Woodward: Obama 'not a good negotiator'

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Legendary reporter Bob Woodward said on Sunday that the new budget deal is gaining bipartisan traction because President Obama has not been involved in any of the negotiations.

The House on Thursday approved the two-year deal with a 332-94 vote. With the Democrat-heavy Senate expected to vote on the measure this week, Woodward said Obama's lack of negotiating skills would have crushed the deal.

"He's not a good negotiator," Woodward said on "Fox News Sunday."

Woodward praised Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanStudents arrested protesting gun violence outside Paul Ryan’s office Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan MORE (R-Wis.), the Republican House negotiator of the deal, for his ability to compromise with his Senate Budget counterpart, Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump official won't OK lifetime limits on Medicaid Dems warn against changes to federal family planning program Overnight Health Care: Drug company under scrutiny for Michael Cohen payments | New Ebola outbreak | FDA addresses EpiPen shortage MORE (D-Wash.).

"I think Paul Ryan comes off as somebody ... who is conservative, but the philosophy that he employed here is very significant," Woodward said. "Sitting down with the Democrats and saying, 'What is our common ground? What can we agree on?' "

Woodward said the House vote bodes well for Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Ohio), who last week chided outside conservative groups who pushed to shut down the government while knowing it still wouldn't be enough to defund ObamaCare.

"[Boehner] got way over 300 votes for this," Woodward said. "He castigated the ultra-right wing, and the outsiders, so I think he is in a position where maybe they can deal on some of these things."