana
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To: Venturer

There will be talk of “possible dementia...”


28 posted on 02/27/2013 9:07:38 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: popdonnelly

Somewhere, Tricky Dick is saying, “It’s THAT easy?”


29 posted on 02/27/2013 9:41:59 PM PST by Argus
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Woodward will back down, and he’ll pick Friday afternoon to do it.

Thanks chessplayer.


30 posted on 02/28/2013 4:01:27 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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