December 16th, 2008
11:24 AM ET
6 years ago

Cheney says Clinton just what Obama needs

Cheney is praising Obama's new national security team.
Cheney is praising Obama's new national security team.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama's national security team got an endorsement from an unlikely source Monday: Vice President Dick Cheney.

In an interview with ABC News, Cheney called the team - to be headed by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton, National Security adviser Gen. Jim Jones, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates - "pretty good."

"I must say, I think it's a pretty good team," Cheney said in an interview that aired Tuesday morning. "I think the idea of keeping Gates at Defense is excellent. I think Jim Jones will be very, very effective as the national security adviser."

"While I would not have hired Sen. Clinton, I think she's tough," he also said of Obama's choice for secretary of state. "She's smart, she works very hard and she may turn out to be just what President Obama needs."

The comments come a day after Arizona Sen. John McCain also offered kind words for Obama's national security team, saying it was a group of people he may have chosen himself.

But the seeming praise from high-profile Republicans over Obama's national security team could further rile members of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party - the demographic that strongly supported Obama's candidacy throughout the prolonged Democratic primaries.

"Some on the left say, 'Wait a minute - we voted for change,'" CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider said.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Dick Cheney
soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Perusing-Through

    CHANGE IS ON THE WAY, SO THE EXTREME LIBERAL LEFT NEEDS TO PIPE DOWN AND SHUT UP!

    From the very beginning Obama was something different. Initially, I had no plans to vote for him. But as time past and as we watched Obama and his campaign team successfully & effortlessly hurdle "multiple campaign-ending obstacles"; we Independents, Moderates, and GOP-skewed Progressives made the switch to Obama-Biden for CHANGE and ONE AMERICA. So the extreme-liberal Left needs to understand Obama-Biden are in the White House but not strictly from the support of the Left. Obama-Biden received significant support from Independents and GOP -Progressives scared out of their wits of Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away from POTUS.

    December 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. canadian pov

    To quote Cheney and Bush: "So What? Who Cares"?

    The end of their Terror Regime is finally coming to an end.

    December 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Richard Rohde

    When is CNN going to get in to the Union issues involved in the Blago scandal? There really is a lot there. What is ACORN's roll, and will they have the guts to trace any of it to Hussein.

    December 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Change

    "Some on the left say, 'Wait a minute — we voted for change,'" CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider said.

    Yeah right. Change doesn't mean that you are going to change every single thing in life just for name sake. So, what should he do.. start eating through his rear?

    December 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Tom in Sarasota

    Does Cheney ever do or say anything just to be nice? Get real.

    December 16, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. paul (staunch Moderate)

    "Some on the left say, 'Wait a minute — we voted for change,'" CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider said.

    Let's get this straight. The way a president operates and conducts his administration is the change I voted for. And so far Obama is putting together a top-notch team; people who are intelligent, people who believe in science, people who will stand there and say "Wait a minute – let's think about this before we react blindly." No more knee-jerk reactions and (then) hiding behind Executive Orders.

    December 16, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Alex Walker

    Its the exact kind of change that he promised, working with both sides and bringing in pragmatists who aren't necessarily work for a political agenda. It is change because it hasn't been done in decades!

    December 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. adam

    Okay, enough. If you didn't like Cheney or Bush, you don't have to worry about it anymore.

    It's madness to think, though, that ANY President can affect real change with Congress standing in the way. No matter what his/her political leanings, the President will always be hampered by the most corrupt, useless organization in existence. It doesn't even matter that it's a Democrat controlled Congress. They don't represent the people or their best interests. They represent SPECIAL interests...each and everyone of them.

    Oh, and by the way, sympathy for the shoe-thrower's arrest aside, what would have happened to that guy if he had thrown a shoe at Hussein? So hate the American invasion all you want, but now you can throw shoes.

    December 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Karen - Missouri

    I think some of Cheney's remarks are good for the Republicans to see they shouldn't be so divided.

