- NAME: Robert Gates
- OCCUPATION: Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: September 25, 1943 (Age: 70)
- Did You Know?: Robert Gates is the only secretary of defense to serve under two consecutive presidents who represented opposing parties.
- EDUCATION: College of William and Mary, Indiana University, Georgetown University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Wichita, Kansas
- Full Name: Robert Michael Gates
- AKA: Robert M. Gates
- AKA: Robert Gates
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Robert Gates served as director of the CIA under George H.W. Bush before serving as secretary of defense under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
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On December 1, 2008, President Obama officially declared that Gates would continue to be part of the presidential cabinet in 2009.
While serving in the Obama Administration, Gates supported overturning the policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He officially retired as secretary of defense in July 2, 2011. During his farewell ceremony on June 30, 2011, President Obama presented Gates with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor,
and called Gates "one of the nation's finest public servants," who "challenged conventional wisdom" and ultimately reduced unnecessary spending in the U.S. military by hundreds of billions.
After retiring, Gates released his memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, on January 14, 2014. The memoir drew attention based on its criticism of the Obama administration, although he criticizes the Bush administration as well. Within the tell-all book, he explains that Obama had reservations about the military's role in Afghanistan. "I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," he says. The content of the memoir came as a surprise to many who previously saw Gates as leading example as a modern bi-partisan leader.
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