September 22nd, 2010
09:07 AM ET
12 years ago

Official defends Obama ahead of revelations in Woodward book

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.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Bob Woodward • issues • President Obama
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  1. Dis-gusted

    This just goes to show how wrong one can be. I respected Bob Woodward, but it appears he wants to sell a "book of gossip" to make a bunch money. I'm really disappointed in him and hope the books don't sell and will collect dust on the shelves..

    September 22, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. jim

    This president has sent 60,,000 more troops to Afghanistan and turned what was a Nato led operation into a U.S. mission.He needs to pull our troops out now. How many more young Americans need to die for a bunch of corrupt warlords that don't have any sense of what freedom means?

    September 22, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    What's to defend? People are arguing decisions! They're supposed to argue decisions!

    Sheesh! This is not the Bush administration where everyone was a "yes" person and rubber stamped absolutely everything Bush did. Obama is running his administration the way a presidential administration should be run.

    What's to defend? They're doing their job. Have the American people become so used to useless suits sitting around a desk giving Bush permission to do anything he wants, no matter how illegal? That's not America. That's not what we do.

    September 22, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Monster Zero

    Hmmmmm, I wonder how they will try and discredit Bob Woodward? How about it America, getting tired of Obammunism and redistribution of your wealth yet?

    September 22, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. stufit

    From what I read of the excerpts, he is very decisive, screw the military, the left wing voters are the important thing. More important than our childrens lives. This is the phoniest, most inept, most incompetent, most corrupt president this country has ever had.

    September 22, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Me love you long time John McCain

    Looks like "Ike" had it right,the "Sword Makers" are now running the show.Whats a little blood,when Billions of dollars can be made?

    September 22, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. g

    know matter who,s commander and chief , the good old boys are in charge,the war profit boys, remember kennedy wanted to getout of vietnam

    September 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All Americans have been frustrated over these wars and if Woodward had been listening over the past 8 years, he would know this.

    September 22, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    It was obvious that Obama had trouble making decisions on the wars. The obvious reason, is conflict among his own advisors who he has to rely on, to make a decision.

    September 22, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Dave

    The synopsis of the book I read is typical Obama:
    -Hard headed
    –Yet indecisive
    -Condescending to even his top military commanders
    -Will not listen to any ideas unless it completely agrees with his ideas

    PLEASE vote these fools out power!!!

    September 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Cindie Worley

    Does the book mention anything about Obama's wars with the American people who he thinks have been wrong about everything for the last 60 years? Does the book mention if Obama is on some kind of meds?

    September 22, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Canuck

    Makes you wonder who actually is in charge in America!?? Apparently not the President...

    September 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. terry,va

    I thought Afghanistan was the "war of necessity" Obummie. I knew that you would cut and run from the start. You are the biggest fraud that ever entered the white house.

    September 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Kenneth Krieger

    The national media is basicly liberal with an anti consertive agenda. Why should she go on and allow them to bait her unfairly. It is the liberal media's loss in ratings. Practically no one is watching them and their socialist driven agenda anyway. Ken Krieger Cape Coral Florida

    September 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Faith

    Please it is probably more like a love story from Woodward. I can't believe anyone actually agrees to these books with Woodward except Obama since you know it will be positive. The glory days of real reporting like the exposing Nixon at the Washington Compost are long gone.

    September 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Bob Woodward the lap dog of Catherene Graham of the Washington Post still seeing Consperecies behind every Bush. The boy needs to take a long Vacation.

    Admittaly Moe is in the driver's seat and Shemp wants to drive the bus but that is old news. I guess Woodward didn't sell enough books about Watergate so he is trying to sell IceBox's to Eskimo's. Who knew.

    September 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |


    good luck

    its funny they feel the need to, dont you think?

    they are afraid of bad press and free speech. lol

    September 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Cindie Worley

    Well, of course! Obama went into the WH thinking he would just wave his magic twanger around and things would just materialize the way he visioned it in his dreams. Too bad he brought in such hatefilled aides like Rahm and Axelrod and all those awful csars!
    They have only helped reveal the truth about Obama, that he is an empty suit.

    September 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. todd

    Jay Leno must be loving this, he gets more commedy material every day from the whitehouse than any one could ever immagine!

    September 22, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |