Journalist Bob Woodward blasts Obama "madness" in handling cuts

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MadCharles wrote:

Something more spooky than Obama spooked Bobby into telling the truth.
He should have tried doing so in 08..

Feb 27, 2013 7:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MadCharles wrote:

Something more spooky than Obama spooked Bobby into telling the truth.
He should have tried doing so in 08..

Feb 27, 2013 7:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MadCharles wrote:

Something more spooky than Obama spooked Bobby into telling the truth.
He should have tried doing so in 08..

Feb 27, 2013 7:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
unreeluknow wrote:

If Woodward really received a threatening email from someone at the White House, then please publish it so the world can see which person working for Obama is threatening a reporter, or any citizen for that matter. Lets see it Bob.

Feb 27, 2013 7:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BobK3436 wrote:

Thanks Bob, It good to see one reporter with enough patriotism in him to tell it like it is and not just fawn over our presidents every word whether its true or false.

Feb 27, 2013 7:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lawrench wrote:

You have to love Chicago politics. Agree to a deal, and 6 months later blame the people with who you made the agreement. I believe during the Clinton Administration we called this triangulation. When people start feeling the heat from increased taxes, there will be no appetite for more tax increases. This has always been the fatal flaw with the Democratic Party, take power and tax and spend. What happened to balancing your checkbook before you go out and buy that 70 inch LCD television?

Feb 27, 2013 7:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stonehillady wrote:

Our president is playing with the citizens emotion to inhanse himself & demoralize the opposition, he is a psychopath, a real tyrant but, the dumb sheep still like him ? He is playing with peoples heads & society has hit a moral decline promoted by the media with more concern about celebrities, sports, sexual orientation trivia instead of world events, congressional Bills & intense questioning of our “Lawmakers”.
Now, Bob Woodward has been threaten by Obama ? Why ? Because someone has the balls to question & critize him ? Isn’t that what Americans suppose to do ? Questioning Authority was why we were Once considered the greatest nation on Earth !

Feb 27, 2013 7:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mrlibra64 wrote:

And in other news…Henny Penny & The Boy who cried Wolf are filing suit against the Obama administration for copyright infringement.

Feb 27, 2013 7:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mrlibra64 wrote:

And in other news…Henny Penny & The Boy who cried Wolf are filing suit against the Obama administration for copyright infringement.

Feb 27, 2013 7:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SeanofVA wrote:

I’m sorry, but this strikes me as racists. Do you think celebrated liberal journalists would complain about a white president putting politics over national security?

Feb 27, 2013 7:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sunwhereelse wrote:

Obama is just basically a liar! He will not be happy until the USA looks like Europe, the middle class are broken and we are a socialist country. It is disgusting and embarrassing.

Feb 27, 2013 7:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jerry51 wrote:

He wanted the military cut all along, he just thought the other cuts would be bad enough to make the gop cave and give him tax increases. By 2016 50% of the debt, $20 trillion, will be Obamas, even after the sequester. Watch out for those drones Mr. Woodward.

Feb 27, 2013 7:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Juan_One wrote:

I cannot wait to see who will be the first to call Bob a, “RACIST” for speaking out against the regime!

Feb 27, 2013 8:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Woodward is the only journalist in America (other than Bernstein) who has the power and credibility to tell the truth about Obama and be believed. It’s time to bring down the corrupt Obama regime with the truth. Go get him Bob!

Feb 27, 2013 8:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jrey762 wrote:

No doubt Woodward will be painted as a racist now for disagreeing with the status quo just like everybody else who disagrees with the Obama administration. Rinse, repeat…*yawn*

Feb 27, 2013 8:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse

So is obama’s paycheck going to be delayed as well? What about obama vacations for he and that mrs? What about hob nobbing with the rich and famous, all that on hold too? Gonna put off all those tv show appearances too? All his security details cost money…so I mean if there is no money for the military there is no money for anything else either. No pay for the president of congress, military comes first.

Feb 27, 2013 8:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Aranhas wrote:

Duh. The guy isn’t a “President”. He is a wannabe who got in office because of white guilt. He is inept and inexperienced. He sells access to the White House for $500k. He loves the TV cameras and can’t pass up a chance to play with celebrities and give speeches. He is the worst President in my lifetime and I am 72 years old and a card-carrying Democrat from a Chicago Machine Dem family going back to Anton Cermak. None of the Dem Machine families we know and work with want this guy as President. NONE. We have families. We have kids. We will be dead and gone when our kids have to live with the mess this jerk is creating. Alexis de Toqueville, 1830s: “The people in a democracy get the government they deserve”. Plato: “Democracy is rule by the indigent”. Well, the idiots who put this guy back in office are going to learn what “inept” means.

Feb 27, 2013 8:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse

It sure seems like madness. Back in 2011 the idea of the sequestration was the Obama administration’s idea. The majority of Congress voted for it (yes Republican House and Democrat Senate) and President Obama signed it into law.

If the results of the law were so “draconian” (as the administration now states) why sign it into law in the first place? Oh, it was supposed to be a motivation for Congress and the President to come to some better accord they say. In reality this law demonstrates what little respect the President and Congress have for the rule-of-law and for the citizens of this nation. A responsible governing body should never pass a bill into law that they are not fully prepared to have in effect. Of course we are dealing with people in Congress that state things like “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It” (Pelosi and the ACA).

Ironically this law even grants the President the discretion to select where the cuts occur. To hear the President now, you would be lead to believe it must have been some “other” President (not Obama) that was responsible for signing the bill into law. Roughly four more years of this idiocy still ahead of us. Sigh…

Feb 27, 2013 8:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Missy321 wrote:

Ok, so let me understand this……..now they understand that Obama is not making the right decisions for our country and that he spins everything, telling little truth and providing no transparency, but this….this, they didn’t know three months ago??? IMHO they wanted him and the liberals in office having none other but they realize now how fringe he really is and now they worry about their children and grandchildren. (someone tell them it’s too late…..)

Feb 27, 2013 8:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
midwestrandr wrote:

yes typical Chicago style politics- let “go after him” this is a scary movie what oh what have we done to be here?
and how do we get out?

