December 16th, 2008
11:24 AM ET
10 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. 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 |
  2. Anonymous

    He's early this year, but it looks like we'll have 6 more weeks of Winter.

    December 16, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. James From Chicago

    FOR ONCE, Cheney has it right. Obama made the right choice with

    December 16, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Chuck

    Who really cares what Cheney thinks, and what the far left liberals think? This election was won by moderate voters voting for change from the Bush/Cheney terrorist regime. The fact that President elect Obama has put together an incredible group of diverse, strong willed, and highly formidable and motivated people is a testament to who he is going to be. A real "Commander in Cheif"

    December 16, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Matt

    Can we beat him senseless...please?

    December 16, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Craig Nazor

    Hillary clinton as Secretary of State IS a BIG CHANGE from this guy and all his friends! He said so himself ("I would not have hired Senator Clinton")!

    When he defends torture, he breaks the law. When he outs CIA agents for political purposes, he breaks the law. And there is so much other stuff that we don't know about because of his secretive nature... which in and of itself may have broken the law.

    Cheney must believe that he is somehow above "the law", whatever that means to him. I live with the hope that someday soon he awakes to a knock on the door by a special prosecutor. Then maybe he will begin to understand the meaning of the term "democracy"! Until then, we live in a society where the very powerful get away with "murder"!

    December 16, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Gordon

    George W. needed Hillary, too.

    December 16, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. JLH

    @ Seth....Of course, they're worth BILLIONS!!!

    December 16, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. still searching for true equality in america

    this liberal left wing wacko is very pleased with the direction president elect obama is going..

    however, constitutional equality will never be compromised.. all americans are equal and should be treated as such.

    December 16, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Pat in IL

    After reading these posts, I am amazed at the hypocricy on both sides of the fence. Each side has people demonizing the other side for inciting hate......while their post is full of that same thing. We have a new administration coming in...the vote is a done let's get over the "bashing" and hope for a better day for the next 4 years. It doesn't do anything good to keep up the hate talk about what happened, didn't happen, who did it, who didn't do it, etc. We need to get back to our own real lives and hope for better days to come in the next 4 years. those 4 years haven't happened yet, so there's nothing to say about them at this point.

    December 16, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. James From Chicago

    Who Cares what he thinks..But I will say Obama did make the right
    choice with Clinton.

    December 16, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. CMG

    How would this guy have any idea what Obama needs? Give me a break.

    December 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Rob

    To all you Bush/Cheney bashers, yeah you, the kook koolaid drinkers who go on about how they are crooks, criminals, should be in prison, how many times has the United States been attacked since 9/11? Why don't you ask an Iraqi woman who lived in fear before 2002 how she feels now (no, ask a real one, not some stooge your media makes up) – wait, no that's right, women only matter to you if they support your ideas (right Sarah Palin).

    And hold on, Barry, The Messiah, The Most Holiest of Holies Obama, spent his campaign bashing the Bush policies and saying how bad the war was, but now that he's gonna be running the show, he's keeping the same people Bush had in the key military positions, and backing off some of his earlier rants. Could it be that when he actually sat in on an intelligence meeting he realized that things were not quite what the libs, kooks, MSNBC, and groups like Code Pink screamed they were? I'm sure you freaks would like to continue living in your fantasy world where everyone plays nice together if they just put down their guns, but maybe, just maybe Barry got a taste of what the grown up world is really like.

    But, give him time. Once you all get through to him and remind him that he sold his soul to your special interests he'll go back to being your puppet.

    Real change won't start until 2010, when the Republicans gain back control of Congress, and then continue in 2012 when this joker is voted out and America finally accepts you all for the irrelevant kooks you really are.

    December 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Sidney P.

    Who cares what he says. He, along with Bush should be in prison.

    December 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. An Obama Supporter

    PE Obama never ran as a left leaning Democrat...that was the Koolaide the Republicans were trying to sell.

    From his speech at the 2004 convention to his final ones in his SUCCESSFUL campaign he spoke of ONE America, reaching across the aisle, bringing stakeholders together and reaching consensus/compromise.

    The Republicans and the naysayers are the ones who don't get it...American voters spoke and they like his cabinet picks and they want things done!!

    December 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Mike Ft Collins , CO

    Does anyone really care what Chaney thinks? He should be spending his time packing to leave.

    December 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    I'd like to know who made the decision to let Cheney out, and what purpose it would possibly serve?

    December 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Axel Feuerberg

    Who cares what Cheney says. I hope only the court that once will trial him, if his heart does not before.

    December 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Lori, Houston Texas

    Hey Dick, just go take a nice long vacation now... perhaps to Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, or Sudan. The only thing I'm interested in hearing from you is "Guilty As Charged" broadcast right from the Hague. In the meantime, shut up, go away, and wait quietly for Judgement Day when you will be sent straight to hell for your crimes against humanity and treason against our beloved Constitution. Greedy, arrogant people like you disgust me.

    December 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    To CNN'S Bill Schneider.

    Why don't you guys STOP TRYING TO MAKE NEWS! There is so much going on in America, so many problems needing attention, sooooooooo much NEWS out there, ( check the other news outlets, if you can't find your own) why is it that YOU ARE THE LAST to

    "Some on the left, say "Wait a minute–we voted for change"

    This is News?

    December 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Darrell Burks

    Hey –

    Change doe not mean – left or right. It means not doing the same thing. Has anyone been listening. Poicy will come from President-Elect Obama – that is where change is

    December 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Lars Thalén

    A tactical bear hug.
    Had he really meant it, I would have been worried.
    Lars, Sweden

    December 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Spare Me

    I could care less what Cheney says. His opinion doesn't matter AT ALL!! Please go home to where you came from Cheney! We are so tired of you!!

    December 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Jayson

    For crying out loud, smarten up people! The "change" that Obama advocates is a change in the *way* things are done, which is determined by the President who sets the agenda. Achieving that "change" does not require that smart, talented people who are good at what they do be discarded in favor of newbies, simply because they've been around Washington for a while.

    December 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. CJ

    Lol @ liberal clowns. Obama'mama is picking all centrists. Moderate conservatives are winning the "change battle". These are the same type of people McCain would have chosen.. moderates. So lefty loony liberals get nothing with change. And Obama'mama doesnt even support gay marriage. You all always. Just keep moving into the poor urban areas so you can feel good about yourself and get robbed. Too all of those who wasted 600 million to bring BHO into the white house... you wasted your money. You get nothing you want. Just Obama leading liberals. Hahaha you guys lose

    December 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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