According to Woodward, Gene Sperling, a senior White House official, had "been less than gracious and intimidating."<quoted text>When his feet were held to the fire on his unsubstantiated remark, Woodward backtracked from his "regret" remark.
The old guy has become irrelevant and it's killing him.
Woodward then received criticism from journalists and pundits - probably instigated by Sperling at Obama's behest.
It was only after Sperling sent Woodward an email apologizing for his overreaction did Woodward become more forgiving and toned down his criticism.
Woodward also made a point of saying he had had many disagreements with David Axelrod but Axelrod never said “You’re going to regret reaching a conclusion that we don’t like.”
(By the way, David Axelrod just created "scandals" about Obama's opponents. Obama won unopposed twice in the Illinois Senate and unopposed once in U.S. Senate after an alleged "nasty divorce" scandal by one opponent and an alleged "sex" scandal by another was smeared all over the newspapers.)
Don't you find those odds rather unusual? One candidate wins unopposed three times?