Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates hurt in fall
January 2nd, 2014
08:09 PM ET
12 months ago

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates hurt in fall

(CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was back home on Thursday after injuring his neck in a fall on New Year's Day.

Gates accidentally fell and fractured his first vertebrae at his home in Washington state, according to a statement by his office that said nothing more about what occurred.

Gates, 70, was treated at two hospitals, including one in Seattle. He then returned home and was resting comfortably. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Gates led the Pentagon for parts of two presidential administrations under George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

He is due to release his memoir, "Duty," on January 14. He still plans a media tour but will be wearing a neck brace, the statement said.

Gates was also a career CIA officer and headed the agency under President George H.W. Bush.

- CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Get better soon , he's a realist , not a neocon . He was one of the few in the GW Bush admiration who had a clue of the realities of war.

    Unfortunately , he had to come in and clean up after Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz made a total mess .

    January 3, 2014 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. MR Smooth

    Robert Gates for President! Get well soon! Please don't forget there are not that many good, wise and grounded people left in American Government do your duty please!

    January 3, 2014 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Mr. Gates, please get well soon. It is not worth taking risks, we need to be little extra-careful at this age. Get well soon, sir, Happy new year to you and your family. Strive for this beautiful nation, sir.

    January 3, 2014 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Have a speedy recovery Mr. Gates.

    January 3, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    “In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined."

    This is why Bob Gates is respected by us on the left. He speaks the truth regardless of who the Commander-In-Chief is.

    January 3, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. rupert

    Very interesting.

    January 3, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. rupert

    I agree.

    January 3, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. rupert

    Get well soon, mr. Gates.

    January 3, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Winter weather can get anyone.

    January 3, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. current state of the union

    Respected by the left, does that mean the tea party hates him?

    January 3, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. BLKvotingAmerican

    Get well soon Mr. Gates. My prays are with you.

    January 3, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    That neck injury sounds very painful to me. I wish him a smooth and peedy recovery.

    Be careful on icy surfaces, folks. Don't stuff your hands into your pockets because you might need them for a fall.

    January 3, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Ricky

    Didn't he fell while he was the Sec. of Def. in D.C.? This should be his second time?

    January 3, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. GaryO

    I'm wondering if someone is poisoning him. He is a rational man, and he led in a rational way.

    And that kind of leadership tends to make the Right Wing Nut Job element furious.

    January 3, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |