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(Politico)   Threatening email to Bob Woodward from the White House turns out to be the nicest apology letter ever   (politico.com) divider line 433
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2013-02-28 11:05:31 AM
I'd hate to come across Bob Woodward at the grocery store.

Scene: busy Friday evening at the Georgetown Whole Foods
Players:
-older gentleman is standing in the middle of the cereal aisle comparing two products
-father with kid in shopping cart

dad: excuse me sir
Bob Woodward: WHAT!
dad: could you please take a step forward so I can get my cart through?
Bob Woodward: HOW DARE YOU!
dad: the aisles here are narrow, my son is crying and I just need to get my cart through to the kids oatmeal over there
Bob Woodward: STOP THREATENING ME!

End scene.
 
2013-02-28 11:05:43 AM

FlashHarry: so bob woodward is a proven liar and now has ZERO credibility. that's good to know.


Yeah, he's starting to make me like Nixon more than him.  This guy is a putz.
 
2013-02-28 11:06:53 AM

Dinki: There can only be a few reasons for Woodward making such a big deal about this-

1. He's going senile, and is imagining slights and insults where none occur.

2. He is pissed at the administration about something, and is using this non-issue to try to slap the WH.

3. He has become a lazy journalist, and knows that you can make more money pandering to the  wingnuts with imaginary Obama administration indiscretions than with in depth investigative journalism.


or a combination of the three.
 
2013-02-28 11:07:30 AM

SlothB77: I've exhausted my limited capacities in the other thread.  I have nothing more to add for this thread.  Carry on without me, guys.


limited was a good choice of words I think.

Here's the kind of stuff you added to the last thread...before the email text was posted:

...And Obama wouldn't be threatening Woodward if he wasn't on to something.  This is worse than Benghazi.  This could lead to more Benghazi's.  Intentionally trying to bring harm to this country and its citizens.


after the email was posted you changed the subject. Guess we'll have to carry on without you.
 
2013-02-28 11:07:37 AM
Right Wing: "OMG did you hear the Obama admin threatened their darling Woodward?"
Man on the street: "Really? let's hear more about the story!"
Politico: "Ok, Here's the full text of the email and reply from Woodward."
Right Wing:  "SQUIRREL!"
 
2013-02-28 11:08:06 AM
Sometimes mandatory retirement ages look like a sensible policy. This is one of those times. Woodward is clearly slipping.
 
2013-02-28 11:10:28 AM

Philip Francis Queeg: Sometimes mandatory retirement ages look like a sensible policy. This is one of those times. Woodward is clearly slipping.


Woodward is younger than Biden.
 
2013-02-28 11:10:52 AM
This all reminds my of the tickle monster congressman that Glenn Beck had on his show thinking he could sink the administration and it turned out to be a whole lot of nothing.
 
2013-02-28 11:10:52 AM

JerseyTim: I can't tell which side you think I'm on.


I don't especially think you're on either side, I just think you and JunkyJu are being completely unrelated to the topic at hand. What does a blog post about potential ambassador choices have to do with Woodward's lies?

GAT_00: It's amazing how quickly you can throw away 40 years of credibility.


a.abcnews.com
 
2013-02-28 11:11:49 AM
Send Woodward to Bengazi... he will uncover The Truth.
 
2013-02-28 11:12:36 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: I don't especially think you're on either side, I just think you and JunkyJu are being completely unrelated to the topic at hand. What does a blog post about potential ambassador choices have to do with Woodward's lies?


Well, he was replying to my initial Woodward "follow the money" joke in a serious manner by attempting to redirect about ambassadors and I stayed off topic and attempted to make a joke about how this isn't exactly new.
 
2013-02-28 11:12:48 AM

xxmedium: BUT... BUT FOXNEWS HAS ALREADY MADE ALL THE WOODWARD-GATE BUMPERS AND GRAPHICS

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To be fair, the headline IS true.  The White House does deny threatening Woodward.  That's more than can be said about Glenn Beck and that 1990 rape and murder.
 
2013-02-28 11:13:13 AM

Phinn: Philip Francis Queeg: Sometimes mandatory retirement ages look like a sensible policy. This is one of those times. Woodward is clearly slipping.

Woodward is younger than Biden.


