Pretty Naive for a SecDef

“The controlling nature of the Obama White House, and its determination to take credit for every good thing that happened while giving none to the people in the cabinet departments — in the trenches — who had actually done the work, offended Hillary Clinton as much as it did me.”

Former defense secretary Robert Gates, in his new memoir Duty

Every president takes credit for the good stuff, this was nothing new or unusual.  Presidents have to get re-elected, cabinet members don’t, and when we look back on successes (or failures), they are always linked, both in our memories and the history books, with who was president at the time.

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