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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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. krejaton

    I enjoy working for my new boss too, would someone from CNN like a few quotes from me to create yet another article not newsworthy?

    September 27, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Alan

    Interesting to hear from an HONEST Republican for a change. More should try it.

    September 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. chris

    Waiting for CNN to change to ONN the Obama News Network. This is a story?

    September 27, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Perry

    Also Hugo: If you have a smart kid and he/she gets a full ride scholarship that’s tax payers money, Hell if he/she get a scholarship period that tax payer’s money. By the way what does America products, everybody on this blog probably get paid from tax payer’s dollars one way or another even if you company is private, and if so in order to get a raised you got to raise taxes.

    September 27, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. 60's survivor

    you can tell who the so called real Americans are. they are the ones not tearing down this country and our new presideny

    September 27, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Democrats stop at nothing

    Of course CNN fringe network chooses to air this piece. God forbid they should ever report news.
    Does obama know he's cnn's puppet?

    September 27, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    His comment really shows an appreciation of mutual respect...!

    September 27, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Marlene the Dream

    I agree, PC: "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."

    I've been thinking the same thing for a while now and I feel that supporters of this president should give a demonstration of thankfulness and support. He needs and deserves it and maybe we could drown out all the loud incoherent opposition – at least for a few minutes. I'm up for it – – how about the Friday after Thanksgiving, Washington DC? Anybody with me?

    September 27, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Come on 2010 and 2012?

    I find it hard to believe that anyone thinks that the GOP party that 20% of the population says they belong to will be significant outside of the usual red states.

    September 27, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Rapotat

    P.T., President Obama earned my vote in part because of the qualifications you posted. I have no reason to regret that vote.

    Choose someone whose views don't echo your own to comment on - I was being sarcastic towards those who continue to downplay Mr. Obama's many accomplishments both before the election, and to date.

    September 27, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Kelly

    All too often people feel they are justified in expressing their opinion. What they don't realize is their "opinion" is actually a misrepresentation of the facts.

    I would implore everyone to think for themselves. Look for unbiased information about what's going on. Don't let your biases (WE ALL HAVE THEM) trump your objectivity. If the article contains the word "liar" whether it's about Bush or Obama–it's a personal attack. It should raise a giant red flag about its objectivity.

    Lastly, show some respect. The name calling from both sides is shameful. People get brave behind the anonymity of the web. Have you heard the phrase, "True character is defined by what you do when no one is looking." Those of you who spout out garbage because no one can see who you are lack true character.

    Gates expressed his opinion–not a misrepresentation for the facts. Take it for what it is, rather than another opportunity to inject your biases. It is a GOOD thing that the Defense Secretary enjoys working for the President. Period.

    If reading this article causes you to have negative feelings you need to consider why. I assure you, the answer doesn't lie with Obama or Gates; it lies with you.

    September 27, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Sarah

    Perry: "Only the rich don't pay taxes" - the rich and churches

    September 27, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. CNN, where were the compliments before?

    Notice how desparately CNN wants obama to succeed, where before they desparately wanted Bush to fail.

    Can the manipulation get any worse?

    September 27, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    Markus @12:05 – excellent rant. The only thing I would add is the platform given to these neo cons by the media, giving them relevancy and making it appear they're in the majority. Nothing "fair and balanced" about any of it.

    September 27, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Sally

    Gates only confirms why the people elected Obama. They wanted a rational, thoughtful president who understands the issues and the needs of the people. He doesn't go off half cocked on wild courses of action, like Bush, and his core beliefs are in the public interest.

    September 27, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. gypsydaveywithablowtorch


    I guess its a sad commentary on our politics if you could believe my comments were sincere!

    September 27, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. SR

    Please, just understand something clearly . Our President is different in many aspect, he is smater than others, and not because he is a minority , should not be put in the place that he is today. He has our support. And please stop dreaming. He will be a good President if is not one of the best. When we have changes we all feel as citizen scare, but don't be foolish by other people or comments. Think ...

    September 27, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. King

    Thanks to the band of racist tea party mongers and Joe the hecklers......our republican party is now looking more like the Klan than a real party. Even independents who voted against Obama are now looking at our GOP as racists masquerading as a party. This really spells doom for the GOP.
    One wonders how Joe the heckler sat in congress for seven years and never called Bush a liar despite the Iraqi debacle and all the Republican lies.

    September 27, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    No matter what Fox Media and radio hate say, most AMERICANS support OUR President. Close to 70% like who he is as a person. Demonizing and lieing about our President is all these traitors can do, eight months in and all they can do is say NO.
    NO alternatives except more of the very same failed tax cutting policys that got us where we are today, two unending wars, economy in shambles, screwed up healthcare system, and NO respect for the office of President?!
    Sure many of us spoke out against Bush/Cheney policies and the pervasive in-action, but we didn't lie and deceive about him .... actually didn't need to.
    Such a bunch of scum sucking little piggies – hah haha............
    Party of "NO reason to listen to them".

    September 27, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Rapotat

    PC - great post. I am with you 100%.

    September 27, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Helen, NY

    Hey Bob, What is so analytical with Barack Obama. He is a nut. he does not know anything.You have more experience than your boss. This guy doe snot know what to do and that is why he has so many czars.

    September 27, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. vic nashville , Tn

    Thanks to Gates

    He is telling the truth

    September 27, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Grant

    “I very much enjoy working for this one." <-- that's "raving"?? Face it ... CNN is just as biased for the liberals as FOX is for the conservatives. What happened to real journalism??

    September 27, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. King

    When you have posters telling your President to go back to Kenya.......I wonder what else is racism. All those attacks are way out of line.......the world is watching with great disgust.
    Here in Europe.....we are so disappointed that this type of petty racism could come out of the so called leaders of the free world. Enough of this rubbish!

    September 27, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    wow a Republican saying something nice and positive about President Obama. I guess it's another one that's going to wind up on Rush Limbaugh's POOH-POOH list!

    September 27, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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