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. Ron Nebraska

    Anyone who supports or does not recognize the damage done by Uncle Dick should be immediately expunged from any voting register, it is just that kind of ignorance that has ruined my country.

    November 3, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Marie VanDyke Royal Oak Michigan

    That Was Very Immature of Obama To Say That About His family Member. Like My Grandma Said The Apple Doesnt Fall Far From The Tree..Maybe He Should Share That Attic He Is Trying To Put His Cousin In..Not Presidential material At All. And He Doesnt Even Sing The National Athem. Is He A Undercover muslim? Trying To Pull The Wool Over America Eyes. He Doesnt Have A Problem Sitting Down With The President Of Iran

    November 3, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Pam Los Angeles, CA

    Wow Barack, keeping someone in the attic is no way to treat the elderly or the mentally ill. Not very nice. :)

    November 3, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. thomas anderson

    Tom, your comments are insane. There is not ONE thing Cheney has done that is evil. You can't get over that Bush won, what we are winning the war, and the economy is booming. So get on the Darth Cheney bandwagon. You're really bright, aren't you.

    November 3, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Corbett, Seattle WA

    3 words that will get you shot in any state, red or blue.

    Cheney/Obama 2008.

    November 3, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Larry Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    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.

    Eichmann was not at all in Hitler's inner circle.......actually Cheney would be Hitler and Bush would be Hermann Goering . Goebbels would be played by Carl Rove...........and the Jews , Catholics and Gypsies would be all be played by poor and middle class Americans .

    November 3, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Ron Nebraska

    Thomas Anderson.......yes and the Easter Bunny is going to bring A BIG basket of goodies too!

    November 3, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Rafi, NY NY

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

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

    ...

    Wayne in Texas: Blah blah blah … I get butthurt whenever a right-wing talk show host puts down my presidential candidate … blah blah blah

    Posted By Henry, Phoenix AZ : November 3, 2007 3:17 pm

    Henry, you're my favorite. I love that it only took you three hours to post two incompatible statements. God bless you!

    November 3, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Paul, Dearborn MI

    Obama, in your case , the apple has not fallen very far from the tree.

    You are a walking deception...

    November 3, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "You can't get over that Bush won, what we are winning the war, and the economy is booming. So get on the Darth Cheney bandwagon. You're really bright, aren't you."
    ---
    If anyone thinks that the economy is booming, they need to look at the fact that by the time Bush is done, he may have created the SEVEN largest deficits in our history, surpassing all the records set by Ronald Reagan. The stock market has had big hits lately. We are now working more hours than ever before to keep up. The dollar keeps dropping compared to the Euro. Bush's buddies in the petroleum industry are making record profits and getting record subsidies. We are spending TWICE as much on gas as when Bush took office.

    Bush has cut taxes on the Clintons, Kennedys, John Kerry, Donald Trump and Bill Gates so that the rest of us can make it up. Pushing all our debts onto future generations is IMMORALITY at its worst. Anyone bragging about our economy should consider what it is doing to our fellow and future Americans. Bush should be ashamed of himself. "You're really bright, aren't you."

    November 3, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Mark, Springfield, MO

    Like it has been said many times before...

    It takes Democrats to come in to act like adults and clean up the messes the Republicans leave.

    Republicans really are like children. They whine and call everyone names when they don't get their way ALL of the time. They don't want to pay for anything (pay taxes) but they want to buy everything they see (spend, spend, spend).

    A good analogy is a 19 year old college student who gets a dozen credit cards and goes on a spending spree not caring who is going to end up having to pay when they default on all the loans. That basically sums up the Republican party lately.

    That's why we are one of the largest debtor nations around now with countries like China holding most of the paper. The Republicans under George Bush are to blame for that mess.

    November 3, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  12. John Atlanta, GA

    I am not worried about Obama taking an oath on the Koran... I'm much more concerned with the Bush family ties with the Saudi royals and the Bin Ladens.

