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September 12th, 2012
05:49 PM ET

Bob Woodward on Barack Obama: "The president hasn't connected with people in a way that you need to in diplomacy"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., CNN's Wolf Blitzer returns to his role as "Piers Morgan Tonight" guest host, landing a primetime interview with world-renowned investigative reporter Bob Woodward.

One half of the famed "Woodward and Bernstein" team that helped break open the Watergate scandal of the 1970's, the 69-year-old author has a new book out – "The Price of Politics" – in which he offers criticism of the president:

"Obama hasn't found a way to connect to lots of people, foreign leaders, congressmen," explains the man behind 12 best-sellers.

Asked by Blitzer what to make of the recent scheduling drama between the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Woodward says it's unclear:

"We just don't know, because there are back channel communications, obviously. There is not a great deal of love between Obama and Netanyahu, or at least it looks like there is not."

Telling the tale of a well-respected and influential Democratic congressman who claims he's only met the president twice, Woodward further points to the commander-in-chief's inability to network and collaborate with others in his politics:

"The president hasn't connected with people in a way that you need to in diplomacy and in Washington budget and fiscal negotiations."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as Blitzer Woodward delve into the recent attacks in Libya which killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, 52-year-old J. Christopher Stevens, as well as three of his colleagues.
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  1. Glenn White

    Bob Woodward, is a plant for the Israeli lobby in this country. We have one of the most thoughtful presidents since
    president Clinton... Wolf your interview of the Libyian Ambassador, was an attempt to make the newly formed government in libya seem ineffective... A government that has been formed for one year, and you sitting there trying to
    put the Ambassador on the spot, was shameful. You journalist think you know everything and that you all have the
    answer to the worlds problems, I use to think very highly of you as a journalist – but after 9/11 and your tacit approval of
    the Bush/Cheney administration lied us into a war in Iraq and now you are letting them try to push us into a war with
    with Iran. I wished you was of military age or had kids that were...

    September 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael Burke

      I haven't the knowledge to respond to your other points, but by stating that Obama is one of the most thoughtful presidents since Clinton, you shoot yourself in the foot. There have been only two, which whould make W also "one of the most" thoughtful presidents since Clinton. You might also want to tone down the rabid dog dial on your temper if you want to have anyone pay attention to you. It is not generally considered good form to wish harm to others, and by doing so, you not only degrade public perception of you, but also that of your affiliated party.

      September 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Steve Smith

        I'd like to see you show where Glenn is incorrect on anything here. You may not like his "tone" but he's telling the truth.

        September 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Michael Burke

        Mr. Smith, I did not take exception with Mr. White's points but rather with his delivery. White may have some very important contributions to make. It appears, however, that his anger has gotten the better of him, affecting his spelling, grammar, courtesy and overall credibility. I will now address one of his points: When a person makes sweeping generalizations about what all the people of a certain profession believe- "You journalist(s) think you know everything and have all the answer(s) to the world(')s problems, I use(d) to think..." they do so to their own discredit- especially when simple spelling and grammatical errors make it difficult to read. White's assesment of Mr. Blitzer, his integrity, treatment of the Lybian Ambassador and Woodwards bias all suffer because of the delivery. You may not believe in courteous discourse, but anyone who is not already in accord with Mr. White is likely to be put off by his "tone" and therefore his bluster is all for naught.

        September 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim Stevenson

        To Michael Burke:

        Correct usage is 'Woodward's bias' not "woodwards bias". When one criticiises another person's grammar and spelling, one would hope that their own spelling and grammar were correct.

        September 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Degaman

        Not to mention Mr. Burke's misspelling of would as "whould".

        November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • drumb47

      I have to agree with you 100%. I've wondered for sometimes now if Wolf would be a better fit on Fox. I know he doesn't
      care for President Barack Obama because it shows.

      September 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Janet

        Hope Piers Morgan is not replaced by Wolf. Wolf needs to move to Fox Tv he does not belong on CNN.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • rs1201

        Why is CNN Obama's private news organization and anyone who doesn't agree with his policies has to be fired?
        Personally, I don't think much of CNN reporters. One of them, Avlon, was caught with his colleagues trying to figure out how to literally badger Romney on a particular topic. These so called "journalists" were not aware that a nearby mic was on.

