When did Bob Woodward become such a weenie?

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Last night on CNN, Bob Woodward made national news when he complained that he had been threatened in an email exchange with an unnamed top White House official. According to the Watergate legend, the “very senior” official warned him that if he reported news about the sequestration in a way the White House did not like, “you will regret doing this.”

Put that way, it certainly sounds ominous. And just to drive the point home, Woodward repeated the claim in an interview with Politico:

“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.’”

“They have to be willing to live in the world where they’re challenged,” Woodward continued in his calm, instantly recognizable voice. “I’ve tangled with lots of these people. But suppose there’s a young reporter who’s only had a couple of years — or 10 years’ — experience and the White House is sending him an email saying, ‘You’re going to regret this.’ You know, tremble, tremble. I don’t think it’s the way to operate.”

Again, that does sound potentially serious, particularly since this “threat” struck home with someone as experienced and presumably tough as Woodward.

As it turns out, however, the very senior official in question was Gene Sperling, who as head of the National Economic Council is not exactly in a position to order drones rained upon Woodward’s increasingly big head.

The e-mail exchange between Woodward and Sperling has also been released. Here is what Sperling wrote:

“I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand bargain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really.”

And here’s how Woodward responded after this supposed “threat”:

“Gene: You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you believe them. This is all part of a serious discussion. I for one welcome a little heat; there should more given the importance. I also welcome your personal advice. I am listening. I know you lived all this. My partial advantage is that I talked extensively with all involved. I am traveling and will try to reach you after 3 pm today. Best, Bob

I’ve been in more than my share of those conversations, with everybody from county commissioners to U.S. senators. It’s ridiculous for Woodward to claim that he felt threatened or intimidated by it. In the first place, the context makes it clear that Sperling was warning Woodward that if he reported things that way, he would regret it because it would be factually incorrect. There was no other implication, and Woodward’s response makes no mention that he felt threatened in any way.

Even if you try real real real hard to imagine Sperling’s email as some threat, it in no way justifies Woodward’s collapse upon his fainting couch.

When Woodward and Carl Bernstein were breaking the Watergate story 40 years ago, Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell, famously warned Bernstein that Washington Post owner “Katie Graham … is gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that’s published.”

THAT was a threat.

Indeed, Nixon plotted how to revoke federal licenses for TV stations owned by the Post as a way to get back at the newspaper.

“They should give some thought to taking on the guy that went into Cambodia and Laos, ran the Cambodian bombing campaign,” an angry Nixon was taped as telling an aide in the White House. “What do the hell they think they’re doing in there?” Later he abandoned that approach, telling the same aide that “We’re going to screw them another way.… They don’t really realize how rough I can play.… But when I start, I will kill them. There’s no question about it.”

Sad to say, Woodward’s grotesque exaggeration of his exchange with Sperling diminishes both his standing and credibility.

– Jay Bookman

526 comments Add your comment

Mick

February 28th, 2013
2:22 pm

SAMANTHA

MICHAEL CORLEONE SAID: SENATOR, WE ARE ALL PART OF THE SAME HYPOCRISY…

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

February 28th, 2013
2:22 pm

Towncrier,

Note the Bookman strategy. This isn’t about Obama lying—yet again.

This is about Bob Woodward: Hero slayer of Nixon; Weenie antagonist of “good-guy” Obama.

Don’t you know the story has moved on? a la Hillary Clinton: “What difference does it make who’s fault it is, we’ve got” kids who are hungry. (to paraphrase the future dem nominee). “Bob Woodward’s a weenie.” –news worthy of John Stewart, Bill Maher or David Letterman. –and democracy dying by a thousand cuts.

Jerry

February 28th, 2013
2:22 pm

Mick,
Clinton absolutely should not have been impeached. I didn’t vote for Clinton in 92 but did in 96. Only Democrat I supported for Prez in last 20 years, but I thought at the time and still think he was an above average President.

As an aside, I think columnists and bloggers should be a little more objective. I’m not seeing much objectivity in the majority–not all, but the majority–of the posts above.

