“First of all, the sequester is not something I proposed, it’s something that Congress proposed. It will not happen.” These two sentences were a response to Romney’s criticism during the third presidential debate that national security is at risk due to the sequestration cuts due in January.
“What the president said is not correct,” said Bob Woodward, Washington Post journalist, after the debate. “He’s mistaken. And it’s refuted by the people who work for him.”
Woodward said he stands behind what he reported in his book “The Price of Politics.” In his book, he was told by White House staff members that White House Office of Management Director Jack Lew and Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors took the proposal for sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and then it was presented to congressional Republicans.
“What I wrote — it’s specific date, time, place, participants,” he said. “What I’ve reported is totally accurate. Call Nabors and Lew. Or ask the White House. I mean, they know that’s accurate.”
This contradicts what Obama said in the debate when he said the idea came from Congress.
Woodward and Carl Bernstein were the men responsible for exposing the Nixon Watergate cover up. In investigating Watergate, Woodward and Bernstein triple checked all sources of information. This policy of triple checking sources was continued by Woodward for all of the books he wrote. As a result, his book is considered to be a reliable, factual report on the Obama Administration’s politics.