        September 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • russell peggy

      read you comments...President Obama was and is just a speech..he does not have any depth to him...
      we need real leadership this is not a suggestion this is requried

      September 13, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jmacaux

      I am Jewish. Thank you Obama for growing a backbone in terms of U.S. relations with Netanyahu, for not letting him bully us into another war.
      Bob Woodward should have stopped after Watergate. His comments appear to signal an agenda, i.e., selling his book, rather than what is really going on. Obama has shown nothing but leadershiip in his foreign policy relations. Just because he doesn't bow to Bebe doesn't mean he isn't connecting with other leaders.

      September 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • rs1201

        You're a Jew like I'm Taiwanese...NOT. it's really annoying when people try to say that they're something that they're not...No real Jew on this earth would side with Obama on anything with respect to change your're not credible...

        September 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Another Jew

        rs1201 - " No real Jew on this earth would side with Obama "

        Here's another REAL Jew! Go ahead. Call me I'm not a "real" Jew because I happen to dislike the Right-wing nut jobs back home with itchy trigger fingers who put our land in constant danger. You know those of us who feel this way, that peace and diplomacy is the right course are not alone. So go ahead. Call me I'm not a "real" Jew for thinking that way. But I won't call you that for thinking the way you do.

        September 15, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
      • nick

        Way to go for showing there are Jews who see the bigger picture and not follow like sheep. The extreme right wing has ruled Israel for decades and keeps pushing on settlements and confrontation with Iran.
        Thank God there is a segment of the Jewish community that does not go along with this. Lets hear more from them

        September 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        I am another Jew, I am in total support for President Obama, that is why the majority of the Jewish will vote for him this November.Every body comes on TV just for selling books which is full of crap this guy is one of them. he is just like trush Limbaugh sorry Rush I mean even though there is no difference.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Brainburst

        Oh I suppose that Shaul Mofaz is not a jew either?

        September 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eladio

      There is nothing thoughtful about this president. All of you do not want journalism when you go to a new outlet for news.All you want is confirmation of your biased beliefs reiterated by someone else in the media. For once don't dismiss a Jounalist because he proves that what you believed is not true. Woodward is a democrat and so is Wolf. Woodward brought down Nixon and now you think he has some Jewish agenda? That thought is actually racist.That all humans have be a certain way because they belong to a particular race is prejudice . Even Clinton in his speech at the DNC said that Obama had included two opponentshe ran against in added his administration in '08 Hillary and Biden to show that he could work with opponents but he could not name one instance of bipartisanship with the Republicans.He passed two landmark major changes to the financial service sector and the healthcare sector with out one Republican vote. He has not done one thing since the house went Republican. Not one.and you thnk Woodward is wrong about Obama not connecting with other leaders.. Mr. White there is no hope for your jaded biased media brainwashed mind.

      September 16, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mike

        Actually Eladio President Obama has done a lot since repubs took the House. You don't see it because every job bill that the President has laid forth for a vote has been blocked by repub Senate and the House won't bring it up for a vote

        September 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      I don't mean to be rude, but have you been asleep for the past 4 years? Our country is not doing well on many fronts and there is only 1 man that is running the country and the buck stops with him.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tracie

        Ash, you just displayed your ignorance for all to see. How sad and pathetic!

        October 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cbr

    This book is being launched during the last weeks of the campaign. He seems to believe that his book will be a best-seller. It well may be a best seller but his themes just seem to continue making us believe that he has all the facts in place to make his way into history.

    It is amazing how these commentators and authors have programs to have a forum for their ideas. Too bad that it is always one sided whether it is CNN for Fox or anyone other network. The bias come through each time. Mr. Woodward knows how to play the game and he does so at every turn hoping to sell his book and sell his ideas.

    Even when there is a crisis we cannot work together to solve the problem. WE have critics on all sides trying to justify their own statements. May we have a night off from all of this and allow us to mourn our dead and think about the way we are portrayed int he press and on the news networks. Do you believe we are all uninformed and only these people know enough to clue us in. Sorry – wrong number!

    September 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary1972

      Don't know about best sellers. When I go to Costco, I see more than 8 books that are anti-Obama. People just come, look at first 2 pages and walk away. Costco does not loose any money. It is the publisher who looses money on these stereo typed books.

      September 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff.

    "The Blitz finally awkens from his deep sleep!"
    "What can we expect from this 'part-time' input??"

    September 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Griff.

