Susan Page conducted this interview with the former Secretary of Defense in the Bush 43 Administration. He served under eight of the last nine presidents.
Gates' take on presidents: 'Strangest' to 'Courageous'
His reply came in response to a question asking for a short description of each...
HIs first response was interesting. Page noted, "Unlike a lot of Washington memoirs, it's pretty candid."
Gates: "That's because I never intend to go back to D.C. in an official role."
On another seed on this subject, I characterized him as a "yes man," and I think that is accurate. A very bright, supremely educated and articulate one, but nevertheless...
He notes he sent President Obama a pre-publication copy of the book with "a very warm inscription."
His analyses of past presidents are genuinely illuminating; I think his conclusion about Richard Nixon as "America's strangest president" is particularly noteworthy.
And the word he used to describe President Obama?