See how and why Washington is not functioning in Bob Woodward’s freshly reported, thirty-five-page Afterword to his national bestseller, The Price of Politics, which provides a detailed, often verbatim account of what happened in the dramatic “fiscal cliff” face-off at the end of 2012 between President Obama and the Republicans.
Now it’s happening again. In fall 2013, Washington faces a new round of budget and fiscal wars that could derail the American and global economies.
“We are primarily a blocking majority,” said Michael Sommers, Speaker John Boehner’s chief of staff, summarizing the House Republican position.
It was the land of no-compromise: On health care cuts over ten years, Boehner suggested to Obama, you are $400 billion, I’m at $600 billion. “Can we split the difference here? Can we land at $500 billion?” “Four hundred billion is it,” Obama replied. “I just can’t see how we go any further on that.”
After making $120 billion in other concessions, Obama pleaded with Boehner, “What is it about the politics?” “My guys just aren’t there,” Boehner replied. “We are $150 billion off, man. I don’t get it. There’s something I don’t get.”
The Price of Politics chronicles the inside story of how President Obama and the US Congress tried, and failed, to restore the American economy and set it on a course to fiscal stability. Woodward pierces the secretive world of Washington policymaking once again, with a close-up story crafted from meeting notes, documents, working papers, and interviews with key players, including President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. Woodward lays bare the broken relationship between President Obama and the Congress.
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Just watched the Charlie Rose interview with Mr Woodward, and I had to buy the book, the interview was 5 stars, and I am sure the book will be consistent with his long body of work.
40 years after he helped me see Nixon for who he was he continues to help us all see our leaders as the are. Human.
Leadership is what we need in Washington, leadership is what we get from Bob Woodward's work in journalism. Thank u, Mr Woodward.
Bob Woodward has written another amazing book. I bought this for my iPad and couldn't put it down! A clear, well written, objective, behind the scenes account of politics at the highest level. This is a masterpiece for anyone interested in understanding the mechinations of our government in Washington and our top leaders. Thank you Mr. Woodward.
Great to see Woodward is still being a fair journalist, especially in this day and age. We all know about Nixon, the left loves him for that while the right may not like it while still respecting him for getting the truth out. So far the book is great, interviews also. A lot of insight on our current problems, and how past presidents handled situations by working with Rep and Dems and not against them. All in all it's just a fact based book.