Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward • Making a veiled comparison of Obama to Nixon on “Morning Joe” this morning — specifically in regards to Obama’s decision to announce an aircraft carrier could not go to the Persian Gulf due to the budget issues. This is a new approach for Woodward, we’ll give him that.
I’ll go ahead and say it – I think that I was not aware when I gave that speech that Jack Ryan was going to be sitting right there.President Obama • Admitting to Bob Woodward that he regrets the incident in which he tore apart Paul Ryan’s budget plans right in front of him. He regrets it so much that he got Paul Ryan’s name right in his interview with Woodward. Maybe Obama just read “Patriot Games” again or something?
Ryan said Obama ‘poisoned the well’ by ripping apart his budget plan in his face.Woodward’s ‘Price of Politics’ excerpts released - POLITICO.com (via brooklynmutt)
Did that potted [plant] incident ever happen? … [A]nd meeting in some garage. One meeting in the garage? Fifty meetings in the garage? I don’t know how many meetings in the garage. … There’s a residual fear in my soul that that isn’t quite straight.Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee • Quoted in a 1990 interview about Watergate, uncovered by Jeff Himmelman, whose new book, “Yours in Truth,” is partly adapted in New York Magazine. With this quote, Bradlee appears to be casting doubt on some of the details of the Watergate story, one of the greatest in the history of journalism. Bob Woodward, one of the journalists that uncovered the story, suggests that Himmelman’s own work undercuts the 1990 interview: “There’s a transcript of an interview that Himmelman did with Bradlee 18 months ago in which Ben undercuts the [New York magazine] piece. It’s amazing that it’s not in Jeff’s piece.” (ht margafret)
It took me a while to get the president to call me by my first name.Obama’s former National Security Adviser, James L. Jones • In the middle of Obama’s first year on the job. Jones’ stay in that position was a tad, shall we say, rocky. Word on the street is that he never felt comfortable in the job, and was an outsider in an administration full of insiders. This feeling was reportedly cemented by Bob Woodward’s new book, “Obama’s Wars,” which reportedly has the former general calling Obama’s right-hand men ”water bugs,” the “Politburo,” and the “Mafia.” The book apparently angered him so much that he mailed it directly back to Woodward. So yeah, not good terms. source (via)