Bob Woodward has released a copy of the email exchange between White House senior official Gene Sperling and Bob Woodward in which Sperling issued what is being viewed as a threat to Woodward. The emails were published on Feb. 28 on Politico. Woodward has been criticized for his polite response to Gene Sperling, included also with the original email for your viewing here. He explained that he wanted to keep the communication open because they didn’t have to talk to him at all, according to ABC.news.
The remark that Bob Woodward claims is a threat in the email published on Politico is the following:
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.
While some may judge this remark, taken in context with the entire email, to be somewhat innocuous, it has not been revealed what was said during the half hour conversation which has been characterized by Woodward as Sperling yelling at him. This conversation may have colored and fleshed out more of what the White House means by “I think you will regret.”
Bob Woodward has been very outspoken in his remarks about the Obama Administration’s claims that Republicans initiated the idea of sequestration. He had detailed the process quite factually in his book, “The Price of Politics.” You can read more about that here.
The White House finally conceded that he was right on this point, but they were quite upset when he accused the President of “moving the goal posts” regarding tax increases. He accused the White House of not keeping faith with the Republican members of Congress. You can read more about Woodward’s statements that so maddened the White House here.
You can view the email exchange between Bob Woodward and Gene Sperling here.