Bob Woodward: The White House told me I’d regret challenging them

posted at 8:01 pm on February 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via John Sexton of, I’d sure like to know which ray of Hopeychangey sunshine shared this bit of bright good cheer with Woodward. To be clear, he doesn’t specifically say it was someone inside the White House; I’m assuming that from Politico’s description of this very short clip (“Bob Woodward pulled back the curtain on his battle with the White House over a recent column on the sequester”), but maybe it’s someone from outside the building. Jim Messina, maybe? Remember, he’s into “punching back twice as hard.”

Good point from John:

The clip also helps explain why Woodward took off the gloves this morning on MSNBC. Not here, though: Even when he’s telling Politico about being threatened by Obama’s lackeys, he feels inexplicably compelled to say that The One would surely disapprove if he found out. But why? Letting surrogates do his dirty work has always been key to Bambi’s above-the-fray brand. It started before he became president; it continued in last year’s campaign; it goes on happening today. Would a man who chose Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, for cripes sake, be shy about playing rough with people? There’s nothing unusual about a pol getting surrogates to fling shinola on his behalf. What’s unusual is that Obama, uniquely, continues to get a pass for it, even by people who claim that his toadies have threatened them.

Update: Here we go.

Update: Annnnd the truth-to-power left springs into action to protect Precious:

Update: Here’s Politico’s write-up of their interview with Woodward, in which he makes clear that he took the e-mail as a threat.

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 hour-long 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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The media never learns. They are always the first on the list for the firing squad when the totalitarians take over, yet they spend the entire run-up kissing the leader’s hindquarters.

And chumpThreads, you are a moron of the very first order.

PJ Emeritus on February 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM

tom daschle concerned on February 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Did you ever bother to research BW either?

The guy was suffering cascades of slime before this latest problem.

I would call a really sneaky troll someone who attacks a player like BW when the usual junk in Mother Jones doesn’t hit conservatives in a way to make them turn on a real asset. You know, with an ignorant, rotten post like yours.

Go check the left’s darts fired at Bob Woodward. They are really better than yours.

And look up the word “concern” while you are at it.

Thank you for the comic relief.

IlikedAUH2O on February 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Demonstrate for once in your lifetime you have balls woodward. Demonstrate that you aren’t like the rest of the politburo castrati.

Rest your hairy eggs on the dog eater’s chin, do some f****** investigative journalism for once in your miserable worthless life.

tom daschle concerned on February 27, 2013 at 8:12 PM

In case you missed it, here is a real credit to conservatism and this blog.

IlikedAUH2O on February 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Lanny Davis, liberal commentator, says the Washington Times was threatened by the WH to stop running his column as well. I see a pattern here. . .. Lanny knows who did it and says she the person is still there.

totherightofthem on February 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Same person threatened the Washington Times and not without being told to. I believe VJ is behind this on behalf of the love of her life, though he knows everything since his staffers can’t wipe their butts without his knowledge.

totherightofthem on February 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM


Oppositions will be dealt with swiftly and brutally
Resistance is Futile…
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easyt65 on February 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

IlikedAUH2O on February 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Good lord you are thick. You tell me I know nothing of Woodward then link to some garbage about someone else. If you were moderately sincere, you would have at least pointed me towards some info about Woodward.

Take a rest grandpa.

tom daschle concerned on February 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

President Obama’s budget will probably be released in March, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday, but has been delayed in part by “manufactured crises” including sequestration.

“The series of manufactured crises around budget issues, certainly has resulted at least in part in those experts in the administration who work on those issues having to spend a lot of time dealing with those crises rather than on that,” Carney said during his daily briefing. “But that’s part of the job and they’re working on the budget.”

31 USC § 1105 – Budget contents and submission to Congress
(a) On or after the first Monday in January but not later than the first Monday in February of each year, the President shall submit a budget of the United States Government for the following fiscal year. Each budget shall include a budget message and summary and supporting information.

If they weren’t so busy sending e-mails to reporters threatening them, perhaps we could get a budget.

J_Crater on February 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Kaffee: *Did you order the Code Red?*
Col. Jessep: *You’re Goddamn right I did!*

…memo to self: get out the dvd of ‘few good men’

socalcon on February 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

slickwillie2001 on February 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Well there it is. I suspect if Nixon had been a dimuhkrat, very few people would have ever heard of Bob Woodward.

S. D. on February 28, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Welcome to obama’s Amerika.

You will regret challenging them.

Enjoy the annual anal probe IRS audits, the health dept inspections of your home and property, the litigation associated with your heresy or questioning the king, the “accidental” loss of your health, social security and BMV records, the discovery of stolen items or drugs in your garage and best of all the busting of one of your family members if they step out of line and violate any kind of law.

Your ilk, along with low IQ goverment school product is why our kids and grandkids will work all their life to pay off the debt and liabilities these DC crooks have foisted on us. Nothing like catching on about the fire after the house has burnt.

acyl72 on March 1, 2013 at 7:31 AM