Defense Secretary Robert Gates has served seven U.S. presidents. CBS News’ Katie Couric asked the Wichita native to play “word association” with those presidents.
On Lyndon Baines Johnson: “He was larger than life.”
On Richard Nixon: “Probably one of our strangest presidents. . . . I think he had a distorted personality.”
On Gerald Ford: “Very underrated president.”
On Jimmy Carter: “He could not establish priorities.”
On Ronald Reagan: “A great president, I think a historic president. . . . Far smarter, far slyer and more manipulative and more sophisticated in his view of the world than people gave him credit for at the time.”
On George W. Bush: “Firm in his convictions, easy decision maker. . . . He was a good listener. He would get briefings and he would ask a lot of questions.”
On Barack Obama: “He takes his time to get all the facts and to do the analysis and to make sure that he understands everything about situations. But he doesn’t shrink from the really tough decisions.”
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