September 27th, 2009
04:19 PM ET
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'I very much enjoy working for' Obama, Gates says

Secretary Gates said President Obama is 'very analytical' and 'delves very deeply' into issues.
Secretary Gates said President Obama is 'very analytical' and 'delves very deeply' into issues.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was a prominent member of former President George W. Bush's Cabinet, told CNN that he is enjoying working for Bush's Democratic successor.

In an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, Gates praised Obama’s approach to decision-making as the nation's commander-in-chief.

"He is very analytical," Gates told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "He is very deliberate about the way he goes through things. He wants to understand everything. He delves very deeply into these issues."

Gates, who previously worked for 27 years in the CIA under six presidents, was the first defense secretary to be asked to remain in office by a newly-elected president when Obama kept him on.

The Pentagon chief was diplomatic when comparing Obama to other former occupants of the Oval Office.

"I'm not going to get into comparing the different presidents, Gates said. “I very much enjoy working for this one."


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  1. elvis

    Finally, Gates has a President who is not an ignorant cowboy. Gates personally writes letters of condolence to the families of the fallen and he knows what war is and what it costs. How many deferments did Cheney get, five?

    September 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. mike

    What else could he say? He wants to keep his job.

    September 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Balance

    Any person who spends time with the President and isn't in the back pocket of some special interest group or trapped in their own political ideology will tell you the same thing as Secretary Gates. The guy listens and thinks. The guy looks at reality in many dimensions and then makes careful, informed decisions.

    On the contrary, it's the lack of what Secretary Gates said specifically and positively about the former President that confirms what's sadly evident in the public record.

    It's also clear from the overall tone of his remarks that Senator Gates believes in the honor of the Office, and not just the man in it. Too many on both sides of our public debate do not have this respect for the Presidency.

    September 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. But Mr. Gates.....

    We're still stuck in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo now will not close on schedule, Iran is building nukes and test firing missiles, N. Korea continues to build nukes, and the Israeli/Palestine issue will never be resolved.....plus new terrorists are showing up in the U.S. on a daily basis....

    So..who needs either you or your new boss?????

    September 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Margaret

    Oh please, Gates is STILL WORKING for obama, he isn't going to say anything near the truth plus he probably still needs to keep working. Lacross Mom is very very scarey, she just wished for a totalitarian country with limited freedoms and speech and the dismantling of the Constitution, and led by a dictator. Is this the intellectual level of the type of person who voted for Obama?

    September 27, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. we're all americans

    I hate to see all this divisiveness! We ALL should respect our President. He's doing a great job in the short 9 months he's been president. Conservatives just love to hate liberals, but really, to them a liberal is just someone who isn't a conservative. Sad that Limbaugh and Beck control their minds and lead to this kind of verbal civil war we see in all political blogs. They should be more responsible than that.

    September 27, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Johnny

    Former top law student in the country. That should tell you something.

    September 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. SBN

    The economy is pretty bad. People will say/do anything to keep their job. I am amazed how many Jimmy Carters there are out there...I guess we are all racists when we simply disagree with politics and policies that are destroying this country and our freedom. You all forget the vitriol Bush endured, including calls for his death, during his 8 years in office.

    September 27, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. nicholas

    Gates has served under Republican and Democrat Presidents. He has had the been a trusted and loyal servant to these administrations and to the American people. If Robert Gates says he has enjoyed working with President Obama and sings his praises then he must have some damm good reasons. President Obama has surrounded himself with first rate people...if Robert Gates is impressed with him the thats good enough for me.

    September 27, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. nicholas

    Gates has served under Republican and Democrat Presidents. He has been a trusted and loyal servant to these administrations and to the American people. If Robert Gates says he has enjoyed working with President Obama and sings his praises then he must have some damm good reasons. President Obama has surrounded himself with first rate people…if Robert Gates is impressed with him then thats good enough for me.

    September 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Kool-Aid addict

    That's because Pres. Obama is the greatest!!!

    September 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. S M R

    I'm wondering how the WARMONGERS on the RIGHT feel about this?

