Reporter Bob Woodward says President Obama is “mistaken” on the sequester, saying the president misspoke when he said it was Congress’s idea and not his.
Woodward reported in his recent book, “The Price of Politics,” that in fact it was the White House that conjured up the proposal. Speaking to Politico, Woodward charitably offered that maybe Obama didn’t know that his aides had put together the plan.
Honestly, given that Obama hardly pays attention to Congress, I would say it’s conceivable he didn’t know. Though not likely.
Woodward also charitably used the word “mistaken” instead of something else, like “might have lied.”
Nobody in Washington calls anyone else a liar, because almost everyone lies, and because anyone might bump into anyone else in some expense account restaurant downtown, and having to face someone you called a liar might completely ruin lunch.
The sequester would force $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over ten years, including to the military, if Congress fails to come up with the same amount in deficit reduction of its choice by the end of the year.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney doubled down Tuesday.
“The sequester that was designed and passed by Congress,” said Carney.
I’ll take Woodward’s version.