What… Bob Woodward considers this a threat?

So Bob Woodward initially didn’t see it as a threat, but now does? And once you read the actual emails, I think we can see Woodward trying to reclaim some lost glory.

Poor old rich white guy…

From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013

Bob:

I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios — but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)

I agree there are more than one side to our first disagreement, but again think this latter issue is diffferent. Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously.

My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.

Gene

From Woodward to Sperling on Feb. 23, 2013

Gene: You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you believe them. This is all part of a serious discussion. I for one welcome a little heat; there should more given the importance. I also welcome your personal advice. I am listening. I know you lived all this. My partial advantage is that I talked extensively with all involved. I am traveling and will try to reach you after 3 pm today. Best, Bob

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/exclusive-the-woodward-sperling-emails-revealed-88226.html#ixzz2MCdjf2Cj

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7 Replies to “What… Bob Woodward considers this a threat?”

  1. It might be wise to consider the political agendas of these two before reaching a conclusion. It is interesting to see who has attacked Woodward over the years or are our memories just too short.

  2. Joel,
    Of course he is. That’s how he makes a living. I stand by my first statement — agendas always matter when considering choices.

  3. Everyone has an agenda even you and I. The problem is those that hide their true agenda and it is up to each of us to determine spmeone’s true agenda if we want to make a wise decision. I’m afraid that very few make the effort as long as someone’s opinion matches their’s.

    1. Skid,

      I’m going to have to strongly disagree with the cynical statement.

      These are simply the facts: Bob Woodward, days after the pseudo-incident, went to a media source and whined, crying wolf. When the emails are revealed, we see that he is purposely doing this with an agenda, but this doesn’t mean Gene Spirling had one.

  4. Joel,
    You believe Gene Sperling had no agenda when he wrote the email but if so why in the world did he send it. We have to decide what the agenda is in each case, just as each reader must decide what your agenda was for this post and what my agenda was in my first comment. Of course we all have a right to be wrong sometimes and we all exercise that right frequently.

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