September 27th, 2009
04:19 PM ET
9 years ago

'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. Hugo

    PT, what on earth makes you believe that someone that went to school on taxpayer scholarships (foreign student fraud?) then went to work as a community organizer that is payed with taxpayer funds has a clue of what earning something in the FREE market is? What sweat equity has Obama had in the FREE market, what experience has Obama had in our FREE market. Obama is a George Soros puppet sub-serveant to the radical left wing of the Democratic/Socialist leftovers of the 60's movement. Not to worry though, GW was an entitled silver spoon child of career politics so maybe it is a wash for 3 more years.

    September 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Zach K

    I trust Robert Gates. He's very respectable, and unlike Donald Rumsfeld, he doesn't hide like a coward.

    September 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Poor Tony! There is no "reset button." There is, however, with each new day, the possibility to support our President in fixing the mess left by the previous Administration.

    BTW, the only people I see making fun of "real Americans and their desires" are the Republicans and rightwing talk radio, stirring up hatred and fear, telling lies and doing their best to divide the country so they (the Republicans) can regain power so they can continue fleecing us.

    Reminds me of Milosevic in Yugoslavia .... and look what that results in ...

    September 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Red by choice

    This just in..... employee complements boss. Wow, this is big, really big.
    What else is he going to say?

    September 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Rachel

    When reading this story, I am not surprised by it. I think that he has done the best he can so far and am dissappointed by those that keep attacking his credibility.

    Bush sat in a classroom and addressed our children on the morning of 9/11. What he did was Presidential. Just as Obama is doing when he addresses our schoolchildren. Did we hear a nation up in arms when Bush went to a classroom? No, of course not. If a class sings a song about a president, are we up in arms opposing that? no. Why are we suddently doing it over Obama? How can one not believe it to be racist or that of sore losers who did not want a black democrat as President. I am white not black and I am ashamed of those that keep attacking our president. Take a good look at your behavior and ask yourself the truth. Why are you so opposed to anything he says or does as a President?

    September 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. CNN =

    PC September 27th, 2009 9:55 am ET

    i am very proud of our president. it saddens me to think other nations see the good in our leader,


    You mean like Iran, Venezuala, North Korea, and Russia? I certainly don't see it from our allies. They seem to be saying "no" to Obama on everything, while the rogue nations are being emboldened by this President's lack of a spine.

    September 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Gpenn

    I love the so called Independents posting on here. You read the first lines of their posts and it is clear they are far from Independent. Nice to see some positive statements on our President.

    September 27, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. PC

    THANK YOU fellow democrats and independants that are speaking up for our president and our nation on this blogg. we have sat back and watched /read these nasty racists, bigots that hate our president because of his color an just will never accept any of his policies[ even though they will benefit from them] long enough. these republican nay-sayers think they are gaining momentum with their nasty hate-filled language of president obama because we have sat back and let them do it without fighting back. we must stand strong and voice our opinions as the majority that voted our leader into office and we, the same strong majority will re-elect this president in 2012. we need to start screaming at FOX news with emails,letters and complaints until they also get the message that barack obama is the chosen one by the people and we demand respect for our president even when they disagree with his policies. we deseve the same coverage that the tea-baggers and haters get to show our support of this man. please LET'S LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD!! OUR PRESIDENT NEEDS US.

    September 27, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Pegasus

    shianne September 27th, 2009 10:58 am ET

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You are probably so right on with this post, shianne. Most of the people who were flooded out in Georgia are probably the same people who are against government this and that. And all of them will be looking for a handout from the government because of being wiped out by the flood. That's why, folks, you can't look down upon another and talk bad about someone else receiving government assistance because you just never know when you will need that same help. God is not pleased with the hateful hearts and minds of many who are prideful. And "pride comes before a fall"....remember that.

    September 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |


    Really that why Russia Possibly China, France, and the UK Are ready to sanction Iran A global effort my friend something Bush could not accomplish.

    September 27, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. johnathan

    I bet most americans would feel that way if they had that exposure to Obama. Unfortunately, a minority few choose to see him from the prejudiced perspective of Fox News or drug addicted radio blowhards who have zero clue about anything except selling soap.

    September 27, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. annie s

    chico in Houston, so you've dubbed Obama a failure because he hasn't fixed a failing America in his entire 9 month sin office. How about the fact that the recession is ending, job losses are slowing, the housing market is stabilizing and banks are lending again? How about the fact that the rest of the world once again sees us a nation to be respected? This President has done more in a short time than we could ever have hoped, and he continues to work hard and tirelessly – and intelligently – on the problems that face the American people.

