Bob Woodward and Gene Sperling took their much publicized spat even more public today, but appeared to put an end to it, with Sperling calling Woodward "a legend," and said legend inviting Sperling over to his house. "He's a peacemaker," Woodward said. "I am in the business of listening, and I'm going to invite him over to my house if he'll come and hopefully he'll bring others from the White House, maybe the president himself, and we can—you know, talking really works." Sperling, for his part, said his email "was cordial, it was polite." Tom Brokaw, speaking in a roundtable later, put it in perspective: "We’ve got to move on, the country doesn’t care about this. This is about an intramural fight in a high school cafeteria. It should be over, now." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, as per Politico:
- John Boehner on his "ass" comment: "Listen, I speak English. The fact is, the House has done its work. We have this sequester because the president demanded it and because Senate Democrats have refused to act.”
- Boehner on the sequester: "I don't know whether it's going to hurt the economy or not. I don't think anyone quite understands how the sequester is really going to work."
- Mitch McConnell on the sequester: "I'm absolutely confident we're going to reduce spending the amount of money we promised the American people we would in a law the president signed a year and a half ago."
- McConnell on a liberal Super PAC's attack on his wife, former labor secretary Elaine Cho: "I will say it has started early. There's a group that's already issued racial slurs against my wife and questioned my patriotism. So the left is fully engaged down here in Kentucky. They would love to take out the Republican leader of the Senate."
- Ann Romney on a Senate run: “No, they didn't approach me. I think there was a thought that, 'Oh, wouldn't that be fun for Ann to do that?' I'm like, 'Did anyone want to consider how fun it would be for me to do that?'"
- And on Dancing With the Stars rumors: "I did consider it. I love the show. I would've loved to have done it, and I am turning 64, and I started thinking about it. I'm not really as flexible as I should be. And now I know—I understand, Dorothy Hamill has been picked, and I thought,'Oh my gosh, am I glad I didn't do that!' I wouldn't want to compete against Dorothy!"