Feb 27, 2013 8:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4NoParty wrote:

Mr. Woodward is either a very brave or very foolish man. It has been obvious to many of us that you don’t spit in the wind and you don’t pull the mask off the old lone ranger, and you don’t cross the President. Mr. Obama does not suffer fools or dissent easily, especially from the press. If this occurs again, with another journalist, it might actually result in free thought, a freeing of the mindset of the Press…making them do what they claim they do…report, not ignore the news. Up until today, this has meant the rubber stamping the reports of the WH thought police. Watch you back Mr. Woodward…after all, he threatened Bankers with pitchforks.

Feb 27, 2013 8:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
121455 wrote:

Liberals will label him a racist

Feb 27, 2013 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Indiana_Dave wrote:

The president is just supposed to execute the law on behalf of the American people. He should be working hard, figuring out how to perform his duties with the resources available. He is not supposed to be throwing up his hands yelling “I can’t do this job!”

Feb 27, 2013 8:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
go_figure7722 wrote:

Hey Bob, welcome to the enlightened side.

Feb 27, 2013 8:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
toptiger39 wrote:

I hope this is the beginning…. a “small crack” in the Obama fame that grows larger and larger by the day to finally come apart and crumble into dust. More and more investigative reporters of the caliber of Woodward need to start doing their work.

Feb 27, 2013 8:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
robmreno wrote:

The trouble with Obama and his administration with regard to American Economics is that his ideology requires him to suck more money from every stable source in his belief that they have too much, can do with less, and are thus compelled to fund that that have not and do nothing to better themselves or the country they live in.

Obama and his ilk do not want to understand or believe that taxation is not the answer. They prefer to label it as “revenue” and insist that the only way out of the deep hole is a fair share from those that can until there is no more to send. The reality of that method is that the poor do not rise to a higher standard of living. The “rich” become poorer in the effort in a lowering of basic standards of living. This is the only result that can come from his policies.

Progressives do not want to see revenues increase through a stable and growing economy. That would defeat the entire premise of the need to micro manage the US economy and citizenry. Therefore, they will not allow appropriate reductions in taxation, the closure of loopholes (particularly the ones they take advantage of) or the relaxation of regulation to stimulate the natural course of American economics. They will insist they know better because the theory they were taught can be improved by the brightest bulbs in the chandelier which they all believe they are on any given dim night.

It will not work. It never has worked anywhere in the world whenever they have been allowed to try those theories out on the populace. It won’t work now either and they know it to be fact. But while they try… they, those in power, see their personal fortunes increase and that in the end is all they are after. Power and glory and legacy… for a few.

If this is what you want, sit back and watch. But lock up your assets as best you can and and prepare to ride out a very nasty fall from grace for this country and its people.

Remember, the rich always get richer if for no other reason they they can sit on their funds while you spend your last buck on day old bread.
The middle class must react to a progressive policy shift with a loud and vigorous voice into every ear that will listen and into every office responsible for policy making. This is your obligation as a citizen who cares about the health and welfare of the greatest nation on Earth.

Feb 27, 2013 8:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RodMac wrote:

A fiscal illiterate, foreign policy novice, antiAmerican, politically correct extremist.

Obama The Great Destroyer

Worst president ever

Feb 27, 2013 9:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
comoncents wrote:

What if the sequester occurred and nothing bad happened… that would be the worst news for Obama and the socialists.

Feb 27, 2013 9:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
otisdriftwood wrote:

Sir, in case you didn’t know, it’s not King Barry I, it’s President Obama, servant of the people. FYI. Get with the program.

Feb 27, 2013 9:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cooperbry wrote:

There shouldn’t be any surprise by anyone. We had four years to see how Chicago thugs deal. Four years cannot pass fast enough !

Feb 27, 2013 9:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fantasin wrote:

It appears, that which has been lacking over the last 5 years, namely the truth being spoken by someone within the circle of the justifiable ends club. How many more journolisters will return to journalism as they realize that they have been played by the disingenuous and dishonest reprobate who currently occupies the oval office? I suspect few, but the man who teamed up with Carl Bernstein to reveal the Watergate scandal has made an enemy of a very thin skinned and vindictive man with the power to murder US Citizens with no required judicial justification. You better watch your back Bob Woodward.

Feb 27, 2013 9:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
otisdriftwood wrote:

Mr. Obama, in case you didn’t realize, it’s not King Barry I, it’s President Obama, servant of the people. Get with the program already.

Feb 27, 2013 9:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bretfox wrote:

Oblamer is an arrogant pseudo intellectual elitist determined to destroy America. He rules with no budget or basic understanding of economics. He thinks taxpayer money is his to do with as he likes. His actions continue to take the nation down the road towards total collapse. His socialist/communist dreams combined with his inability to lead are now being exposed by the media, at last. It will take Congress, the Supreme Court, the States, the media and the voice of millions of Americans to stop him. Let’s pray that happens.

Feb 27, 2013 9:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TimWilson wrote:

If you add up everything they have said “could” be affected by the cuts and add it up, we could probable look at cutting the budget in half.

Feb 27, 2013 9:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
chume wrote:

if the rest of the lame stream media would do their job and expose obumbler for what he is, a pathetic liar. he’ll do anything he can to increase taxes. this is just another ploy to raise taxes. he cant seem to cut squat execpt for the military

Feb 27, 2013 9:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
victor672 wrote:

Woodward has now been threatened by the thugs in the White House.

On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward told host Wolf Blitzer that the White House has begun threatening him and trying to make him “uncomfortable,” in retaliation for his report last week that President Barack Obama repeatedly lied about advocating for the sequester trigger.

Knowing that the explosive allegation is “irrefutable,” Woodward said, White House officials refused to appear on CNN to defend the president, and instead opted for intimidation tactics.

Feb 27, 2013 9:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
robbie55555 wrote:

He wants to blackmail the republicans into doing things his way and he’s using our national security to do it. This guy will doing anything to get his way including endangering America and its citizens. The ignorant voted for this clown for 4 more years. Its just too bad we have to all live with this guy and his corrupt ways.

Feb 27, 2013 10:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
popseal wrote:

You got to love it when lefties start in on each other. It’s like watching girls wrestle.

Feb 27, 2013 10:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Wolf73b wrote:

“That drew retorts from White House press secretary Jay Carney, who in posts on Twitter and later in comments to reporters blamed the budget stalemate on Republican opposition to including increased revenues in any deal to replace the cuts.”

Why in the world would one need to replace spending cuts with revenue increases? That’s like saying, “I dropped my cable television to save money, so now I need to get a second job.”

Feb 27, 2013 10:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
robbie55555 wrote:

It’s about time the liberal press started taking their heads out of the sand and start using their brains for something others then trying to fool the American public about someone that is not good for America.

Feb 27, 2013 10:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
astroz wrote:

President Obama is like a child who would rather destroy a toy rather than share it. If its not 100% his way, then make the nation suffer, be it releasing illegal alien criminals, or undercutting the military. Make no mistake, these are HIS choices.

Feb 27, 2013 10:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Keltec69 wrote:

The best part of the story is “On Wednesday he attacked Obama for drawing national security into the budget debate.” Way to put it out there Susan Heavey. I’ll bet he never “Attacked” the Nixon administration. That was just great journalism. How the term Journalist has been diminish in the last 25years. None more than in the last 5.
They don’t even try. Sad.

Feb 27, 2013 10:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lari1307 wrote:

this is to thank Bob Woodward for not being intimidated by the Whitehouse and hope he will continue to be a true reporter.
Also would he please make public the e-mail he recieved.

Feb 27, 2013 10:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BettyNwar wrote:

Woodward is an ass. The sequestration is entirely self-inflicted, and could easily be repealed. But, each side expects to gain from this sorry farce, and so on it goes. The only good outcome is that the out-of-control DOD/Homeland/War Complex spending will be cut. Maybe that makes life “unsafe” for Woodward, but it is very beneficial to most Americans.

Feb 27, 2013 10:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1776in2013 wrote:

Makes me wonder who “talked ” to Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and made him abandon all of his previously held beliefs? Hey maybe Woodward kind find a “deep throat” with the answers?

Feb 27, 2013 10:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
chume wrote:

wow doesnt look like i can get away with asking why the lame stream media wont ask any tough questions for the great liar in chief

Feb 27, 2013 11:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
chume wrote:

Betty i hate to say it but you need to educate your self. you need to research the federal budget and really see where all the spending goes. its impossible to pull this nation out of its debt crissis by cutting DoD. medicare, medicaid and social security are where the bulk of the budget sits. soon the interest on the debt will surpass our military spending. so instead of having a DoD we’ll just be sending our money the our lien holders, the chinese

Feb 27, 2013 11:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
drdebdrdeb wrote:

Bob Woodward, you are my hero! I have a journalism degree. However I have always worked in marketing (minor). I am increasingly disgusted by the lack of reporting by the media re the Obama Administration (left and right). Keep telling it like it is. Thanks for reporting the facts. And please, watch your back in this gangster administration. We need you on the job.
Thanks again,
Dr Deb

Feb 27, 2013 11:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GBlert wrote:

Where is Deep Throat when you need him?

Feb 27, 2013 11:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Malignant narcissism on the part of the demander in chief. obamanation. Obama is a plague on this country. Truth hurts. obama IS responsible for ALL the financial problems in this country since he took office.

Feb 27, 2013 11:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DPierce wrote:

It IS madness..compounded daily.

Feb 27, 2013 11:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bonmots7 wrote:

I don’t know who is pulling the strings of our puppet president, but they are intent on destroying America.

Feb 27, 2013 11:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mirted wrote:

Bob Woodward: Thank you for your courage to investigate, provide factual data (let them disprove your statements and timeline)and for speaking out. I will bet you find this administration much more nefarious than you found Nixons’. I hope you have a team of lawyers and the paper watching your back, and a security team as well and that every assault on you and your credibility (a characteristic your opponents know little about)is fully displayed for the literate public and voters to see.

Feb 27, 2013 11:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mirted wrote:

Make no mistake, Bob Woodward is no lover of Republicans, or their policies, but he just might be seeing some daylight regarding the spiteful and harmful intent of this President and his syncophants.

Feb 28, 2013 12:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
quad wrote:

Just demand the monies back from the Afghan president and we won’t have to cut any budgets.

Feb 28, 2013 12:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
Jones2371 wrote:

“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother!” – Barack “The Dear Leader” Obama, April 2009

Feb 28, 2013 12:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
Jones2371 wrote:

Woodward will no doubt be cast as mentally unstable by The Regime at some point in the very near future…

Feb 28, 2013 12:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
sbartsch wrote:

Hey – does anybody remember a couple of months ago when these same “intransigent” Republicans rolled over and gave Obama the Tax Increase he demanded? Hmmm…..

Feb 28, 2013 12:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
smallcar4 wrote:

I think the NWO is pressing Obama into this ‘madness’. I knew the nightmare of his second term would come quickly in 2013. Watch the stock markets plunge and the chip universal implantation begin. Barry has now got to earn all the perks and prestige he’s come to enjoy.

Feb 28, 2013 1:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Elegy56 wrote:

Not sure why Obama’s defiance and actions surprise people. This is one of many symptoms of the root problem: he is not eligible for POTUS and has no loyalty to this nation. There was a great reason the framers specified a “natural born citizen”(child born on US soil to citizen parentS), it was a safeguard against the President having foreign allegiances or loyalties.

This guy’s loyalties are foreign, he does not see himself as an American, nor does he have an ounce of reverence for our Constitution or rule of law. The citizens and Congress can continue to turn a blind eye towards the eligibility issue, but this madness will continue as long as he’s in office. Our nation has been conquered in a silent coup, it has been taken over by foreigners. I sincerely wish a foreign army had attacked and taken our Capital, maybe it would wake people up to the fact and actually take action.

Feb 28, 2013 1:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
skenny wrote:

If he jeopardizes the security of the United States, he is asking to be impeached since this is his primary job as Commander in Chief.

Feb 28, 2013 3:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
adamTheGr8 wrote:

Despite who holds power, to get something done – people need to come to the table with respect, humility, and intent to solve a problem. We as a government and a people need to grow up.

Feb 28, 2013 5:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

My, my, my it does seem as if people are finally starting to wake up to this clown masquerading around as President. There might be some hope out there after all.

However, regardless of how pathetic Barry-O is, he didn’t vote himself into office. Nope. The real pathetic thing is the number of deluded nut-jobs that voted for him…twice. This mess is on the hands of the democratic voters who we hold responsible. Where oh where are the regular far left mouthpieces to defend their savior? Crawled back under your rocks have you?

Feb 28, 2013 6:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
Marsue wrote:

Where was Bob Woodward in 2008? A thorough vetting of the Pres &
VP would have spared us from what we see experiencing today. As some prominent lady would say ‘Ya betcha”!

Feb 28, 2013 6:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
lensmanb wrote:

Sounds a lot like 1930′s Germany.

Feb 28, 2013 6:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
brd893 wrote:

This is a case where familiarity breeds contempt, and it is time for Woodward to be frozen out. There is no reason for this guy to be privy to the inner workings of Government. If he wants this kind of access he should go and be elected.
Bob Woodward GO.wE DID NOT ELECT YOU.

Feb 28, 2013 6:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mainspring44 wrote:

While Reuters gives mention to Woodward’s book account of the 2011 deal between the White House and Congress which resulted in the countdown to 31 Dec 2012 “sequestration” designed to be too toxic to let to effect, there is no accompanying acknowledgement that policy pundits expert in the sequester jousting have in recent days said Woodward now contradicts that book account of it. Jonathan Chait, for one.

Feb 28, 2013 6:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
JackHughes wrote:

Woodward apparently believes Obama should bypass Congress — and the Constitution — and rule by presidential decree.

Feb 28, 2013 6:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
oneof7billion wrote:

I reject the assertion that cuts to the military put our nations security at risk, given how incredibly bloated the military budget has become.

Feb 28, 2013 7:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
19cashman57 wrote:

The cuts in defense could be handled with ease. We simply close down bases in foreign lands and remove ourselves from Afghanistan.

Feb 28, 2013 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
TruthSociety wrote:

Funny, No mention in this article of the threats and heated argument made directly to Woodward by the White house. More of the same non reporting. If this were a republican President special hearing would be demanded by the press.

Feb 28, 2013 8:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
TruthSociety wrote:

Funny, No mention in this article of the threats and heated argument made directly to Woodward by the White house. More of the same non reporting. If this were a republican President special hearing would be demanded by the press.

Feb 28, 2013 8:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
artcorvelet wrote:

The only ‘news’ to this whole story is Woodward is coming out as a patsy.
He’s kissed so much Democratic butt during his career that the Administration expects him to continue to act/write a specific way.
Why would he feel the need to contact the WH official before the story ran? Why would the WH official feel comfortable saying what he said to Woodward?
This is the biggest non-story of the year.

Feb 28, 2013 8:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

hehe, the lefties are attacking the messenger, or admitting they lied but ‘what does it matter now’(exactly Hillary Clintons response to the Benghazi fiasco btw), or wishing really, really hard that people take this as a ‘non-story’. It’s a big story. Woodward is hardly a Republican supporter, but now that he dared attack the Golden Child his very own kind attack him relentlessly. This administration is coming apart at the seams at an accelerating rate.

Feb 28, 2013 9:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
MelAnosis wrote:

If an incident occurred in the Persian Gulf tomorrow and the carrier was delayed due to Obama’s “madness” would the media come down on him for his politicization of the military? Probably not. Once in the tank it is difficult to climb out.

Feb 28, 2013 9:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

redhotrash – stoking “ridiculous fears” is what politicians and the military industrial complex have been making livings at for decades.

You really expect a different song in American politics?

Feb 28, 2013 9:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

@Aranhas – Your de Tocqueville and Plato quotes don’t flatter any democratically elected government. Actually, they could also be leveled at the Bush and all previous administrations.

But de Tocqueville did favor democracy, he just recognized it’s faults. He figured it’s virtues outweighed them.

Feb 28, 2013 9:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

I wish we could get Woodward to investigate Fast and Furious and Benghazi. Perhaps we would finally get the truth. This admistration stonewalls constantly and the mainstream media is complicit in covering up the failures of this president.

Feb 28, 2013 10:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

robmreno- you say “Progressives do not want to see revenues increase through a stable and growing economy”.

That’s utter nonsense. Everybody likes the good time rolling. But being without means is a big drag one’s ability to do anything.

This country hasn’t had a stable economy since it was founded. It always alternated between booms and busts. It has also seen very bloody episodes of class warfare. What kept those episodes from becoming too widespread or virulent was the fact that, until about 100 years ago, there was plenty of wide-open space and untapped resources to start over again. That was the case here starting in the colonial period.

Monetary conditions have never been better for growth but job growth has barley crept up from crash levels. That suggests job growth and that stable economy is gone for good.

The world is rapidly developing and Obama is just a symptom of the dethronement of the former “King USA”. I’m tending to think of the Bush II admin. as the economic equivalent of the Assad regime. The Bush regime got aggressive, thinking that would keep the economy from collapsing, and that didn’t work. It didn’t have the economic payoff they hoped it would have.

I still think OBL knew just what he was doing. He saw what protracted military involvement did to the former USSR and extrapolated. He set the trap and this country swaggered, bought it’s own self-inflating and self righteous line of misinformation and double talk and walked right into it. And it will probably do to us what it did to the USSR.

The world might well dance on its grave because “big shots” tend to get on one’s nerves. Especially very hungry and very desperate big shots who can never get enough of everything and yet somehow think it is their right, even by force, to have it.

Feb 28, 2013 10:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
weeone wrote:

Diogenes of DC

Feb 28, 2013 11:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
Br-andit wrote:

How dare he question the lefts lord and savior~! Most of our news meadia has lost credibility for never questioning Obama on anything except for his golf scores or what it’s like to golf with Tiger. Maybe what’s Beyonce or what he and the Misses did on date night if they really want to get personal. Otherwise. It’s utter obedience to his words and suppression of all criticism.

Feb 28, 2013 11:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
Acetracy wrote:

Woodward has been pontificating for years, mostly on subjects he knows nothing about.

For one, to mention aircraft carriers being mothballed is actually a very wise decision. Military strategist will tell you that aircraft carriers are only still around because the Navy still wants the prestige and budget for them. With drones, jets that can fly 1000s of miles, and that aircarfts are sitting targets for smart bombs and drones, they are an old technology that keeps getting funding because of lobbying in DC.

