Woodward at war

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 hourlong 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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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Well Bob Woodard leans a little left of center anyways and for him to feel something is rotten in Denmark then Obama has a problem.. I was around in 71 till the end after Woodard got a bug on his tail about Nixon.. Now its Obama and Woodard lends alot of semi liberal credence to the story line and there will be more to follow .. As the big new agencies have to start paying attention and telling the truth and not asking what Ice cream or color do you like better better Mr Pres.