A Nasty, Brutish [Hobbesian] Presidency


So says Nile Gardiner of the Telegraph:

Thomas Hobbes wrote that the life of man is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Today’s White House definitely isn’t poor, lavishly feeding off the wealth of the American taxpayer, and the current presidency certainly isn’t short, with nearly four more years to run. But it is undeniably nasty and brutish, as veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward has found after questioning President Obama’s narrative on the sequester issue.

Woodward, one of two reporters who broke the Watergate story that led to Richard Nixon’s downfall (immortalised in the 1976 Oscar winner All The President’s Men), has revealed to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the White House warned him that he would “regret” his recent remarks on the sequester, made in Washington Post column. (Read the exchange of emails between White House economic adviser Gene Sperling and Woodward posted by Politico here.) Woodward is hardly a conservative, and has been at the heart of the liberal media establishment for decades. He is, however, not afraid of challenging the status quo, as he did with his 2010 book Obama’s Wars. Woodward is not alone. Lanny Davis, another liberal columnist and former special counsel to Bill Clinton, who has penned several pieces critical of Obama’s policies, has also spoken out against similar White House tactics.

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

One would think that the kiddies in the Juice Box media would notice how quickly a rabid dog can turn and bite (did I forget to mention that Obama ate one – it may or may not have been rabid). They should remember how the left swooned as Woodward brought down a Republican president (who lied) and as he wrote three books about the Bush presidency – here are some of the quotes at Amazon about the last two from the liberal press:

– On Bush at War (2002):

Thomas Powers The New York Times Book Review Remarkable…Bush at War is akin to an unofficial transcript of 100 days of debate over war in Afghanistan.

Evan Thomas Newsweek Human and convincing in its telling detail.

Steve Neal Chicago Sun-Times Woodward has produced the best book yet written about the September 11 terrorist attacks on America and how Bush fought back.

James Rubin The New York Observer A great read…Bob Woodward has unearthed important new information on the behind-the-scenes struggles that have led to success — and failure — in President Bush’s War on Terror.

Fouad Ajami The Washington Post Book World A work of spareness and authority…We are fortunate to have this richly detailed view of our nation’s central policy command.

On State of Denial (2006):

“State of Denial feels all the more outraged for its measured, nonpartisan tones and relentless reporting. It is nothing less than a watershed…. The full story of the Iraq War will be told by historians….This book…will be at the top of their shelves as they proceed to the altar of judgment.” — Ted Widmer, The Washington Post Book World

“Never-before-reported nuggets in every chapter….It offers the most revealing in-the-room glimpse of the Bush administration that we have so far.” — Walter Shapiro, Salon.com

“Woodward’s book is packed with details about the gulf between the information the administration had and the picture it presented.” — USA Today

“Woodward’s trilogy on the Bush administration at war is essential, and compelling, reading.” — Foreign Affairs –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Not a single harsh word but lookie what happens after telling the truth about Obama’s sequester lies:

Dylan Byers quotes Andrew “Trig Truther” Sullivan:

Bob Woodward has amassed no shortage of critics over the last 24 hours, but Andrew Sullivan goes further:

This is what Woodward was claiming was a chilling threat to press freedom! I mean,seriously. What exactly is the threat?… Does this read like a man writing to someone threatening him with anything? He even says: “I for one welcome a little heat.” He describes Sperling’s “threat” as “personal advice” as a friend, which it plainly was. Then he goes whining to CNN and Politico that he is victim of government threats for his reporting. That’s a lie, and Woodward has now been exposed as a liar.

Fox News: Former Obama adviser David Plouffe set in motion a Woodward is over-the-hill theme: “Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated,” he Tweeted. (Yes, only Obama is allowed to be perfect more than once.)

Breitbart: Former L.A. Times reporter Steve Weinstein: Bob Woodward is senile. Or maybe he is encouraging President Obama to break the law so he can be relevant again with an expose.

DC Decoder: “Woodward’s act is getting painfully old, and I don’t plan to pay any more attention to his feverish efforts to stay in the limelight,” writes Ed Kilgore, senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, in a typical response.

Breitbart has a list of nasty tweets a mile long.

Thou shalt not question the words of the infallible king. Winston Smith, call your office.

A nasty, brutish presidency, indeed.

8 thoughts on “A Nasty, Brutish [Hobbesian] Presidency

  1. Woodward could turn it around on their asses by doing an expose on the liberal media. I suppose he could consult with Juan Williams and the two could make a killing in the conservative market. Would this be capitalism or karma?……….lil o both, I imagine. Don’t know if they’re that creative….

    Then again, if I ang him and told him that I blog with Bigfoot, maybe he would write a book with me. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

  2. I spent the evening reviewing the government’s spending over the past four years … amazing how quickly Obama can exsanguinate our money. (sigh)

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