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:22 pm

As usual Jays assessment is wrong

The threats were in the phone call

The apology was in the email

Come on jay

Jay

February 28th, 2013
2:22 pm

Since it is very clear there was no threat in the email, the dead-enders are trying to invent other sources of the threat: “Maybe it came in the earlier conversation!” “Maybe it came from somebody else!!”

Or maybe you should just admit the truth. Woodward made it very clear that he was referring specifically to the email.

On CNN:

“WOODWARD: Well, they’re not happy at all, and some people kind of, you know, said, look, we don’t see eye to eye on this. They never really said, though – afterwards, they’ve said that this is factually wrong, and they – and it was said to me in an e-mail by a top –

BLITZER: What was said? Yes.

WOODWARD: It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this.

BLITZER: Who sent that e-mail to you?

WOODWARD: Well, I’m not going to say.

And from Politico:

“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.’”

Any more inventions you care to trot out?

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

February 28th, 2013
2:22 pm

Obama approval ratings are through the roof.

Republican approval ratings are truly awful.

Add that to the fact most Republicans are old with one foot in the grave…..

R.I.P Republican party.

You had a good run.

Morality?

February 28th, 2013
2:23 pm

2:14 – Sorry cheezy but Obama can’t wait until 2014 as March is like – next month. CHECK – your move Obama & handlers.

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:24 pm

Obama is a feckless dbag pseudo intellectual

Mainly he’s just an arrogant prick

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 28th, 2013
2:24 pm

No cons were harmed in the manufacture of this outrage.

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

February 28th, 2013
2:24 pm

As usual Jays assessment is wrong

The threats were in the phone call

The apology was in the email

Come on jay

LOL he just next post comment clowned you.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:25 pm

If you do some research on the sequester you would know who invented it and if it worked.

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

February 28th, 2013
2:25 pm

getalife 218,

You remember your personal fantasy of cons screaming about W’s book.

Don’t think I’d know which book you’re talking about, nor would I remember anything BW wrote.

Bet libs will remember BW’s “treachery” though, won’t you?

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:25 pm

Obama couldn’t run a coffee shop

Much less the US government

That’s why we keep lurching from Obama crisis to Obama crisis

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 28th, 2013
2:26 pm

I bet Obama’s handlers never have to talk to the ladies on The View like that.

Morality?

February 28th, 2013
2:26 pm

Talking about ratings – Congress is rated behind used cars salesmen and serial killers.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:27 pm

organizer,

Still not sane ..

Try again.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:27 pm

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:22 pm

As usual Jays assessment is wrong

The threats were in the phone call

The apology was in the email

Come on jay
+++++++++++++++++++++

Do you EVER get tired of being made into an ass by your very own words? Do you EVER feel any embarrassment for the lies you tell?

Look before I leap...

February 28th, 2013
2:28 pm

” and Ronnie didn’t go on Oprah.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDbMlUVOpcc

Obamatron

February 28th, 2013
2:28 pm

“Any more inventions you care to trot out?”

I…must…adore…and…support…Obama.

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getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:28 pm

congress should be dissolved when the people do not have any faith in them doing their jobs.

TBS

February 28th, 2013
2:29 pm

“I don’t believe it’s wise for the administration to give him too much static. ”

There is probably some truth to that. He certainly has his eyes and ears open and knows many who have theirs open and will talk “off the record”……

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

February 28th, 2013
2:29 pm

I start my new job tomorrow……It’s in the Vatican City.

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:29 pm

Politico

“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.”"

Phone call: tirade
Email: apology

I wonder what is so hard for the liberals to understand

stands for decibels - tagline available for rent

February 28th, 2013
2:29 pm

Well, this story has a winner–Tiger Beat on the Potomac Politico, who reap the benefit becoming part of the national news. Nicely played.

DannyX

February 28th, 2013
2:29 pm

“But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out that claim.”

Which of course means a black helicopter will soon be releasing a drone which will then hover over Woodward until Obama gives the order to “Release the Kraken.”

Poor ol’ Woody doesn’t stand a chance.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:29 pm

Finn,

Are you gay?

Towncrier

February 28th, 2013
2:29 pm

“Do you EVER get tired of being made into an ass by your very own words? Do you EVER feel any embarrassment for the lies you tell?”

