June 22nd, 2010
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Gibbs: President Obama was 'angry' after seeing McChrystal article

(CNN) - President Barack Obama was "angry" after seeing the upcoming controversial magazine article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday. "I gave him the article last night," Gibbs said at the daily White House news briefing. "He was angry."

Earlier, Gibbs described the "magnitude and graveness" of mistakes by McChrystal in the article as "profound."

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Filed under: President Obama • Stanley McChrystal
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    Some times the truth is not pleasant folks, hope is not a plan.

    June 22, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Oooooh, Obama was "angry". Unfortunately, McChrystal doesn't have $20 billion to extort. What's a prez to do?

    June 22, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Mike

    "profound" mistakes?

    Look in a mirror Mr. President.

    June 22, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Captain Awesome

    Let me get this straight. When generals and commanders spoke against Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush, the people in the media and liberals told us that dissent was considered to be the highest form of patriotism. Why is this different now? What say you, libs?

    Obama = Jimmy Carter

    June 22, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    "...Gibbs described the "magnitude and graveness" of mistakes by McChrystal in the article as "profound." Obama's grievances are merely political. Freedom of Speech is the Law in this land, military or non-military.

    June 22, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Blaum

    the "magnitude and graveness" of mistakes by the American voter....is also.... profound....

    this is one weak president..... he certainly has no control.....

    June 22, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Fed Up

    From what I can see, McChrystal didn't say anything incorrect. He just can not say it because he is a miltary man. Freedom of speech is not guaranteed to the military. In fact, it is not allowed. McChrystal may have to respect the office of the President, but respect must be earned by the person occupying that office.

    June 22, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. sethadamsmith

    Good for McChrystal. The Obama administration is truly inept. If you want to counter that argument, look at the duration of the oil spill and tell me they're doing everything they can.

    June 22, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. vickie

    The president has every right to be angry. This isn't the first time McChrystal's loose lips have undermined our strategic objectives. This is clearly insubordination- and even if it was McChristal's staff who committed the most aggregious offenses, he is still in charge of them and is therefore, ultimately responsible.

    June 22, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Mark P.

    Somehow, some way, Dictator Obama and his Gustapo White House team will find a way to blame this on GW Bush, or at least blame it on Cheney.

    June 22, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Wisconsinite

    I think firing is too easy on him! Heck, I work in the private sector and if I said things like that publically about my boss or the company and it got back to her I'd get fired! This is so much worse! We are at WAR, folks! This is a high-ranking General whose allegence should be (according to military law) to his Commander in Chief! Don't think for one minute that our enemy isn't going to see this divisivness and think that we are WEAK! I think the man ought to be drummed out of the military in shame! He's a traitor to his Commander in Chief and he's a TRAITOR TO AMERICA!

    June 22, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Beverly - NYC

    Forgetangry it time to go off!!! Get rid of McChrystal,obviously he did not learn his lesson after the 60 minutes interview, now he's been emboldened to go further. Court martial his butt if he doesn't have the good sense to resign. I'm sure he will have a second career at Fox or as the poster child for every nut bag group needing a spokesperson. There should be zero tolerance for this type of insubordination and dis-respect not just for the Commander in Chief but also fo the troops who are over their putting their life onthe line. If McChrystal doesn't believe in the mission he should get out of the way for someone who does.

    June 22, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    This level of blatant, public insubordination should be handled by relieving him from all duties and giving him a Court Martial. Either that, or a firing squad.

    June 22, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    I can see Obozo demeaning and belittling him like he does any opponent. There will also be some nasty political tricks he will pull and other corrupt, inept things he will do. He is after all a community organizer and product of the George Soros/SEIU thought process.

    June 22, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. thor

    It's the policy that is wrong and not the thoughts of our militery leaders.We need to get our soldiers home now,this war will never be won the way this president has it being fought. Viet Nam being played out all over again with a weak commander in chief.

    June 22, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. A.B.

    President Obama should summarily fire General Stanley McChrystal immediately. This officer serves at the President's pleasure and can no longer be trusted to act in the best interest of the President and the country. Loyalty, message and policy discipline are highly valued in the Obama Administration and McChrystal lacks both.

    June 22, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Mesa Mick

    Fire McCrystal's butt already Barry...

    The man and his staffers are sabotaging your efforts on bringing Afganistan under control just like the GO(B)P is doing to all Americans with their strategy of "Hell NO" on anything government trys to do.

    June 22, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. deb0155

    President Obama, angry, because someone doesn't agree with him?!

    What the American people should be angry about is the treatment of our veterans in this country! This disrespect that veterans were shown this past Memorial Day was disgraceful by the President!

    June 22, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Chas in Iowa

    Looks like the Chief doesn't know what his little indians are doing.
    Time for a pow-wow.

    June 22, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Peggy - TX

    I would like to see Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired!!! Firing the Gen would show strength, tolerating the Gen would show weakness. In a time of war, Our President xcan not, must never appear weak.

    The facts are President Obama has shown GREAT competance and LEADERSHIP in how he has managed this war, but this General has nevertheless, clearly, deliberatly, underminded the Presidents authority, giving the “haters” more garbage to repeatidly throw at our President in time of crisis and war, as the haters are out to destroy America and are clearly aliened with our enemies the Talban.

    June 22, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Dave

    When a Colonel makes General he or she goes to General "charm school". At that school they teach them how to talk to the media, congress, etc. I am sure one of the areas covered is serving at the pleasure of the president. McChrystal pleasure might have just ran out.

    As a MSG in the Army I could not get away with publicly critizing our president. How did McChrystal think he could get away with it? Talk about MacArthur syndrome (another general who thought he was greater than he actually was). We all know what happened to MacArthur.

    June 22, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Eric

    Sorry Gibbsy, I trust the personal judgment of a multi-decade military officer over that of a community-agitator who's never held an actual real job any day.

    If McChrystal's impression of someone leads him to believe someone's a dirtbag, I'm more inclined to trust his judgment than than that of Barry Dunham. Or is it Barry Soetoro these days? Which is it? I forget, since our (p)Resident has felt some odd need to use an alias in his life.

    By the way Barry, which hospital in Hawaii were you born? Any idea?
    Further, will it take a FOIA request to learn that little nugget?

    June 22, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Minnesotan

    Let's see if Obama has any balls at all and does what he should and cans the guy!

    June 22, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Slider

    Good. If the General is fired or retires, may he go on every news outlet and open up about the Obama administration's stupidity.

    That would be the worst thing to happen to the Jive Turkey in Chief, but the best thing to happen to this country.

    June 22, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    As well he should be! Now Mr. President, kick him to the curb. There is no place for behavior like this with someone in his position.

    June 22, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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