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. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    Touche', Senator Obama, touche'. Not only is he the crazy uncle in the attic, Cheney is downright diabolical. An evil man hell-bent on war though he refused to serve himself.
    The best defining word for this cretin is despicable.

    November 3, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Jo-Jo, Boston, MA

    I like Barack, but he has used that joke (or a version of it) WAYYY too many times now. He needs to get some new writers...and not the ones who are going on strike!

    November 3, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Hi! Flint, MI

    "Crazy uncle"–hilarious!
    "Obama... I am your cousin..."
    "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"

    November 3, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. pbj, San Ramon, CA

    Dick Cheney is the crazy uncle in the attic like Winston Churchill was the lonely voice in the wilderness.

    November 3, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. looneytune

    I'll bet Obama has this picture, with Cheney cut out, hang in his living..

    November 3, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Bonnie, Alberta, Canada

    Hey Obama: Cheney's not an "Obama Boy" either.

    November 3, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Bill Casey, Chicago, IL

    Hmmm This line bears a striking resemblance to one from
    this article in the Economist back on September 1st. (See the end of the first paragraph.)

    November 3, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. jw, canadian,ok

    A crowd of 500? Way to pack'um in, Barack.

    November 3, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Dick Cheney is the crazy uncle in the attic like Winston Churchill was the lonely voice in the wilderness.

    Posted By pbj, San Ramon, CA : November 3, 2007 11:25 am

    Comparing Dick Cheney to a great statesman like Winston Churchill is a supreme insult to Churchill's memory. A better comparison would probably be between Cheney and one of the men in Hitler's inner circle, such as Adolf Eichman.

    November 3, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. dlake, machesney park, IL

    I like obama's humor. I really like this line about crazy uncle.
    But, maybe instead of the attic we can revise that to Gitmo.

    November 3, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Sara

    South Carolina wasn't the first place Obama made this joke – he said it in Durham, North Carolina Nov. 1.

    November 3, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. theathlete

    I'll bet his Mother is real proud of that line.. And it does kind of fit in with what Biden was saying about his political intellect, Jimmy the Greek must feel vindicated..

    November 3, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. EB Rideout, Georgia

    Too bad crazy uncle Dick isn't in jail.

    November 3, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. jacob,ny,ny

    wow ticker, He said this long time ago when he was making a joke. Obamas recent debate that he scored highly is making the media report negative stuff about him and they are playing mind game by revisiting this that doesn't matter. We know he is not related to cheney. Fortunately Obama is careful enough and he can stand your mud slinging!!

    November 3, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Henry, Phoenix AZ

    Leave it to the democrats to do nothing but put forth petty insults.

    November 3, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Maria, Houston

    Jo-jo,
    it is CNN recycling this story over and over, just like the photo of the "happy couple" Bill & Hill. This is really just a gossip column, for more relevance you need to go to other sources.

    November 3, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Blair Hartum, Edmonton Alberta

    who keeps their 'crazy' relatives "in the attic" anyway. what a ridiculous thing to say.

    November 3, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Daniel, NY

    There new speculation today that Governor Rounds of South Dakota might jump in the Senate race, which would be terrible news for Senate Democrats by making SD competitive. Link.

    November 3, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Bill Glenn Arbor Mi

    Cheney may be a distant cousin, but I'll bet Neville Chamberlain is Obama's great grandfather.

    God help the good old USA if any of the democrats get into office as president.

    November 3, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Jay, Kenosha, WI

    CNN tees up another one for the Loony Left

    There is no newsworthy content in this article whatsoever, but it does serve as a meeting place for Republican Haters to demonstrate their hatred. If you're here to increase your political IQ, save yourself and leave now!

    November 3, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Leave it to the democrats to do nothing but put forth petty insults.

    Posted By Henry, Phoenix AZ : November 3, 2007 12:13 pm

    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.....

    November 3, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. marc from indiana

    Comparing Dick Cheney to a great statesman like Winston Churchill is a supreme insult to Churchill's memory. A better comparison would probably be between Cheney and one of the men in Hitler's inner circle, such as Adolf Eichman.

    Posted By Wayne, Greenville TX : November 3, 2007 11:46 am
    Such down right hatefulness. People like you deserve to loose.

    November 3, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Wayne, Greenville TX

    God help the good old USA if any of the democrats get into office as president.

    Posted By Bill Glenn Arbor Mi : November 3, 2007 12:20 pm

    ANY of the Democratic candidates would be a far better president than any of the numbskull GOP candidates, and a vast improvement over the greatest numbskull of them all, George W. Bush.

    November 3, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Robert,newark,DE

    I think CNN used that humor part one which they edited and now this is part two bringing the same thing in different version. Cnn, if you are not campaigning for hillary show me some fair reporting for all the candidates!!! This is sickening at best after America had gone the turmoil in the last 8years and I don't think anyone cares....

    November 3, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Tado, Cincinnati, OH

    Leave it to a Republican to include "God" and anything governmental. Come on now Bill, are you really that naive to think that "our" religious affiliation to "God" has had nothing to do with this war?

    November 3, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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