Defense Secretary Calls His Co-workers Nuts By Michael McIntee | January 7, 2013 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on DC Subscribe to DC Follow this author Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is leaving the Obama administration and says he will head home to be on his walnut farm where he will be “dealing with a different set of nuts.” The comments get a big laugh from President Obama who has nominated former US Senator Chuck Hagel to take the job. Panetta said: “As for me, after close to 50 years of serving the American people — began in 1964 when I served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army, and then in both the legislative and executive branch positions in Washington — the time has come for me to return to my wife Sylvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren, and my walnut farm — (laughter) — dealing with a different set of nuts. (Laughter.) ” Full video of the event can be found here. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.