White House economic adviser Gene Sperling brushed off his reported spat with Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward this morning on “This Week,” calling the reporter made famous for his reporting on the Watergate scandal a “legend.”
“All I can say George is that Bob Woodward is a legend,” Sperling said. “I hope that him and I can put this behind us.”
The controversy began after a heated phone call between the pair over a Woodward piece about the sequestration debate, in which he said President Obama was “moving the goal posts” by asking for more revenue. Sperling then emailed Woodward an apology – but also included the phrase “As a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim.” On CNN, Woodward replied that phrase made him “very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you’re going to regret doing something you believe in” on CNN.
Sperling defended his email exchange with Woodward to me.
“I’ve known Bob Woodward for twenty years. We’ve had a very friendly and respectful relationship. I think virtually everybody who has looked at my email to him and his reply to me thought those emails reflected that degree of respect and politeness,” Sperling said.
Sperling said he has not spoken with Woodward since their communication became a national story.
“I havent talked to him yet, but I hope to,” Sperling said.