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On PBS, Bob Woodward Demands Romney Apologize to Americans for Unpresidential Remarks on Tape

posted at 5:59 pm on September 20, 2012 by

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward continued his lecture circuit on how he’s the source of “the best obtainable version of the truth” in politics by demanding  Republican nominee Mitt Romney to apologize for his “off the cuff” remarks captured in a leaked video at a private fundraiser in Florida. During his typically soporific interview with Judy Woodruff on the PBS Newshour, which will air later this week – Woodruff claimed such antics “doesn’t work in journalism, life, or politics.”

Since the NewsHour website only included a fraction of the interview, we don’t know if Woodruff asked if Obama looked “unpresidential” and should have apologized in 2008 after telling supporters that many Americans bitterly “cling to guns and religion.” Here’s how PBS teed up Woodward:

JUDY WOODRUFF: Here we are, five weeks before the election, and the Republican nominee Mitt Romney makes comments about 47 percent of the American people and what they believe and what – they represent – how – does that fit into the picture of someone who wants to be president and what a president’s expected to do.

BOB WOODWARD:  You asked the question what’s the president job? And the president job is to establish what the next stage of good is for a majority of people in the country – not one party, not one interest group and developed a plan and do it. And you look at those comments and they’re deeply troubling. Because he is labeling a whole group of people and saying oh they look at themselves at victims. They’re people who will not vote for me and if he turns out to become the President of the United States he’s got to reach out to everyone. He’s got to have a mindset where he understands the struggles of people. The people he was categorizing ­­– I mean there are people on elderly – on Medicare – the health insurance program for the elderly that the federal government provides at great expense – who live on an average of $22,000 a year. Talk about living at the edge.  A lot of those people are Republicans.  And he kind of swept with his – mouth and his hand – them away. And that’s out of the trad– outside the boundaries of the tradition of what we expect of a president.  Now, hopefully there are big lessons learned by him and that he will – I would expect although he’s standing by this and justifying it – he probably owes an apology to lots of people in this kind of off the cuff labeling of people is – it doesn’t work as we’ve discovered in journalism, it doesn’t work in life, and it doesn’t work in politics.

However, this plays into Woodruff’s continued narrative that compromise and civility have died in politics.  He lamented about this last Monday morning on CSPAN’s Washington Journal where he said “…you know if Bob Dole had been the minority leader – the majority leader, I’m sorry – as he was in the 1990s, in the Clinton administration, or Newt Gingrich [was] the Speaker, we would have been able to work this deal out.’ Whether that’s the case or not, the president has a very strong argument that there’s less flexibility with the House Republicans now then there was during the Gingrich era.”

You see that again in this interview where he says that what Romney said was “outside the boundaries of the tradition of what we expect of a president.”  However, Obama failing to reschedule an intelligence briefing to fly off to a Vegas fundraiser one day after the embassy attacks must be considered within “the boundaries of tradition of what we expect of a president.”

Originally posted on Newsbusters.

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He’ll say anything to sell books.

Blake on September 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Here, I’ll apologize to Woodward:

Go phuque yourself.

How was that, Bob?

justltl on September 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I’d demand that Bob Woodward apologize for failing to tell America who Obama is, and what he intends to do to America.

Where, Bob, is that blockbuster on how the American people were duped by a faux candidate of hope and change who is just another old Marxist redistributionist and his puppet media. That ought to earn you a few bucks to pay for your Obamacare bills

Don L on September 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

How about apologizing for lying about a deathbed “confession” from a former CIA director, despite the family’s claim that Woodward never got near the hospital room?

Wethal on September 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Eldery Presstitute.

batterup on September 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

which one was he again, Dustin Hoffman or Robert Redford?

portlandon on September 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

He is truly shameless. If we get nothing else out of this election (and I do think Romney will win, but even if he doesn’t) at least the media has exposed themselves as completely partisan. Even apolitical people that I know have commented on it.

Laura Curtis on September 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Hey Woodward, first shutup! Then go do that thing Clint Eastwood said it was difficult to do to yourself, and do it repeatedly.

stukinIL4now on September 20, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I’m an American and he doesn’t owe me an apology.

Bob, you do NOT speak for all Americans.

Resist We Much on September 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

portlandon on September 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Redford. LOL!

Resist We Much on September 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

He needs to go and do what the empty chair told Romney to do.

ultracon on September 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Bumbling, pretentious, leftist loon. And a proven liar.

pat on September 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I doubt the passage of time and emergence of truth will be kind to political hack Bob Woodward and he knows it. Little more than another Dan Rather yet could lie more carefully.

Thus, he’s selling out for whatever remaining loot and face-time he can to prostitute for the tired, seedy DNC political causes he’s always pimped or protected. Pretty much the curriculum vitae for PBS NewsHour and most other PBS and NPR employees and those making patronage appearances.

viking01 on September 21, 2012 at 5:39 AM

Woodward is just clinging to his pimp Obama. He should really try keeping his skirt down and stay off his master’s lap long enough to give the the other pbs/npr [email protected] wh*re$ their turn.
All while keeping their greasy little hands in YOUR pocket!

onomo on September 21, 2012 at 6:41 AM

You know what Jim Belushi said about Woodward after reading WIRED, Woodward’s biograpyy of John Belushi?

“After reading that, I question whether Watergate really happened.”

Daisy_WI on September 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Time to go to pasture, Bob. Your generation and all its twitches are passing away. No one but the Obama circle and the Washington media wants to keep pretending it’s the 1960s. America has passed you by. Enjoy your golden years.

J.E. Dyer on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Maybe we can start having show trials, erect some gulags, open some re-education centers, and put up travel checkpoints nationwide.

tom daschle concerned on September 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Bob, why don’t you apologize for making up stuff out of whole cloth and then writing that I said that stuff on my death bed.


William Casey

thirteen28 on September 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

journalist calling for apologies? just report the news and STFU

burserker on September 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

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