The threat seems pretty clear to me ~ the aide told Woodward to shut up or he’d be regretful ~ usually a threat to murder or maim a loved one.
Don’t know if they would go so far as to do that now that the world knows the WH threatened him. If they did something like that, the spotlight would really be on obama, and not in a good way. With Woodward, obama may have finally bitten off more than he can chew. Woodward is Old School,,,from a time when reporters were really reporters and didn’t care which party was in the WH. Woodward is a bulldog, as Nixon found out the hard way.
The Obama crowd don’t think that way ~ they do stuff and simply don’t care what you see. They’ll be killing somebody ~
Not to be snarky, but just who would do the shining? Woodward could be executed on the front steps of the White House by the president, and the media would report it as a self defense story.