Clock ticking for Obama's security team
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (C) speaks after US President Barack Obama (L) nominated Central Intrelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta (R) as the new Secretary of Defense during a official announcement at the White House in Washington, DC, April 28, 2011.
April 29th, 2011
07:38 AM ET
11 years ago

Clock ticking for Obama's security team

Washington (CNN) - When President Obama unveiled his revamped national security team in the East Room, he quickly joked about how badly Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been itching to finally get serious about retirement.

"When I took office, Bob Gates had already served under seven presidents, and he carried a clock that counted down the days, hours, and minutes until he could return to Washington state with his wife, Becky," Obama said. He added that he felt lucky to get Gates to keep pushing the exit date back to deal with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as some major budget decisions confronting the nation.


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  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    Thank you for your service Sec. Gates.

    April 29, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  2. A True Centrist

    Let's be serious...the President has other things on his mind. He's now charging only $10k to take a photo with him at benefits, and sent an email saying it's usually $15k so get it while you can.

    Honestly, the President of the USA just put a picture with him on sale...pathetic! I've gone from hope, to nervously optomistic, to anxious to outright disgust with his leadership.

    April 29, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |