December 16th, 2008
11:24 AM ET
5 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. Shamick Gaworski

    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?

    He can express his opinion about what color of a car he likes ... and hope that about 10% of people care. That's about all he can do now.

    December 16, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Pat Omaha, NE

    Thank you, Mr. Cheney. You and Mr. Bush are sounding better and better as you exit the stage! Go home, now, and watch what an intelligent administration will do to try to clean up your mess.
    Good-bye!

    December 16, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. rachel

    So Cheny would not have hired Hillary.... Well Hillary probably would not have worked for you Darth Vader.....nice to know you care now poof be gone before someone throws a shoe at you.

    December 16, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Lake side

    Despite Obama's kindness in giving Hillary a position she did not deserve, the Clitonite fanatics are STILL bitter and angry.

    go figure

    December 16, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Cheney is the worst PRESIDENT in U.S. History.

    (Bush was the worst PUPPET in U.S. History.)

    December 16, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. brian

    stay out of it, darth vader.

    December 16, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. florence

    I would be suspicious of anything that these morons are endorsing or approving. They better shut up and disappear. Or even better, be thrown in jail and for the key to disappear.

    December 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. arc, Lugano CH

    Mike G December 16th, 2008 9:51 am ET
    Cheney is a war criminal, morally-bankrupt, and the personification of evil in modern times. Cheney is a smart man, he has no excuse for his crimes. There is no justice until a court convicts him and he swings from the gallows.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Indeed millions if not billions of people around the world are hoping waiting for true justice to be served. However, Bush's stupidity should not save him. He should hang alongside Cheney.

    December 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Jim

    Once again all the left does is attack. Is their not a brain on your side anywhere?

    December 16, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Karen - Proud of This Country

    Cheney, what a waste of air…. anyone would have been better than him. He has absolutely NOT served the American people. A poor President picked a poor, useless Vice-President. I really sympathize with the reporter who threw his shoe at the President. I can totally understand the reporters frustration with President Bush and the invasion of his country. Although I am an American citizen, I feel violated that we Americans elected President Bush, not once but twice. We were lied to and violate in the worst way possible. I think the Iraqi officials should let the reporter go with a good tongue lashing and nothing else. I also, feel like to throw my shoe at President Bush and Vice-President Cheney for running our country in the ground. January 20th, can't come soon enough for me.

    December 16, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. GoGOP

    VP Cheney is a great man and we all thank him and have been lucky to have him serve. This collection of Obama PC appointed rubbish is fortunate to have his endorsement – even tho these incapable lamebrains don't stand a chance.

    December 16, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Joe the Troll

    So who needs Cheney?

    December 16, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. John in Virginia

    Obama doesn't need anything of the sort. And who is this fool to give some political advice anyway? Cheney needs to get out of government and get some psychological help.

    December 16, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Jack

    Remember competence is CHANGE! We have had 8 years of the keystone cops – WMD, AL-Qaida behind every tree, tax cuts to keep the economy going, if you want to help your country go out and buy Chinese products, buy a home you can't afford, don't tax gasoline – the terrorists need our money, etc.

    December 16, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Tony

    Can't wait for their U-Haul out. Enough of these two. They have done their numbers on us. Hope their deeds await them in court. Cheney, we will have a REAL government and president in Obama. Now you can go get your billions from Hulliburton.

    December 16, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. cj

    Typical left wing hating, thanks again CNN for reporting the news?

    December 16, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. r sisk, nevada

    I am very happy with the selections Obama has made for his administration thus far. He is surrounding himself with experienced, capable, intelligent people and the CHANGE will come from the top. The far left needs to relax and let things settle before freaking out. Obama has always said he will reach across the aisle and he is doing just that.

    December 16, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Dez

    While I was always a Bill Clinton supporter and an Obama supporter, like Carolyn Kennedy, I never understood what made Hillary qualified to be SOS...Hillary appears to have very strong support from (R)'s and I haven't gotten comfortable with that. Hopefully, she won't be a poison pill

    December 16, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Give it a Rest

    Who cares what Chenney thinks, much less wants to hear his opinion. He might as well keep his opinion to himself.

    December 16, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. M. Taylor

    All of this critizism from the left about Cheney saying that he approves of Hussein Obama's cabinet picks? Are the liberals never happy? If it not for President Bush and VP Cheney's moral, ethical and biblical decisions for this country over the past 8 years, we would not be as secure as we are now. Those of you that complain of President Bush's decisions need to read the Bible and then you will look at President Bush and VP Chaney in another light. By the way, the Bible can be found on-line, in book stores and of course in church.

    December 16, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. lucy

    Great team and I am glad the Republicans are starting out with a positive response. Obama is still the man in charge and the left needs to relax a bit. National security shouldn't be as wildly partisan as it has been.

    December 16, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. DX in TX

    When Cheney speaks I see a serpent. He manipulated and scared the very people who gave him a 2nd term. Now he has an opinion about the new administration, thanks Dick, but no thanks!

    I am praying for God to remove the anger I have for Dick Cheney.

    OBAMA/BINDEN
    2008-2016

    December 16, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Christopher

    While I think Cheney is a crook I have to admit that I have always though that he was utterly brilliant. Still doesnt change the fact that he is courrupt. Never the less he comments are on point. I just dont like him since becomming VP.

    December 16, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. M. Taylor

    All of this critizism from the left about Cheney saying that he approves of Hussein Obama's cabinet picks? Are the liberals never happy? If it not for President Bush and VP Cheney's moral, ethical and biblical decisions for this country over the past 8 years, we would not be as secure as we are now. Those of you that complain of President Bush's decisions need to read the Bible and then you will look at President Bush and VP Chaney in another light. By the way, the Bible can be found on-line, in book stores and of course in church. Hussein Obama cannot even take the time to find a church in the D.C. area, what does that tell you about him? He does not have Jerimiah Wright to tell him which church to attend perhaps? It will all come out in the wash.

    December 16, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. barbara campbell

    CNN and Bill Schneider need to stick to reporting the news, not creating it and not trying to foment more divisiveness. Obama promised that his policies would be different from Bush's, not that he would reject the qualified people who could help further his agenda – just because they have Washington experience.

    Obama also promised to try to unify the country and improve America's international reputation. This is best accomplished by choosing a team that is respected by both Democrats and Republicans alike.

    Try a little substance, CNN.

    December 16, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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