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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:49 AM

Exclusive: The Woodward, Sperling emails revealed

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. 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#ixzz2MCqi37Wv

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kpete Feb 2013 OP
Uben Feb 2013 #1
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #2
Cha Feb 2013 #17
calimary Mar 2013 #24
Enrique Feb 2013 #3
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #4
Jeff In Milwaukee Feb 2013 #5
russspeakeasy Feb 2013 #6
Kolesar Feb 2013 #15
UTUSN Feb 2013 #7
deutsey Feb 2013 #8
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #9
rustydog Feb 2013 #10
TxVietVet Feb 2013 #11
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #12
Jennicut Feb 2013 #13
onestepforward Feb 2013 #14
Cha Feb 2013 #18
DallasNE Feb 2013 #16
mountain grammy Feb 2013 #19
MrModerate Feb 2013 #20
John2 Feb 2013 #21
MannyGoldstein Feb 2013 #22
timdog44 Mar 2013 #23
ReRe Mar 2013 #25
greiner3 Mar 2013 #26

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:56 AM

1. Yep, crystal clear he was threatened!

........NOT!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:59 AM

2. Sounds to me like Sperling was more concerned about Woodward not making an ass out of himself

than any actual "threat."

Nothing to see here.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:20 PM

17. Zactly, Carcetti.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 04:21 PM

24. YES. As in - be careful what you stand on. It could turn out to be a pile of dogshit.

Because if you insist on taking stands like that, you risk making yourself look like an idiot.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:00 AM

3. Woodward knows he's wrong

about his interpretation about moving the goalposts. There is all kinds of evidence supporting Sperling. If he wants to stand his ground, all the Obama haters will back him up, just because he's criticizing Obama, but is that what he wants?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:02 AM

4. Woodward exposed himself for the liar that he is. What else has he told us in the past....

....that we should begin to examine much more closely, and how far back should we go?


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:04 AM

5. Based on Woodward's response...

That is to say, going straight to Fox News and claiming "threats" from the White House, I think Sperling can safely assume that Woodward is no longer to be considered a friend.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:06 AM

6. It sells books. That is all.

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Response to russspeakeasy (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:40 PM

15. Publicity gimmick ... eom

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:09 AM

7. Give Bob a break: He's used to interviewing dudes who are in comas. n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:14 AM

8. I stopped taking Woodward seriously after he betrayed Belushi's widow

After this, however, I think I will ignore him entirely from now on.

What an assclown.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:35 AM

9. The menace from Sperling's email left me shivering!

 

I urge that Mr Woodward go into hiding and remain there until it is safe and Obama is no longer in office.


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:39 AM

10. I can see Hannity now..."Obama got to him, they "fixed" the emails!"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:59 AM

11. I tuned in on the conservanazi nut jobs on AM radio this morning in Houston.

Of course, I never believe the conservanazi whiners until I investigate some of the background on the issue. The first conservanazi idiot was a clown named Edd Hendee. After that, it was Laura Ingram. The way they were portraying all of this was like a knock-down fight. Like Obama was running the country like the Chicago Mob. Lots of lies in between. They are trying to say it's all Obama's fault and that the White House is threatening Woodward.
First up, I would never let that guy back in the White House if he doesn't explain what he told the conservanazis and why.
The main problem right now that we have is that the MSM is giving face space and letting the conservanazis get on air and lie.

BTW, you can always tell when conservanazi repukes are lying.......... their lips move.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:13 PM

12. I'm sure MJ and Mica have seen this but it still shd be sent to them...n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:24 PM

13. Such a threat! So scary. Gene Sperling is enough to give anyone nightmares.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:28 PM

14. "Bob Woodward is moving the goalposts on what constitutes a threat."

Tweeted:

Ari Melber ‏@AriMelber
Possibly the best one so far. RT @ObsoleteDogma Bob Woodward is moving the goalposts on what constitutes a threat.

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Response to onestepforward (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:22 PM

18. Right..thanks for the Ari Melber Tweet, onestepforward

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:42 PM

16. Woodward's Problem Is Revealed By Woodward

Woodward admits that "I talked extensively with all involved" then took sides regarding who was telling the truth. There is only one truth and Sperling is just setting the record straight with Woodward. A good journalist would know that the way to verify a charge of "moving the goal posts" would be to review what was actually being said at the time versus what is being said today. Woodward failed Journalism 101 by accepting one side of the argument without benefit of doing the grunt work of verification of facts. This is in fact yellow journalism being practiced by Woodward in this exchange.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:45 PM

19. What a wimp Wooward has turned into, he's a joke! Wonder what Bernstein thinks....

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:00 PM

20. A threat? My left toe!

Sperling was clearly, clearly, clearly saying, "Bob, you're going to look like a fool if you go down this route, because what you're saying is flat wrong."

I suppose it's also a threat to tell someone if they hit their thumb with a hammer, it's going to leave a mark.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:45 PM

21. I caught on to Woodward,

 

when he interjected himself in the Election supporting the House Republicans and Romney\Ryan. It backfired on him but he just want give up. Remember he said Pelosi deliberately ignored the President and she disputed it. Why was he listening in on someone's private conversation anyway? He has an agenda period! He is just no good and a sleeze to me.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:47 PM

22. Shite! Woodward's as good as droned.

He'll be Freedom Mist by sunrise.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 06:22 AM

23. Pat Robertson may be right.

Woodward is probably wearing some second hand clothing or jewelry and is possessed bu demons.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 07:06 PM

25. Can we all agree...

...that Woodward has lost all credibility? He's now a legend in his own mind. He's reminding me more and more everyday of Bob Novak. I had absolutely NO respect for him long before this current flap he has stirred up making HIM the big story. Fuck Bob Woodward. The WH owes him nothing. Cut him loose. IMHO, respectfully of course...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:40 AM

26. The first signs of dementia;

Are sometimes pretty easy to see.

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