At Texas A&M, Robert Gates Could Stay Up Late

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The best parts about being president of Texas A&M, the new U.S. secretary of defense Robert Gates told The Battalion last week, were staying up late, Aggie traditions, and "saying 'howdy.' " The Battalion story, a final farewell to the now officially former president, paints Gates as an "unassuming" and loyal man, who came to A&M on a call of duty to George H.W. Bush (he arrived in 1999 to serve as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service) and left it on a call of duty to Bush's son. "Less than a month ago, I was more worried about beating Nebraska than al Qaeda," Gates told the paper. Let's hope his priorities have now changed...