Nixon brought himself down with the tapes! In 1974.<quoted text>
Well, the former aid's remark (about Obama not liking people) made the news at the time. She later apologized for it.
Bob Woodward was the liberal's dream journalist when he was criticizing and bringing down republican presidents.
So I wouldn't call it "gossip" per se.
Which of these book have your read?
1- Bush at War—
2- Plan of Attack—
3-State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III—
4-The War Within: A Secret White House History
He seems to have had sources inside the Bush White House