Woodward strikes a nerve

Bush, Cheney said to be bristling over "State of Denial."

By Tim Grieve

Published October 9, 2006 5:46PM (EDT)

The revelations contained in Bob Woodward's "State of Denial" may be getting lost between Foleygate and North Korea's nuclear test, but they sure seem to be getting under the skin of some folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

A "well-informed source" tells the New York Daily News that George W. Bush is "ticked off big-time" at former aides who talked with Woodward for his book. As the Daily News says, the Bush White House sees "talking out of school" as "the ultimate act of disloyalty," and the president now feels "betrayed from within."

He's not the only one upset about the book. Appearing on "Meet the Press" Sunday, Woodward said that Dick Cheney called him to complain that he had quoted Cheney saying that he and the president meet with Henry Kissinger frequently. Cheney wasn't quibbling with the accuracy of the quote but rather was claiming that it wasn't on the record. Woodward disagreed -- at which point, he said, Cheney said "bullshit" and hung up on him.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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