(CNN) - Gene Sperling, a senior economic aide to the president, said he hopes he and veteran journalist Bob Woodward can look past their recent dustup, which made national headlines and divided the inside-the-Beltway crowd over the interpretation of one word: "regret."
"Bob and I have known each other for 20 years, and we've always had a friendly and respectful relationship," Sperling said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - An email exchange between two old Washington hands – one, a longtime journalist, and the second, a source in the Obama administration – is at the center of a political controversy Thursday as two sides read the messages differently.
The veteran journalist is Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal and wrote a book about the debt ceiling negotiations in the summer of 2011. The Obama administration source is Gene Sperling, a senior economic aide to President Barack Obama and a veteran of the Clinton administration.
(CNN) - Author and journalist Bob Woodward says he wants to teach his daughter about the electoral process, and that’s why he is a registered Democrat in the District of Columbia.
CNN’s Howard Kurtz of Reliable Sources inquired about Woodward’s political registration because of recent comments Woodward made on C-SPAN where he said he was a registered Democrat, but acted as a political independent.
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."
The yet-to-be published Bob Woodward book, Obama's Wars, has lots of insider details about the rancorous debate among administration officials as they tried to decide on a new strategy for Afghanistan.
One question that comes up with every Woodward book is why administration officials talk to him since his books do not always show White House officials in a flattering light. Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered his defense – Woodward was not asking anything new.
Washington (CNN) - A senior administration official defended President Barack Obama on Wednesday as a decisive commander-in-chief ahead of next week's release of a book that reveals an administration deeply divided over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
"Obama's Wars," by veteran Washington journalist Bob Woodward, describes a frustrated president who urgently sought an exit plan, only to be provided with options that involved increased U.S. troop levels, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Woodward is associate editor of the newspaper.
Woodward takes readers behind the scenes in the Obama White House through accounts of closed-door strategy sessions, private conversations, internal memos and hours of interviews with key players.