Biden doesn't have anywhere near the authority that Woodward has
 
2013-02-28 11:14:28 AM

make me some tea: So then, wtf is he making this big deal about being "threatened", then? That's not a threat, it sounds more like advice. Come on, Bob, you're better than this. used to be better than this

 
2013-02-28 11:15:14 AM
My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.

Wow: that sure is threatening. After reading that and a 1000 miles away I'm still shaking in my shoes. Hardcore stuff there.
 
2013-02-28 11:15:19 AM

GAT_00: It's amazing how quickly you can throw away 40 years of credibility.


www.dailybuzzz.com
 
2013-02-28 11:15:26 AM
Those damn pesky facts again.
 
2013-02-28 11:15:27 AM

JerseyTim: Well, he was replying to my initial Woodward "follow the money" joke in a serious manner by attempting to redirect about ambassadors and I stayed off topic and attempted to make a joke about how this isn't exactly new.


Ohh, nevermind, gotcha. My bad, it's been a while since I missed the sarcasm but I haven't been able to sleep in three days. :P
 
2013-02-28 11:15:46 AM
Wow... That's about the farthest thing FROM a threat it could be. He all but gave Woodward a handy-J in that email. So Woodward's claims of White House intimidation are garden variety lies. OK. Now that all questions have been answered, let's check the other thread...

/checks other Woodward threatened by White House thread

Yeah, pretty much what I expected... Most of the folks from the right claiming left-wing hypocrisy for anyone criticizing Woodward and outraged at Obama's "Chicago style politics" are doubling down. Wow. Just cannot accept when reality is at odds with what you WANT to believe, huh guys?

So the problem with our dysfunctional right is that the right has gone so far overboard that facts and objective reality are literally an anathema to them now. Fantastic... How the fark do you fix almost half the country supporting a team which literally denies reality - or even denies it themselves?
 
2013-02-28 11:18:37 AM

Lost Thought 00: Phinn: Philip Francis Queeg: Sometimes mandatory retirement ages look like a sensible policy. This is one of those times. Woodward is clearly slipping.

Woodward is younger than Biden.

Biden doesn't have anywhere near the authority that Woodward has had


That's in the past now...
 
2013-02-28 11:19:01 AM

Demetrius: What a bed-wetting pantywaist he's become.

 
2013-02-28 11:19:03 AM

Phinn: Philip Francis Queeg: Sometimes mandatory retirement ages look like a sensible policy. This is one of those times. Woodward is clearly slipping.

Woodward is younger than Biden.


And his age would certainly be an issue if he decided to run for President.
 
2013-02-28 11:20:48 AM

MilesTeg: I see the white house spin machine and their Fark shills are in full cover mode.

/expected


This.

Woodward is obviously a racist. Anyone that questions Obama is one don't ya know.

Which I guess explains why liberals give him a pass on all those Bush era programs he's continued and expanded. They don't want to be racists.

/hope they have fun not being racists in our burgeoning police state
 
2013-02-28 11:21:20 AM

mongbiohazard: Wow... That's about the farthest thing FROM a threat it could be. He all but gave Woodward a handy-J in that email. So Woodward's claims of White House intimidation are garden variety lies. OK. Now that all questions have been answered, let's check the other thread...

/checks other Woodward threatened by White House thread

Yeah, pretty much what I expected... Most of the folks from the right claiming left-wing hypocrisy for anyone criticizing Woodward and outraged at Obama's "Chicago style politics" are doubling down. Wow. Just cannot accept when reality is at odds with what you WANT to believe, huh guys?

So the problem with our dysfunctional right is that the right has gone so far overboard that facts and objective reality are literally an anathema to them now. Fantastic... How the fark do you fix almost half the country supporting a team which literally denies reality - or even denies it themselves?


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-02-28 11:21:29 AM
I often joke that Republicans are not always the most self-aware bunch, but you might think that after "Friends of Hamas", they might think to look just the tiniest bit beneath the surface on this one, especially since it involved a guy who they hated for decades.  Nope, instead they just dove head-first into the kiddie pool. Again.
 
2013-02-28 11:21:57 AM

Phinn: Sperling: "My bad. ... Really ... there are more than one side to our first disagreement."

This Sperling guy sounds like a true intellectual heavyweight.

I feel so much better knowing that he's in charge of planning an entire economy.


Wow... interpreting a bit of common slang and a grammar error in a casual email to be a sign of poor intelligence... that's some good police work there, Lou.
 