    As for 'childish remarks': how about the Republican candidates purposely calling Obama "Osama", repeatedly?

    And there isn't enough room on this page to list everytime Bush as put his foot in his mouth.

    November 3, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    Obama supporters- I'd love for you to tell me what you see in this guy. I've followed him from his career in the Illinois State Senate, and have concluded that he is perhaps the biggest sham in recent memory. HE HAS NEVER ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING. He just says the biggest bunch of generic, political cliches and people want to believe it. Why do you believe anything this guy says about uniting the country? Based on his voting record, he's the most liberal, mainstream candidate. How can he unite the parties when he consistently proves unwilling to ever agree with one of them? Don't kid yourselves. Obama is a sham.

    November 4, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  14. Sian, LA, CA

    If anyone thinks that the economy is booming, they need to look at the fact that by the time Bush is done, he may have created the SEVEN largest deficits in our history, surpassing all the records set by Ronald Reagan. The stock market has had big hits lately. We are now working more hours than ever before to keep up. The dollar keeps dropping compared to the Euro. Bush's buddies in the petroleum industry are making record profits and getting record subsidies. We are spending TWICE as much on gas as when Bush took office.

    Bush has cut taxes on the Clintons, Kennedys, John Kerry, Donald Trump and Bill Gates so that the rest of us can make it up. Pushing all our debts onto future generations is IMMORALITY at its worst. Anyone bragging about our economy should consider what it is doing to our fellow and future Americans. Bush should be ashamed of himself. "You're really bright, aren't you."

    Posted By Richard, West Palm Beach, FL : November 3, 2007 10:52 pm

    ==============================================================================

    Tsk tsk. The writer forgets that Bush is doing what is fair.

    1. Why should those who work hard have to provide welfare to those who are poor? If you work 130 hours a week, shouldn't you be able to keep more of your money instead of paying more taxes? If you aren't working at least two jobs, you need to stop being lazy. There are plenty of jobs at the local fast food joints...so besides your normal office job, you can get a supplemental job for the evening, and can get another job for the weekends...I don't see the point of people complaining of lack of work when there are help wanted signs everywhere.

    2. Of course there is a deficit. We are at war with terrorism. The previous administration did absolutely nothing. This unfortunately cost innocent American lives on our soil. Would you rather have terrorists slaughtering innocent lives, or fight them on their soil (sure you spend, but every dollar is well spent)?

    3. The Republican party is not immoral. They more closely follow the biblical teachings of the bible. They support an amendment to the constitution that would prevent the legal recognition of miscreants who want to do crimes against nature. They oppose the slaughter of innocent fetuses. They also have the support of the leading Christian groups. Think...wouldn't you want a candidate who is moral? Only the Republicans can claim the moral high ground.

    Therefore, you see, the choice is obvious. The govenment should be exclusively republican.

    November 4, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  15. Demonweed

    Sian seems to display a profound inability to engage with reality. If good public policy was entirely about meeting the needs of people engaged in ideal behavior, there would indeed be little need for government. However, out here in the real world, not everyone engages in ideal behavior. The idea that social welfare does more harm than good is predicated on an unhealthy obsession with fraud and a willful blindness to real need. To here Sian speak of it, a man who just broke his neck in a car accident is a despicable layabout because he isn't on the phone lining up jobs that will cover his medical expenses as he lives the rest of his life with no motor control over his own limbs!

    Then we have this notion that George W. Bush's irresponsible spending is somehow a response to international terrorism. More Americans have died fighting in a ruined nation that was formerly free of Al Qaeada operatives than were actually killed in the 9/11 attacks. Cars kill more American citizens in a typical month than were lost in the collapse of the World Trade Center. This ridiculous spending is a function of a sick obsession with big ticket defense items that have no relevance in a world where no other nation is foolish enough to run the arms race with us. Counterterrorism policy may have a price tag associated with it, but the spending authorized by this administration is only trivially linked to any legitimate response to actual terrorist activities.

