October 22nd, 2007
03:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama jokes of Cheney relation

Watch Obama make light of his distant relation to Cheney Monday.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - After filing for the New Hampshire primary Monday, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, addressed a large crowd at a rally outside the statehouse. There, he criticized the Bush administration, while highlighting genealogical ties to 'cousin,' Vice President Dick Cheney.

Last week, in an interview with MSNBC, Lynn Cheney said that her husband and Obama shared an ancestor from eight generations ago.

"Let's face it. All across America people are tired of George Bush. They are tired of this administration. They are tired of my 'cousin' Dick Cheney. We had been keeping this under raps. Everybody's got a black sheep in the family," Obama said.

–CNN New Hampshire producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Dick Cheney
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  1. Davis. NJ

    "...PLAYS UP"?
    C'MON CNN. He's joking, making light of his DISTANT family ties to Cheney!!

    October 22, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. chakila,nyc, ny

    Haha, I been waiting for him to make me laugh about chineys wife revelation. Looks like nowadays people want us to believe what they say. Just want to ask her if her daddy was gay too?
    For now, GO Obama

    October 22, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Jack Jett

    Yes his alignment with homophobic
    evangelicals makes him a shoe in for a Dick Cheney relative.

    He has shown his true colors.....and they are not inclusive.

    jack jett

    October 22, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Lance in Monrovia CA

    To SALLY in DeMoines Iowa, who above posted that she was undecided between Obama, Hillary and Edwards.

    Go to barackobama.com and click on Barack TV to watch some of Obama's speeches. They'll tell you a great deal about the candidate.

    When making your decision, keep in mind that Obama has more elected experience than Obama and Edwards combined, 8 years in IL Senate plus his time in U.S. Senate.

    Also keep in mind that he turned down 700, that's right 700 corporate job offers out of college to take a 14 grand a year job working as a community organizer in Chicago, walking the streets to help out of work steel mill workers find new employment.

    He also spoke out eloquently and vocally against the Iraq war back in 2002, when both Edwards and Mrs. Clinton were voting to give the President authority to go to war. Keep in mind, back in 2002 he was considering his Senate run and it was political suicide then to speak out against Bush, but he felt he had to discuss what he sincerely believed was right. He said, "I'm not against all wars, but I'm against a dumb war. This will be come a war of undeterminable expense and length, and it will become a civil war between Shia, Sunni and Kurds." At the same time, Bush joked when he heard the words "Sunnie and Shia", he said, "What's that? I thought they were all muslims over there."

    Obama has a great knowledge of the world, having grown up part of the time abroad in Indonesia before moving back to Kansas with his mother. He has a wealth of experiences from traveling all around the world. His father was an immigrant from Kenya. All of this wealth of knowledge makes him an outstanding President that knows the ways and realities of the world.

    He also is not taking federal lobby money, while Hillary is making it the basis of her financial campaign to do just that. Obama recognizes that lobbists are paying huge sums of money to politicians to curry favor and he's seen firsthand how the political process can be corrupted by this.

    At the same time he doesn't take lobby money, Obama has OUT RAISED Hillary three out of four quarters by garnering more donations from individual contributors across the nation than any other candidate in history, mostly under 200 dollars. He is the first outside the establishment maverick candidate to do this, to be competitive with the establishment without taking corporate money.

    If you didn't know the way lobbys and PACs work, what happens is that a corporation, like EXXON, will give all their executives the maximum 2300 dollars to contribute and then direct them to give it to Hillary Clinton or whatever candidate they endorse.

    Of course this makes politicians beholden to their corporate donors.

    For the first time in history, a politician is only beholden to the American people, as Obama is.

    Obama also just two weeks ago spoke out against the vote in the Senate that declared Iran's army a terrorist group, an act that gives Bush the authority to wage undeclared war against Iran. Hillary Clinton, as she did with her 2002 vote on invading Iraq, voted two weeks ago to give Bush the same authority to now attack Iran.

    In the 90's, Hillary made a health care proposal but did not consult key industry members, taking a complicated and arrogant approach, combined with a lack of communication skills on her part, that allowed her ideas to get trounced by the media.

    Obama, on the other hand, has released a better plan that is available at barackobama.com. Not only does he have the communication skills to cross partisan divides and get his plan through, his own mother died of cancer while between jobs and without health care. As a result, he's made it a mission of his life to provide everyone with affordable healthcare.

    Obama also has passed the first meaningful ethics reform in a generation and is known in the Senate as the "go to" guy when it comes to ethics. His recent bill that was passed is the reason that other candidates can no longer use corporate jets or recieve other corporate perks.

    This fact about Obama, as well as so man others, seem to go unreported in the media.

    Every vote in this coming election is crucial, especially where you're at in Iowa. I hope that I've managed to add some food for thought when it comes to making your decision.

    Again, feel free to check out barackobama.com to see Obama's speeches and learn more about the issues and his stances on them.

    One last thing, one something harder to quantify and identify, is the inspirational value difference between Obama and the other candidates.

    I myself have never bothered to ge truly involved in politics before but Obama has brought this out in me. If he hadn't been running, I may have been as apathetic as usual but I am not and he's the only reason.

    We need to be inspired in this country to accomplish the hard work to keep us on track and restore our place in the world. I have been to volunteer meetings in Nevada and California where there have been entire rooms full of people, 50 at a meeting, all of which have never, ever gone to such a meeting before. They've come out for Obama. They're knocking on doors for him. They're writing about him. They're talking about him.

