Bob Woodward, who, along with his partner Carl Bernstein, discovered the scope of Watergate, is back in hot water with a President.
Woodward, whose reporting on meetings that were supposed to be secret over the past 40 years, has been unassailable and took issue with Obama's holding Congressional Republicans responsible for sequester.
Woodward reported that Obama had "moved the goal posts" when it came to revenue and spending and, in fact, the idea of a sequester as a stick to make all sides come together on a debt reduction plan originated in the White House.
Woodward, writing in the Washington Post, reminded everyone that in the third debate between Obama and Mitt Romney last fall, Obama said, "The sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed."
It turns out it was the brainchild of former White House Chief of Staff (and new Treasury Secretary) Jack Lew. Not only did Woodward point out the guilty party, he nailed the date and time (2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011) when Lew and the Legislative Affairs director for the White House brought the idea to Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
They did that, Woodward maintains, with the specific approval of Obama.
The White House attempted to deny the sequester was their idea to the point that a senior White House staffer emailed Woodward saying he "would regret" sticking to his story.
Nixon and Obama, tied together by their anger with a reporter - the same reporter - Bob Woodward.
The senior White House official in question is Gene Sperling, director of Obama's economic council.
The White House is now trying to tamp things down by re-defining the meaning of "regret."
According to Scott Neuman on the NBP website the White House responded that it was all a big misunderstanding and "you will regret doing this," really meant "of course no threat was intended."
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