    September 27, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Hoopsn

    Ha Ha!.. Praise me! Praise me! Please Praise me! Liberals takes praise from everyone and anyone.

    Hasn't Hussein been praised recently by liberal friends Ahmadinejad, Chavez , Gaddafi, etc ?

    Yep.. the liberal Leder is loved by everyone. Understand Fools, Rest of the world wants to see a weak USA. They love anyone who is making it weak. Now you know why "the world" loves Hussein!

    September 27, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. diana

    How many tea baggers in GA who were affected by the flood will accept government money to repair their homes and property? I'll tell you ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -------------------------–
    Isn't the flood a punishment from God already. Too bad there are some innocent people suffering with them though.

    September 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Denna

    "He is very analytical," Gates told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "He is very deliberate about the way he goes through things. He wants to understand everything. He delves very deeply into these issues."

    Thank you Mr.Gates for a good look at our Commander In Chief. Unlike a previous president, President Obama strives to understand the issues instead of shooting from the lip. We picked a winner America.

    September 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Billy-Bob-Earl 12 Pak

    I is a prowd repubblican and love Goerge Boosh. He was a grate prezident, not like the darkie we gots now. We won't lissen to no prez like dat. He nows nuttin. He not smartt. I love Rush, Glenn Bek, Dik Chainy, and all whyte peeple. Palin is SO smart! And hot too!

    September 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. nadine

    Those of you who live in America sure shows how ungrateful you are! The rants many of you release from your lips, you will not for one second get away with it in another country. Sucn ungrateful folks who call themselves Americans. Your past presidents deliberately "Sank this country with their greed. Be careful who you attack!!!

    September 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    Gates drank the Kool-aid.

    September 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. S M R

    I wonder how Glenn Beck will SPIN THIS ONE?

    September 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Bruce in VA

    Right. When Obama turns a corner, Gates gets a broken nose. Look, what do you expect the Sec of Def to say? But to suggest that Obama is analytical is sort of nutty. Analysis means taking a big problem and making a number of small problems out of it. The solution to the more tractable small problems leads to the solution of the big problem.

    Is Obama being analytical with respect to healthcare? No. i doubt he is being analytical with respect to anything else, either. But he does read from the teleprompter well, and he has go that blame America apology down pat. Way to go!

    September 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Brian, Quad Cities

    Reason #75,628

    Obama > Bush

    September 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Mike in MN

    I see Gate's has stated the following in an interview.

    "[T]he notion of — of timelines and exit strategies and so on, frankly, I think would all be a — a strategic mistake," Gates said. "The reality is — failure in Afghanistan would be a huge setback for the United States.

    Does Obama agree with this statement? This is the old Bush arguments in Iraq that Obama and the Dems were screaming about.
    Does Obama now agree with this statement? If so did he just change his mind now that he has to deal with really being commander in chief or did he always agree but just pretened to disagree to gain a political advantage during the election? Can anyone tell when Obama is telling the truth and when he is not?

    September 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Anonymus

    Having an intelligent person with good intentions as president is a very good thing, no matter what political party he belongs to. Mr. Gates enjoys working with a person who can understand problems and find solutions even if those solutions do not make US extremists happy. I have to control my emotions when I read simplistic hateful and ignorant comments about smart people in power who accept other people's believes.

    September 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. nadine

    Tea baggers in Georgia ALL WILL BE IN LINE asking for GOVERNMENT help from the flooding that damaged their homes. Beck, hannity, limbaugh, and the rest of the hooligans issuing vouchers. Oops, that's not their calling, helping folks!

    September 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. They call me "tater salad"

    Yep! CNN once again, playing the role of censorship Nazi! However, if I had a comment that bashed our President, (even if it had nothing to do with the story at all) there would be no limit as to how many hateful and racist comments they would allow me to post! Just take a look and see for yourself! CNN is nothing more than a politcal, right-wing, propaganda, tabloid on their best day and nothing more!!!!!!!!!

    September 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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