Weak Tea


Here’s the email cover follow-up to the Woodward “Threat”

From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013
I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

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. 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.


Now, this is more a shot of creamy espresso:

Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’

Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president because of some budget document?

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.

Still in search of *someone* to deliver a nice steaming cup of cowboy coffee….


  1. geezerette
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 8:37 am |

    I’m thinkin’ he should have clear cut the forrest. The hell with just a few specific trees.

  2. geezerette
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 8:38 am |

    P.S. By the time they got done with Nixon there wasn’t a branch left.

  3. mojo
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 9:03 am |

    Stage 2: Panic sets in.

  4. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 9:06 am |

    Pardon me while I paraphrase a dead president. “This is a day that will NOT live in infamy!”

    2 Douches: Woodward and OBoBo.

  5. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 10:05 am |

    Script dilemma.

    Sperlling: “Oh, hey, officer. What? Nah, me an’ my pal Woody, here, we was just havin’ a friendly josh. You know, just kiddin’ around.” [brushes Woodward's shoulders off, straightens his lapels]
    Sperlling: “Take a little friendly advice, Woody. You don’t wanna, you know, make waves, if ya know what’s good for ya, pal.” [brushes Woodward's shoulders off, straightens his lapels]
    followed by
    [media flack walks by and intimidatingly bumps Woodward's shoulder]

  6. Nomen Nescio
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:47 am |

    Seth McFarlane: “We saw your temper. We saw your temper.”

    Posted February 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

    Sperling says “my bad”???? He’s pretty cool, huh?

  8. JoeBandMember™
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm |

    I hope Woodie has good security.

    Will he be the next mysterious death of someone who dared to cross The Regime®?