The last time Bob Woodward wrote a book about a United States President, the Obama administration attacked its validity. They defended decisions by President Obama regarding his handling of the war in Afghanistan.
Even Osama bin Laden made a video encouraging Americans to read the book. When a leftist reporter is willing to go after Obama and a terrorist leader is willing to recommend the book, you know it’s pretty bad.
Donald Trump didn’t like the way the administration was responding to the book, so he Tweeted his perspective.
Only the Obama WH can get away with attacking Bob Woodward.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013
As it turned out, Obama did get away with attacking Bob Woodward. Not much came from the book nor the administration’s reaction to it. Now that he has a book about him, the attacks he once condemned are now the centerpiece of his staff’s strategy. They are going after the writer, the book, those quoted in it, and anything else associated with it.
If it’s as bad as most people believe it is, then the President’s old Tweet may come to pass. Obama may really be the only one who could get away with attacking Bob Woodward. His administration likely won’t get away with their own attacks unscathed.