    Then there is this idiocy about "crimes against nature." Bush's stem cell policy does not prevent a single embryo from being tossed out as medical waste. It only prevents this medical waste from being preserved and put to a genuinely useful purpose. This is good how? As far as abortion policy itself goes, a prohibition might make hateful Christians who have lost their way feel good, but examples in Africa and Eastern Europe both reveal that a prohibition does not actually reduce the rate of abortions. Sensible maternity laws, better availability of health care, subsidized day care, fact-based sex education cirricula - these are measures that could actually reduce the number of abortions that take place in this nation from year to year. However, to embrace policies like those, one must act and vote out of love rather than hate. Something tells me for Sian that would be a novel experience.

    November 4, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  16. Mark, Springfield, MO

    Most of the Republicans are amoral. They are using the Religious Right to get votes. They DO NOT believe anything they say when it comes to religion. They just say what the Religious Right wants to hear. The Republican Party is like Judas. They only care about themselves and if they have to lie and pander to Religious Conservatives to keep their job they will.

    It has only been fairly recent that the Republican Party has decided to use religion as a weapon to gain power. The Religious Right is not much different than the Radical Muslim Clerics who use their religion to control the masses through their elected leaders. That should be more than enough to scare the bejesus out of any sane American.

    Anyone that thinks otherwise is naive and an example of why this country is going to "Hell in a Hand-basket" with the Republican Party's hand firmly clasped to the handle.

    November 4, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  17. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Here are some Biblical quotes for hypocritical Republicans who don't believe or practice what the Bible says.

    – Matthew 7:12 "Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about.”

    – Matthew 19:24 "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”

    – I Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil”

    – Matthew 25:40 “The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

    – Exodus 31:15 “Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death”

    Unfortunately, many Republicans believe the Bible is just for other people. That is why we have so many people like Mark Foley, Larry Craig, David Vitters, Richard Curtis, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Henry Hyde, etc. "Only the Republicans can claim the moral high ground."

    November 4, 2007 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  18. JB

    Didn't Senator Obama take his oath of office on the Q'ran and not the King James Bible. Should we trust this man? What are his true feelings regarding Islam? Is he Arab or American? Please don't tell me his an Arab-American. We've heard enough about ethic Americanism. We are all Americans and not African-American, Chinese-American, Polish-American, we're just Americans who speak English.

    Posted By James, Atlantic Beach, NC : November 3, 2007 1:19 pm

    Sounds like Bush's fear mongering is working well.

    November 4, 2007 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  19. Tami, Dallas, TX

    I am a fan of Senator Obama, even though I am an Evangelical and a (very) nominal Republican. On the Cheney thing, very funny, but he needs to get better writers, this is already old. I am looking for the Senator to show that he has the "chops" of a Mitt Romney or Rudolph Guliani.

    November 4, 2007 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  20. mark wilkes barre pa

    Wayne (whack) from greenville TX. You lirals could use your own handbook to make the comparison between churchill and cheney. you say cheney new about 9-11 before it happened . your whacky side claims churchill new about pearl harbor in advance and used it to drag the usa into world war 2. sorry, to ruin your fun with the facts

    November 4, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  21. Maeve

    "Dick Cheney only joked that he was Darth Vader because that's what Hillary called him a couple of weeks ago.

    Posted By Bam, White Plains NY : November 3, 2007 6:11 pm"

    Actually, Bum, the Dick referred to himself as Darth Vader during an interview on CNN a full year before Clinton spoke of the uncanny resemblance.

    Of course, the analogy originated from the "You're either with us or you're against us" statement made by the Shrub and its close proximity to ObiWan's statement in the Star Wars movie.

    The Dick as Darth parallel has been noted long, long before Clinton spoke of it.

    The point remains that all the bluster here over who is disrespecting whom is really dumb.

    November 4, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Such down right hatefulness. People like you deserve to loose.

    Posted By marc from indiana : November 3, 2007 12:50 pm

    And people like you who can't even use the proper word (it's "lose" – not "loose") deserve to be on the losing side of every issue.

