The Chicago Style Defined

Bob Woodward has been a consistent critic of the Obama Administration’s handling of the sequester over recent weeks. And it appears that the White House is none too happy about that fact. From earlier today:

  1. Israel P.

    “Very senior person” at the White House. Sounds like Michelle.

  2. flownover

    These are just shots across the bow of anyone who dare to stray from the path. Woodward is sort of an icon, considering how barren Bernstein’s production has been since …forever. 

    On the other hand, Woodward has some more rockclimbing to do in public to gain some cred on the right, or the center. 

    Theater of the Absurd rules may apply. Mr Ionesco, your zeppelin is ready.

  3. flownover
    Israel P.: “Very senior person” at the White House. Sounds like Michelle. · 0 minutes ago

    or Jimmy Fallon, or Harvey Weinstein, or some designer, or some ski instructor, or some…. you know what I mean .

    This First Lady is a major red herring, the distraction provided by her vamping is as good as a sequestration threat to ration air.

  4. Sandy

    Good for Woodward for exposing this, but he is much too nice to the President.  Of course the President knows about this, and the email fits his policy perfectly.

  5. HeartofAmerica

    It’s great that Woodward shared this threat but in the long run…will it make any difference whatsoever? No.

    There doesn’t seem to be any attempt by the media (outside of conservative media outlets) to even bat an eyelash at the way they are being played. And so it will go until he leaves office.

    He is leaving eventually, isn’t he?

  6. Sandy
    HeartofAmerica: It’s great that Woodward shared this threat but in the long run…will it make any difference whatsoever? No.

    There doesn’t seem to be any attempt by the media (outside of conservative media outlets) to even bat an eyelash at the way they are being played. And so it will go until he leaves office.

    He isleaving eventually, isn’t he? · 0 minutes ago

    I agree with your pessimism, but CNN doesn’t seem to like this, which is only a good thing. 

  7. Randy Webster

    This is the Obama Administration MO to the T.  Why is anyone surprised?

  8. doc molloy

    Maybe his former Navy career is kicking back in.. Interesting times. Completing the circle perhaps.

    In 1965 Woodward joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a communications officer for naval intelligence.

    .. As Newsmax reported

    Watergate journalist Bob Woodward on Wednesday slammed as “madness” President Barack Obama’s decision against deploying an aircraft carrier because of the automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin Friday.

    The USS Harry S. Truman, which was supposed to leave for the Persian Gulf earlier this month, has been kept at home on Pentagon orders because of the sequester.

    “Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’” Woodward, associate editor at The Washington Post, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Reagan wasn’t the only former president Woodward invoked to criticize Obama. “Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need.’” And then came Bill Clinton. “Or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did, because of some budget document?” 
  9. Eric Jablow

    He should have given the name. Mr. Woodward has taken “off-the-record” standards beyond all rationality.

    “Will no one rid me of this meddling reporter?” —Barack I

  10. Sandy
    Israel P.: “Very senior person” at the White House. Sounds like Michelle. · 16 minutes ago

    I’d put my money on Jarrett.

  11. Matthew Gilley

    I agree – name names. This isn’t Deep Throat. It’s a punk who emailed a bush league threat, maybe even from a government computer.

  12. Pencilvania

    Hey, the WH is finally being ‘transparent’!

  13. KC Mulville

    Woodward’s no dummy. He’s giving Obama every opportunity to walk it back, away from the cameras, by adding in that little spiel about “if the president knew about it …”

    And then the question: how does this play out? Woodward answers that it’s up to the president. (That’s Woodward’s not so subtle message to the president: fix this or I let the embarrassing email go public.)

  14. Paul A. Rahe
    C
    KC Mulville: Woodward’s no dummy. He’s giving Obama every opportunity to walk it back, away from the cameras, by adding in that little spiel about “if the president knew about it …”

    And then the question: how does this play out? Woodward answers that it’s up to the president. (That’s Woodward’s not so subtle message to the president: fix this or I let the embarrassing email go public.) · 3 minutes ago

    Nicely put, K. C.

  15. Redneck Desi

    We need an EJ Hill photoshop of Nixon and Obama

  16. Colin B Lane

    He called it “Mickey Mouse.” I don’t remember any episode of the Mousketeers Club where Annette Funicello was threatened by the office of the most powerful man in the free world for honestly reporting the facts. But I didn’t see every episode.

  17. HeartofAmerica

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/02/27/White-House-Senior-Adviser-Plouffe-Rips-Woodwardhttp://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/02/27/White-House-Senior-Adviser-Plouffe-Rips-Woodward

    You just knew it was coming! They’ve circled the wagons and the machine has started sending out their messengers to begin the smear campaign.

  18. Roberto

    I am afraid everyone is jumping the gun on this “incident”. The reality seems far closer to Mr. Woodward ginning up a trivial incident into a true tempest in a tea pot. POLITICO has the actual emails. Read them, it is ridiculous.

    If for Mr. Woodward this constitutes a horse’s head found in his bed then he is truly jumping at shadows these days.

    Mr. Woodward’s reputation earns him the headlines but the far more interesting incident is the one with Lanny Davis, former adviser to President Clinton :

    Davis told WMAL that his editor, John Solomon, “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.”  Davis says the Obama aide told Solomon, “that if he continued to run my columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.

  19. Kervinlee

    Too bad for the lickspittle press, and too bad for the public who depends on them for news. This is what their disgusting sycophancy has brought them but they’re too far gone to know they’ve been had. They are lying on the bed they made. They are hoisted on their own petard. They are eating the bread they buttered. They have laid down with dogs and find themselves covered in fleas. My heart breaks.

  20. Mollie Hemingway
    Roberto: I am afraid everyone is jumping the gun on this “incident”. The reality seems far closer to Mr. Woodward ginning up a trivial incident into a true tempest in a tea pot. POLITICO has the actual emails. Read them, it is ridiculous.

    I agree. Although I find what the media and the WH are saying about Woodward in the last 24 hours fascinating.

    So bizarre. And interesting. Those emails weren’t threats, but will any other reporter in America have the ability to withstand what’s happening to Woodward? The message is loud and clear: complete fealty required.