However, from the comments so far it seems that readers here seem to already forget who got the US into this fiscal mess: Bush 2 and Republican Congress of 2003 that pushed through 2 wars with no funding and lowered taxes on the rich at the same time. Where was the logic, fiscal discipline, “conservative” ideology when it was most needed? It was trumped by pure greed.

I am no fan of Obama. But I hail this Sequester since for the first time in decades the US is actually cutting the Defense Budget. It’s about time.

Feb 28, 2013 11:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
todnwth wrote:

Bob Woodward is living in the past when all thought he was the greatest journalist when he and his cohort exposed the Nixon tapes and break in at the Watergate Hotel.
He must grow up for what has done lately expect cry when all do not bow and tell him how great he is. The world moves on and it is what we are doing now that makes the world turn in the direction that is good for the country and world!!!

Feb 28, 2013 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
Hawkeye2010 wrote:

It’s not madness, It’s Obama’s Marxist Agenda to Tear Down America’s Greatness, Military Might and bring this nation to it’s knees…if each of you would just read the Communist Manifesto..you will see Obama’s Agenda on how to bring down a Free Market society. He is ahead of schedule and smiling as he sinks the ship of America…Wake up Amerika and listen to BOB WOODWARD!

Feb 28, 2013 11:50am EST  --  Report as abuse

This president is a petulant child. If He doesn’t get his way, He’ll attack those He feels are preventing Him from exercising His will to the benefit of the American people…who view Him as God Himself.

How many times will this “president” fail to not only uphold the constitution, but uphold basic human decency before He’s called on it by those on the left? Have the left any decency? It seems not.

This “president” is not a war-time leader. No war-time leader would even consider what this “man” is doing. You never sell out the troops. Ever.

Feb 28, 2013 12:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse

This is what the public wanted. If it wanted something different, it would have elected a good president. Americans richly deserve every single bad thing that happens to them.

Feb 28, 2013 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Miri427 wrote:

Impertinence on Bob Woodward’s part, referring to the President’s ideology as “craziness.” brings to mind the 1966 speech by Hubert H. Humphrey at the Democratic Vice President Convention,in Buffalo New York, and I quote:”Our opposition will never understand the Democratic Party. Our Party is—to the unpracticed eyes of the old Republican Tories—a mysterious contraption that usually seems to be moving in a thousand directions. What they don’t know is what hurts them For all that movement in the Democratic Party is caused by the internal combustion of creative ferment, of ideas, of people vigorously committed to the proposition that change and social progress are not only to be desired;they are necessities of twentieth-century America.” Funny that President Obama was four years old when this speech was made. Yet he ran on CHANGE forty two years later. Myopic views never change!

Feb 28, 2013 12:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

The madness is how much we spend on our military…

Feb 28, 2013 1:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ranger01 wrote:

Remember Whitehouse? What Woodward did to Nixon? He can do the same to you!

Feb 28, 2013 1:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tonymo wrote:

Who, other thsn the most ideoogically warped leftist ideologue is surprised by any of this. This is who this man has always been. What would we expect from someone who was mentored by a Communist, Frank M Davis for eight years in Hawaii, told us that he sought out Marxist professors, taught the radical principles of Saul Alinsky at the U. of Chicago, began his horrid political career at a fundraiser in the home of a convicted domestic terrorist, who is now a liberal icon, and spent 20+ years in the Marxist (Black Liberation Theology) church whose pastor and another Obama mentor, was a rabid anti-Semite, anti-white, anti-American radical!

Incredibly, in the new America one must have a thorough background check to own a gun, but not to run the country!!!!

Feb 28, 2013 1:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KProvance wrote:

Isn’t it in his oath to protect and defend the country? And now he’s not? Isn’t this grounds for impeachment? Why is Congress afraid to impeach this destroyer of freedom?

Feb 28, 2013 2:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saucy_fellow wrote:

Comrade Obama is the New black Nixon

Feb 28, 2013 3:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saucy_fellow wrote:

The Senate has broken the law by not putting forth a budget for the last four years. Harry Reid should be taken to jail.

Feb 28, 2013 3:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Saywhaaaaa wrote:

Kprovance: If anyone failed to protect and defend this country and should have been impeached for lying, treason for outing CIA intelligence agents, destroying civil liberties through the Patriot Act and thumbing their nose at the Geneva Convention for torture that would have been Bush Jr. The biggest destroyer of freedom and the most unpatriotic president willing to send others to do something he would never do himself and that is die for this country. Bush Jr in his own mind was above the average citizen and his actions show how little respect he had for the average joe or soldier that laid down their lives for the freedoms of this nation.

Feb 28, 2013 3:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saucy_fellow wrote:

The Senate has broken the law by not putting forth a budget for the last four years. Harry Reid should be taken to jail.

Feb 28, 2013 3:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saucy_fellow wrote:

The Senate has broken the law by not putting forth a budget for the last four years. Harry Reid should be taken to jail.

Feb 28, 2013 3:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saucy_fellow wrote:

Stop the black Nixon. Vote Tea party

Feb 28, 2013 3:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jschmidt2 wrote:

and more threat to a reporter- http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/why-bob-woodward-s-fight-with-the-white-house-matters-to-you-20130228

Feb 28, 2013 4:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HiramDWalker wrote:

Obama vs. Woodward…..hmmmmm
Obama may have picked a fight with the wrong person. Woodward brought down one president, and Obama is nowhere near as smart as Nixon was.
My money is on Woodward…….

Feb 28, 2013 4:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kcdawg wrote:

Woodward is a hack! He hasnt written anything worth reading since Nixon

Feb 28, 2013 5:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

The comments here are priceless! I think we’ve found the Alcoa base (tin foil). You guys are too much. “destroyer of freedom” “marxist” “socialist”. Hey I’m an Independent and you guys are creeping me out. Lunatic Fringe!

Feb 28, 2013 5:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
asalcido wrote:

The cuts need to be made. The Pentagon can decide where to cut and there is a lot of waste where they can cut. Same goes for all the other spending. The money won’t be there for everyone’s pet projects.
Let’s get back to the basics.