2013-02-28 11:23:12 AM

Brubold: MilesTeg: I see the white house spin machine and their Fark shills are in full cover mode.

/expected

This.

Woodward is obviously a racist. Anyone that questions Obama is one don't ya know.

Which I guess explains why liberals give him a pass on all those Bush era programs he's continued and expanded. They don't want to be racists.

/hope they have fun not being racists in our burgeoning police state


Deflectors to maximum, Captain!
 
2013-02-28 11:26:22 AM

Philip Francis Queeg: Brubold: MilesTeg: I see the white house spin machine and their Fark shills are in full cover mode.

/expected

This.

Woodward is obviously a racist. Anyone that questions Obama is one don't ya know.

Which I guess explains why liberals give him a pass on all those Bush era programs he's continued and expanded. They don't want to be racists.

/hope they have fun not being racists in our burgeoning police state

Deflectors to maximum, Captain!


Seems to me that liberals have been more into the holodeck during Obama's presidency. It's a nice way to pretend the bad stuff he's doing doesn't exist.
 
2013-02-28 11:26:27 AM

Philip Francis Queeg: Deflectors to maximum, Captain!


I'm projecting as hard as I can sir but I don't think the shields will hold!
/In my head I read it in James Doohan's voice
 
2013-02-28 11:26:44 AM

theknuckler_33: Phinn: Sperling: "My bad. ... Really ... there are more than one side to our first disagreement."

This Sperling guy sounds like a true intellectual heavyweight.

I feel so much better knowing that he's in charge of planning an entire economy.

Wow... interpreting a bit of common slang and a grammar error in a casual email to be a sign of poor intelligence... that's some good police work there, Lou.


Wrong: even emails should be written at the highest levels of prose and intellectual levels that would boggle even Aaron Sorkin's mind.
 
2013-02-28 11:27:34 AM

netcentric: I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post.I think you will regret staking out that claim Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice.You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up....


Ohhhhhh....so they were veiled threats.   Hidden in a psuedo politicking email.    Or you could say a veiled apology.
Gee....I wonder what he is apologizing for ???    Something the WH said in the phone call...?
Hmmmm.....     a heated phone call.    But nobody threatened anyone.  Nope.   The apology was for nothing.


While I sincerely hope you recover from you stroke, I want to thank you for inspiring me to reread some E.E. Cummings with my morning coffee.

I might have to start more days like this. Again, thank you.
 
2013-02-28 11:27:46 AM

theknuckler_33: Phinn: Sperling: "My bad. ... Really ... there are more than one side to our first disagreement."

This Sperling guy sounds like a true intellectual heavyweight.

I feel so much better knowing that he's in charge of planning an entire economy.

Wow... interpreting a bit of common slang and a grammar error in a casual email to be a sign of poor intelligence... that's some good police work there, Lou.


Remember, kids, you'll never be disappointed if your standards are low enough.
 
2013-02-28 11:30:16 AM

Brubold: Seems to me that liberals have been more into the holodeck during Obama's presidency. It's a nice way to pretend the bad stuff he's doing doesn't exist.


Examples, please.
 
2013-02-28 11:31:11 AM

Phinn: theknuckler_33: Phinn: Sperling: "My bad. ... Really ... there are more than one side to our first disagreement."

This Sperling guy sounds like a true intellectual heavyweight.

I feel so much better knowing that he's in charge of planning an entire economy.

Wow... interpreting a bit of common slang and a grammar error in a casual email to be a sign of poor intelligence... that's some good police work there, Lou.

Remember, kids, you'll never be disappointed if your standards are low enough.


Your standards appear to be making their way towards China at the moment.
 
2013-02-28 11:31:23 AM
So does anyone think Bob will regret making up the regret lie?
 
2013-02-28 11:32:36 AM

Philip Francis Queeg: Deflectors to maximum, Captain!


UGH.

For the 80th time, deflectors are NOT used to repel an attack. Those are shields.

Deflectors are part of the navigational array.
 
2013-02-28 11:33:17 AM

cameroncrazy1984: Phinn: theknuckler_33: Phinn: Sperling: "My bad. ... Really ... there are more than one side to our first disagreement."

This Sperling guy sounds like a true intellectual heavyweight.

I feel so much better knowing that he's in charge of planning an entire economy.

