Bob Woodward: After Sequester 'Threat' He Invites Obama to Home

Monday, 04 Mar 2013 10:35 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Less than one week after veteran journalist Bob Woodward appeared to suggest that the administration threatened him in an e-mail for questioning President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about, the reporter of Watergate fame has invited the commander-in-chief to his house.

Woodward extended the invitation Sunday morning on CBS News’ "Face The Nation." After speaking with White House economic adviser Gene Sperling, he told host Bob Schieffer that the visit would be a good idea.

"He's a peacemaker," Woodward said, referring to Sperling. "I am in the business of listening, and I'm going to invite him over to my house if he'll come and hopefully he'll bring others from the White House, maybe the president himself, and we can -- you know, talking really works."

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Woodward also clarified his assessment of the e-mails from Sterling.

"Two very good reporters from Politico came to me, and they'd written a very thoughtful piece about bullying from the White House of other reporters and people and of a message management that they thought was extreme and I cited that Sperling's email [was] an example of not the way to operate," Woodward said.

Woodward continued, "I never said it was threatening, I just said, 'This just won't work,' and it won't work. Look, like all White Houses, they don't like to be challenged."

He also agreed with Sperling that the two should put the disagreement behind them and move forward.

Woodward mentioned that Sperling apologized for his reaction toward Woodward's assessment of the president's involvement in the sequester via e-mail.

“I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today,” Sperling said.

Politico reported the exchange last week, in which Woodward said the email he received from Sperling made him feel "uncomfortable."

"You’re focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out that claim," Woodward said Sperling wrote to him.

Woodward, 69, is most well-known for his work with fellow journalist Carl Bernstein in breaking the Watergate Scandal that eventually took down the administration of Republican President Richard Nixon, who resigned from his office in 1974.

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He has been with the Washington Post since 1971 and is presently an associate editor.

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