White House defends Biden against brutal Gates hit

FILE - In this April 28. 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama stands in the East Room of the White House in Washington with, from left: Vice President Joe Biden and outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan and sharply criticizing Vice President Joe Biden's foreign policy instincts. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)The former defense secretary calls Biden clueless. The White House calls him “one of the leading statesmen of his time.”

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