Charlie Rose Scolds Panetta: Shouldn’t You Wait Until Obama’s Out of Office to Criticize Him?

(Weasel Zippers) -- No need for the White House to even respond with childish names when the media will do the damage control for Obama.

Via Newsbusters:

In an interview aired on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose lectured former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on criticizing President Obama in a new memoir: “There are those who say, you know, he appointed you to two of the highest positions that this country has to offer, just wait until he’s out of office before criticizing.”

Panetta pushed back: “Do you know what? It’s exactly because I am very loyal to this president and because I want him to succeed that I think it’s important to raise these issues now….And besides that, I don’t think you put a hold on history. I think the American people are entitled to understand history and what’s involved in the policy decisions that this country makes…”

Immediately following the clip of the exchange, fellow This Morning co-host Gayle King praised Rose: “I loved your last question because some people would say, what about loyalty to the President? The question that you raised. Interesting time for that book to come out now.”

Co-host Norah O’Donnell observed: “…it’s a reminder, too, how much power the President of the United States has. At the end of the day, he gets to make the decision….despite some very powerful opinions by some very smart, dedicated public servants.”

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