American Elephants

Ooops! Chicago Politics Intrudes at the White House. by The Elephant's Child

Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this” the same day he continued to criticize President Barack Obama over the looming sequester cuts.

“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.

“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?'” Woodward said on MSNBC.

“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?'” Or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ … because of some budget document?”

Last weekend, Woodward called out Obama for what he said was “moving the goal posts” on the sequester by requesting that revenue be part of a deal to avert it.

Presidents have often had quarrels with the press, but calling a reporter and threatening him is not a good idea.  Not new though. When a critic panned a concert by his daughter Margaret, Harry Truman called the critic and let loose a little profanity.


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