ROFL!!! This statement was not meant to be an instance of self-defeating irony.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:30 pm

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:24 pm

Obama is a feckless dbag pseudo intellectual

Mainly he’s just an arrogant prick
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

How utterly and completely impotent you must be that you have to resort to such baseless attacks on the most powerful man in the world to TRY to make you feel like a “real” man. What a sad little life you must lead.

Jefferson

February 28th, 2013
2:30 pm

TBS

February 28th, 2013
2:30 pm

“Mainly he’s just an arrogant prick”

Is it like that takes one to know one deal?

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:31 pm

I wonder what is so hard for the liberals to understand

The lie you told at 2:22 I would bet.

Morality?

February 28th, 2013
2:31 pm

Why does Obama and the Dems get so upset every time the subject of reducing the deficit comes up? Why do they get so defensive? Why do they threaten? It’s OBVIOUS – they have NO logical plan and NEVER intend to do anything about this FISCAL crisis. They are PARTY LOYALISTS. They owe payback for favors to lobbyists and those that got them elected with their CASH. Their political future comes first – not the USA.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:31 pm

jm was mitt’s biggest fan.

Towncrier

February 28th, 2013
2:32 pm

“I bet Obama’s handlers never have to talk to the ladies on The View like that.”

ROFL. Good one. Yeah, Whoopie would open up a can of…whoppie…on them if they tried. But they only want to know what his golf score is, so it would never happen.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 28th, 2013
2:32 pm

congress should be dissolved when the people do not have any faith in them doing their jobs.

How about just relying on the vote, getalife, instead of a flushing of the Constitution?

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

February 28th, 2013
2:32 pm

getalife 218

I think it’s up to the asserter to prove that Republicans passed the sequester in a completely partisan manner in the fall of 2012 without the complete approval of the Obama White House and the Reid Senate. Given that 2/3 of the parties involved in passing the sequester were Democrats, what you say can only be called B S.

Did the evil Republicans sneak a bill passed “good-guy” Obama without him, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi sounding out the warning?

If yes, I’ve got some highway land I’d like to sell you for toll roads.

Jay

February 28th, 2013
2:32 pm

jm, feigning stupidity is an odd way to evade admitting that you’re wrong. But you have that tactic down pat.

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:32 pm

A salamander has thicker skin than Obama

I wonder if Sally’s wife will appear at the Oscars again next year

ClydeFr0g

February 28th, 2013
2:33 pm

I don’t think I could live with myself if I made my living giving Obama a BJ every day like Bookman the Shill does. Seriously, has he ever questioned even one thing that Emperor Obama has done?

Does he consider himself a journalist or a propaganda writer? Bookman is a pathetic joke.

GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALWAYS BE QUESTIONED. ALL parties, ALL the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s “your guy” or not. And yes, ignorant little disciples of Bookman the Shill, I questioned Bush as much as I question Obama.

On topic, I don’t believe what we see from Woodward is a real threat, but it certainly isn’t something I put past the thugs running our country into the dirt from the White House.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:33 pm

Sweet. I now have Town Crier as an impotent little stalker. That makes alex, weetamoo, and now TC makes three. If I get one more they can form a quartet and do songs on a street corner.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 28th, 2013
2:34 pm

Has the Woodward “threat” become the new Benghazi? Ha!

TBS

February 28th, 2013
2:34 pm

Jm is getting some attention so his goal is accomplished.

Jay even responded to him so that will make his year.

UNCLE SAMANTHA

February 28th, 2013
2:35 pm

ONCE AGAIN JAY DISTORTS….

WOODWARD SAYS THREATENED…………… HE NEVER SAID THEY THREATENED HIS LIFE OR ANY HARSH PUNISHMENT ………. YOU ARE IMPLYING THAT IT MEANS MORE THAN WHAT HE SAID

HE KNOWS SPERLING VERY WELL SO HE KNOWS WHAT WAS MEANT……….. YOU DO NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE WHITE HOUSE HAS A HISTORY OF RETALIATION AGAINST MEDIA THAT THEY DON’T LIKE……… FOX NEWS BAN THAT THE REST OF THE NETWORKS FORCED THEM TO ABANDON

YOU ARE THE ONE OF MAKING THIS MORE THAN IT IS………

Towncrier

February 28th, 2013
2:35 pm

“Note the Bookman strategy. This isn’t about Obama lying—yet again. This is about Bob Woodward: Hero slayer of Nixon; Weenie antagonist of “good-guy” Obama.”

