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.


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  1. Kevin in Ohio

    To all the left-wing hatemongers out there..... give it a rest! Dick Cheney is a good decent man that has been wrong villified by the press and the left. He has never done anything illegal..... you just can't stand his toughness and directness. And I seriously doubt such a vile person would say anything nice at all about the opposition party..... I certainly have heard NOTHING nice or polite from the Obama side. Look in the mirror if you want to see what true evil is.

    December 16, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Josh C

    Mitchell from MS, you can try to blame the democratic congress all you want for the poor economy, but the majority of people understand it is the republican senate that is choosing politics over the good of the country. They have abused the power of filibuster and have essentially shut down our government. There is a reason they lost 5 seats this year. I can't wait for 2010 when democrats can reach 60 seats and actually get something done.

    I also want to give props to the Republican Senators who are on their way out of office, like Sen. Wayne Allard, that refuse to accept emails or answer phone calls. Way to represent your constituents and serve your country.

    December 16, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. CJ

    Who cares what Bush, Cheney, Rove and anyone in his administration have to say! SO WHAT!!!!!!! NO respect for this bunch of morons.

    December 16, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Jim

    Somebody needs to throw a shoe at that guy...

    December 16, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Cheney saying good about the Obama administration? Makes me kind of nervous for some reason.

    December 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Jams nVa

    Chenney is a self-absorbed, arrogant, hypocrite who doesn't care what we think, why should we/anyone care what he thinks? He should be so ashamed of his evil deeds that he would want to leave public life, oh wait a minute ...... he left public life almost eight years ago.

    December 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Chris in MI

    Right. He wouldn't have hired Hillary Clinton because she would've figured out Cheney and his boss are corrupt, morally deficient crooks. Cheney will probably go back to his buddies at Halliburton, continuing to stiff the American taxpayers. Cheney...you are a greedy, mean-spirited creep. You and your ilk will not be missed for what you guys did to this country. But we'll recover, in spite of you and what's his-face.
    You have no conscience. I only wish you were one of Maddof's clients....

    December 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Dr. Stoner

    What a surprise, and endorsement from Darth Vadar " himself, I've always thought Clinton was a good leader, and Gates another non-flashy type. I have confidence in them. If something happens well as we us to say Zips in the wires, nothing you can do sappers will find away if they can't wait to see their maker. Lets just see how things filter out now with the economy because thats what alot depends upon.

    December 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Charles Atlanta

    Please.. The choice of national security team is nothing to do with liberal or conservative.. They are chosen by Obama because they are well-qualified candidates he think that are capable of doing the job.

    December 16, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Dorothy in NC

    The best part of this Christmas is knowing the new year will bring in an administration that cares about its' people and not self serving warmongers like we have now.
    Cheney, no one cares a bit what you think. Go back to Halliburton and collect the hundreds of millions of dollars you have made during your past 8 years. I can't imagine how you and your sidekick, Bush, will ever be able to live with yourself after you both leave office.

    December 16, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Josh C

    Dan, it's not that Cheney isn't educated, it's that he is a tyrant. He belongs in Guantanamo with the other terrorists. He hired his own company on a no bid government contract, to rebuild a country he destroyed. He makes Blogojavich look like a saint!

    December 16, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Cruzan Obama Mama

    Repubs (the bitter ones) can sit on the sidelines and comment all they want....just remember that CHANGE may have to be put on hold, because Obama has to spend a considerable amount of time cleaning up the mess your people just made. It is ok to throw darts of sarcastic/bitter comments, & insults, but just remember what a huge obstacle the incoming administration is up against. Bush went in there with a surplus and look what he did in 8 years. Take time to think about it!!!!!!

    All of us (Dems & Repubs) have to be realistic. Obama had an optimistic message of change, but none of us could see the melt down that we are having now in the distance. The change that Obama highlighted/promised will not come overnight. We all have to be patient and ignore the ignorance on the naysayers.

    December 16, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. whitefences

    Who cares what Dick thinks.

    December 16, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. jenny

    Obama is weak without Hillary Clinton... but i do urge Hillary to run, not walk away from obama .... obama has to many ties to the chicago thug club... if hillary wants to be a future prez, she will walk away from obama...obama is going be worst than bush

    December 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Doug

    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.

    December 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. TonySD

    Why do we care what the "mastermind" (insert Karl Rove here as well) behind one of the most corrupt bunker mentality administrations in Presidential history has to say? Dick Cheney, Bush, Rove, Rice, Gonzales, Rumsfeldt...all need to go to prison for treason against America! They are crooks and the only reason they were SELECTED twice was because they instilled RELIGIOUS fear with certain Americans who are bigoted full of hate just like them..... Go away Cheney....!!!!

    December 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Paul

    This is exactly why warhawks like Gates and Clinton do NOT belong in Obama's administration.

    December 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Seth

    Many people do not know that Dick and Lynn Cheney are very giving people, they have given a much higher portion of their income to charity than Joe Biden and his wife or Barack Obama and his wife.

    December 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Kip

    This has nothing to do with whether or not the Republicans actually "like" the people being selected, though I genuinely believe they feel the selected individuals are strong and will do a good job. It's all about Americans supporting their fellow Americans as a sign of solidarity to the rest of the world. What we are seeing is very appropriate and should be commended, not second guessed.

    December 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. OBAMA GIRL

    Lock him up.

    December 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. DavidinCA

    Here's the most ironic part of the story;
    Obama digs deep into the bowels of Washington and picks BIDEN as his VP and the Democrats on the left still think they voted for CHANGE?!!?! oops, they've been fooled again!

    December 16, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Adam from Ohio

    "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."

    Oh, shut up, shut up, SHUT UP your media clowns! Stop trying to stir up outrage and divisions where not exist. We on the LIBERAL WING are quite PLEASED that the new administration is staffing positions with smart, competent, GOOD GOVERNMENT people.

    December 16, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. he's honest and mean what he saya and says what he mean.fool me twice........

    WHY DID THE VICE PRESIDENT TREAT US WITH SUCH DISDAIN. IT WAS THE MOST DISTANT PUBLIC HIGH RANKING PUBLIC OFFICIAL I HAVE EVER SEEN.

    December 16, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. lou

    Kim: Since we are a centrist country, how come the last eight years have been so far to the right, the earth shifted on its axis? You do not want the far left to reign, but it was okay for the far right? I mean no offense. We haven't been in the center politically for years. At least Obama is trying to stay somewhat diversified in his administration. Not everyone can expect to be happy over all his choices, but Bush never gave a darn about people who leaned even a little to the left. Bush's personal agenda was all that mattered to him and those who voted for him. I think Obama will do an excellent job. Even though I never liked Cheney, I am encouraged that he finds some good in Obama"s picks. Though we will always have different philosophies, that is not necessarily a bad thing for a true centrist at heart. Give and take.

    December 16, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Independent Fred

    Who gives a whip what the far Left or Right think. What america is in dire need of is a pragmatic leader.

    Energy independance, Health Care reform, sensible stock market regulation and tough diplomacy are what any clear thinking american should want.

    This country has been compromised by years of hard right & left ideology. It's time for common sense. I too have reservations but so far Obama's on the right track.

    December 16, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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