It’s like a Hollywood remake. The same actor is even playing one of the same lead roles. Bob Woodward helped bring down Nixon and is now doing the same for the comparably secretive, unscrupulous, and personality-disordered Barack Hussein Obama.
While the rest of the media recites Administration talking points regarding the sequester dog and pony show, helping the White House overhype it and blame it on Republicans, Woodward was pointing out a week ago that Obama lies when he barks that he did not propose the sequester:
My extensive reporting for my book “The Price of Politics” shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of [Jack] Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government.
Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved.
Commenting on Obama’s unmistakable efforts to squeeze as much damage as possible out of the sequester, so that the public will demand that Republicans accede to still higher taxes,
Woodward said Obama was showing a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.
The last time we were aware of Woodward perceiving madness in the presidency, a resignation to avoid impeachment soon followed.
The Regime is not amused:
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House’s handling of the forced federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday.
“They’re not happy at all,” he said on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official — who he would not name — communicated a message which caused him great concern.
“It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this,” he said.
According to a Democrat aware of the situation, Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, sent the email Woodward cited.
This time the plot may veer off on a different course. Journalists hated Nixon for being a Republican, so when Woodward presented them with an opening, they shoved through with great relish and destroyed his presidency. Do they have enough integrity to the same with Obama, who is clearly endangering our national interests for political gain, and whose Fast & Furious, Solyndra, and Benghazi scandals all dwarf Watergate? Or will they remain loyal in their role as Obama’s palace guard and turn on Woodward, suddenly discovering that he is a racist/sexist/homophobe or that he refuses to recycle?
Given the general gutlessness that characterizes this generation, the press will probably opt for a middle course, half-heartedly pretending to be objective but letting the story die as quickly as possible instead of using it as a starting point.
On tips from G. Fox, Xavier, and Conan. Hat tip: Drudge.