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Bob Woodward: Yep, Obama and Jack Lew are lying about the origins of the sequester





This isn’t news to anyone who’s been paying attention. But it is noteworthy, I think, to see a famous Lefty like Bob Woodward calling Obama and his henchmen out for their, shall we say, revision of history:

The finger-pointing began during the third presidential debate last fall, on Oct. 22, when President Obama blamed Congress. “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed,” Obama said. “It is something that Congress has proposed.”

The White House chief of staff at the time, Jack Lew, who had been budget director during the negotiations that set up the sequester in 2011, backed up the president two days later.

There was an insistence on the part of Republicans in Congress for there to be some automatic trigger,” Lew said while campaigning in Florida. It “was very much rooted in the Republican congressional insistence that there be an automatic measure.”

The president and Lew had this wrong. My extensive reporting for my book “The Price of Politics” shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government.

Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved.

Nabors has told others that they checked with the president before going to see Reid. A mandatory sequester was the only action-forcing mechanism they could devise. Nabors has said, “We didn’t actually think it would be that hard to convince them” — Reid and the Republicans — to adopt the sequester. “It really was the only thing we had. There was not a lot of other options left on the table.”

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At the Feb. 13 Senate Finance Committee hearing on Lew’s nomination to become Treasury secretary, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) asked Lew about the account in my book: “Woodward credits you with originating the plan for sequestration. Was he right or wrong?”

“It’s a little more complicated than that,” Lew responded, “and even in his account, it was a little more complicated than that. We were in a negotiation where the failure would have meant the default of the government of the United States.”

“Did you make the suggestion?” Burr asked.

“Well, what I did was said that with all other options closed, we needed to look for an option where we could agree on how to resolve our differences. And we went back to the 1984 plan that Senator [Phil] Gramm and Senator [Warren] Rudman worked on and said that that would be a basis for having a consequence that would be so unacceptable to everyone that we would be able to get action.”

In other words, yes.

But then Burr asked about the president’s statement during the presidential debate, that the Republicans originated it.

Lew, being a good lawyer and a loyal presidential adviser, then shifted to denial mode: “Senator, the demand for an enforcement mechanism was not something that the administration was pushing at that moment.”

That statement was not accurate.

Facts are stubborn things. Read Woodward’s entire piece here.

 



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  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Obama is an absolutely shameless liar. That has been irrefutably established over his entire political career, going all the way back to his community organizing days at ACORN. For once, an establishment reporter from the MSM insists on reporting the truth about one specific incident.

    It’s way late, but it’s probably too much to expect them to keep going now that one of them, at least, has finally started.

    • socon

      Obama’s a filthy liar.

  • conservativemama

    Bob Woodward’s career began with taking down a Republican, but now he’s lived long enough to see the full corruption of the Left. Obama’s lies cover everything from a debt that will destroy us to the murder of our diplomats.

    Is Woodward honest enough to see the whole truth of who Obama is? if he thought Watergate was a big story, well this Presidency blows those crimes out of the water, to say the least.

    • MaMcGriz

      I think he and his type have much more in common with obama and the rest of the PPP than they have with the people. That unholy alliance has become so matted and entangled they’re now like dreadlocks. They can never be untangled. They have to be cut off.

  • FlyoverGuy7

    Could there be a few rays of sunlight dawning on sycophantic media "journalists"?

    Naw, this is probably just Woodward protecting his brand and promoting his recent book.

    Sigh.

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