December 22nd, 2008
05:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden has some sympathy for Bush - but none for Cheney

There’s no love lost between Biden and Cheney.
There’s no love lost between Biden and Cheney.

(CNN) – Joe Biden says he has some sympathy for George Bush after the president became the target of a shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist – but the Vice president-elect struck a tougher tone on Dick Cheney, the man he is set to replace.

“It's presumptuous to feel sorry for another man,” Biden told CNN’s Larry King in an interview set to air Monday night. “But I feel somewhat – I feel somewhat badly for him. I think the incident in Iraq was – was unfortunate, that guy throwing the shoes. It was just – it was just uncalled for and was – I think that President Bush and, unlike Vice President Cheney, is, upon reflection beginning to acknowledge some of the serious, if not mistakes, misjudgments that he made.”

Watch Biden on CNN's Larry King Live tonight at 9.m. ET

It’s the latest in a series of swipes between the current vice president and the man who will replace him, and stands in marked contrast to the largely complimentary comments President-elect Barack Obama and Bush have traded since Election Day.

Biden – who referred to Cheney during the campaign as one of the most “dangerous” vice presidents in U.S. history – told ABC Sunday that Cheney’s opinions on executive power were “dead wrong,” and had not been healthy for the country. He pledged to “restore the balance” between the president and vice president.

Cheney himself told an interviewer Sunday that "if [Biden] wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that's obviously his call."

In response, the vice president told FOX News that "if [Biden] wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that's obviously his call. President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president and, apparently, from the way they're talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role as I have had during my time."


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  1. Everything in Moderation

    What a sore winner. Hopefully only four years of this guy.

    December 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. JFK

    I have to disagree. I dont feel bad for either of them.

    December 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. flybyshoeing

    What is going on with his face. Way to much Botox and eye surgery.

    December 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Ed in Arizona

    It is hardly surprising that Cheney thinks a criticism of himself is a diminishing of the office that he has criminally abused. L'etat c'est moi is a fair reading of Dick's view of Dick. And, of course, there is no sympathy expressed by Dick for the poor fool he has led around the lethal merry-go-round for eight years.

    Go Joe. You shine.

    December 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Bush was the RIGHT man at the right time.... can anyone really say we would have not had several 9/11's by now if Gore had come to power??? I shudder to think.....Gore would have been an appeaser and a poll-follower. Bush stuck to his convictions and principles... and Thank God for that.

    For all you Bush-Cheney bashers out there.... do you really expect us to be quiet when Obama and Biden start to make mistakes????? God knows they will.......

    December 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. HouseDiva

    Cheney and Bush were terrible leaders, and the both of them should be tried for treason and war crimes.

    How can you feel sorry for Bush when he AND Cheney testified while holding hands behind closed doors for the 911 c'omission?"

    and why haven't their testimonies been investigated and made public?

    common CNN quit practicing yellow journalism!

    December 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    No doubt about it, he's correct. I feel more sorry for the people of the United States. We are left with a huge mess to clean up. Dee – never blog while under the influence of ignorance. Oh, and Gen. Patton – it's one thing to have people suspect your ignorance, it's another to blog and prove it.

    December 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. TSRVT

    Dick Cheney is an unrepentant, evil 'man'. I honestly hope he gets his just deserts one day.

    December 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Alex, NC

    Joe Biden, I feel sorry for you, you are a complete idiot and a person that has no resepct for the president or the vice president. I just hope you and your buddy obama dont screw too much up in the 4 years you will undeseverdly have in office!

    December 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Virginia

    Well, Joe, did the words choke in your throat when saying all that gibberish? Your quotes made you sound as incompetent as everyone says Sarah Palin sounded. I am sure that Mr. Bush doesn't want or need your sympathy. While I was not pleased with all that Mr. Bush did in his 8 years, he has kept us safe and has kept his eye on that goal since 9/11. Even those who hate him have that to thank him for. Save your sympathy, Joe, for Obama and yourself in 4 years.

    December 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. anthony

    Joe is just sore at the shoe that Dick throw at him during the fox interview Sunday.

    When history tells the story of the Bush years, it won't be bad. Even though the bush haters in the media say it is.

    December 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. rbn alexandria, mn

    I think Bush has some great qualities. Do we blame Tune in, drop out & turn on of the 1960's on Nixon? What we have had happen recently in our the world of economics was not an act of God but quite the opposite and that is called greed. Bush is our President not God or greed. Even the Churches should have been screaming for the peoples sake long before the markets crashed.

    December 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Chris from STL

    I've no sympathy for either ...

    December 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Obama 08

    Don't feel bad for George Bush. He'll be just fine with his millions at his new house in Dallas.

    December 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Yeah, Cheney's had a "consequential role" alright. Negative consequences. He is most definitely evil.

    December 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Grimm

    Bush and Cheney should both answer for the wrongs they have done.

    December 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Dale, Phoenix

    I disagree that throwing the shoe was uncalled for. I would love to throw a shoe at President Bush.
    And I know alot of other Americans, that would like to throw a shoe, a sock, a rock, a vase and probably alot more at the worst President in the history of the world

    December 22, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. John

    Who's Cheney?! Oh yeah.... our MIA VP who has been WORTHLESS. What the hell has he done in the past 8 years?! Seriously people, take a good hard look at his record and tell me ONE thing he did during this administration. What was his role (other than staying in hiding and going in-out of surgeries), what was his agenda, what were his priorities???? Not only will Bush go down as one of the worst Presidents, I can also say that Cheney was one worthless VP.

    December 22, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. JL

    Interesting, Biden is correct and was correct in calling Cheney a danger, the man (Cheney) is very much a danger to America and all it stood for in the past. I do not agree with Biden about Bush however, he (Bush) deserved more shoes then the two thrown at him. What he and Cheney have done to the World is disgusting to say the least. Biden is a good man and to me I wished more people would speak out against such dumb*ss as Bush and Cheney. They both have really done this country a major disservice.

    December 22, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Plutarch2008

    One man went to war. The other became Vice President of the United States of America. Both were never heard from again!

    December 22, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. tim

    If they indict before the 1st night will that mean the Biden becomes
    the President. Does Obama have to be sworn in before
    Biden can be President?

    December 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. No incumbents 2010

    You freaking bleeding hearts wouldn't know a war criminal if it bit you.
    Get your head out of your rears and grow up! The world is not going to love us anymore than it ever has. The only way to get all these crazy terrorist to love us is to convert to Islam. I say if they want a Jihad lets give them what they want.

    December 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. EVERYMAN

    ATTENTION CNN.COM. YOU SHOULD REQUIRE AT LEAST A THIRD GRADE EDUCATION FOR MAKING COMMENTS ON THIS SITE.

    December 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. CTSadler

    If there is a hell, Cheney deserves to rot in it.

    December 22, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Louis

    I don't feel sorry for Bush or Cheney. I feel sorry for the families and souls of 4,000 brave soldiers and 100,000 innocent Iraqis who died in an unnecessary war that never should have happened. How these two incompetent leaders sleep at night is beyond comprehension.

    December 22, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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