    If they can get us to put on our walking shoes and go out into the world to make a difference, think what Barack Obama can do to inspire this whole nation?

    I'm excited at the prospect of it and I hope you soon will be too.



    Obama 08!

    October 22, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Lance in Monrovia CA

    I meant to say at the head of my previous post that Obama has more elected experience than HILLARY and Edwards combined. Oops.

    October 22, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Corbett, Seattle WA

    For some reason that photo of Barak at the beach comes to mind...

    October 22, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Corbett, Seattle WA

    Sorry Obama, I had to say it. I'm still voting for you an all, I'm just sayin'...

    October 22, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Dave, Austin, Texas

    Does America really want a relative of Cheney to be president?

    October 22, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Lianette, Arlington, texas

    What's the big deal here? I vote to the person who could make a difference for our country. Someone who can rebuild the image of the United States of America. Isn't it that Cheney is under this administration? Therefore, he is part of what is going on with our country. People are suffering. The war was committed because of them. They love to go to war. Innocent people died including children who wer blown to pieces. I am very scared when I saw the war in Iraq. We need a President with experienced, determination and meant for change. What I have seen so far among all the candidated, Hillary is the one that can rebuild the image of our country. She is tough, determined and you can see in eyes and actions that she will do what she says. She knew what's all about in the White House since she was there. She can run this country and we all have better lives again. Although she will have to do lots of cleaning up here but she will do it.

    October 22, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    He could do worse.....I mean if Bill Clinton was a couple years older....maybe he could be Obamas father (kind of odd that Bill was with so many different women during his marriage....yet...its like Hillary didn't care....and always had her eye on another prize.....well....according to her mentor Saul Alinsky....)

    October 22, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Moe, NY

    The last thing I would do if I found out I was even remotely related to Darth Chaney is joke about it...ugh, gag, and so on...how repulsive. Sorry Obama cannot take the chance on voting for you..what if those Chaney genes decided to dominate?

    October 22, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Karen, nj

    All of the mimes are doing it again. Am I right or wrong. Are there also about 30 Pubs too? Are you planning to put this as an article in the NY Times, Sunday edition. If I am wrong I am sorry . If I'm right that Sean Hogarty you must be the one I am talking to. I might possibly join you. You are odd.

    October 22, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Salone Akron TX

    The American Public and the Iranian People really don't care who you are related to, Obama, and expecially it is irrelevant as to whether you are related to Dick Cheney or not. What are you planning to do for the American People, and the Iranian People? It would be nice to hear more from you, besides some stupid joke about being related to Cheney.

    October 22, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Michelle would make a better President than Obama.

    October 22, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Valonir Austin TX

    Michelle would make a better President than Obama would.

    October 22, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. ronnie knoxville, tn.

    Im not surprised Hussein Obama trashed Dick Cheney. How dare Obama call a patriot and good man such as the Vice President a "black sheep". Obama, who refuses to wear an American flag on his lapel, is not just a traitor and a socialist, but a liar.

    October 22, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Pam, Long Beach, CA

    The only thing as bad as having Dick Cheney as your cousin would be being related to George W. Bush. Then you'd be evil and stupid!! My deepest sympathies to Barack Obama. Iwon't hold his ancestry link to Cheney against him.

    October 22, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. Connie, Tn.

    If people would listen to him, they would vote for him. Good to see he's taking this Cheney relationship with a grain of salt. GO OBAMA.

    October 22, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. SB

    I would like to thank Barack Obama for being a voice of reason in this increasingly difficult time that we face as a country with regard to foreign relations.

    We have a president talking about World War III with Iran. We have a Vice President making threatening statements to Iran that sound identical to those made to Iraq in the build up to the war. And in my own party, the democratic "front runner" is someone who voted for the war, against restricting power to execute the war, and now for the Lieberman-Kyl Amendment which is fueling the rhetoric recently heard coming from Bush/Cheney. No wonder they want her to win the Democratic nomination.

    Let's not go down this well known path again. You can talk about experience all you want, but what we need is a candidate with good judgement. We need a candidate with the courage and convictions to take us in a different direction. We need a candidate who will not motivate us with fear, but with knowledge and hope for a better America tomorrow.

    I have trust and faith that the American people will make the right choice for us.

    Obama for President in 2008.

    October 22, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Jim Bremer

    NEWS FLASH – Dick Cheney related to Saddam Hussein.

    It was only to be expected.

    Dick related --> Obama
    Barack Hussein related - > Saddam Hussein ( Duh )

    Hence Dick Cheny related --> Saddam

    October 22, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. anon, new york, NY

    Last week, I saw many obama supporters blaming CNN for showing too many hillary news clips.

    Now, CNN is showing too many obama news clips.

    October 22, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Who would be surprised that Obama is related to Dick? He has just about the same amount of arrogance. When he grows a brain and can back up his arrogance, perhaps he would make a good president. As it is, I'm surprised he can get elected dog catcher!

    October 23, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Vote for him the nation will Fall

    October 23, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  24. anon, new york, NY

    If you trace far far back enough, you will find that Rudy Giuliani is related to Adolf Hitler, Kim Jong-il, and Fidel Castro.

    October 23, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |

    Related – yes we believe so. You each have your own agenda. $$

    October 23, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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