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."

Read the full story here.

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

    Sounds like Obama is lining up to fire him. Must not have adored him enough.

    June 22, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Slick William

    I agree what McChrystal did was wrong by military code of conduct but what Obama is doing to our Nation trumps McChrystal's actions ten fold. It is obvious our military leaders do not respect our Commander in Chief, how could they, he stands in opposition to everything career military professionals live by. Obama is a novice at waging war, clueless. If our Leader continues to recreate in public, spend OUR tax dollars throwing gayla events and jets around campaigning while millions of people are out of work, our borders are being over run, the worst environmental disaster in our history spews daily and our young men in Afghanistan die daily, then I would say that he is a clueless dolt as to the pain and suffering of our Nations people and doesn't deserve respect. With that said, do you think I give a rats patootie if General McChrystal hurt his feelings by calling a dupe a dupe?

    June 22, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Chuck in CSG

    Finally, the guy reads something. Or did he have it read to him?

    June 22, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. PalmReader

    How truly sad it is reading the comments coming from the right expressing their disdain for the President of the United States. . .

    Little wimp . . . Clueless . . . Unable to lead . . .

    Speaks volumes to the mental capacity of those who represent what was once a very powerful political party.

    So far, Mr. Obama has been able to withstand the insults. Make no mistake, at this time - facing the overwhelming crises we as a nation face, both at home and abroad - the very survival of our country depends upon his calm intelligence.

    June 22, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Mad as Hell

    Truth hurts doesn't it O'wise one, you are in way over your head and you dont know what to do about everyone saying bad things about you.
    Maybe if you acted like a President you would get more respect you little weasel. It's ok for you to spew your rhetoric/lies about people but God forbid someone says something about little Barry being ignorant and you are, so suck it up cry baby.
    You are a community organizer thrown into the white house by mostly undereducated people. Truth Hurts.

    June 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Note to GBBS:

    No one cares what OBOZO thinks.

    And GIBBS, no one cares about you either.

    June 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Heil Obummer

    Its called 'Freedom of speech' mr president!Why should you be angry?Seems to McChrystal has earned the right to speak the truth!

    June 22, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Right Leaning Independent

    The most "profound" mistakes were made by all of the folks that voted for Obama!!! The budget director is leaving, key Dems are losing seats and primaries and General McChrystal is speaking out against the idiots in Washington – makes one wonder if the shine has worn off this administration!!!

    June 22, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Mickey, NY

    Send a message...fire McChrystal.

    June 22, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Ya THINK?

    June 22, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. gt

    get our troops home now!! then you wont have to have this,,,, the american people are the ones who need to be angry ,,, get over your it and get the troops home now,, leaving them there is rediculus,,,

    June 22, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. c edgar

    Oh Please President get thicker skin! Mr President you need to
    get out away from your bubble in Washington, there are alot of
    American's that just do not understand you any more.

    June 22, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Video Guy

    Take a few stars and send him packing.

    June 22, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. fall

    Following General McChrystal's comments on the Obama Administration handling of the war in Afghanistan, I have to say that I am very dissapointed in the General's comments. A US General must be a true loyal American. If there is any policy difference, he needs to be able to convince the President. It is very unpatriotic for a US General heading the war in Afghanistan to diss and undermine not Pres. Obama, but the Office of the Presidency of the The United States. Nobody cares about his personal feelings, because that's not the reason he got the job. Why would the commander in chief be impressed by generals under him? Maybe because they're a bunch of guys who can't get nothing done and always blaming it on the President and his policies, but they're running the fight, and the President does consult with them. The military is not a political body and does not need any PR rock star style.

    June 22, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Big George in Big D

    Give it a rest – the man spoke the truth!!! Obama cannot accept the truth from ANYONE! Gibbs, you are a wimp!

    June 22, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. michael L.

    Is it me or is anyone else getting the sense that Obama can't take any kind of criticism? From Fox News to BP to General Mc. Obama keeps getting "angry". I'm surprised Obama hasn't tried to censor the media yet.

    June 22, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Baby Boomer

    The under current of anger towards the President on the part of older white men is almost unbelievable. You would think African Americans enslaved them instead of the other way around... McChrystal needs to go...

    June 22, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. domincanmamaforuhbama

    Who cares? No one is really paying much attention to uhbama anyway.

    June 22, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. BIte Me

    All General McChrystal did was speak what 98% of the military thinks -- Afghanistan is a disaster and has turned into Mr Obama's Vietnam. We are hamstringing our military just like we did in Vietnam. We are protecting corrupt politicians and guarding the world's heroin supply.

    Time to bring the troops home - ALL OF THEM

    The only reason Obama wants to speak to the General is to illicit/bribe/coerce some concession from himo so Obama can continue his failed policieis - I hope ti General resigns and says NOTHING

    June 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. pinkette

    Obama should replace McCrystal. We are in the middle of a war and the Military General in charge in Afganistan makes such childish and imature remarks about the President and Vice-President in a magazine.

    Look, if he had real issues with the Obama administration, there is a proper place to voice those concerns directly to the President. McCrystal should be gotten rid of.

    June 22, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Don of Iowa

    What McChrystal has done here is a supreme act of insubordination and since it is a direct insult of the Commander in chief he should be relieved of duty, court matialed for his offense and the results should be a complete and total demotion to Lietenant and then he should be dishonorably discharged from the military with no pension or any other benefits provided to him.

    June 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Shari from Madison WI

    I don't care if you don't agree with the current President but General McChrytal, you are showing yourself to be a total and complete idiot!!
    There are proper ways to express your disagreement. The way you mouthed off here shows me you have poor judgement . I wonder how much the Republican party is paying you to attack President Obama and his staff.

    June 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Gary

    The President should be angry and fire McChrystal! If the top of your chain is undermining you they have to go.

    June 22, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Michael tampa

    He is military, I am military, you don't do what he did...for any reason plain and simple. In the field during war time it is considered treason. He should be fired.

    June 22, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I smell FIRE.

    June 22, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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