    "Blitzer?? They seek him and seek him there. They seek this 'Ghost' everywhere! Be he foe,. or be he friend.
    You had better bend, to this CNN Dictator just incase???"

    September 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Griff.

    "Qatar is supplying weapons to Libya, in return of their Oil control , and Obama is supplying the weapons...
    Call me a liar, WOLF Call me a LIar or tell the truth!!!!"

    September 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Griff.

    "No!!! Obama the Muslim does not want to be connected! He's a FU%$ing Democrste??? As much as Bill Clinton tried to save his (??????? Past) The Democrates are finished! Nobody will ever trust the word 'Democrate' again.
    YOU CNN, and ALL those other dreamers elected this idiot, Now you continue the Fu#$ing lie???? Why???

    You know the fu%$ing idiot Obama is an Illegal alien, but you still think we are too stupid???"

    September 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Some don't get it

      Oh geeeee are you gifted with your words ? @9$;%#+*^}~^%}\ <€'jnteskopeertvdcesw%#^*+%{?

      September 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary1972

      Since you think you call call names of people without showing any proof, I can call you a Nazi without showing any proof.

      September 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Don Cobb

      Oh boy, another semi-literate Walmart Republican!

      September 15, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Griff.

    "I will say this!!! It was the Canadian Embassy that save so many in Iran not that long ago! Remember??

    September 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Griff.

    "Yes Mr Clark, was in the News just recently!!!!! But then I hate to awake you from your sleep!!"

    September 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JT

    Just saw Wolf interview Rudy Giuliani re Romney remarks. OMG. I can only hope there is a God. Romney, Boehner, Giuliani, and even John McCain. Is there no shame?

    September 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Griff.

    "The Book??? Do unto them, has you would expect them to do unto you! But in the case of Obama. 'You get to kick him in the Ball's first!!"

    September 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • : (

      There you go again..... Having a hard time with English? No child left behind did not work remember?

      September 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. JT

    OK. Now just saw Woodward. I get it now. No shame.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Griff.

    "What is happening in the Middle East??? It is a test!!!! ARE YOU FU$#ING LISTENING????

    September 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy

      Go bark at Fox new. Someone might hear you. Woof, woof.

      September 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Griff.

    "When will you listen???? Colyn Powel told you Iraq was a a threat... Then a few years later he supports this idiot Obama!!! How can I even trust you, Wolfe!!! "

    September 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. PAUL

    Mr- Blitzer..... Why don't you invite Rudi 9/11 Giuliani every night. So he can not answer any of your questions every night... I have to listen to more and more right wing talking points on CNN every night... you become more and more like FOX "News"

    September 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. jgm

    Griff you forgot to take your meds? Paranoia is showing big time Or is that masked hate?

    September 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Ryan Snipes

    I am wondering how much is the GOP paying Bob Woodward to make such comments about Obama or if He belongs to the 1% who are concerned about Obama's proposal to raise taxes for the wealthy.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Travis

      Mr. Snipes - is there a reason why you lack the ability to think objectively regarding criticism toward Obama?

      You immediately attack the messenger and cite the 1% card.

      Maybe you should google Mr. Woodward and see who he is before you launch such a nin-sense attach on him. You obviously are not old enough to remeber who he is by life experiences or you would not make such an outrageous charge.

      Your attention to the 1% indicates that you may be one of the relicks of the "Ocupy" crowd. Your lack of knowledge expressed here down not speak well of that group.

      September 13, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Noga

    Apparently it is inconceivable to observe President Obama's many gaffs, assess his competence and criticize his poor performance WITHOUT having some ulterior nefarious motive due to some innate moral flaw.

    I am wondering how much is the local brunch of the Democratic party paying Snipes to make such charges at Bob Woodward, or if He belongs to the 99% who fancy themselves the poor victims of big corporations because texting on their iPhones is soooo expensive.

    September 13, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Boattown

    It is interesting how the attack dogs here come out of the wood work when anyone has anything critical to say about Obama.

    It is hard to shoot the meesnger here. Woodward is certainly no conservative neocon by anyone's standard.

    Obama is way out of his league. We all knew going into this presidency that he lacked depth in experience but that can be obtained over dangerous as it is to the country.

    The real problem with Obama is just as Woodward points out.......he lacks the ability and the desire to form perspnal relationships with important contacts. That is a critical component of any type of leader in the public or private ector. Obviously it is that much more important of someone who is supposed to be leading the free world!