Feb 28, 2013 5:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
OneOfTheSheep wrote:

Mr. Woodward – KUDOS!

@lallen.discuss, 4NoParty, Indiana_Dave, robmreno, Wolf73b, MelAnosis, asalcido, well said!

@paintcan,

I know posting on Reuters is your “favor hobby”, so why don’t you
think what you say through before posting? You say: “This country hasn’t had a stable economy since it was founded. It always alternated between booms and busts.”

You can say that about any country. We don’t get to pick betweenn what we have and unproven aspiration. We must pick from available choices. Get real!

“It has also seen very bloody episodes of class warfare. What kept those episodes from becoming too widespread or virulent was the fact that, until about 100 years ago, there was plenty of wide-open space and untapped resources to start over again.”

Class warfare and open space…apples and oranges even though each be the truth. Open your eyes. The earth has huge, relatively “untapped resources” and there remains the whole universe, the “final frontier” for mankind to start over again.”

We just have to pay attention in class, graduate, and get with the task at hand instead of constantly squabbling over such political and ideological stupidity as eliminating abortion and “maintaining birth rates” with SEVEN BILLION humans (and counting) already here that are mostly doomed to short, brutal and nasty lives.

Feb 28, 2013 7:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tsprague wrote:

Since Defense is considered a discretionary, not a mandatory, spending, Obama is correct.

Feb 28, 2013 7:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bretfox wrote:

Bob Woodward had never been one to follow the crowd. We need more journalist like him. Thank you Bob for telling it like it is.

Feb 28, 2013 7:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tsprague wrote:

Woodward has not been a relevant journalist for over 30 years. He keeps trying, though. Unfortunately, the way that he has tried is by lying. Not good, Bob. Not good at all. You had integrity once. Too bad that you chose to give it up in pursuit of continuing to be famous.

Feb 28, 2013 7:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jatnip wrote:

The idea that the military budget of the United States is Defense spending is uterly absurd. The US has been an aggressor all over the world ever since it became the most powerful economy in the world after WWII. Using covert and overt methods the US has kept its war economy going. The West created and perpetuated the Cold War to create a wellfare state for the rich. It had to include the middle class in order to keep the scam going. And now the recipients of all this military spending have outsourced the middle class jobs and the Tea Party rebellion proves the chicken are coming home to roost. China and Russia now have economies that can challenge the US. If the US economy isn’t refocused on rebuilding the country and the middle class its days are numbered.

Feb 28, 2013 8:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

Scary that we have a President more concerned with politics and pointing fingers then the good of the country.

Mar 01, 2013 9:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeyLikesIt wrote:

@paintcan

Did you just compare Bush to Assad economically? Stop huffing that paint and clear your head! Under Bush and a Republican congress we had 52 months of economic growth in a row. We had unemployment under 5% and we had an annual deficit at 160 Billion and DROPPING.

Then the democrats took complete control of congress in 2007 and look what happened. They increased deficit spending by 800%, they installed draconian regulations and they stopped Bush from auditing Fannie Mae and Freddie mac 17 times!

@xyz2055

Nice contribution to the discussion. And if you’re an independant, then I’m the Easter Bunny!

Mar 01, 2013 11:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
taxcorps2 wrote:

Woodward wants budget cuts, but only where the Koch Bros tell him they should be, like in public high schools and other “non-essentials”.

Mar 01, 2013 2:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:

Hyping to sell more books.

Mar 01, 2013 6:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

Obama has made it abundantly clear that if the sequester is not stopped, all Federal employees will make life as unbearable as possible for all citizens. This is coming from the top down. The sequester should be know as the Democrat hissy fit of 2013. Of course Democrats do not want to hear anything said by someone who is critical of the President, even if it is a person that exposed and took down Nixon. They are looking for DNC parrots.

Mar 01, 2013 8:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AppletreeD wrote:

The sequester is about a 2% cut in the federal budget. The elimination of the tax cut for us regular people was 2%. When the tax cut elimination came, most american people stopped having a nicer lunch, or an extra family meal out once a month. The federal government on the other hand, would stop paying the insurance or the rent, just to show how much 2% is to them.

Mar 01, 2013 10:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Catsgolf wrote:

Of course we all know by now, that absolutely NOTHING is EVER Obama’s fault. This President has to go down in history as the biggest complainer/blamer EVER! He says the buck stops with him, yet it never does!

Mar 02, 2013 9:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@Catsgolf

The liberals that rewrite the news will also rewrite history. If we have 30 years of depression following Obama, it will be the Bush or the Republican Depression. If you had government controlled by 100% Democrats, it would still be Republicans fault. Look at the commetns for the Detroit article. They are blaming the Republican governor for Detroit’s problems, even though it has been led by Democrats for 50 years.

Mar 02, 2013 12:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hyperlux wrote:

Jesus. Unbelievable how thoughtless the blogosphere is on Reuters. A shame that this is what passes for political discussion, since no actual debate is taking place, just venting of stale air.

Woodward’s right, insofar as his previous assessment that the President doesn’t like working with people in Washington. He’s not a natural politician, and progress on that front might have avoided the actual sequester from coming to pass. It may not be an economical disaster as claimed, but the fact remains that with taxes as low as they have been for so long, we simply do have to cut spending in areas that seem illogical and unwise.

But the whole birther, commie, wingnut agenda posted by most commenters is just pathetic. It would be nice if people actually considered that our president is as much an American as anyone here. He was born here, and graduated from the same Ivy league schools that many US presidents and politicians have attended. To say he does not have our country’s interests at heart is not only disingenuous, it’s just the childish braying of a bunch of cross-eyed whiners whose vain expressions are their only source of power.

Mar 02, 2013 2:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

@OOTS – You came from a larger family and must think the world is always crowded. I came from a smaller one that is rapidly aging and going extinct. Since I never married or had kids, I’m leaving room for a “brace of kinsmen”, but someone else’s. I regard my life as, at the tip of my fingertips now and all I have to do is suffer a disturbance or I have the nerve to shake it off myself. I think it will be easy to part with.

