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Jimmy Carter’s former pollster, Pat Caddell, thinks Obama is the most Nixon-like president in 40 years. Wonder what Woodward thinks? Considering the way some of his colleagues have turned on him, Mark Steyn thinks Woodward is “about one news cycle away from being revealed as on the take from the Koch brothers and the real father of Trig Palin.”
None of that for Kathleen Parker – “This is no tempest in a teapot but rather the leak in the dike. Drip by drip, the Obama administration has demonstrated its intolerance for dissent and its contempt for any who stray from the White House script.”
But Mr. Obama really believes the stars will fall from the sky if spending declines. – Daniel Henninger WSJ 2/28/13
“That’s a kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time”, said Bob Woodward referring to the president’s refusal to deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf because of “sequestration“. The sequestration cuts represent a 4% decrease in spending growth. Obama has been on the campaign trail promoting hysteria and blaming Republicans for the automatic budget cuts.
In a February 22 Washington Post story, Woodward showed, from reporting for his book “The Price of Politics”, that sequestration was the president’s idea.
Update: Bob Woodward has been told he will “regret” doing this by a senior White House official. Here’s a Daily Caller account of Wolf Blitzer’s interview with Woodward on CNN.
BLITZER: Was it a senior person at the White House?
WOODWARD: A very senior person. And just as a matter — I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in, and even though we don’t look at it that way, we do look at it that way. and it’s, I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication’s strategy — let’s hope it’s not a strategy, but it’s a tactic that somebody’s employed, and said, look, we don’t go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don’t like, that, you know, you’re regret this. It’s Mickey Mouse.
Politico says the threat came from Obama economic adviser, Gene Sperling. Politico also has a copy of Sperling’s email to Woodward. Here’s an excerpt. You can read the whole email 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 reference to moving the goal posts is that Republicans agreed to a tax hike as part of the fiscal cliff deal in exchange for future tax cuts. The president now wants more tax hikes.
Update to the Update: Now Lanny Davis, former Clinton attorney, says he was threatened by they White House. Here’s a link to WMAL via Drudge.
“…Davis told WMAL that his editor, John Solomon, “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.” Davis says the Obama aide told Solomon, “that if he continued to run my columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials….”
The King’s Court has had a Ministry of Truth attitude from the beginning. Go here for my 2010 cartoon about HHS Secretary Sebalius threatening insurance companies for blaming rate hikes on Obamacare. And go here for my 2009 cartoon about the White House asking you to inform on your fellow citizens if you see “something fishy”. And here’s my cartoon about Justice Department intimidation of CBS reporter Sheryl Attkinsson for her reporting on Fast and Furious.
Andrew Wilson has a great piece in American Spectator (with a nice picture) asking, just what was the president doing while the Benghazi compound was burning?
One is a display of wretched excess, when giddy and rowdy participants give in to reckless and irresponsible behavior.
The other is a street festival in New Orleans.”
President Obama doesn’t like dissent and he didn’t get much of it when he appeared with Hillary for a slobbery 60 Minutes interview. The president requested the interview with Steve Kroft because, as Kroft told Piers Morgan, …“he knows we’re not going to play gotcha”.
And here’s a Connor Friedersdorf column from the Atlantic about Steve Kroft’s “softball interviews”.