November 3rd, 2007
05:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama: Cheney is 'a crazy uncle in the attic'

Obama is sworn into the Senate by his eighth cousin, Vice President Cheney.

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (CNN) – At a campaign event Saturday, Sen. Barack Obama called his distant cousin, Vice President Dick Cheney, "a crazy uncle in the attic."

Obama was referencing the recent revelation by the Vice President's wife, Lynne Cheney, that he and the Vice President are distantly related.

"For the first time in a long time, the name George Bush will not appear on the ballot," he told the crowd of about 500 people at Converse College in Spartanburg.

"The name Dick Cheney, my cousin, will not appear on the ballot," Obama said. "We had been trying to hide that cousin thing for a long time. Everybody's got a black sheep in the family. A crazy uncle in the attic."

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soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Glen, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

    re: Petty insults are the stock-in-trade for such right-wing loonies as Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, and all the others. And Ann Colter has made a career out of petty insults.

    Once again, a right-winger has literally shot himself in the foot by spewing something on this site that has no basis in fact. Like so many conservative positions…..

    Posted By Wayne, Greenville TX : November 3, 2007 12:30 pm

    You didn't even make a cogent comparison..."the right winger(s)" you referenced aren't even politicians. Didja notice? Obama is. Why don't you check your facts, genius?

    November 5, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Joshua San Antonio, TX

    You mean to tell me that your guys on the left read a different intelligence report? So the Bush administration got to pick and chose what was on that report? This is the SAME report that was brought to the house and senate. This is the same report John Kerry and Senator Clinton read. This is the same intelligence that President Clinton received before ordering the strikes on Iraq. So.. this is all a right wing conspiracy huh?? Bush and Cheney are laughing it up with a jar full of white out erasing what they want from intelligence reports. Come on guy! You've got to do better than that! If that were the case then that would mean that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war against Iraq. If true, such conduct constitutes a High Crime under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution: “The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
    Now… this is NOT the case therefore, your rhetoric and left wing talking points are untrue and unfounded. You and I both know that Bush and Cheney are not guilty of high crimes under these articles and will NEVER be tried for such nonsense. You still fail to comment about President Clinton’s words and actions…… Please enlighten us.

    November 5, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Dave T, Cleveland, Ohio

    Alert! Alert! Wayne from Greenville TX and Richard from West Palm Beach, FL appear to be a couple of hacks from moveon.org that prowl the comment sites and spew their tripe. I believe they are a couple of Hillary's morons that defame OBAMA every chance they get. As a matter of fact, I believe it was Wayne that mentioned on another site that Obama was a "talking monkey" and with those ears, looked like a taxi cab coming down the street with both doors open! Give this guy a break!

    November 5, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Joe

    "The last time I heard anyone refering to crazy people in the attic, it was Ross Perot.
    You know things must be bad, when you have to lift comments from the evil dwarf……"Posted By Ozzlefinch, CA :

    Maybe so, but he was right about the giant sucking sound of NAFTA, and he campaigned with his own money before he was railroaded.

    November 5, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. steve, irving Texase

    Well, I see all of the CNN Lefy Loons are having a field day with this one! Ahhh it is nice to see everyone congregating at the local watering hole!

    November 5, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Marianne Williams

    Yeah- and Obama is the crafty Muslim in the closet.

    November 5, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. J. Market

    Once again, to paraphrase Jimmy Carter's brother Billy, using this logic, Mr. Cheney could simply reply by saying that "We all have a Magic Negro in the woodpile somewhere"...

    November 5, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. David, Boston, MA

    Wondering what room in house that would put Obama in??? Oh that's right outhouses were outside.

    November 5, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. jordan, indy

    Richard Cheney is a sick man. He has advanced heart disease and an angry, paranoid mind. I'm not being facetious about this. I believe his sickness has affected the policy decisions of this administration. I'm not attacking the guy, I'm saying his personality changes that prompted former Bush Senior aide Brent Scrowcroft to say that he no longer knows Dick Cheney, are the reason so many reckless decisions were made in the Oval office. Cheney's clearly in charge of policy decisions at the White House. That's the whole point! A dangerous mind needs to be prevented from doing further damage to America. Otherwise, we can find ourselves in another crazy man's war...this time in Iran. Do you really think shooting someone (even an alleged friend) in the face doesn't have an element of unconscious anger? Many seem to be using this opportunity to blast Obama for yucking it up at Cheney's expense. I'm no fan of Obama, but I do know Richard Cheney is crazy. I think Obama is just saying what many in Congress already know but don't talk about because it could damage Republicans in the next election.

