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White House defends Biden against Gates criticism

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 8, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.

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President Barack Obama stands in the East Room of the White House in Washington with, from left: Vice President Joe Biden and outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates in this April 28. 2011, file photo.

WASHINGTON — The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan and sharply criticizing Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy instincts.

The National Security Council issued a statement late Tuesday asserting that Obama relies on Biden’s “good counsel” every day and considers him “one of the leading statesmen of his time.” Not only that, the White House issued a highly unusual invitation for news organization representatives to photograph Obama and Biden sitting together Wednesday at their weekly private luncheon.

Former senior White House adviser David Axelrod said he was surprised when he heard about Gates’ book. “He [Gates] always indicated he had a good working relationship with the president,” Axelrod said on NBC’s Today show.

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Fdworfe says... January 8, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.

If early punditry is a fair indication, seldom (not since William Shakespeare at least) has one book contained so much good and so much bad between its covers. With some knowledge of his loyal service to our country, one’s first inclination is that Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ belated but scathingly sincere observations were not reduced to writing only to sell more copies of his book. But all leaves have not yet fallen; this treatise is still in the early stages of its autumn. Not to put it on too heavily, but maybe it’s in the beginning of a real winter mix; that of a whole swarm of folks with signs of early discontent.

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GrimReaper says... January 8, 2014 at 3:03 p.m.

How can one rationally defend the indefensible? Oh........by being his soul mate..!!! (aimee)

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RonalFos says... January 8, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.

If Obama was showing little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan, he was reflecting the attitudes of about 90% of Americans who had had enough of these last 2 misbegotten bankrupting wars.

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lazybar says... January 9, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

rf,i thought it was obozo`s misson to bring all our solders home and close gitmo?the only reason he picked biden as a running mate was he knew with biden second in line no one would try and take him out.

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Pobucker says... January 9, 2014 at 10:25 a.m.

LOL@lazybar
good one!

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GrimReaper says... January 9, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

Most perceptive, lazybar. Were such to happen, Mencken's prediction would surely be fulfilled: "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." Of course many of us believe that such has already been realized, the most egregious examples being January 1977 and January 2009.

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