December 17th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Cheney to Emanuel: Control your VP

Vice President Cheney had some advice for President-elect Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Vice President Cheney had some advice for President-elect Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Dick Cheney had some blunt - and humorous - advice for incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at a private breakfast earlier this month, CNN has learned.

"The best thing you can do is keep your VP under control," Cheney told Emanuel, according to three sources familiar with the White House meeting that had previously not been disclosed publicly.

One of the sources, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the private meeting, said the room broke up in laughter because of Cheney's reputation for being a hard-charging vice president.

The meeting was called by current White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, who decided to bring together 13 of his predecessors in the top job from both parties to try to offer Emanuel some bipartisan advice.

Among the attendees were Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, each of whom served as chief of staff to President Gerald Ford. Other attendees included former Clinton chiefs John Podesta and Leon Panetta.

The sources familiar with the meeting told CNN that Rumsfeld advised Emanuel not to think he's indispensable, and told him that since it's a back-breaking job, he needs to identify his successor early. Rumsfeld's successor as Ford's chief of staff was Cheney.

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Donald Rumsfeld • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    Ah how ungrateful the far left is. You should be thanking your lucky stars that Bush and Cheney got on offense against terrorists. 75 million people now live in what will become free democracies, thousands of terrorists are dead and there hasn't been an attack on the US since 9/11. I'd vote for Bush/Cheney again if I could.

    December 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Give Me A Break!

    I truly believe this administration is going to rock! Buckle up folks for the ride folks cause we are going to see first hand how its done. It won't be done overnight, but Barak and team will get it done.

    December 17, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. patriot

    arent u guys supposed to be in berklee right now protesting the freedom of the shoe-thrower? who, before the war, would've been tortured and killed for such an act? That in itself just goes to show the amazing strides we have made in Iraq, that, only now, is everyone starting to realize, is the ONLY country in the middle east that has a democratically elected gov't, by the people (except for israel)... you should all be ashamed of yourselves. Go back to your dorms, and complain about how some 'right-wing nutjob' said something you don't agree with. It's called freedom of speech. and no, I don't have to trash talk or insult, or get violent to prove my point. E'tu, brute?

    December 17, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. di butler

    Someone here said the President /v.p. are responsible for killing babies, but if you vote for a pro-abortion candidate, then, you support the killing of babies. There have been 50 MILLION babies murdered in the nice name of abortion, does that not trouble you? A war is never popular, but sometimes neccessary. Whomever moderates this comment page does a lousy job. Hating others is a shameful way to go through life. I think the VP was making an inside joke, I don't even know why it is a big deal, he is not hated by these people like you here hate him. They are politicians, they hang out together, make policy together, etc. If you think they care about you people more than themselves, and each other, you're crazy. Pols are tighter knit than you know, I worked in DC at a federal building, Repubs and Dems hang together all the time.

    December 17, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Linda in MS

    Cheney is the most lifelike robot I have ever seen or heard. If only he had human emotions, he would be just like us!

    December 17, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Angie

    crazy cheney should have taken his own advice. now that he has lied,cheated,stole and tortured people, he should just shut the he!! up and go back under the rock he came out from 8 years ago.

    December 17, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Alex

    Why isn't the mainstream press talking about how Cheney literally admitted to war crimes in a TV interview the other day? Or the Senate Armed Services Committee report that documents how torture policy emanated directly from Rumsfeld and even Bush himself? As if there weren't enough smoking guns already...

    December 17, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |

    Cheney is heartless MONSTER!!!

    December 17, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. Chicago

    So much for people having a sense of humor.

    Geesh, y'all.

    December 17, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Michael

    Cheney's first name really does describe him in one word.

    December 17, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. CMG

    Cheney: I have run out of adjectives on how to describe you.

    December 17, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. Steph

    Take your meds, please. You are delusional.

    December 17, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. RG

    I do love and respect Mr. Cheney. I would 10 to 1 rather have him president over Bush but he has served his country very well in the VP office. Thanks to Mr. Cheney in large part our country has been safe this last 7+ years.
    A HUGE thank you Mr. Cheney and well wishes from all your admirers.

    Run for president and we will vote for you.

    December 17, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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