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´He was always poking,
prodding, demanding... he was
like a whirling dervish with
tremendous energy´: How David
Petraeus charmed his first
female biographer

Daily Mail (UK), by Daniel Bates

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Posted By:JoniTx, 11/12/2012 12:49:03 PM

David Petraeus charmed another female journalist writing a book on him so successfully that she once praised him for ‘always poking, prodding, demanding’, it emerged today. Linda Robinson was so impressed with the future head of the CIA that she called him a ‘whirling dervish’ who had ‘tremendous energy’. In interviews she also spoke of his ‘informality’ and how he so media savvy that he was ´very proactive about his public relations’. Miss Robinson wrote her take on Petraeus and his war record in 2008 called ‘Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/12/2012 1:19:35 PM     (No. 9009161)

He was "poking, prodding" in meetings with his staff.

So, he also communicated those ideas in the variety of ways in the daily briefings, which I sat in on and he was very active and contrasted with some of the previous generals.

‘He was always poking, prodding, demanding. I mean he´s just ceaseless, kind of a whirling dervish.

‘He goes out, runs with his battalion commanders, gets information from them, tells them what he thinks they need to be doing and just deals with hundreds and hundreds of emails a day and just you know, he´s really trying to be every where at once.’

No, he was not "poking, prodding, demanding" to charm his first female biographer.

The Mail has a way with headlines, hasn´t it?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ocjim, 11/12/2012 1:26:34 PM     (No. 9009179)

´´He was always poking,...´´

Isn´t that the problem?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/12/2012 1:42:48 PM     (No. 9009216)

Poking and prodding are not crimes. She sounds jealous. Maybe, she didn´t get any.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/12/2012 2:32:28 PM     (No. 9009335)

"Poking and Prodding" is the title of her next book.

Must have been quite a sight, the big skirt of the Whiling Dervish and the smaller skirt of the Writhing Robinson.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jorgecito, 11/12/2012 3:15:05 PM     (No. 9009425)

Petraeus’ had been brilliant at ‘making the public think he was a man of great integrity and honour’...

But oddly, some of Petraeus´s acolytes seem to think they can still con us into believing he is " a man of great integrity and honor."

I had to laugh (sadly) when, just after the story broke, an anonymous "friend of the general" pleaded with the public to accept Petraeus´s word that his resignation had "nothing to do" with Benghazi.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/12/2012 4:32:46 PM     (No. 9009528)

The professionalism of so many of these female journalists is appalling. Ick.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 11/12/2012 4:44:43 PM     (No. 9009549)

Oh yeah, he has "tremendous energy" and is so friendly and informal. And let´s not for get how media savvy he was and of course "very proactive about his public relations". That´s why he got so easily caught doing something even a 2nd Lieutenant knows is stupid. Here´s the real take-away here: He´s so smart and savvy that he´s actually a moron and a juvenile idiot! That´s it, pretty much sizes up the logic of our sad world today.

Girl´s Hubby

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