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  1. Profile photo of Israel P. Member

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

    • #1
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:38 am
  2. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    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.

    • #2
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:38 am
  3. Profile photo of flownover Inactive
    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.

    • #3
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:43 am
  4. Profile photo of Sandy Member

    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.

    • #4
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:43 am
  5. Profile photo of HeartofAmerica Member

    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?

    • #5
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:45 am
  6. Profile photo of Sandy Member
    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.

    • #6
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:50 am
  7. Profile photo of Randy Webster Member

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

    • #7
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:53 am
  8. Profile photo of doc molloy Inactive

    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?” 
    • #8
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:54 am
  9. Profile photo of Eric Jablow Inactive

    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

    • #9
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:56 am
  10. Profile photo of Sandy Member
    Israel P.: “Very senior person” at the White House. Sounds like Michelle. · 16 minutes ago

    I’d put my money on Jarrett.

    • #10
    • February 28, 2013 at 5:57 am
  11. Profile photo of Matthew Gilley Member

    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.

    • #11
    • February 28, 2013 at 6:06 am
  12. Profile photo of Pencilvania Member

    Hey, the WH is finally being ‘transparent’!

    • #12
    • February 28, 2013 at 6:11 am
  13. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    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.)

    • #13
    • February 28, 2013 at 6:35 am
  14. Profile photo of Paul A. Rahe Contributor
    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.

    • #14
    • February 28, 2013 at 6:40 am
  15. Profile photo of Redneck Desi Inactive

    We need an EJ Hill photoshop of Nixon and Obama

    • #15
    • February 28, 2013 at 7:37 am
  16. Profile photo of Colin B Lane Inactive

    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.

    • #16
    • February 28, 2013 at 7:59 am
  17. Profile photo of Roberto Coolidge

    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.

    • #18
    • February 28, 2013 at 9:37 am
  18. Profile photo of Kervinlee Member

    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.

    • #19
    • February 28, 2013 at 10:08 am
  19. Profile photo of Mollie Hemingway Contributor
    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.

    • #20
    • February 28, 2013 at 10:17 am
  20. Profile photo of David Williamson Member
    Redneck Desi: We need an EJ Hill photoshop of Nixon and Obama · 15 hours ago

    EJ appears to be working for Drudge.

    If you read through the links, the WH official appears to be a Mr Sperling (never heard of him).

    The e-mail could be read both ways, but what is more disturbing is the rant that preceded it.

    Now Mr Plouffe is suggesting that Mr Woodward is senile – it worked for Mr McCain. Next we will hear that Mr Woodward once strapped his dog to the roof of his car….

    • #21
    • February 28, 2013 at 11:32 am
  21. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    Woodward’s just playing rough back…I think he’s sick of the Washington press corpse playing (cue Lutheran Insulter):

    …hirelings, dumb dogs unable to bark, who see the wolf coming and flee or, rather, join up with the wolf.

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.
    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. · 3 hours ago

    • #22
    • March 1, 2013 at 2:10 am