Woodward: White House Said I'd 'Regret' Sequester Stance
Calls Obama's approach 'madness'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2013 3:46 AM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2013 5:39 AM CST
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(Newser) – Bob Woodward's standoff with the White House is heating up: Now the journalist says a top administration official warned him to stop blaming President Obama for the sequester, Business Insider reports. In an email, "it was said very clearly: You will regret doing this," Woodward told CNN. "It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, 'You're going to regret doing something that you believe in.'" Woodward said his take on the run-up to sequestration is "irrefutable," while a White House official says "no threat was intended" and the email "was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation."

Earlier, Woodward told MSNBC that the administration's linking of national security to the sequester was "a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time." The Pentagon recently said it would postpone deploying an aircraft carrier to the Middle East due to funding concerns, and yesterday, Obama was in Virginia to talk about the sequester's dangers to the Navy. "So we now have the president going out (saying) 'Because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can't do what I need to do to protect the country,'" Woodward said, per Reuters.

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Feb 28, 2013 8:45 PM CST
I supported Obama in both elections, I fear I got duped by a con man that is leading the middle class and democracy to the slaughter house. For the sake of my country, I fear my government needs to fail.
Feb 28, 2013 1:25 PM CST
Didn't the president claim entering his presidency that "transparency" would be the policy towards his governing? Helen Thomas fell before Woodward, and she claimed this was worse than Nixon several years ago (and the rest of the Leftwing media went "hush" then.) Just to indicate how vastly different each "side" of the media is handled, look at how that hack "Congressman" from Minnesota shouted down Sean Hannity on his own show recently. The Left seems to be sworn to secrecy or something and anyone who dares to inquire is demonized and destroyed. The Bill of Rights seems to be the current target so watch each right fall the way these reporters are going. No arms, no free speech, no media watchdog. What's next, boxcars and gulags? Yes, these are scary times, indeed.
Feb 28, 2013 12:17 PM CST
Woodward turns out to be quite the "drama queen" Just saw on the news the e-mail he got from Sperling that started this whole phoney fiasco. Nothing but a difference of opinion. Sleep well Bob, i dont think the Navy Seals will be coming to your house any time soon. I'd like to play poker with Bob, he seems like he would be easy to bluff