Wednesday, January 8
(Washington, DC) -- White House spokesman Jay Carney is defending Vice President Biden amid criticism in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Carney opened a White House briefing with a joke, asking -- "Read any good books lately?" In the briefing, Carney called Biden a leading statesman and a key counselor to the President. Gates claims Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue in the past 40 years. Carney praised Gates' extensive experience in top government jobs and said President Obama valued his tenure as Defense Secretary.