October 8th, 2010
05:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Woodward says book was 'close to the bone'

Editor's Note: See the entire interview this Sunday, 11 a.m. ET on CNN's Reliable Sources

Washington (CNN) - Author Bob Woodward acknowledged that parts of his book hit "close to the bone" and may have caused some ill feelings in the White House.

"It's quite possible," Woodward said in an interview for CNN's Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz. "This is a total universe portrait in the nature of the relationships and attitudes."


Woodward also reaffirmed many reports that outgoing National Security Adviser James Jones didn't fit in with the Obama Administration.

"Jones was somebody who wasn't part of the campaign team," Woodward said. "You know he just didn't fit, I think everyone has noted that as he resigned."

In his book, Woodward notes that Gen. Jones often referred to Pres. Obama's inner circle as "the water bugs, Politburo, Mafia," and "the campaign set." Former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and Senior Adviser David Axelrod were included in this group.


Filed under: Bob Woodward • Obama administration
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Mr. Woodward, you are free to write what you please. I am free not to purchase your book.

    October 8, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. stufthis

    I wonder if Bush and Cheney will be campaigning for candidates this year. It seems the republican plan is to return to the failed economic policies of "W."

    October 8, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. stufthis

    Boner had 70 busloads of right wingnuts bused into his big speech event today. What a lush.

    October 8, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. wally

    Yeah, the problem with these books is that the white house would like to edit out the parts that don't make them look pretty. But at this point, when many people are asking themselves whether Obama is worse than Bush, the white house shouldn't be too concerned about another few dents. And really, Obama doesn't represent much of a departure from the Bush policies. In many cases, he has furthered those policies, to the grave detriment of the people.

    October 8, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't believe Jones used those words whether he fit or not.

    October 8, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. joe

    Anoter view of the White House and the fact that they are inept. Jones probably a good man for the job, but the elitism and arrogance of the people in power who had never run anythng bigger than an Acorn shop shows in everything that goes on in the country right now. November can not come soon enough nor can 2012 if we have any country left.

    October 8, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. southern cousin

    Of course Jones did not fit in the white house. He was honest, intelligent and uncorrupted by the unions. He had to leave, I am surprised he lasted as long as he did. It will take months to get the stench out of his nose and hopefully by that time impeachement proceedings will have begun and he can testify to the corruption, ineptness and incompetence that is the essence of the Obama administration.

    October 8, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |