Famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward caused quite a stir when he claimed a senior White House official made him feel uncomfortable by telling him he would "regret" continuing to question the president's handling of the sequester.
Politico has released the email exchange in question. The notes between Woodward and President Barack Obama's economic adviser Gene Sperling could certainly be perceived as more cordial in tone than threatening. You decide.
Sperling starts his email apologizing for raising his voice in an earlier conversation. He says Woodward should rethink his comment that Obama was "moving the goal posts" by requesting additional revenues on the sequester. Sperling writes:
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...Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously."Here's how Woodward responded to Sperling:
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... Best, Bob