WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Woodward’s Not Alone – Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat
February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward isn’t the only person who’s received threats for airing the Obama administration’s dirty laundry. It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days – even former senior members of the Clinton administration.
A day after Woodward’s claim that a senior White House official had told him he would “regret” writing a column criticizing President Obama’s stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington Times.
Davis told WMAL that his editor, John Solomon, “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.” Davis says the Obama aide told Solomon, “that if he continued to run my columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.”
Davis says he does not know if the White House official involved in his case is the same one who is alleged to have threatened Woodward, but he says the language used in both cases is very similar. In any case, Davis says his editor, Solomon, was not worried by the threat.
“He didn’t take it seriously, because he didn’t think that could ever happen. He thought it was bluster,” Davis told WMAL. “I called three senior people at the White House, and I said, ‘I want this person to be told this can never happen again, and it’s inappropriate.’ I got a call back from someone who was in the White House saying it will never happen again.”
BOB WOODWARD: A ‘Very Senior’ White House Person
Warned Me I’d ‘Regret’ What I’m Doing
Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.
“I think they’re confused,” Woodward said of the White House’s pushback on his reporting.
Earlier today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran Washington Post journalist and the White House. Woodward said Obama was showing a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.
The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.
“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?'” Woodward said on MSNBC.
“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,’ … because of some budget document?”
Woodward began stirring controversy last weekend, when he called out Obama for what he said was “moving the goal posts” on the sequester by requesting that revenue be part of a deal to avert it.
Woodward: Obama’s Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”
Bob Woodward blasted President Obama on Wednesday morning for deciding to recall an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf because of impending budget cuts, calling the decision “a kind of madness.”
Woodward: 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.
Time to pray the madman out! By Mario Murillo
This is a moment of madness. Obama like Nero of Rome has lost his mind. He wants to keep spending and raise taxes this bad? So bad in fact that he is pouting refusing to deploy an Aircraft Carrier to the Persian Gulf where it would stand as a deterrent to Iran and protector of Israel.
Daily he has fed us lies about what the SEQUESTER would do but to do this???? For those who have been under a rock let me explain that Obama came up with the idea of automatic spending cuts if he did not reach an agreement with Republicans by March. Then he refused to negotiate in good faith for spending cuts. At the last moment he turns the tables and blames the Republicans for not reaching an agreement and then he begins lying about the damage that the automatic cuts would do. All this so he can keep spending and raising taxes.
Now in a dangerous game of chicken, he recalls an Aircraft Carrier. He disregards human life in his quest for power.
People ask me, “Mario, are you praying for our president?” Yes I am. I am praying him out of office. “But Mario, why don’t you pray for God to change his heart?” I am, but I want God to change his heart when he is out of office and facing the consequences of his abuse of power. If a pilot is drunk in the cockpit I am not going to pray for a change of heart. Get him out of the cockpit and then pray for repentance.
A few days ago, Obama essentially fired the American news media. He is done answering questions. We can understand that the media is not going to do anything about this. Like battered wives they still love Obama. So in my prayers I am moving on to another target.
Here is my prayer over this situation: Today I am asking God to do a miracle in Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House. I am asking for them to grow a conscience and to force this madman out of office before he destroys this nation. We do not need to impeach Obama we need to fire him.
How can you as a democratic leader sleep at night knowing you are condoning this man’s outright evil? How can you look in the mirror and continue to remain silent about the tyranny of this man? History will call you a traitor and a coward. You have the power, the Republicans do not. Wake up and give us back our country!
As far as Christians who still support Obama this comment at our website from Linda sums up my conviction:
“As a Christian….and having paid attention to Obama….the President…. I am beside myself….I seriously cannot understand how a Christian could possibly have voted for him… My spirit….knows well that he is laughing at the Christians….to say the very least. There is such a sinister presence in this nation…which I am so well aware of….personally I do not feel man can turn this around….unless repentance occurs and a revival……which corporate prayer could and would be essential to kick-start the “Revival”………have already been praying for revival……God Bless and lift you up.”