    You're not making many points for your side with a post like that, Marc. I'm sure the schools in Indiana taught you better.....

    November 4, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Wayne (whack) from greenville TX. You lirals could use your own handbook to make the comparison between churchill and cheney. you say cheney new about 9-11 before it happened . your whacky side claims churchill new about pearl harbor in advance and used it to drag the usa into world war 2. sorry, to ruin your fun with the facts

    Posted By mark wilkes barre pa : November 4, 2007 7:55 am

    There must be a problem with the name "Mark" (or "Marc"). People with that name seem to have an uncontrollable urge to post nonsensical messages here. Oh well....

    What facts are you taking about, Mark? The only fact I see here is that you look very foolish after this post.

    I personally don't KNOW any "lirals", Mark. LIBERALS yes, but not any lirals. And I'm smart enough to know that only people with a limited command of the English language use the work "new" when they're supposed to use the word "knew". And not once, but twice in a single paragraph. Besides, only wacky people think there's an "h" in the word "wacky".

    I may make an occasional typo in my posts – that's because I'm disabled after a serious car accident, and have severe nerve damage in both arms. But at least I know the right words to use.

    And posts like yours do not make your side look very good, Mark. I think it's rather significant that as SAT scores have fallen in this country, conservatism has risen. Which reinforces my theory that most conservative positions are borne out of a combination of selfishness, ignorance, and paranoia.

    November 4, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Hank, Fort Myes, FL

    Who said the Republicans don't increase taxes? Anyone looked at the federal taxes charged to their purchased services: electric, water, home phone, cell phone, gasoline, fuel oil, cigarettes, alchohol, firearms, ammunition,satellite T.V, cable T.V.,....all added or increased while the Republicans were in control of Congress. Added up–they amount to the largest two decade increase in fedreal revenue in history. All this extra money–wonder if this is even counted in GBO projections of general revenue for the government?

    November 4, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. Kim, Dallas, TX

    I this isn't ignorance at it's best....

    "You can't get over that Bush won, what we are winning the war, and the economy is booming. So get on the Darth Cheney bandwagon. You're really bright, aren't you."

    Isn't it amazing how ignorant some people are and yet they post as if they know everything. I have to agree with the following statement...

    If anyone thinks that the economy is booming, they need to look at the fact that by the time Bush is done, he may have created the SEVEN largest deficits in our history, surpassing all the records set by Ronald Reagan. The stock market has had big hits lately. We are now working more hours than ever before to keep up. The dollar keeps dropping compared to the Euro. Bush's buddies in the petroleum industry are making record profits and getting record subsidies. We are spending TWICE as much on gas as when Bush took office.

    Bush has cut taxes on the Clintons, Kennedys, John Kerry, Donald Trump and Bill Gates so that the rest of us can make it up. Pushing all our debts onto future generations is IMMORALITY at its worst. Anyone bragging about our economy should consider what it is doing to our fellow and future Americans. Bush should be ashamed of himself. "You're really bright, aren't you."

    My comments...Let's not forget that the only thing holding our economy together is foreign countries buying our businesses. China and the Middle East own much of America now. And you think our country is doing well financially. Our dollar is useless anymore. Most of the country is anticipating a recession at any time.

    Also, I recently watched a newsclip about the second highest paid billionaire speaking about his tax rate compared to his secretary. He was paying 14% on his income compared to her paying 34%. If that isn't inequality, what is? Yes, overall he is paying more, but I don't think it's fair that someone making under $30,000 pays a higher tax rate than her boss who makes billions. Yes, this is totally immoral in my opinion too.

    Thank you Richard is West Palm for making me believe that there are some people with brains that drop in on here. I was getting very discouraged with the mentality out there. I would also like to add that I wonder what war we are winning....and that Bush didn't win in 2000, he was appointed by the Supreme Court. What a huge mistake they made.

    November 4, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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