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. Veronica

    LOL – He talks like people actually listen to him ... LMAO

    December 16, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Peter of Oregon

    The title of this article was misleading.

    December 16, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Cori from Colorado

    Who cares what Dick thinks....but, just don't say it to his face or he may shoot you.

    December 16, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Mecrob

    who cares what cheney thinks... someone needs to get rid of him.

    December 16, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. bruce FORMER REPUBLICAN FROM MA.

    Come now Mr. veep... there aren't 20% of the people in the US of A,
    that believe for a second you would consider hiring smart, articulate, thinking, people to function in high profile jobs and speak their minds.

    I don't see anyone in the group that looks like a sheep.

    I'm willing to bet not a single Presidential pardon will be required for
    this group..

    You should use a Nixon phrase... I'm not a crook...!!!

    Yup its that old(69yrs),white, retired, former republican from Ma.

    BRUCE

    December 16, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Joan , Ontario

    Obama ran on a change platform and that is exactly what he is doing. His policies are so different from George Bush and Dick Cheney. The policy of change comes from the top and he makes the decisions. Also, he is putting in the best calibre people to bring this change about. He is not picking yes-men though which shows his strength and confidence. Why don't the critics use their time positively to help the country?

    December 16, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Common Sense

    I laugh in the liberal people's faces... more more more of Obama's choices seem to be center and i'm fine with that.

    Change? I guess asking a asian educator as energy head is a good idea... if only he's good at leading. He may be a noble prize winner but he may not be a great leader. He may be a innovator... he would need a good team to support him cause he's not really that great at leading but i guess we'll find out soon enough.

    December 16, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. rob

    Mike at 10:38- you're a moron. Wishing something to happen to her like that is wrong. Oh yeah, I forgot, Obama can do nothing wrong, while everyone else are liars and racists.

    December 16, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. willowood

    Darth Vader should keep his evil tongue very quiet. He has brought enough shame to what was once a country of valor and strength. Go back to the dark side and leave us alone.

    December 16, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Mike

    Change doesn't mean changing everything. An intelligent person recognizes areas that require change and those where change is not needed.
    By recognizing that bi-partisanship is critical to his success he is making wise decisions by ruffling the feathers of the liberal left and choosing extremely qualified individuals from both sides of the aisle to work in his cabinet.
    Had he replaced everyone with extremely liberal Democrats he would have proven that he had neither the experience nor the qualifications, much less the intelligence, for the highest position in the world.
    His choices so far are right on and I think the real change will only come when the partisan politics of the past are abolished. He will only be able to do this with support from Republicans and without appeasing them they will never support him or his policies.

    December 16, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Liberal and Proud of It

    Let us not forget that only four short years ago, America gave the Bush-Cheney administration a big vote of confidence. I suspect that many of those who are now very critical of Bush and Cheney also voted for them. I read that although only 49% of those who voted in 1969 actually voted for Kennedy, over 60% of those who were surveyed now remember voting for him.

    December 16, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Patrick

    To see the vitriolic hatred for Cheney is extremely disappointing. While it’s perfectly OK to disagree with him on policy issues, it doesn’t reflect well for our country as a whole to demonize a public servant in the same manner that narcissistic over indulged spoiled high school brats would demonize their principal because they didn’t get their way. Could it possibly be that maybe we as an electorate need to change or better yet, grow up and let go of the ultra partisan mentality and give our public servants the benefit of the doubt. As a county, we really need to move on as well as let go of un-substantiated propaganda that only tears us apart

    December 16, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Blerinda

    Shooooooooeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss, Reaaaaaaaaadddddddyyyyyyy aaannnd HIT!

    December 16, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Brandon

    I had confidence in this team ... now I'm not so sure....

    December 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Mike

    Change doesn't mean changing everything. An intelligent person recognizes areas that require change and those where change is not needed.
    By recognizing that bi-partisanship is critical to his success he is making wise decisions by ruffling the feathers of the liberal left and choosing extremely qualified individuals from both sides of the aisle to work in his cabinet.
    Had he replaced everyone with extremely liberal Democrats he would have proven that he had neither the experience nor the qualifications, much less the intelligence, for the highest position in the world.
    His choices so far are right on and I think the real change will only come when the partisan politics of the past are abolished. He will only be able to do this with support from Republicans and without appeasing them they will never support him or his policies.

    December 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Karen, Arkansas

    Right...maybe Cheney can turn Obama into another Dubya...

    December 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Jonas

    Picking Hillary and Bill Clinton was the biggest blunder of OBAMA's
    transition team..

    December 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. dan in Tucson

    If Cheney approves, it can't be good for this country. Nothing that person ever did benefited anyone but himself. Look at the mess we're in. He got us there. He is an evil bad man.

    December 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Terry

    I do think he picked an excellent team. I don't see how the left can say that he isn't doing his best to bring about change. He needs people with experience to help him run the government. He needs those people, to even begin the change that we all want. I voted for Obama, along with 64 million other people. He hasn't even taken office yet guys, give him a chance before you start slamming him. He can't govern completely from the left because he will alienate moderates and anger conservatives. I think that when the history books are written, people will say Obama was one of the greatest Presidents we ever had, and I hope I am right. Give him a chance guys!!!

    December 16, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. PL

    Who in this world listens to Cheney??? Obama needs Clinton like bush need him. Village idiot.

    December 16, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Chuck

    I don't care what the far left thinks. I don't care what the far right thinks. Neither side is ever 100% correct. We need to get to the middle and deal with what most citizens believe.

    December 16, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The republicans will say and do anything to create descent in the democratic party, don't let them. The Republicans are desperate for leadership and are attempting to chip away at the Obama administration and his appointments as expected, they have nothing more to offer.

    December 16, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Dee

    CNN-

    Thank you for continuing to post items including VP Cheney periodically. I can always count on plenty of amusement from the reliable droves of rabid liberal rants posted.

    December 16, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. dave from Dayton, OH

    Barack Obama's cabinet picks so far DO represent Change...for once, we have a president who isn't into pandering to the extremes of ideology and politics...instead, Obama has decided to pick people who he thinks will bring ideas to the table (even if they don't match his own way of thinking).

    The far left were never his base. I voted for him because he represented pragmatic change, instead of putting "the screws" to everyone on the far right.

    Barack has shown himself to be more of a centrist...and that's a BIG change after the past 8 years. It's change I can believe in.

    December 16, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. John Adams

    Cheney nobody cares what you think. You worked very hard to get us in the mess we are in so please do us a favor, shut up and go away.

    December 16, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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