    You do not learn relationship building in a book. If they had it as a skill required at Harvard Obama would never have graduated.

    September 13, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • me2

      You obvious have not attended Harvard. Sorry, I couldn't resist. 🙂

      September 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Boattown

        No, I did not graduate from Harvard. But I did graduate from a good state college.

        I did learn how to write in grammatically correct sentence.......and you?

        September 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
      • brainburst

        "I did learn how to write in grammatically correct sentence.......and you?"
        evidently not?
        I did learn how to write grammatically correct sentences.......did you?

        September 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Hello

    Since Cooper and Soledad are all the way to the left of center, can't Blitzer be a bit to the right of center. Must everybody on CNN be in the tank for Obama?

    September 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • travis

      Soledad belongs on MSNBC. She is as bad as Rachael Madcow!

      Cooper makes sense at times. He called out debbie Shultz recently.

      September 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sandymorgan7

      Amen! And I don't see how him getting another point of view makes him for the right. Did any of you actually watch the DNC and RNC on CNN? All they did was praise Obama. One person siting ways Obama has made mistakes does not make them a right-wing nut-job. Woodward is a journalist and tries to report the facts. Thank goodness someone out there is!!

      September 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Mary1972

    Is Bob Woodward getting paid by the Romney SuperPAC or Israelis. Netanyahue wants a president who will start a war with Iran at all costs. I had lot of respect for Bob Woodward and lately, I think he is another one in some one's pocket.

    September 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Bob

    I have to laugh at the reaction of liberals to this. So now Woodward and Blitzer are part of some neocon conspiracy?

    No one is disputing anything in the book. No one. Obama just does not have the temperament or experience to lead a large and diverse nation.

    September 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boattown

      Great point!

      They love journalism as long as it produces pieces that fall within the spectrum of their rose collored glasses.

      Sad to many of them do not even take the time to Google Woodward before making their claims. One knucklehead hear actually inferred that Woodward was a 1%er.

      And these people ecpect to be taken seriously?

      September 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Betty Smith

    Does Woodward work for Mossad? Is he a sympathizer of those deception thugs, the CIA , and Texas Oil money that murdered two American presidents? We now have the facts. These are no lomger conspiracy theories.

    September 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. np

    Woodward is out of touch. Obama has connected, however, he is also limited with what he can do when you consider all the various self interest groups...Republicans and jewish lobby. When and if Obama is able to bring a two state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, then you will see the middle east come around even more than it already has. Woodward doesn't know what the hell he is saying and sounds like one of those self-interest groups...looking after a #1 best seller...didn't know he was a GOP sympathizer.

    September 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Travis

      Google Woodward if you were not around when he did All the President's Men.

      If you still think he is in the tank for the conservatives.......then your should either learn how to read the English language or put down the crack pipe and contact your nearest mental health provider.

      September 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. jim spruce

    mitt romney dishonest, a cheat, and a liar!
    he wants my vote, so he can steal my toilet paper if he wins!

    September 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • allan

      I cannot understand, how anybody can vote for this naive with no idea man,Barak.

      September 16, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  26. buffalo

    When is this tired old hack going to step aside and shut-up? Who , on either side of the political fence, is going to tell Woodward anything of value when they know he's going to run to CNN/FOX Propaganda Ministry and spill his guts just to show what an "insider" he is. Want a rumor or slur spread? Call Woodward!

    September 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. canadian

    I think your country has a very good president that is trying to keep the peace. All the right wing republicans think war is the answer to all their problems.
    Give the president another four years to fix the problems of your country. Too much money is wasted on the long drawn out Political process when that money could well used to create jobs. We need to give the President a huge Majority in November to fix this. If he is successful so be it; If he fails, then he is to be blamed

    September 16, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Mary

    When are the people going to recognize the media bias. Listen to all news and make an educated decision regarding our next president. I personally want a person of substance a man that will give me hope not politics. That is my wish

    September 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. ThinkergalCwberth

    Bob Woodward needs to get over himself. His day is past and he's existing on former glory.

    September 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Nick

    So we have what +400 representatives and +200 senators and you expect the president to schmooze with each of them??
    Ludicrous Woodward...Be happy he met him twice...The president needs to keep his distance and keep a certain independence or he loose track of his goals as president...enough people in his cabinet to schmoose and get favors.

    September 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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