Anyone following the Bob Woodward story?
It's actually pretty incredible how closely the Obama Administration has echoed the Nixon Administration, right down to the intimidation, opacity, etc. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/02/27/woodward_white_house_warned_me_youre_going_to_regret_this.html
BLITZER: What was said?
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.
BLITZER: Was it a senior person at the White House?
WOODWARD: A very senior person. And just as a matter -- I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, 'you're going to regret doing something that you believe in, and even though we don't look at it that way, you do look at it that way.' I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication's strategy, let's hope it's not a strategy, that it's a tactic that somebody's employed, and said, 'Look, we don't go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don't like, that, you know, you're going to regret this.' It's Mickey Mouse. (The Situation Room, February 27, 2013)
Sperling to Woodward:
I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. 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 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 ... My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.
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.
One, that's "regret" in that he thinks Woodward is wrong. He will regret taking that position because he believes it will be shown to be misguided.
Two, Woodward -- a Washington institution -- felt so threatened that he sent a response that is pretty much "No worries bro."
Three, Nixon would definitely be proud of a White House staffer apologizing to a REPORTER OF ALL PEOPLE for raising his voice while calling him a "friend." Come on Shad. This is a joke.
Here's the full text of the emails:http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/e ... 88226.html