December 16th, 2008
11:24 AM ET
9 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. 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 |
  2. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Goes to show that even the 'opposition' can admit that Obama is doing the righthing, so far.

    Yeah......I gotta say that I'm very satisfied with the Cabinet that he's putting together!!

    December 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. JJ12345

    Shamick Gaworski December 16th, 2008 10:17 am ET

    Well, if Cheney says then it must be true right?
    I think Obama also needs flowers to welcome Clinton as liberator?

    Why should we care what a person with 5% approval rating has to say about anything at all and especially about things that matter?
    So whats the approval rate of congress?

    December 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. sunshine

    if he was going to comment, what else could he say, to say it was a bad choice would only make him look STUPID.

    December 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. John

    Whatever Cheany says , do the opposite . Remember who got us here !

    December 16, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Tom, Flagstaff AZ

    Any endorsement–of anyone or anything–from the sclerotic brain of Dick Cheney has no meaning for me.

    December 16, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Salt

    He has always reminded me of the Penguin from Batman.

    December 16, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Dan

    Someone should throw a couple shoes at him too.. Just go away already!

    December 16, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Brian, NJ

    Obama is smart to ignore the far left nut jobs, he learned from Bush/Cheney whose mistake was they did NOT ignore the far right nut jobs.

    December 16, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Corey Simmonds

    I question the notion that an endorsement from high profile Republicans would make liberals angry. We voted for change, yes, but that doesn't mean we want Obama to change the policy of executives picking those they deem most qualified for a given position within their administration. Obama has done nothing more than that, and the endorsements from the other side not only help reinforce the idea that these individuals will do a good job but may also help to fulfill another promise Obama made, and that's to take steps to close the monumental rift that has formed between the left and the right.

    December 16, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Alan

    Yep, this some change we voted for. I for one am very disappointed in all of the Clinton officials and other insiders. This is not what we were led to believe during the election.

    You would think that out of 300 million people we could have found at least one honest candidate. But we now have just another liar.

    December 16, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. SIMONE

    This man has been absent for so long, I don't think anyone knows who he really is. He is a national disgrace along with the entire Bush Administration and Bush himself. They have disgraced America and are minutes away from distroying America Financially. No One cares what Chaney thinks at all

    December 16, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Joe Texas

    Hillary is the best pick for Sec of State, She iwll change the direction to a positive one, Good luck to the Inconing administration, and Yes we are glad Dick Cheyne and Jorge Bush are on there way out

    December 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. CanIcallyouJoe

    Whereas, just what Cheney needs is a public drowning.

    December 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Experience

    He needs all the help he can get from expeirenced, qualified and mature persons. But only time can tell if liberalism or socialism is good for America. It is American desitny.

    December 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. ivar

    Cheney Who? OMG! The same guy who shot his friend??? Wow!!!!

    December 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Independent voter

    Clinton should be the president-elect, not a loser like b.o.

    Where's the change?

    December 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. strong

    Why would we care what Cheney says? He's been hiding for 8 years behind Bushie's coat tails. Now he's got something to say? Goodbye and good riddance, DC.

    When history is re-written, you'll be nothing more than a footnote.

    December 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Stl nurse

    Who really cares what Chaney thinks??? He is an embaressment to the US and can partially be blamed for the huge problems this country is in. OH and don't go a hunting with him! You ma not come back alive. I hope the judicial system catches up with him for some of the things he has done.

    December 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. dave


    I can understand if Congress isn't your favorite organization, but to say it is "the most corrupt, useless organization in existence" is a bit extreme. That's the kind of hyperbolae laden, extreme thinking that is not productive to rational discourse.

    And the trite comment "So hate the American invasion all you want, but now you can throw shoes," is childish beyond belief. I seriously doubt you or anyone you care about would consider throwing shoes much compensation for living in an occupied war torn country where every day people fear they might face random death. Choosing shoe throwing over basic security for your life is insane, and you make it clear which side of the line you stand on when you say such an insipid thing, whether you realize it or not.

    December 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Lock Cheney Up?

    If you far-left liberals put Dubya and Cheney in jail for trying (and failing) to run this country well, you will start a war. I am a moderate democrat and I think that it is absolute nonsense to think that Bush or Cheney did this crap for their own benefit. Who would WANT to have 80% of the country hate them. Not even evil Nancy Pelosi WANTS to be hated.
    Anyway, I will take up arms if the over-the-top liberals try to put them in jail for "trying" to run the country.
    Nancy, you have been so devoted to your party these last 6 years that you forgot about your country. We need new democratic leadership more like Obama and less like evil Nancy.
    Obama isn't God, but he's so level headed. He knows how to work with people unlike Nancy.

    December 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |



    Where are my shoes?

    December 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. liz

    Who cares what this EVIL man thinks? He has destroyed the country while lining the pockets of his friends and coincidentally his own pension, at the expense of millions of lives ruined here and in Iraq.

    This man should be in JAIL, not being interviewed by CNN.

    Please Cheney, let the door hit you on the way out.

    December 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Phoenix

    I'm sorry, I'm so sick of the media pretending like Obama is so liberal. He is a black man. Despite popular opinion, most blacks are very conservative. Listen to Obama's statements, and his policy issues. He successfully ran on a traditional Republican platform, that is why he was able to run as a moderate candidate. If Liberals are looking for their usual handout they should have stayed with a more "traditional candidate."

    December 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Bill

    And this is newsworthy why? I really think CNN should follow the Detroit newspaper's lead and cut back its news coverage if non-stories like this is all they have to report on. I'm getting kind of tired of hearing what every little person thinks of Obama and his team. Let the man go in and do his job, and report on that, because, unlike this stuff, it will actually be newsworthy.

    December 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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