    November 5, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Timmy Seattle Wa.

    If Cheney is crazy, why didn't he use an insanity defense when he shot his lawyer down in Texas. I think he is just retarded somewhat.

    November 5, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. G.L.Gunderman

    Obama is a joke. No experience, no class, and clearly, no common sense. He is a wet behind the (big) ears rookie who will get trounced in the primaries, no matter how much the liberal media boosts him.

    November 5, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. DE, Delmar, NY

    What a class act.

    November 5, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. M. Pritchard, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    God Bless America and the people that work and give their lives to keep us safe and free! Neither Obama nor Hillary have the creditials or experience to run this country, regardless of what your opinion happens to be in regards to the current administration.

    November 5, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Dave T, Cleveland, Ohio

    Can anyone list the web sites that are organizing efforts to arrest Hillary for campaign fund fraud (for starters)? Let's put these comment sites to good use. Can anyone spot the hacks from moveon.org who are spreading their tripe among these comments? So far, I spotted Jake from
    San Diego CA, Larry from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Richard from West Palm Beach, FL and Demonweed.

    November 5, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. Bill, Washington DC

    Um, I like Cheney's comment about him being the Token Black Guy!

    November 5, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "Alert! Alert! Wayne from Greenville TX and Richard from West Palm Beach, FL appear to be a couple of hacks from moveon.org that prowl the comment sites and spew their tripe. I believe they are a couple of Hillary's morons that defame OBAMA every chance they get"
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    Alert! Alert! Beware of people who attack others without actually checking ANY FACTS. There have been TWO comments from Richard from West Palm Beach about Obama and they both actually BLASTED the gullible people who believe Obama is a Muslim and refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Their nonsense is only exceeded by those who do not actually read comments. It is irresponsible for anyone claim that others belong to organizations they don't and that they are morons because they don't support the same candidate.

    Those who viciously wage a war between Hillary and Barack need to use their heads. Half of you will lose. Will you then say "Nevermind. Vote Democrat anyway" or "vote Republican"? Tearing down each other only helps to convince independents that neither is worthy and they are the ones who WILL DETERMINE who our next president is. Start thinking!

    November 6, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    No one has claimed that Congress got a different report than Bush. Bush just chose which intelligence reports he liked and passed on. He didn't like Joe Wilson's report, so he ignored it and someone in the administration outed Joe's wife. Bush didn't like a $200 billion estimate of the war cost so he fired the source on the spot. He didn't like Colin Powell's "Pottery Barn" analogy and ignored it. It is also a FACT that many in the Bush adminstration have been on record as advocating war against Iraq since years BEFORE 9/11. They just needed an excuse.

    Bush was on duty when 9/11 happened. Every intelligence report available to Bill Clinton on his last day in office were available to Bush on his first day in office. Bush had EIGHT MONTHS to prevent 9/11 and FAILED. He was so unconcerned about an attack that George Tenet testified he had not been in touch with Bush during the MONTH before 9/11 because Bush was ON VACATION. Then, when 9/11 happened, Bush sat and read "The Pet Goat" while hundreds of Americans died in our cities. It was one of the most disgraceful performances by a "military leader" in history.

    November 6, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Larry Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    "Can anyone spot the hacks from moveon.org who are spreading their tripe among these comments? So far, I spotted Jake from
    San Diego CA, Larry from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Richard from West Palm Beach, FL and Demonweed."

    As much as I am gratified to be included in the company of such articulate folks , I must tell you , Dave T, Cleveland, Ohio , that I am not a hack for moveon.org and have never even visited their website . I am simply a concerned citizen who feels an obligation to speak out when I see people taking our country down a dead end road . If you really enjoy a conspiracy theory , check out the Kennedy assassination .

    November 7, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. dan boston ma

    Ron Paul 2008

    November 11, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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