    September 27, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Lois

    Hey Tony, "real Americans"? Like the Gov who wants to suceed ? Or an ex politician who is friendly with a sucession party her husband belonged to? Real Americans who vehemently talk about the "vileness" of "homos" while having a wide stance in the bathroom? A preacher who also thinks homosexuals are against God, while getting a "message" from same? The ones who loudly proclaim family values, while cheating on their wiveS? Or how about the ones stirring up the IQ challenged "base", provoking racist death threats? The real Americans who have no respect for the Constitution, violating every principle that was set so many decades ago for this country? That is only a small fraction of what I see of "real Americans". I really think all of you "real Americans" should find an island, rename it Real America and live happily ever after. Because you will NOT be allowed to destroy AMERICA.

    September 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. roger

    Tony, what the hell are you taking about? you sound like another blubering NO-CON.

    September 27, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Lois

    This is a lot more than an employee saying good things about his boss, because he has to. But then, you have to be able to think and understand the words spoken to understand that.

    September 27, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. I am the flacid and powerless wizard of Rush

    Patience, Tony @ 9:18, Obama will be gone by January, 2017.
    Meanwhile, get back to your video game.

    September 27, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Alex

    I think Gates is just happy to work for someone who isn't medling all the time and can't seem to complete any task without screwing it up. Obama on the other hand hasn't really done that much since being in office and likes to talk alot and knows jack about the military and military operations. But there will come a day when Obama starts to play "Field General" and Gates will change his tune. Obama's form of "change" will continue to be more and more destructive to our nation and when the majority of people wake up from the love fest, more change will take place and hopefully the name of the resident in the White House. Can't wait!

    September 27, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Pragmatic

    a shout out to CNN=MoveOn...

    so you don't see any respect from our allies – that's because you aren't looking! Seems that just yesterday, France and Great Britain stood with our President on the subject of Iran... who was warmly welcomed at the United Nations and the first President to chair a Security Council meeting ...

    Grow up! Bush saw "Putin's soul" and it didn't buy him anything: China & Iran are trading partners – no interest there in following anyone else.

    Working with Bush? He checked his gut – then his flunkies made up the lies to support him ... must be a welcome change to work with an intelligent person ...

    September 27, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Marv

    What Gates is really saying is that obama is more intelligebt and smarter than that dumb felloe that just left the white house,Tony and others would like Sarah palin or Joe the plumber to be leading this country.

    September 27, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Perry

    Hugo, Obama pays taxes too, even when he was in college. What make GOP, think they are the only one who pay taxes. Get a Life and realize we all pay taxes in not in from a pay check or property taxes, most def in a store. Only the rich don't pay taxes and most of them get Goverment Subsidies or contracts. Get Real or smart.

    September 27, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Karen Gordon

    "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."

    Can I just say that to have these words used to describe any President we have should be a given. I'm really optimistic that after 8 years under of an administration that did not appear to be to see the big picture, it's nice that amidst all we have going on, we finally have someone that appears to put thought into their decisions.

    September 27, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. markus

    I am SOOOOO sick of being told by neo-con nutcases that because they're some gun-toting, gay-bashing, white, church-going good ol' boy and I'm not, that THEY'RE the real American.

    In 2003 when Dubya was hellbent on pursuing his war and I dared voice that I disagreed (in North Carolina) I was told I was unpatriotic. Now I'm being told the same thing...WHY???

    this country is MINE as much as it is yours, and it belongs just as much to anyone who thinks the same as me. I've had enough of this Republican, tea-baggin', birther, "I want my country back!", 'we think health care is a privilege but claim to be Christian', propoganda machine...

    Guess what? I'm a Liberal, but I'm an American first, and I want MY country back! How about that?

    I think WE need to start showing up at public events and turn this stupid, backward tirade around, once and for all...

    September 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Why would he be?

    Maybe its the fact that Robert Gates also has a brain and uses it. Could that be the reason he likes to work for President Obama? Maybe it's the fact that Obama thinks most things through before he opens his mouth about a subject. Maybe it's just the fact that Obama listens to what Gates has to say. What a concept.... Listening to those you have chosen to help you run the country instead of thinking your the only "decider n chief".

    September 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. virginia for obama

    @ PC,

    I agree with you 100%. Do you know a website that I can get on board with so I can give my support for the president and to protest FOX HATEFUL NEWS??? We Dems can express freedom of speech too.

    September 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Kissing Arse

    Sounds like he's kissing the bosses butt to keep his job. These are tough times ... don't wanna lose your job.

    September 27, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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