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Exclusive: The Woodward, Sperling
emails revealed

Politico, by Mike Allen & Jim Vandehei

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 2/28/2013 10:17:38 AM

POLITICO’s “Behind the Curtain” column last night quoted Bob Woodward as saying that a senior White House official has told him in an email he would “regret” questioning White House statements on the origins of sequestration. The official in question is Gene Sperling, economic adviser to the president. The White House has since pushed back, saying the exchange was far more innocuous than Woodward claims. We have obtained, exclusively, the exchange. Here it is: From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013 -Bob: I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 2/28/2013 10:23:21 AM     (No. 9200796)

How can there be an email when O denied there was any such thing.


Reply 2 - Posted by: ramona, 2/28/2013 10:29:05 AM     (No. 9200803)

Having read the email correspondence between these two men, it appears to me that they are actually very close acquaintances, if not friends. The Dems will read this and say that Sperling´s words can´t possibly constitute a threat. Woodward hardly comes off here as objective, IMO.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 2/28/2013 10:33:52 AM     (No. 9200814)

"My bad." ?!? No self-respecting, grown up man says this to another man. Sperling always has been and always will be a cold-blooded reptile.


Reply 4 - Posted by: WyoEagle, 2/28/2013 10:36:37 AM     (No. 9200822)

I don´t see anything approaching a threat to be honest. And in reading Woodward´s response neither did he.


Reply 5 - Posted by: mre, 2/28/2013 10:36:45 AM     (No. 9200823)

For Woodward or others to portray this as a threat is misleading. Shame on Woodward! And shame on Drudge and others who portrayed it as such.


Reply 6 - Posted by: lylacat, 2/28/2013 10:41:26 AM     (No. 9200836)

You have to give Woodward credit for pointing out that sequester was 0bama´s idea in the first place. The media have allowed 0bama to lie and change stories to suit his needs, and most people are so ignorant they believe him. Good for Bob Woodward for stating the truth and not buckling when the Thugs threaten his existence. The 0bama administration have been ruthless with their actions.


Reply 7 - Posted by: janjan, 2/28/2013 10:58:07 AM     (No. 9200869)

Woodward is speaking the truth and Obama and his toadies are lying. So when Sperling tells Woodward ´he will regret´ what he is reporting what, exactly, is that if not a threat? Why would Woodward regret it?


   

 

  


 
Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/28/2013 10:58:19 AM     (No. 9200870)

I admit to enjoying Woodward´s calling out of Obama and Sperling. But,I will always remember that Woodward was able to cobble together a book from his lengthy "interviews" and "conversations", revealing all kinds of damaging details, with a mostly comatose William Casey. I didn´t believe it then and it´s hard to believe him these days.


Reply 9 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/28/2013 11:06:45 AM     (No. 9200883)

Some of you people lack an understanding of a subtle threat coming out of the White House. This was not a bar fight, with loud and clear threats - it was a clear, yet veiled threat coming from a top admininstration official. And it was directed at a reporter who needs to maintain contacts and off the record information from the white house if he is to do his job of reporting.
What seems to be clear to me is that this white house, having stolen a second term for the president, may be swirling in an eddy of hubris, much like the nixon white house in nixon´s second term.
The difference between nixon and the current president, however, is that nixon loved his country.


Reply 10 - Posted by: ocjim, 2/28/2013 11:07:59 AM     (No. 9200884)

Thugs??? Tell it to the Hillary campaign folks who got pushed around in the 2008 Iowa caucuses by these thugs. Then tell it to the GM and Chrysler bond holders, and then... etc, etc, etc. The record is long and the record is clear. The Obama thugocracy is absolutely no surprise to any informed person. It´s the Chicago Way, after all.


Reply 11 - Posted by: ocjim, 2/28/2013 11:10:11 AM     (No. 9200894)

And here´s Politico rushing in to do damage control for their guy and his crew. Beneath contempt.


Reply 12 - Posted by: Reddoggie, 2/28/2013 11:18:22 AM     (No. 9200908)

Bob has been breaking news for a long time and knows what he is doing. He was doing his thing when Obama was still playing with marbles. Obama and team have hit upon a REAL journalist - the likes of which Chicago politicians (and gang) are no match.


   

 

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Reply 13 - Posted by: civilservant, 2/28/2013 11:36:55 AM     (No. 9200940)

Well said #9.
As the old(political) saying goes....

Never say something out loud you can whisper.
Never whisper something you can make understood by a nod.
Never nod something that should be understood by a wink.
Never wink something that should be UNDESTOOD innately.

The Right will lose as long as the play by the Marquis of Queensbury rules.

The Left fights trench warfare.


Reply 14 - Posted by: olcap, 2/28/2013 12:08:13 PM     (No. 9201001)

The words, "you will regret", could be construed in the context of the state of one´s professional integrity, not just as a threat. For example, "Bob, you will regret this, because, in the end, you will appear foolish to have taken the position that you have."

Also, Jonah Goldberg doesn´t see it as a threat either. Article a few up from this one.


Reply 15 - Posted by: msjena, 2/28/2013 12:08:53 PM     (No. 9201002)

There was also a phone conversation in which Sperling raised his voice. This email was his apology.


Reply 16 - Posted by: Ruhn, 2/28/2013 12:42:29 PM     (No. 9201051)

On the other hand, Woodward lives for juicy WH insider gossips through his contacts. So he may not want to jeopardize his access.


Reply 17 - Posted by: civilservant, 3/1/2013 9:45:58 AM     (No. 9202453)

Yes, #14, because that statement coming from a person who is buddy buddy with the man who runs the:
IRS, DHS, FBI, CIA, The Media(oops, that´s suposed to be secret)EPA ad infinitum(kinda our problem) means nothing but ´hey, I am worried about your image."

It was the worst kind of threat. One that forces the threatened to imagine what is forthcoming.


   

 

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