March 16th, 2009
07:23 PM ET
9 years ago

Gibbs takes swipe at Cheney, 'Republican cabal'


Watch Gibbs take a swipe at Cheney.

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took a slap at Dick Cheney Monday, likening the former vice president to controversial talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh.

The comments came at the White House daily briefing, during which Gibbs dismissed Cheney's statement Sunday on CNN that several of President Obama's policies had left the country less safe.

"Well, I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy, so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal," he said. "I would say that the president has made quite clear that keeping the American people safe and secure is the job - is the most serious job that he has each and every day.”

On CNN's State of The Union with John King Sunday, Cheney defended the Bush administration's policies on the handling of enemy combatants.

"I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoy, of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11," he said. "I think it's a great success story. It was done legally, it was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles…"

Gibbs later dialed back his comments, after being asked by a reporter if the sarcasm was the official White House "sanctioned tone" toward the vice president.

Watch: Cheney questions Obama's policies

"Some times I ask forgiveness, rather than for permission," he said. "I hope my sarcasm didn't mask the seriousness of the answer…that for seven plus years the very perpetrators that the vice president says he's concerned about weren't brought to justice."

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  1. Griff............... on The Truth...

    You could get tooth-decay doing that. Maybe lose a few.

    March 16, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Kelly

    I'm surprised that Cheney would poke his head out from under his bunker....chicken.

    March 16, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. malclave

    And the White House's campaign against individuals continues.

    I guess with Obama's commitment to opacity as well as his enemies' list, he's trying to emulate Nixon.

    March 16, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Robert Gibbs is an absolute idiot! Nevermind what Cheney said (albeit the truth!), Gibbs stands up there at his little mike and stammers and stutters, can't even remember what he's supposed to say and cannot, for the life of him, "shoot from the hip" with a good answer!

    March 16, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. patrick

    I'm amazed that anyone can find any value whatsoever in what Cheney has to say.

    Not only have the Republicans caused this mess through deregulation which spurred the rush on mortgages, but he has the nerve to lecture on 'big government'. Such hypocracy.

    Every time a prominent republican opens his mouth about the mess that Obama's been asked to clean up, it only makes it worse for them.

    March 16, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. jrzshor

    "if the sarcasm was the official White House "sanctioned tone" toward the vice president."

    the white house communication nut needs to put a sticky note on his podium that reads " america (the world) is watching you, fool!

    March 16, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Peter

    What is Gibbs' problem? Doesn't he understand the White House isn't the campaign trail? His loose words are diluting White House policy and casting a pall over the entire adminsitration.

    March 16, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. mike in ohio

    love gibbs.

    hate cheney.

    March 16, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Frank, Las Vegas

    Cheney who shredded the Constitution at every opportunity is giving advise? Mr. Cheney, when we want advise from you, we'll ask. Please hold your breath until we do. This guy is a disgrace to our country and the true American values.

    Why does CNN continue to give air time to all these losers, day after day after day?

    March 16, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Felonious Monk

    Republican double talk. Did you see where the International Red Cross is calling for investigation and criminal charges against the Bush Administration.
    Just because Cheney says it is successful, just because Cheney says it is legal, doesn't make it successful or legal. This was the most secretive administration ever. They were much more secret than that drug dealing Reagan. If they were so successful why is Afghanistan the leading producer of poppy/heroin? They were not leading the world in this category before the U.S. invaded. That seems backwards.

    March 16, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Brian Crooks

    During the Bush Administration, we were attacked on our own soil after the President ignored a memo titled "Al Qaeda determined to strike within the US," Iran became more powerful, we brought Al Qaeda to Iraq, Russia became more threatening than they had been for 20 years, and terrorist attacks erupted in countries that had never before seen major terrorist attacks. Tell me again, why do we trust Cheney on national security?

    March 16, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. steve

    Dick Cheney is evil and the pathetic interview CNN own John king conducted yesterday show how awful the media has become.
    He has no credibility as a serious journalist if he is one.

    March 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |

    They were brought to justice Mr. Gibbs. Most of them involved are not sitting in a cell in Guantanamo. Where they belong. No charges, just a life time of sitting there wondering why they went up against the most powerful country in the world. Thank you Mr. Cheney for helping to keep us safe. History will show your efforts even though the bleeding heart liberals here won't admit to it.

    March 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Chris

    There are many people beside Mr. Cheney who believe that our country is or will soon be -– less safe and open to terrroist attacks just as it was before 9/11. Someone in our government please take note!

    March 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Typical

    I have learning something from Obama's time in office. They are great at attacking others and trying to deflect attention from their radical policies. If they spent as much time worrrying about our economy as they worrry about Limbaugh and Cheney we might get some confidence back in the markets.

    March 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Scott the Independent

    Cheney is a paranoid old man with hidden demons and a power hungry drive to control the strings of those in power. He is death walking is fully aware of it. He never severed the people – never intended to and never will in his remaining days. I understand the reason for speaking back to him but I'm even more pleased he is an image of the past.

    March 16, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Pee Wee

    Robert Gibbels, I would expect a better tone. I don't think I ever heard Tony Snow or Dana Perino or any one else refer to members of the other party as a cabal. If we want jokes we'll turn on Jon Stewart or Leno. Stick to your business and go do the stand up routine in Georgetown...after work hours.

    March 16, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    So far, Obama has kept us safe. So, we have to give him credit for that.

    March 16, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Lance

    Cheney has gotten to be laughable. No one takes this idiot seriously.
    Well, maybe Ann Coulter. Morons.

    March 16, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. OwensIRE

    "...that for seven plus years the very perpetrators that the vice president says he's concerned about weren't brought to justice." Ha...Gibbs and this admin is such a joke. Yea, the perpetrators that will soon be released from Gitmo or the ones that were recently let off the hook that brought terror on the USS Cole. Didn't Obama meet with the families and tell them he wasnt going to pursue justice? Sounds more like this admin isnt bringing justice. To me justice has been brought on the battle field for the ones we didnt capture. This comment is just wrong by this non-experienced admin. What a joke.

    March 16, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Staunch Democrat

    You would think that Cheney would "lay low" despite public appeals to be investigated, however he will not retire quietly and give his pacemaker a rest.

    This goes to show you that some, but not all far Right-White are having difficulty accepting the fact that the United States is being represented by a man...not quite White like them. GET ON OR GET GONE GOP!

    March 16, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Big Ed

    Go away! You had your turn and YOU BLEW IT! It's time to clean up your mess and we don't need your help!

    March 16, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. sorry,I dont get paid to post

    I will feel safe when we see a toetag from prison,with his name on it.

    March 16, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Shooky

    Gibbs is a joke. He is so hapless it's amazing that he was given that job! On the other hand, he was hired by Obama, and we've all seen his great judgement when it comes to hiring staff. Obama could really lower the nations unemployment rate if he could ever prove competent enough to fill all the open positions in his staff, problem is he would probably employ more people as inept as Gibbs.

    March 16, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Cursten Steele

    Obama better toss Gibbs under the bus, as Gibb is partisan and Obama says he is not.

    March 16, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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