Gates Explains the Difference Between 44 and 43

Mar 1, 2009 10:19am

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports:

In his "Meet the Press" interview Sunday, the only Defense secretary to work for two U.S. presidents from different political parties was asked about the difference between Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

"That’s probably the topic of a good book," Secretary Gates told NBC’s David Gregory.

No announcement about if in fact Gates intends to write that book. But it is a fascinating observation from the man who served under Bush for the last two years of his presidency. Critics of the former president and his vice president, Dick Cheney, often complain that the team would be dead certain about a particular issue and would try to manipulate information so that it backed their point of view.

"President Bush was interested in hearing different points of view," said Gates. But, "he didn’t go out of his way to make sure that everybody spoke if they hadn’t spoken up before."

Gates would not indicate when he plans to leave the administration but said it would be a "challenge" to stay through Obama’s first term.

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