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Called Out: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Nails Fox For Obama Hypocrisy (Video)

FOX “news” is known for a lot of things. News, honesty, integrity, and dignity are not among them. Whether it’s repeated lies about Obamacare, their distortions of history, or the Benghazi Chorus, they hammer President Obama any chance they get. Last Sunday, Chris Wallace sat down with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and attempted to get Gates to join in the Obama bashing – attempted being the keyword.

Wallace began the interview by pointing out that Gates has defended Obama in the past (likely to poison the well), then asking Gates about a comment he’d made in January, when the former Defense Secretary criticized Obama for “setting the red line at chemical weapons” – a statement the president made in 2012 that has come back to haunt him again and again regarding Syria and now, apparently Ukraine. Wallace asked Gates whether or not Obama’s refusal to “fire the pistol” – as Gates was quoted saying in January of this year – had emboldened Putin. Gates responded by pointing out that a number of different things were at play regarding the crisis in the Ukraine:

… I think Putin is very opportunistic in these arenas. I think that even if we had launched attacks in Syria, even if we weren’t cutting our defense budget; I think Putin saw an opportunity here in the Crimea, and he has seized it. … The ousting of [Ukraine’s former president] Yanukovych was a big strategic set-back for Putin. And I think it’s testimony to how skillful he is, how agile he is, that he’s tried to off-set that by the seizure of Crimea, and throwing this whole situation into a very different light.

Gates also scored a shot against the Chickenhawks and their “Obama is showing weakness by not starting World War III” rhetoric, in saying, “My own view is that, after all, Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president. Nobody ever accused George W. Bush of being weak or unwilling to use military force.”

Wallace then, with all the grace and subtly of a punch-drunk boxer playing tag with an Amtrak train, shifted the subject to attempt another personal attack on the President:

I was just going to say that you talk about Putin being opportunistic, and obviously he’s got a big strategy here, but just in terms of optics: do you think it’s helpful for President Obama to take the weekend off in the middle of what you would call a crisis to be playing golf in Florida?

Determined to make Obama look bad no matter what Gates said or did, Wallace cut Gates off as Gates was answering and asked the question again, re-framing it: “Would you have advised him to do it this weekend, sir?”

Gates replied that, “[he] was never in the position to advise presidents on what they did on the weekends.”

Neither is FOX, but taking a weekend off is only a bad thing to them if the president isn’t a Republican.

You can watch the whole exchange below.

h/t Media Matters


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  • Anina Salerno

    I find it so ridiculous that our President is not allowed to play a round of golf without being attacked, when George W Bush spent more days away from the White House than any other sitting President. If it was okay then, why is it bad now? I am not a bit concerned about President Obama taking a few hours off. Next we will hear criticism of his needing to sleep at night.

  • https://www.facebook.com/john.saylor.77 John Saylor

    When Putin invaded Georgia didn’t good old GW go on vacation to Texas? Of course when wasn’t GW on vacation. He had more vacation time than he did actual work time if my memory serves me right.

  • joebbz2

    I was forced to listen to FOX this past Saturday, I was visiting an old white guy in a nursing home. And ,indeed FOX is grasping at straws. Such obvious softballs ,in an attempt to set up the “knee jerk ” reaction. It was infuriating but ,as is the case with most FOX viewers this old white guy won’t be dissuaded by the truth. Luckily they will soon be dead.

  • Shawn Crippen

    I suppose the asshats would rather a worn out, sleep deprived Commander In Cheif be negotiating with Putin and making decisions that affect all our lives.
    The stupidity of these people never ceases to astonish me.

  • https://www.facebook.com/candace.marley68 Candace Marley

    I just shake my head every time I see a conservative go on about Obama taking a vacation or a day off from his job (which he is never really off…he’s always on call). I can totally understand taking some time for oneself…no person can work 24/7 for years at a time without feeling any effects from it. As a truck driver…driving every day for weeks at a time starts to wear on you and you HAVE to take a few days off for your own health and sanity. Our Prez deserves the same. Why is it even an issue? Because there are things happening in the international arena? There are things happening every day. So that means that he has to be in that big ol’ White House every day? Are we to believe that not one senator or congressman takes time off for themselves? They get more time off than their own constituents do. It’s just really idiotic that taking time for himself and his family are such a huge issue to them.

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