Axelrod Mocks: ‘Bob Woodward Feels Intimidated By Gene Sperling? Please!’
Immediately after Bob Woodward appeared on Morning Joe today, MSNBC’s David Axelrod mocked the longtime journalist’s sequester dust-up, downplaying the ability of someone like Obama aide Gene Sperling to “intimidate” someone as legendary as Woodward.
After Woodward’s interview with the Morning Joe crew concluded, host Joe Scarborough turned to Axelrod and said, “You are grumpy.”
“I’m not grumpy,” the Obama-advisor-turned-MSNBC-contributor replied. “Bob was the one who raised the e-mails in the first place.”
Scarborough tried to find common ground with Axelrod, asking him to concede that “If you want to get something done [in Washington], you don’t get in somebody’s face and say, ‘Let me tell you.’ You go up to them and say, ‘Listen, we’re friends, we know how this works.'”
“What is Gene Sperling going to do to Bob Woodward?” Axelrod dismissed.
“Oh my God! Sperling?” agreed co-host Mika Brzezinski.
“What is Gene Sperling going to do to Bob Woodward? Bob Woodward, who faced down as a young man H.R. Haldeman is worried, feels intimidated, by Gene Sperling? Please!” the former Obama advisor continued.
“Do not diss Gene Sperling,” inserted John Heilemann. “He is a fierce, fierce man.”
“He’s the Albert Schweitzer of economists,” joked Axelrod.
Watch below, via MSNBC:
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