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Watergate reporter to speak at ISU

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Woodstein. Deep Throat. Watergate.

If you were interested in current events in the mid- 1970s, you probably remember these terms.

"Woodstein" was the nicknamename given to the team of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in the months following their investigation of a break-in a Democrat Party office in the Watergate Hotel and the subsequent link to President Richard Nixon's White House.

In 1974, Nixon resigned due to the break-in and cover-up. Although Nixon probably didn't have prior knowledge of the break-in, subsequent investigations and Nixon's own recordings indicated he was involved with the cover-up.

Woodward and Bernstein were young reporters for The Washington Post at the time.

When W. Mark Felt, came forward this year and revealed himself to be the person known as Deep Throat, the Watergate investigation made front page news once again. Half the "Woodstein" team plans to speak in Terre Haute this fall.

Woodward will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Indiana State University's Hulman Center as part of the 2005-2006 University Speakers Series. A reception and book signing is planned immediately following his talk in the concourse area of Hulman Center.

This will mark at least the second time Woodward has appeared on the platform of Indiana colleges. In April, 2003, he spoke at Franklin College, Franklin, Ind.

Woodward told the Franklin audience that George W. Bush changed before and after Sept. 11, 2001.

Although Bush went to the United Nations and spent months trying to convince members of the U.N. Security Council the world should go to war against Saddam Hussein, Bush was already making plans for the United States to attack Iraq, Woodward told the Franklin audience.

"It was really a secret war launched against Iraq months before the overt war," Woodward said.

Bush changed after Sept. 11, 2001.

"You see almost two different men in Bush pre- and post- 9/11," Woodward said.

Before 9/11, Bush had not decided what his presidency was all about and did "too little to nothing" about terrorism.

He used three anecdotes to picture Bush as being decidedly different in the days before Sept. 11, 2002.

While Bush was still governor of Texas, he saw Woodward at a gathering and yelled, "Hey, Woodward, stay the h--- out of Texas," a warning Woodward took seriously.

The next time the two met, the animosity was similar.

President Bush spoke at a university one afternoon and Woodward was scheduled to speak that night.

After hearing Bush's speech, Woodward approached him and said, "Mr. President, I'm Bob Woodward," to which Bush said, "Duh! I know who you are."

Woodward used a third anecdote to demonstrate the change in Bush's demeanor after 9/11.

In the process of writing one of his nine best-selling non-fiction books, Woodward asked to interview the president. He saw little hope, given Bush's earlier greetings.

To his surprise, he received a call from National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice who invited Woodward to interview the President at Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch. The interview lasted 2 1/2 hours followed by a half-hour tour of the ranch.

After 9/11, Woodward saw a different Bush emerging, one who seriously listened to every question and answered it thoughtfully and completely.

By the way, Brazil resident and Franklin student Bralynne L. Meunier introduced Woodward at the Franklin gathering.

Woodward and Bernstein penned two number one national bestsellers chronicling their Watergate investigation, "All the President's Men" and "The Final Days."

Woodward's newest book in the Watergate saga sheds light on the infamous "Deep Throat." "The Secret Man" describes how FBI official W. Mark Felt became his secret source for The Post's coverage of Watergate. "The Secret Man" is scheduled for release this month by Simon & Schuster.

Woodward was born March 26, 1943, in Illinois. He graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County (Md.) Sentinel, where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.

Woodward's presentation is free and open to the public.

Information about Woodward's invitation to visit ISU was provided by the college.

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