Gates book tour stops at Pentagon

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates had a line at the Pentagon Thursday that stretched out the door and into the courtyard as he signed copies of his memoir.

Gates’s book, which had harsh words for President Obama, Vice President Biden and many others in the administration, continues to generate reaction more than a week after the first excerpts were released.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took aim at Gates on Thursday, accusing him of being “out to make a buck” by skewering administration officials — and Reid himself — in the memoir.

“He denigrates everybody, everyone, Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton, the president, [Vice President] Joe Biden, me,” Reid said in an interview with The Associated Press Thursday.

“I’m surprised he would in effect denigrate everybody he came in contact with in an effort to make a buck,” he said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was also critical of Gates Thursday, rejecting the former Defense secretary’s accusation that military cuts will diminish Britain’s international stature.

“I don’t agree with him. I think he’s got it wrong. We have the fourth-largest defense budget anywhere in the world. We’re actually investing in future capabilities,” Cameron told the BBC on Thursday.

As for Gates himself, he told The Hill Thursday that comedian Jon Stewart had the best response to the book thus far.

Gates appeared on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday, wearing a neck brace after falling on New Year’s Day at his home and breaking his first vertebrae.

“Apparently you wrote about Chris Christie and there was retribution,” Stewart joked, referencing the bridge scandal there.

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