Sawyer and Woodward in Awe of Obama Protecting Nation, Fret He's Saddled by Bush's Malfeasance
Published: 9/28/2010 8:59 AM ET
Acting as if President Barack Obama is uniquely burdened by the responsibility of protecting the nation from a terrorist attack or overseeing a war, Diane Sawyer and Bob Woodward marveled at how he's taken on the job despite the terrible world George W. Bush left for him, in awe of his recognition that terrorists setting off a nuclear device in U.S. city would be a "game changer" and how he dictated "a six-page document" outlining Afghan war strategy - a level of presidential engagement never before seen in "American history."
Setting up an eight-minute segment on Monday's World News pegged to Woodward's Obama's Wars book (an abridged version ran later on Nightline), Sawyer relayed how "Woodward said, quote, 'the saber-rattling Bush administration had not prepared for some of the worst case scenarios, ones the new President was handed in the Oval Office.'"
As if the terrorist threat was unknown, Woodward empathized with Obama: "Imagine the high of being elected on that Tuesday and then they come in two days later and say, 'by the way, here are the secrets. It's a drumbeat. They're coming. They're planning. They're plotting. They're communicating.'"
Sawyer pointed to how Obama "talked...about a game changer." Viewers then heard an audio clip of Obama: "A potential game changer would be a nuclear weapon in the hand of terrorists blowing up a major American city or a weapon of mass destruction in a major American city."