May 7, 1991 |
He sure seems like a nice guy, this fella Bob from the Midwest. He's in town on business, glad to make your acquaintance, talking about his new car, an Acura Legend. "I wanted something unpretentious, and I really wanted two airbags," he says, and you can tell when he talks about safety he's thinking of Elsa, his beloved wife. Something reassuring about Bob - sturdy farmer-type frame, handsome guy, at 48, in a plain WASP sort of way. Firm handshake, strong jaw, honest brown eyes.
June 27, 1996 |
Bob Woodward is not Anonymous. His sources may be anonymous, but Woodward, the reporter who brought down a president and for two decades has kept the attention of subsequent White House residents, puts his name on his work. Anonymous is the person who last rattled the bars of Beltway inmates, delivering a stirring, albeit fictional, account of the Clinton presidential campaign. But Primary Colors triggered more gossip about the unknown author than about its content. Woodward, the bard of Watergate, is the best respected and most feared journalist in the nation.
April 14, 2004 |
News item: Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman will appear on Jeopardy! during the week of May 10 as part of the game show's "Power Players" series. Sources have provided the following unauthorized transcript of the show. Host Alex Trebek: "Welcome to Jeopardy!, ladies and gentlemen. This week we're in Washington for our 'Power Players' edition. Our contestants today are former EPA administrator Christie Whitman, comedian Al Franken, and Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward.
June 30, 1996 |
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to today's column, which, following the example of our nation's first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will consist of an interview with a famous dead person. As you might remember, Clinton was pilloried in the press last week after Bob Woodward wrote in his book The Choice that the first lady had called on today's guest for guidance. Our interviewee, who is now a hot guest on the talk-show circuit, is an international celebrity in her own right - Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.
September 30, 1987 |
Bob Woodward and editors of the Washington Post agreed months ago that his hospital interview with the late CIA Director William Casey was too "ambiguous" to merit a Post story, New York Newsday reported yesterday. In the interview, which ends Woodward's book "Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-87," Casey nods when Woodward asks whether he knew about the diversion of funds from the secret Iran arms deal to the Contras in Nicaragua. Robert Kaiser, Post assistant managing editor for national affairs, told Newsday that the way the incident is presented in the book, "it's a profoundly ambiguous scene.
September 28, 1987 |
The widow of CIA director William Casey doubts claims that her husband knew of a diversion of money to the Contras, and she has labeled "absolute blasphemy" a report that he had criticized President Reagan as "lazy and distracted. " "He's lying about that," Sophia Casey said yesterday of writer Bob Woodward's account of an interview with the hospitalized Casey in which the CIA director reportedly acknowledged knowing about the diversion of funds from the secret Iran arms sale. Woodward said he stood by his story, which was included in his new book, "VEIL: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987.
October 9, 1987 |
I'm not saying it happens all of the time, mind you, but there are occasions when we of the liberal press exhibit a touch of hypocrisy. Like now. We pride ourselves on a tough, cynical "show-me" attitude toward matters. We give no benefit of the doubt, we take no one's word. We showed it in the recent Bork confirmation hearings. Much of Judge Bork's testimony could be described as a retreat from earlier, more reactionary positions. The Robert Bork who emerged from that testimony was not the monster liberals had been using to scare schoolchildren.
April 22, 2004
The lie about tax cuts Re: "Taxes: Civic duty or moral outrage," Commentary Page, April 15: The two commentaries printed under this headline miss the critical point on taxes, which the Republican Party has not been willing to engage: Taxes pay for government, which is not free. The Republican Party and its policy of tax cuts would have us believe we can cut taxes and still have everything. That is not possible; it is a deceit. Politicians should be honest with Americans.
July 24, 1994 |
"Hunk City. " The smooth and streetwise Boston private eye, Spenser, has been called many things in the many books in which he foils the forces of crime. But "Hunk City" beats them all. Robert B. Parker's newest Spenser mystery, Walking Shadow, is right in the groove. It's slick, smart, sexy, chic and chock-a-block with exquisite repartee. As always, Spenser and Hawk maintain their wit, aplomb and general hunk- ism, although they are threatened and shot at. After someone tries to kill them in a drive-by shooting, Hawk and Spenser pick themselves up from the floor and coolly critique the attempt as a shoddy job. The plot?
October 10, 2010
By Bob Woodward Simon & Schuster. 441 pp. $30 Reviewed by Robert Schmuhl The three most recent American presidents - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama - won the White House by campaigning as outsiders, and all defeated Washington insiders (George H.W. Bush, Al Gore, and John McCain) to gain the nation's highest office. A prime lesson of Bob Woodward's secret-strewn, leak-brimming book, Obama's Wars , is that an outsider without governing experience needs time to learn before ever trying to lead.