    Obama IS change...intelligent people on his staff for a change.

    I am very happy with Obama's choices. No one he has picked are "yes men"...all are strong personalities and quite qualified...that's the most important thing and wise.

    I'm excited about the new administration. People who will work hard to get things done instead of letting all the lobbyists and die-hard Republican ideologies act stupid.

    December 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Forget Change

    Once Obama got his title "President elect" he can’t remember any of his promises.
    Forget the campaign promise” Change We need"

    He is brining the Clinton era + Illinois corruptions into white house.
    .

    December 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Gifty

    President Hillary Clinton for 2012

    Don't fail us, please

    December 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Moo

    who's he, who dares even to comment. He is the brain behind the misery we are facing all over the world and who "inspired" duck Bush And the reason the many deaths and cripples who we are mourning.
    Cheney should think about that on Christmas and the many families who worry about their loved ones still in this "shame on you" war in Iraq. Pfui
    Wish him the same

    December 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Larry

    I don't understand why Obama picking such a good team that even his rivals agree with it is a bad thing. If people actually think that, then there's a problem with the left (of which I'm a member) and/or with the media looking for self-serving angles (always a problem).

    December 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Frederick in VA

    I don't like Obama or Clinton, I don't care what Cheney says.

    December 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Thomas

    Now I am scared. If Cheney thinks it is a good idea, perhaps we better take a closer look at this issue.

    December 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Anne E.

    We have endured your lies and spin for the past eight years (more, if you count the Bush 41 years). Stop talking, go away and take your blood money with you - and may you never have a day's peace with it.
    You, like W. and your other cohorts, are without honor.

    December 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. JJ12345

    Farrell, Houston, Tx December 16th, 2008 11:05 am ET

    The republicans will say and do anything to create descent in the democratic party, don't let them.
    ______________________________________________________
    Thats any different than what democrats do to republicans, its part of partisian politics. You think either side will ever stop?

    December 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. ch

    Just further proof that Hillary has earned the RESPECT of just about everyone through her hard work, strength and smarts.

    December 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. keeth in california

    Who cares what Cheney says?

    "I think for us to get American military personnel involved in a civil war inside Iraq would literally be a quagmire. Once we got to Baghdad, what would we do? ... I do not think the United States wants to have U.S. military forces accept casualties and accept responsibility of trying to govern Iraq. It makes no sense at all."

    ~ Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney, 1991.

    Oops.

    December 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. MFVJR

    In these waning days of this administration, what the VP should be doing is to telling the truth what he has done for the past eight years(driving this country in quagmire) so that in the in-coming administration will be aware not follow the same road (to perdition?)

    He has a lot of explaining to do to the American people!

    December 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Thank you Vice President Dick Cheney. Someone has said, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton, National Security adviser Gen. Jim Jones, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates — "pretty good."

    December 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    The Security team puth forth is a very tough and heavy diploamtic team; I believe that Sen. Clinton at the helm is a great choice for the State Department. I don't wish Cheney or President Bush ill, I just can't wait for them to be out of the office. we have some big problems to deal with and it is time to let this new Administration take a crack at them

    December 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. DIZIZI31

    and what are Americans to do with this advice? Thanks for coning out of hiding in time to see the only sector on the upscale is the unemployment rate. Good Job Mr. VP.

    December 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. JJ12345

    Doug December 16th, 2008 10:53 am ET

    I'm on the left… and I'm not saying anything. This is what separates progressives from conservatives – we care about results first and foremost. As long as it's good for the country, it doesn't have to follow any left-wing ideological template. We trust Obama to do the right thing, and make corrections if his initial decisions go wrong. That's leadership.
    ______________________________________________________
    You are wrong, they care about power. All politicians do!

    December 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Jeanne021556

    Who give a Flip about what Cheney thinks. I hope he goes to trial after he's out of office. The guy is pure evil.

    December 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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