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. That Other Jerry

    Obama will have plenty of opportunities to appease the liberal base, the center left, the kook fringe, and whomever else decides to whine the most on any given day. National security in the 21st century is no place for those who want to sit around and sing Kum Ba Yah with our enemies. If you don't believe it, take a trip to New York and try to find the elevator for the WTC.

    December 16, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. BS not Maverick

    Some people wouldn't know change if it bit them in the face. We are seeing/experincing change. And we will see change where it counts, not in the faces but in the policies that those familliar faces put forth.

    December 16, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Richard

    So Dick Cheney is now the great seer??? A man of great words & wisdom, a man with experience, character, & leadership. Then I woke up & realized CNN.com is full of tabloid journalism posting worthless articles & commentaries that add no value to anyone except reality t.v. addicts.

    December 16, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. True Blue Ohio

    The current administration is the eptiome of mediocrity and irrelevance. Cheney should continue to do what he does best: nothing,

    December 16, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Bob from NC

    Someone throw a shoe at that guy too.

    December 16, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Willy

    Well, at least he's not being a jerk. For once. People like them saying these kinds of things, you know, could actually help keep things moving in a positive direction, unlike all the people on here who are just using it as an opportunity to bash on Dick. Mind you, I'm no Cheney fan, but to have real change, sometimes you need to put your old biases aside and look to the future. Bashing the old administration is pointless. They're done. Bashing the new administration is ignorant. Let's just keep moving on.

    December 16, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Debby

    I agree with Cheney Clinton and Gates are the best he has in that cabinet.

    December 16, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. DJ

    Yeah – we voted for change and there are a lot of familiar faces being appointed. But think about it – we didn't vote for change in the sense that we wanted fresh cabinet appointees, really – did we? No. Not really. We voted for change in the sense that we're tired of seeing our country flushed down the toilet. We voted for Obama. And if these are his picks, they deserve the chance to try to make that change.

    And BTW, Cheney. Ugh. Your administration is done. Thanks. Buh-bye.

    December 16, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Endorsement?

    Surprisingly Cheney is just being a good sport and this should in no way be looked at as an endorsement

    December 16, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. tiff of Lithia Springs

    I'll bet he's saying that Clinton in needed. He knows how bad they have damaged America's reputation around the world.

    December 16, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. kathy

    Mr. Chaney's opinion is of no value to me at all. He is part of the Bush team that misled the American people about the need to go to war in Iraq, the need to torture prisoners and infringe on our rights to privacy. He can't be gone soon enough – I am sure his wealth has drastically increased while in office while many of us have seen what we have worked hard for disappear.

    December 16, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. jack debrot, new york, new york

    thank you president bush for keeping america safe.

    December 16, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Matt

    Shoe launcher armed and ready...

    December 16, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. No Suprise

    Can you blame him? The Clintons paved the way for all of our unfair trade deals. The economy would not be in this shape without the help of the Clintons.

    December 16, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Dan

    Why has CNN taken his statement practically out of context?
    Titling this article saying he endorsed Obama choosing Clinton, when it clearly said he wouldnt have picked her, but she "may" be what he needs?
    That doesn't seem like much of an edorsement there.
    Also, people attacking Cheney, sure I dislike the man too, but he is a smart person and do alot of you really have the education Cheney does?

    December 16, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Anita Lowery

    What makes everyone think that President-Elect Obama's cabinet does not represent change. I am certain that President-Elect Obama selected these individuals because they do have new and innovative ideas they would like to put forth and try to implement. As we all know under the Bush Administration, it was such an authoritative controlled environment where new ideas and innovation from these people President-Elect Obama have selected were not able to do anything. Hell, like President Bush's favorite line says, "So what!" with the shoulder gesture.

    December 16, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. ran

    Chaney needs to be in jail. Obama is too smart to listen to anything this jerk has to say anyway. CNN have the guts to post this.

    December 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. No Suprise

    Can you blame him? The Clintons paved the way for all for unfair trade deals – the economy would not be in this shape without the help of the Clintons.

    December 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Jim

    What Cheney needs is to take a hike..Cheney and Bush should just go back to their mansions, play golf w/ their Fortune 500 friends and stay out of the public eye forever.

    December 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Cammi317

    When the heck did he crawl back out into daylight?

    December 16, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. MBFLA

    Mail a dirty smelly shoe to the White House to let them know what you think about the job THEY have done. Who cares what Cheney thinks?

    George W Bush
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave
    Washington, DC 20500

    December 16, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    And what AMERICA needs is no more Dick Cheney!

    December 16, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. The Obnoxious American

    So much hatred. As someone who voted for McCain, and never wanted Obama as pres, I'd never talk about Obama this way, even if I disagreed with him. So many people on these CNN tickers may have US birth certificates, but they do not act like Americans.

    Throw a shoe at him? You should be outraged at the shoe throwing incident, even if it was to the current president whom you do not agree with. I'd be insulted if they threw a shoe at Ted Kennedy because while I disagree with about everything that comes out of his mouth, he is still on my team. Just like Bush is. You so called Americans need to grow up.

    December 16, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. mike

    I am extremely unhappy over this Sec. of State apt. Maybe this time the Bosnians will really get her. She's a big liar.

    December 16, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Cynic

    Cheney, no ones interested in hearing your dusty opinions, go and crawl back into you undisclosed dank lair. Follow the slug trail left behind as Cheney goes to hide.

    December 16, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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