Woodward: This Is Obama's Sequester
He 'personally approved' the plan suggested by his own staffers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2013 7:38 AM CST
President Obama speaks in Chicago on Feb. 15.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – John Boehner and other Republicans have taken to calling the automatic spending cuts set to take effect in a week as the "president's sequester." It may sound like typical DC blame-shifting, but Republicans happen to be exactly right in this case, writes Bob Woodward in the Washington Post. The idea for the automatic cuts were proposed by then chief of staff Jack Lew and another top aide in 2011 and "personally approved" by Obama himself, writes Woodward. Want specifics? Lew presented it to Harry Reid at 2:30pm July 27 of that year, he adds.

At times over the last year, President Obama and Lew have flat-out said the sequester was Congress' idea, though White House spokesman Jay Carney finally acknowledged "sequester paternity" this week. It matters because "months of White House dissembling" on the issue made relations with congressional Republicans even worse, writes Woodward. He also says the president agreed to no new taxes in the final sequester deal, but now he's "moving the goal posts" by calling for both spending cuts and new revenue. "His call for a balanced approach is reasonable .. but that was not the deal he made," writes Woodward. Click for the full column.

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trailmix
Feb 26, 2013 8:46 AM CST
When they created the Sequester, Boehner loved it. He got 98% of what he wanted. Now he duck his responsibility to own up to his actions and wants to put it all on the President. No surprise there, Boehner is truly a PUTZ.
BinThereDunThat
Feb 25, 2013 9:17 AM CST
Woodward hasn't been relevant since Watergate.
Smitty6398
Feb 24, 2013 8:14 PM CST
It's AMERICA'S issue and if these knuckleheads we elected don't get off their fat a$$es and drop worrying about gun control long enough to get our financial mess in order, there' going to be a lot of THEM looking for work in a couple years.