Robert Gates is out with his new book and it’s a doozy.
In “Duty,” due to hit stores Jan. 14, the former Defense secretary says -- among other things -- that when it comes to Afghanistan, Obama “doesn’t believe in his own strategy ... it’s all about getting out.”
Pundits rightly declare it a less than flattering picture of life in the White House. The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward calls the book, “an antagonistic portrait of a sitting President.”
But the Pres isn’t the only target. Gates slaps VP Biden, well, for being Biden.
Gates says Biden "has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and natl. security issue" in past 40 years. http://t.co/5ze9Rg66RI
— Charles Hoskinson (@cehoskinson) January 7, 2014
ABC gets out the abacus finding it’s not the first time a phrase like ‘wrong side of foreign policy decisions’ has been used by Republicans to describe the Veep.
Four other times someone has said Joe Biden is always wrong about foreign policy: http://t.co/VJte1PYW8W
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) January 7, 2014
The White House backed their man faster than he could say Uncle Joe.
— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) January 8, 2014
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist, weighs in tweeting a qualified nod to the author’s credibility.
I don't always agree with Bob Gates, but I've great respect for him and he's always worth listening to carefully http://t.co/wVnTQXCohX
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) January 7, 2014
And what about the little guys who got a bum rap from Gates? Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen leaps to their defense.
Re: Gates complaints on WH aides, it was their job to make sure POTUS wishes/policies being done amid opp from DoD http://t.co/6g6Cf3HIG2
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) January 7, 2014
Republicans can win it all in 2014?
UVA’s political science professor, Larry Sabato, who is an oft-seen cable face during elections, writes in his new Politico Magazine column that the Grand Old Party could sweep up in 2014.
Sabato: Republicans could really win it all in 2014, if ... http://t.co/YOsrMhY4ZN
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) January 7, 2014
But, don’t miss the big “if” attached to his prediction: If, among other factors, Republicans don’t mess it up.
Well, that clears that up.
A key vote passed in the Senate, paving the way for unemployment benefits to be restored. “Mom” is the beneficiary in the White House tweets.
Obama on the needs to #RenewUI: “It helps Mom pay the rent while learning new skills to earn that new job.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 7, 2014
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 7, 2014
Most Republicans refused to support the extension without corresponding budget cuts. The National Journal’s Ron Fournier just wants everyone to get along.
My column: "Why Boehner and Obama Should Compromise to Extend Unemployment Benefits" http://t.co/7PwsrdYNke
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) January 7, 2014
Good luck with that or any other kind of compromise, tweets reporter Matt Laslo.
POTUS hasn't been to the Capitol lately: "I'm optimistic we can do it if we do it together" (on recovery)
— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) January 7, 2014
And don’t expect him to go there any time soon.
You wanna know what Matt Drudge thinks about ObamaCare? You probably don’t need to read his tweet to guess.
I've opted out of Obamacare for life. Not interested. Pay the tax. Monopoly money anyway...
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) January 7, 2014
It wasn’t quite as big as Jay Carney’s new beard, but the numbing temps in D.C. had journos yukking it up on Twitter yesterday morning.
Dumb Hat Index is 10. You know its really cold when you're willilng to wear a hat with earlaps no matter how dumb it makes you look.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 7, 2014
— POTUS Press Pool (@POTUSPressPool) January 7, 2014
I see those "Polar Vortex" headlines and figure the stories are about politics in Washington, D.C.
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) January 7, 2014
Dear @twitter : Given cold emergency, why not suspend 140-character limit to allow us to affix a chattering teeth animation to all tweets?
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) January 7, 2014
Today's Senate session is sponsored by J. Crew. #VNecksweatersabound
— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) January 7, 2014
In my book, v-necks beat ear flaps. Hands down.
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