I noticed it. But I am not so sure it’s a “strategy” so much as a mode of denial.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:35 pm

godless,

Other countries use it to form a coalition to govern.

organizer,

All the gop voted for it but you give congress a free pass.

weetamoe

February 28th, 2013
2:35 pm

Well that didn’t take long. The story about the emperor’s new clothes would have a different ending if told today. The kid would meet with an unfortunate accident.
Lanny Davis (named by his parents for Lanny Budd, worked in Clinto admin., not exactly con) has said essentially the same thing about the Obama thuggery.

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:35 pm

Sorry the administration is losing on this issue

TBS

February 28th, 2013
2:35 pm

Fred

It is probably more than three since TC has a “closet” full of puppets.

DannyX

February 28th, 2013
2:35 pm

“Has the Woodward “threat” become the new Benghazi? Ha!”

REGRETZI!!

F. Sinkwich

February 28th, 2013
2:36 pm

Woodward has practiced his trade at the highest levels of government for 40 years. Is it possible he knows very well what certain words (and inuendo) mean in that world whereas, to the uninitiated, others may find them totally innocuous?

Perhaps the word “regret” means serious business in their world.

If Monte Hall made you an “offer you can’t refuse,” it would be a good thing. Vito Corleone? Not so much.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 28th, 2013
2:36 pm

life is jank out there for a con these days

Towncrier

February 28th, 2013
2:36 pm

“If I get one more they can form a quartet and do songs on a street corner.”

As long as it’s Mariachi, I’m down with that!

Morality?

February 28th, 2013
2:37 pm

Obama is just the puppet – Nanny Pelosi, Hairy Weed & George Soros, labor unions, Planned Parenthood and Hollywood pulls the strings.

Towncrier

February 28th, 2013
2:37 pm

“If Monte Hall made you an “offer you can’t refuse,” it would be a good thing. Vito Corleone? Not so much.”

I am afraid Woodward is not smart or experienced enough to make that kind of discrimination – just ask Jay.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 28th, 2013
2:37 pm

Jay even responded to him so that will make his year.

OH NO YOU DI’INT!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:37 pm

The sad thing abut this is how far Woodward had to go to get 15 more minutes of fame at the end of his sad pathetic little life.

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:37 pm

Jay

I talked to our chief lobbyist today

No corporate tax reform gonna happen

Democrats in Senate think tax reform is a silly idea

They got higher taxes on the rich, and they think high tax rates on corporations is just fine

No tax reform

Subpar growth

Oh well

Look before I leap...

February 28th, 2013
2:38 pm

“Has the Woodward “threat” become the new Benghazi?”

I just looked up Woodward on wiki to see if Woodward’s middle name was indeed Benghazi.
It isn’t

It’s “Upshur”

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:38 pm

Sally likes high tax rates

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:38 pm

TBS: You have a point, counting TC’s sock puppets they could form a group equal in size to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir………

Jerome Horwitz

February 28th, 2013
2:39 pm

Fred – Good to have you back. The blog missed your edginess!

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 28th, 2013
2:40 pm

Other countries use it to form a coalition to govern.

I like our Constitutional system better.

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

February 28th, 2013
2:40 pm

Page-long email Jay???

I didn’t see any email above that looked like it was a page long, but hey, maybe you type in big letters like a grade schooler? Maybe you have no interest in clarity in your blog anymore, or perhaps you want confusion and chaos because, like the Obama administration, you seek merely the optics of some kind of new political injustice doled out by your enemies.

Now either you’re trying to bait us “dead-enders” and amuse yourself by talking about this mountain-out-of-a-molehill, which, by the way, YOU brought up on your own damn blog; OR you’re content to be a flack/shill piece of armor for the Obama administration by turning attention away from the ever-shifting sands of rhetoric and constant blame and accusation against conservatives that characterizes this White House.

So, to get things straight: Our insinuation that Woodward is right about Obama is wrong. Woodward is a weenie, and the “dead-enders” are wasting their time reporting about Woodward, just as Woodward is wasting his time reporting about Obama.

Then why are you reporting about Woodward and “dead-enders”…..

…..Jay?

Waste time much?

Doggone/GA

February 28th, 2013
2:40 pm

“As an aside, I think columnists and bloggers should be a little more objective. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/28/when-did-bob-woodward-become-such-a-weenie/?cp=3#sthash.HYS6VCQZ.dpuf

No, they shouldn’t. REPORTERS should be as objective as they can be, but columnists and bloggers are OPINION writers and there no obligation to be objective. Not anymore than YOU have an obligation to be objective when you post here.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:40 pm

These gop self inflicted wounds prove the gop are a disaster even in the minority.

Look before I leap...

February 28th, 2013
2:41 pm

The best thing Woodward could do now (for both his career and to keep the cons in cuckoo land), is to throw himself off the top of the Washington Hilton.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:41 pm

Thanks Jerome.

Morality?

February 28th, 2013
2:41 pm

HAVE A NICE DAY – weenies for Obama! (smiley face patent applied for)

weetamoe

February 28th, 2013
2:42 pm

The hysterical male ( once thought in medical circles to be impossible) is compiling his own enemies list. Bookman does bring out the best in people.

TBS

February 28th, 2013
2:42 pm

Fred

I told him before he could make a mint to puppet shows. The other day he had so many going the folks at Sesame Street would have been jealous.

Only drawback is that he needs to come up with a different personality for each one. The same tired shtick for each one doesn’t make for interesting dialogue.

JHM told him he needed a new “shtick” transplant.
hahahahahaa

Redcoat

February 28th, 2013
2:42 pm

The typical redefining and what he REALLY meant and felt was……funny

Look before I leap...

February 28th, 2013
2:42 pm

“You have a point, counting TC’s sock puppets..”

If all of his sock puppets had voted, Romney would have won the election.

Brigham Young

February 28th, 2013
2:43 pm

“You have a point, counting TC’s sock puppets they could form a group equal in size to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir”

That is a slight exaggeration.

Jay

February 28th, 2013
2:43 pm

Even the conservative media is acknowledging the truth.

The Daily Caller: “Looks like we were played.”

Erick Erickson: “Ok, wow. Finally read the email to Woodward. I must now move to ‘not a threat’ camp.”

Jennifer Rubin: “the full e-mails reveal less bullying and far more pomposity, suggesting the White House would have its critic’s best interest at heart.”

Robert Laurie at Herman Cain’s site: ” I’m not seeing any threat. It’s a real stretch to claim this back and forth is, in any way, menacing. When you consider he’s one of the guys who brought down Nixon, you’d think he would have a thicker skin.”

But go ahead folks. Keep trying to claim you see that great finery on Emperor Woodward’s naked body.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:43 pm

Look TBS, one of them just showed up. He’s used all three today lol.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:44 pm

“I like our Constitutional system better.”

We are a young country trying a different form of government.

It needs tweaked every now and then to adapt to change.

TBS

February 28th, 2013
2:44 pm

Look

By at least 3% pts…………..

:-)

Jm

February 28th, 2013
2:44 pm

The lib echo chamber continues

No one cares about the sequester folks

Toodles

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:45 pm

Whoa, intellectual honesty from rw media is change.

Regnad Kcin

February 28th, 2013
2:46 pm

The sad part is, this is the best they’ve got. “Maybe he DID feel threatened, you don’t know!” Jeez, cons, it’s just so sad to watch you all sputter and bloviate. Please, just move on, before you humiliate yourselves even more…

Doggone/GA

February 28th, 2013
2:46 pm

Jay! “Emperor Woodward’s naked body”

Please, I did NOT need that image!

BTW

February 28th, 2013
2:46 pm

Jay, why is it that when you liberals are faced with the truth about Obama and his administration . . you either resort to name calling or you claim racism!! Pitiful, pitiful, pitiful.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:46 pm

Joseph Smith: Could you keep Brigham in line please?

southpaw

February 28th, 2013
2:46 pm

Towncrier -
I can try to get my hands on a guitarron. But every mariachi band I’ve ever seen was bigger than a quartet.

