From an economic adviser to the president to Bob Woodward:
Bob: I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim.
Glenn Reynolds has links to a number of related stories. The way the media narrative was supposed to play out is this: a trivial thing called sequestration was said by the administration to be Armageddon. After sequestration, there would be countless tales of woe for month after month in the media, all with the purpose of keeping the young and ignorant voters of 2012 fired up for 2014. To have the most storied reporter of his generation gently say “wait a minute, this was your idea” is creating unwelcome cognitive dissonance among reporters who otherwise would have been happy to play along with the charade. Hence the many overreactions among all the president’s men in the media.