Washington (CNN) - Will a top member of the Obama administration try to take his boss' job in 2012?
If some people have their way, the answer would be, "Yes." But according to the Pentagon chief, the answer is, "No."
On Wednesday, a representative for Defense Secretary Robert Gates responded to an online movement to convince Gates to run for president in 2012.
"Secretary Gates is both amused and flattered by the website, but he will retire from government for good later this year," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said in a statement sent to CNN. "He has never run for any political office and has no intention of ever doing so. He looks forward to following the 2012 presidential campaign from his home in the Pacific northwest."
Some ardent Gates supporters want none of that kind of talk.
Their website - the one Morrell references - is www.draftgates2012.com.
It says, "And although Gates now says he will soon take leave of public life for good, it is our belief that his country is in need of his services still."
"Simply put, Bob Gates must run for president of the United States in the 2012 elections."
The site reasons that Gates, "embodies those principles that guided our Founding Fathers – the principles of statesmanship, integrity, pragmatism, diplomacy, and selfless service to fellow man. He stands out from his peers in his steadfast commitment to state and country, his pursuit of excellence, and willingness to do what is right and not just what is easy."
It adds: "Granted, he seems to have neither the ego nor the inclination to throw his hat in that particular ring. But that is precisely why our next president must be him."