"Pressed further on Republican criticism that his strategy restricts the use of nuclear weapons too much, Obama added:It's a step in the right direction. Obama refused to listen to Bush, Gates and the Joint Chiefs on the Iraq surge. Obama actually said that he would oppose the Bush/Gates surge because it would make things worse.
"'What I would say to them is, is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin.'"
The Secretary of Defense was the same guy then as now. Since Obama was so wrong in 2007 and 2008 on the Iraq surge, he at least realizes that he needs advice.
But it's odd that President Obama feels compelled to respond to comments of Sarah Palin. She's obviously in his head. President Bush didn't comment on Barack Obama's views until Obama was the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Even then, Bush, did not mention Obama by name. But, Obama can't resist responding to Palin and her criticism. It's a mark of personal and political immaturity.