It isn’t really within this country’s power to control world population. And it may be this country’s mistake for devising an industrial and economic system that may not even need most of us now? The country is in a trap that requires the government to spend money it doesn’t have to insure that the rest of the country can spend money so the economy doesn’t wilt or the people can’t be taxed and the money recalculated. And it needs fewer workers at lower cost to keep more aging investors with enough income to carry them through their aging years. We actually need more kids with jobs to keep up with the developing countries and pay for our old age.

In such a situation it would behoove the old to depart and allow the young to expand and grow. They can’t make much more of a mess than the older and more established have, can they? Maybe they can? But we won’t be able to argue with them. Knowledge gets dated and obsolete so quickly now, I don’t think I will ever keep up.

I think the only reason I favor the Assad regime at all in my posts (not on topic, here I know) is that I am old, talked to someone about my age from Syria in a blog here, and see the situation from an old person’s eyes. The insurgents are the potential staff of the nursing home (at least theirs). They sound like the kind of guys, (actually both sides do) that will kill anything if it gets in their way. They are a violent OWS and didn’t seem to have much more of a plan than OWS had. The male population: the most aggressive, maybe a little stupid and eager part, perhaps, or the most disenfranchised, throughout the ME, is getting itself blown away. That leaves allot of room for the less aggressive to fill in vacant slots in mankind’s collective brace of kinsmen. But if they win, they will be enslaved by reconstruction costs and that won’t make them very happy with any new government either. So they won’t have many big families as a rule, because they can’t afford them. They will have “recreational” sex so that living together doesn’t devolve into a situation where all they want to do is scratch at each other until they divorce. Sex is great exercise. I miss it. But a variety of “corks” are becoming required equipment.

That should do the trick to your satisfaction. And we can always count on school shootings to make sure the birth rate doesn’t get out of hand. We’ll just have to think of them as God’s garden shears and light candles to the wide open, don’t tell me what to do, interpretation of the second amendment.

Governments and religions always have to accept that they are dealing with the human animal. Maybe the fundamental fault of religion is that it flatters him too much and despises his roots? But I’m too old to try to learn to climb the trees again.

Mar 02, 2013 4:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

@theNewworld – It’s because neither could stop the inevitable.
@Hyperflux – does that mean you joined the cross eyed whiners too?

@OOTS – You came from a larger family and must think the world is always crowded. I came from a smaller one that is rapidly aging and going extinct. Since I never married or had kids, I’m leaving room for a “brace of kinsmen”, but someone else’s. I regard my life as, at the tip of my fingertips now and all I have to do is suffer a disturbance or I have the nerve to shake it off myself. I think it will be easy to part with.

It isn’t really within this country’s power to control world population. And it may be this country’s mistake for devising an industrial and economic system that may not even need most of us now? The country is in a trap that requires the government to spend money it doesn’t have to insure that the rest of the country can spend money so the economy doesn’t wilt or the people can’t be taxed and the money recalculated. And it needs fewer workers at lower cost to keep more aging investors with enough income to carry them through their aging years. We actually need more kids with jobs to keep up with the developing countries and pay for our old age. And we actually do need sweatshops but it will destroy the social cohesion that may be left.

In such a situation it would behoove the old to depart and allow the young to expand and grow. They can’t make much more of a mess than the older and more established have, can they? Maybe they can? But we won’t be able to argue with them. Knowledge gets dated and obsolete so quickly now, I don’t think I will ever keep up.

I think the only reason I favor the Assad regime at all in my posts (not on topic here, I know) is that I am old, talked to someone about my age from Syria in a blog here, and see the situation from an old person’s eyes. The insurgents are the potential staff of the nursing home (at least theirs). They sound like the men, (actually both sides do) that will kill anything if it gets in their way. They are a violent OWS and didn’t seem to have much more of a plan than OWS had. The male population: the most aggressive, maybe a little stupid and eager part, perhaps, or the most disenfranchised, throughout the ME, is getting itself blown away. That leaves allot of room for the less aggressive to fill in vacant slots in mankind’s collective brace of kinsmen. But if they win, they will be enslaved by reconstruction costs and that won’t make them very happy with any new government either. So they won’t have many big families as a rule, because they can’t afford them. They will have “recreational” sex so that living together doesn’t devolve into a situation where all they want to do is scratch at each other until they divorce. Sex is great exercise. I miss it. But a variety of “corks” are becoming required equipment.

That should do the trick to your satisfaction. And we can always count on school shootings to make sure the birth rate doesn’t get out of hand. We’ll just have to think of them as God’s garden shears and light candles to the wide open, don’t tell me what to do, interpretation of the second amendment.

Governments and religions always have to accept that they are dealing with the human animal. Maybe the fundamental fault of religion is that it flatters him too much and despises his roots? But I’m too old to try to learn to climb the trees again.

Mar 02, 2013 4:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hyperlux wrote:

@paintcan. I will let you be the judge if my post means I’m such a whiner, and whether that applies to your’s too, for that matter.

At least you are presenting meaningful commentary. While I may not entirely hold to your cantankerous line, I definitely respect your long view in regard to the self-styled martyrs who are removing themselves from the gene pool.

Mar 02, 2013 5:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hyperlux wrote:

@paintcan. I will let you be the judge if my post means I’m such a whiner, and whether that applies to your’s too, for that matter.

At least you are presenting meaningful commentary. While I may not entirely hold to your cantankerous line, I definitely respect your long view in regard to the self-styled martyrs who are removing themselves from the gene pool.

Mar 02, 2013 5:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

Mikeylikesit- The wars caused voters to repack the deck of Congress.

I didn’t vote for either this year. I lost faith in Obama and didn’t have much anyway, but he at least talked better than Bush. Obama doesn’t seem to be the kind of president the comedians can make much fun of for personal gaffs, but I don’t get TV much anymore. I never liked the fact that he sprang up out of nowhere. I know: the mainstream media just doesn’t look at him to ridicule, as often, it seems.

I think they were far more alike in polices than different. And Obama only sloshed the funds to the rest rather than to the top. He was confronted with sluggish consumer spending. Congress under Bush ate through the surplus Clinton left. He also distributed two or thee income tax rebate stimulus giveaways. I guess it didn’t pay off at the poles as well as Julius Caesar’s distribution of Marius’ legacy to the city of Rome. Caesar paid all rents in the city of all citizens for a year. But those people really knew how the express their gratitude.

