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. S Callahan

    Gates himself was very impressive on G.S.'s show this am...I appreciated his take on things...very candid....

    President Obama..you really need to make a decision on Iran...there are lots of souls restless on this...... we have your back in prayer, and God surely has his right hand ready if needed.

    September 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Bob

    I agree Obama is doing things for Americans instead of big business. But the plain FACT is that Bush and the Republicans had 8 years and screwed up the economy and started a war against a country that did NOTHING to us. They put the country in the toilet and now the Republicans are trying to blame Obama for everything. I am sure they would find fault with the tooth paste he uses. Come on Republicans "be honest" Bush and the Republicans would have done the same bailout if not give more. Remember you are for big business. So I suggest that the Democrats just ignor the Republicans and pray my fellow independents are intelligent enough to NOT vote for any party of "no" persons and send a message to the Republicans that this country needs politicans who care about US for a change.

    September 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Nancy G

    "Obambi, DO THE RIGHT THING FOR MY FELLOW VETERANS and the HEROES who unlike you volunteered to serve."..................................

    Funny, I don't remember our fear mongering former President volunterring to serve in the armed forces. Didn't he join the guards to get out of Vietnam????

    September 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. They call me "tater salad"

    CNN= Fox Noise, to a lesser extreme! Nuff said!

    September 27, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. cad

    I agree totally with CJG. Have some respect people.

    September 27, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Chuck

    For alll you Republican, evangelical, conservative haters of President Barack Obama, it is time to become rational and stop this racist propaganda against this man. It's time to cease and desist your holier than thou rhetoric and start praising and respecting our President, who happens to be a real American. If that has become impossible for you to do, then, I suggest you emigrate to Iran, a very extreme conservative and religious state, that happens to be a theocracy. Bet you'll all love that environment.

    September 27, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Peter

    Gates!! a true bson of the soil, Sir, keep on doing the good job.

    September 27, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Peter

    Gates! a true American son of the soil!! keep on doing the good job!

    September 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Juan

    I think as Democrats, Independents, or Republicans who supports this president we should stop sitting back and watching the media make it look like our president is losing his backing. I for one support him more now than I did when I initially voted for him. I consider myself very moderate in my views even though I am a registered Democrat.

    September 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. wayne

    Instead of knocking an intelligent president – that inherited more major problems than most presidents will ever see – just for some kind of twisted entertainment, people should be educating themselves and their families.

    Our country has been on a steady path of dumbing itself down for years now. Industry is leaving to other countries that are now taking control of that competitive advantage.

    Let go of your racial pride, people, it'll destroy our country.

    September 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Mike in CA

    I like this president. He is really good for our country, the world, for ideas and even for the ignorant people whose thoughts are molded by the negative talking heads. USA

    September 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. GOPBslapper

    So why are people suprised Gates thinks Obama is intelligent and thinks things through.........ohh, that's right, our last President thought sitting Frozen for 10 minutes reading childrens stories while Terrorists decimated the Country was "leadership".
    As Republicans are so fond of saying, "Get over it" Obama won, quit crying you GOP Babies.

    September 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Intellectual elitism rears its ugly head once again. In case you haven't noticed, Obama has been on the lecture circuit since he got sworn in. I'd much prefer a President who relies on instinct as much as brains and Obama;s instincts suck.

    September 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. harold

    Its refreshing to hear someone of the opposite poitical party voice their honest estimation of one in the opposite poitical party.. Like Sec. Gates did for Pres. Obama..Nice... Now I do suggest the tables be turned for all the Congress people.....Lets say.. these senators and congress people have NO health care.. And they ask the voters to vote on giving all of them.. the congress, health coverage.. insurance. What would be wrong if we told the Congress people.. that it would cost too much.. that we should go slow on the matter, that it would be socialism, or Communism, or big government.. ... How would that sound to you Congress People? .. ..

    September 27, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. kelly

    Funny how people take advantage of free speech to disrespect the very country they live in. To dis the President of the United States is the same as dissing yourself. Nothing is keeping you hear if you don't like the country. You can always move to China, oh wait they will put you to death for speaking against the government. People should use their difference in opinion to make this country a better place instead of using it to point out why it is not. The sad thing is 85 percent of the country have no idea how the government or the Federal Reserve Bank work. The ability to read is a powerful thing. The ability to understand is far greater.

    September 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. jsl72

    Rush and his GOP'ers are traitors. They seek to divide and bring down our country by promoting hate and fear. United we stand. Divided we fall.

    September 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    I doubt you would go on Sunday morning liberal news and say, McCain is right this guy has no clue about military operations.

    September 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Joan

    Watching President Obama capably handle so many different forums this week in New York and Pittsburgh should have made all Americans proud. He handles himself on the world stage with intelligence, confidence and class. It is obvious to everyone except the minority detractors in the US that he is a born leader. Gen. Gates is also an intelligent, cautious man and he obviously appreciates working for someone who actually thinks things through. It is interesting now that the Republicans have so much to say about stepping up the troops and pressure in Afghanistan when for 7 1/2 years they almost ignored this war. All the things they are in a frenzy about now regarding the economy, Afghan war and health care were completey on the back burner while they were in charge and everyone knows that. All of their arguments and criticisms now seem so hypocritical becasue they had their chance for eight years to solve these same problems.

    September 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Joe W.

    It is so amazing to me that so many nasty messages come up here from the right and the left calling "everyone on the right" or "all of you of the left" hate filled bigots and such. Do you not realize, whether you are on the right or the left, that calling someone a hate-filled biogt rather than engaging him or her in the debate makes YOU a hate-filled bigot? It is generalizing, stereotyping and demeaning for both sides. There are extremist and unintelligent people on both the left and the right, and it helps no one to lump them all in a box. It is also why these comment sections are so rarely useful for anything other than raising one's blood pressure.

    September 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Doug

    Sec. Gates likes working for all the Presidents. Sure, he is leading them from one war to another. The President will just get a third opinion and fire the generals to he gets a different report from this one asking for more troops. These paper generals are working for political fools.

    September 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. g

    that,s what republicans look like after being DERUSHED there is hope for AMERICA

    September 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. RJ

    What else could he say? Think if a reporter asked you about your boss, and you wanted to keep your job?

    September 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Margaret Pensacola

    If only there were more reasonable thinking Republicans like Mr. Gates instead of the ranting and angry ones. They NEVER recognize any of the positive attributes that he brings to the office. Have they forgotten that he is working for them also?

    September 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Elizabelle

    Bizzare CNN headline. A former cabinet secretary is not a "Bush aide."

    Robert Gates is a level headed and competent professional who appreciates those qualities in his new Commander in Chief.

    Your headline made me wonder if one of the Bush KoolAid drinkers had wised up, but Gates never was one of them.

    September 27, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Wanderer

    Is the GOP going to say Gates is no longer Republican as they did to other honest Republicans who spoke the truth, General Collin Power, for instance?

    September 27, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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