Actually the only question is: "What did Woodward say in his book?" Was it accurate then? It appears that what he said was accurate. The president and the rest of his White House staff have been lying about sequestration for months. Finally, on "Meet the Press," Sperling admitted as much when he said after much equivocation that "we put forth the design of" sequestration. Why did he not say that in the first place?
Things are going to get more interesting. For months, the president has been talking as though sequestration has to be very painful and very ugly. Now the government is closing the White House for tours because of sequestration. There will be other showy demonstrations of these painful cuts. But the cuts need not be so painful in a $3.8 trillion budget.
The greater problem is that practically everything the president says has to be verified. He seems as Woodward says to forever engage in "partisan message management." Soon the country will catch on. There is no dealing with a partisan message manager.