But how can you complain? The war is for careerists. The wealth is for the well placed and loaded, the stock market is flush with retiree savings and corporate cash and that leaves a lot out or just getting by. It’s a democracy and the power is in the hands of us grazing consumers, until the well placed succeed in disenfranchising them or making them irrelevant.

It is our patriotic duty to shop till we drop. That was in one of Bush’s speeches early on, post 911. I’ve shopped but I never considered it a patriotic duty. Other than groceries, I don’t do that much shopping. So I flew a flag for Afghanistan and took it down when they announced Iraq II.

And I so wanted to see OBL tried in a proper court of law. I was very interested in hearing his back story from his own mouth, live and on prime time. I really hate it when people tell me what to think and what to believe on their word only. I never trust anyone who uses the words “trust me”. If they can’t come up with a more convincing argument or share their plans for me, why believe them? One really must be well informed in life and “trust me” doesn’t cut it.

To paraphrase Spinosa: Any government deeply enmeshed in secrets is probably plotting against it’s own citizens. I tink he was right.

Mar 02, 2013 6:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CaptRichie wrote:

Hey kids: can you spell ‘saboteur’? You’ve got to give Hannity and D’Souza credit. They had Obama pegged from the start. Woodward ought to acknowledge them.

Mar 02, 2013 6:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
OneOfTheSheep wrote:

@paintcan,

Wrong again, but I’ll give you extra credit for consistency.

I’m an only child, as is my wonderful wife of almost 49 (happy) years. We, too never had kids (by choice). No financial return commensurate with the time and money investment required, VERY expensive if viewed as a hobby (or some form of “immortalty”). That simple decision has allowed us to live a life far above that otherwise possible. It may explain our great satisfaction with the time, place and how we live and have lived.

To such extent as I can inspire others to find their own path to similar contentment and satisfaction (“success”?), I’m delighted. There’s little “market” thus far evident for the frustration, hopelessness and disillusionment you express so vividly and often here on Reuters.

Mirriam-Webster defines the “…purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear)…that brings about spiritual renewal or release…” as “catharsis”. That might explain the pleasure you get from your lengthy, rambling posts. As with a vegetarian pizza, my search for “meat” in them is usually futile.

Mar 03, 2013 1:57am EST  --  Report as abuse

Power has gone to Woodward’s head. President Obama has illustrated a willingness to deal, but the more he did it the more Congress abused its power. The impossibility of a deal this time is purely about Republican refusal to tax the wealthy and to pay attention to the real needs of most Americans and the health of the economy.

Congress acts for self-interested parties but President Obama does not. He has been right to do what he’s done. It will force Congress to take responsibility for their policies, and it will force Americans who vote them into power to take responsibility for their decisions too.

Mar 03, 2013 2:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
vcb2013 wrote:

Well then if Woodward’s charges are valid – which the administration’s actions seem to self-validate – then he ought to be impeachable for failure to “Take Care” (Art 2 sec. 2) as well as breaking his oath under Article 6. A “deal” with Congress, written on a piece of paper or even emblazoned in stone tablets does not supersede his duty as Commander in Chief or relieve him of his accountability as the EXECUTIVE. He has made it perfectly clear since his first month in office that the “buck” most certainly does not stop at his desk – further speaking to his character. The majority of American voters got the government they deserved by remaining low-information and low-expectation. His lackeys spent the past 2 weeks filing one amicus brief after another to keep the headlines reflecting his “evolution” on issues that he himself has flip-flopped on in much ways worse and more blatant ways than he even ever accused Romney of; so, is he lying this time or last time? It doesn’t matter, these social issues are all obvious red-herrings designed to keep his blind followers immersed in the superficial, morally relative, and impossibly esoteric “cool”-club value system (e.g. “the coalition of the ascension”) Meanwhile some very sinister things are going on in the White House every day…not least of which is the effort to turn the country against the other 2 branches of government.
All the while he touts liberal ideology out of one side of his mouth while ordering assassinations from his very own habeus corpus-free, due process-free “kill list” (the “Crazy Result” stemming from the cases surrounding the DTA…while he sat in the Senate…look it up); also criticizing Citizens United (2010) out of one side, while presiding (indirectly, of course) over the largest Super PAC in history…on & on… He is no socialist, to be sure, but I am afraid I don’t know what he is; or, more importantly, to whom he answers. This looks like an installation government – I wonder what the real agenda is going to be?
Always keep in mind: When he blames his predecessor for the laws and spending that got America “into this mess”, he sat amongst the Congress that passed the bills signed into law by Bush. He did not pop out of an oyster and pull a sword from a stone in 2008 to save us. This was long planned….

Mar 03, 2013 3:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
derdutchman wrote:

Woodward’s opinions are as good as anyone else’s, but they remain opinions, not fact, and, while truthfully given, may not be called the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Whether he was “threatened” or “felt threatened” is a matter of interpretation and viewpoint, just as most of our poetical and economic differences are interpretations and viewpoints. One thing is fairly obvious to the casual observer, and that is that his opinions certainly opened a can of wormy brooding that would be better kicked down the road than consumed.

Mar 03, 2013 6:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

*saying the administration was “wrong” to blame the cuts on Republicans.*

No, they were half right. Half of the problem is the republicans and the other half of the problem is the democrats.

Mar 04, 2013 9:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
GLK wrote:

I’m disappointed. Where’s USAStagnatist’s ridiculous comments? I made popcorn and everything!

Mar 04, 2013 6:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FrankBlank wrote:

Well, to the witless republicans who wanted to see the big
“threat” in the e-mail: You have seen it. There is no
threat. Do you feel that everything else you believe about
party politics may be equally wrong?

Or are you too ignorant to have discovered that there was/is no
threat?

Mar 04, 2013 8:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kehenalife wrote:

WOODWARD SHUT THE HELL UP AND JUST REPORT THE NEWS! IF WE WANT YOUR COMMENTARY GO WORK FOR FOX NEW SSO WE CAN TURN YOU OFF. JUST ANOTHER OVER THE HILL JOURNALIST TRYING TO GET SOME PRESS.

Mar 05, 2013 4:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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