The Wall Street Journal has an excerpt of Robert Gates' new book on his time as Defense Secretary.
There's plenty of trashing of White House staff.
There's praise for Obama's 2009 decision to add troops in Afghanistan.
When I met privately with him in the Oval Office a week later, he grinned broadly, stuck out his hand to shake over the bowl of apples on his coffee table and said, "You have the solution?" I told him I had thought about his call a lot and had prepared a memo for him offering my thoughts. Ultimately, one of the pivotal decisions of Obama's presidency largely tracked the recommendations in that paper.
Obama took Gates' advice.
A good reason to back him.
Even if he has surrounded himself with politically-focused jerks.