BTW

February 28th, 2013
2:47 pm

The bullying took place in a phone conversation!!!! Not an e-mail.

indigo

February 28th, 2013
2:47 pm

I believe Woodward has been a liberal for many years now and no great friend of The Republican Party. Therefore, it’s difficult to know why he’s acting this way.

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

February 28th, 2013
2:48 pm

getalife,

Conservatives like me want less spending. Heck, so did Obama SAY he wanted less spending too–that is, before he became commander in blame / chief.

I don’t give the House a pass nearly to the extent that you torture logic and slaughter reason to defend Obama with B S and with personal attacks on your fellow countrymen. I wanted the House to cut spending more than they did.

AND Until Obama pulled the rug out from under him, John Boehner was ready to give more tax increases.

On the contrary, I have a pretty clear sense of what happened. You’re mumbling the same nonsense today that you will tomorrow.

Jerry

February 28th, 2013
2:48 pm

Jm was absolutely on point about this entire story. The threat came during the 30 minute phone call/tirade. No one on Obama’s staff would issue a threat in an email (at least, that’s what I like to think). Bookman was unable to comprehend this crucial point. Jm, I will send a letter of support if you apply for Bookman’s job. Bookman can then get a position with the Obama administration, where he obviously belongs.

Election Official

February 28th, 2013
2:48 pm

“If all of his sock puppets had voted, Romney would have won the election.”

Nice thought, except for all of the fraudulent voting done by liberals. Too much to overcome.

TBS

February 28th, 2013
2:48 pm

The Daily Caller: “Looks like we were played.”

Exactly. As Bro mentioned earlier; “BOOK SALES”

Woodard and his publisher are laughing to the bank

alittlecommonsense

February 28th, 2013
2:48 pm

This threat is almost as threatening as when you libs were all riled up because Sarah Palin was “targeting” house democrats.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/sarah-palins-pac-puts-gun_n_511433.html

I don’t remember Jay calling anyone a weenie over that…..

Thomas Heyward Jr

February 28th, 2013
2:49 pm

“but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest.”
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Obama Hopium addicts would clear cut 10,000 acres of Endangered trees, and mulch up every endangered puppy-like mammel for fertilizer in said forest……………….if only to save and nurture the one Kenyan progressive poison oak vine.
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It’s weird.
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The ghost of rotten Bolshevism has returned.
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прискорбный

Cherokee

February 28th, 2013
2:49 pm

Organizer, you’re just digging the hole deeper and deeper.

Can conservatives ever admit that maybe, just maybe, their outrage-du-jour isn’t all that accurate?

curious

February 28th, 2013
2:49 pm

DannyX

“Did Obama also come up with Bachmann, Santorum, Perry, Cain, Akins, Mourdock, Newt, 47%, legitimate rape, Etch-a-Sketch, Fox and Friends, Rush, Hannity, an empty chair and unskewed polls?”

Well, trying to make the Republican party look stupid is like shooting doves over a baited field.

Redcoat

February 28th, 2013
2:49 pm

It’s not what you think it means, it’s what we say it means…….So why did he even bring it up?……yep the ole I got a book move……so who do you trust now?

Doggone/GA

February 28th, 2013
2:50 pm

“The bullying took place in a phone conversation!!!! Not an e-mail. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/28/when-did-bob-woodward-become-such-a-weenie/?cp=3#comment-1246865

Got proof?

getalife

February 28th, 2013
2:50 pm

organizer,

Deficit reduction is part of his agenda so you were heard.

The majority voted for our President’s ideas to lower the deficit.

You were heard and he will act.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
2:50 pm

BTW

February 28th, 2013
2:47 pm

The bullying took place in a phone conversation!!!! Not an e-mail.
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Ya gotta love it when stupid is contagious and the infectee comes in late to the blog……. AFTER both the story AND the fall back lie have been debunked.

It’s like he peed his pants, we all see the wet spot and he doesn’t know it………

Jay

February 28th, 2013
2:51 pm

“The bullying took place in a phone conversation!!!! Not an e-mail.

Yeah. You might be right. That is, except for the fact that Woodward has repeatedly, specifically claimed that it occurred IN THE E-MAIL!”