Wow... interpreting a bit of common slang and a grammar error in a casual email to be a sign of poor intelligence... that's some good police work there, Lou.

Remember, kids, you'll never be disappointed if your standards are low enough.

Your standards appear to be making their way towards China at the moment.


When China stops buying US debt to fund Obama's spending of our money, Sperling can just say, "My bad!"

Like he does.
 
2013-02-28 11:33:48 AM

kbronsito: So does anyone think Bob will regret making up the regret lie?


Only if he fails to ink a deal with Ailes.
 
2013-02-28 11:34:19 AM

cameroncrazy1984: Brubold: Seems to me that liberals have been more into the holodeck during Obama's presidency. It's a nice way to pretend the bad stuff he's doing doesn't exist.

Examples, please.


Are you asking me for examples of the bad stuff? If you are then you've just proven my point because you've obviously been ignoring all of it in order to justify your support of Obama.
 
2013-02-28 11:34:24 AM

Phinn: When China stops buying US debt to fund Obama's spending of our money, Sperling can just say, "My bad!"


Congress sets spending levels.
 
2013-02-28 11:34:36 AM

Phinn: When China stops buying US debt to fund Obama's spending of our money, Sperling can just say, "My bad!"

Like he does.


China owns less than 9% of US debt. I'm sorry, you were saying some other things, but I couldn't hear you over the sound of how stupid that deflection is.
 
2013-02-28 11:35:47 AM

Brubold: cameroncrazy1984: Brubold: Seems to me that liberals have been more into the holodeck during Obama's presidency. It's a nice way to pretend the bad stuff he's doing doesn't exist.

Examples, please.

Are you asking me for examples of the bad stuff? If you are then you've just proven my point because you've obviously been ignoring all of it in order to justify your support of Obama.


Oh yes, any of it. All of it that has been in front of you all this time.
 
2013-02-28 11:36:04 AM

Brubold: cameroncrazy1984: Brubold: Seems to me that liberals have been more into the holodeck during Obama's presidency. It's a nice way to pretend the bad stuff he's doing doesn't exist.

Examples, please.

Are you asking me for examples of the bad stuff? If you are then you've just proven my point because you've obviously been ignoring all of it in order to justify your support of Obama.


So you got nothing? I would have thought you would at least throw out a "Benghazi" or two.
 
2013-02-28 11:36:45 AM

HotWingConspiracy: Phinn: When China stops buying US debt to fund Obama's spending of our money, Sperling can just say, "My bad!"

Congress sets spending levels.


How many times did you say this when people other than Obama were president?  Provide links, please.
 
2013-02-28 11:37:17 AM
The one trick pony has finally gone senile.
 
2013-02-28 11:37:40 AM

Phinn: HotWingConspiracy: Phinn: When China stops buying US debt to fund Obama's spending of our money, Sperling can just say, "My bad!"

Congress sets spending levels.

How many times did you say this when people other than Obama were president?  Provide links, please.


Why would he need to say a simple fact every time there's a different president. It's true, is it not?
 
2013-02-28 11:38:59 AM

Phinn: HotWingConspiracy: Phinn: When China stops buying US debt to fund Obama's spending of our money, Sperling can just say, "My bad!"

Congress sets spending levels.

How many times did you say this when people other than Obama were president?  Provide links, please.


How many times did you forget who sets spending levels when people other than Obama were president?
 
2013-02-28 11:39:37 AM
Arugula, spicy mustard, mom jeans, golf, 'threatening' letter.
 
2013-02-28 11:39:48 AM

unexplained bacon: SlothB77: I've exhausted my limited capacities in the other thread.  I have nothing more to add for this thread.  Carry on without me, guys.

limited was a good choice of words I think.

Here's the kind of stuff you added to the last thread...before the email text was posted:

...And Obama wouldn't be threatening Woodward if he wasn't on to something.  This is worse than Benghazi.  This could lead to more Benghazi's.  Intentionally trying to bring harm to this country and its citizens.


after the email was posted you changed the subject. Guess we'll have to carry on without you.


You forgot that he also said Nixon was impeached and that Obama should ignore Congress and the Constitution (effectively) and prioritize spending himself.
 
2013-02-28 11:39:53 AM
I'm beginning to seriously doubt whether Watergate actually happened.  We may owe Nixon an apology...maybe even re-animate him and let him be president again for a couple weeks or something.
 
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