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. Pepou

    Cheney, the worst creep this country ever elected.

    March 16, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Cheney should count his lucky stars that Congress isn't pursuing criminal charges against him and his whole administration for torture and other abuses of the U.S. Constitution.

    He spent the past 6 years taking away the rights of Americans and sending U.S. soldiers to die in Iraq so that his cronies in the military industrial complex and in big oil could line their pockets at the expense of the American taxpayer.

    He should be charged, found guilty, and then punished, starting with a public stockade with a stack of rotten tomatoes that Americans could throw at him.

    March 16, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. RB, Sonoma County, CA

    Whoever lifted up that rock, allowing Cheney to stick his nose out from under it, please PUT IT BACK!

    March 16, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Anita

    Gibbs needs to focus on giving the American public and the White House Press Corp HONEST answers instead of constantly attacking reporters and pundits who are only asking the questions Americans truly want answered.

    March 16, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Doug from OH

    @patrick March 16th, 2009 4:42 pm ET

    "Not only have the Republicans caused this mess through deregulation which spurred the rush on mortgages"

    You need to look into some of the practices sponsored by prominent Democrats regarding reg/dereg to promote targeted mortgage lending. Targeted to those who were never able nor willing to fulfill the loan commitment.

    March 16, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Anita

    Gibbs is a joke!

    March 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Sharon Kitchen

    why is cheney sliding out from a rock right now?????
    should he not be more enterested in keeping a very loowwwww zone?
    Rove is out and about ......wonder what all he might have said?????
    Was cheney mentioned?
    do not forget libby........

    March 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. jaye

    Thank you Robert Gibbs!
    Cheney needs slapped upside the head for his remarks...Americans are sick and tired of all the warmongering gloom and doom from the republicans. All they know is gloom and doom and warmongering and they're the ones that got our country into the mess in the first place!
    So, we're sick of the republican rhetoric, their innuendo, and their tales of woe.
    BTW – where is Cheney's wheelchair and hat??? LOL

    March 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Fitz in Texas

    Well, if it came from anyone else other than Robert Gibbs I might pay attention, but this guy is clueless.

    March 16, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. HonestMistake

    Why is Gibbs always commenting about these things. All he has to say about the important issues is "I'll have to get back to you on that." But this stuff he can comment on.

    March 16, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Ex-Republican

    I pray to god that the current administration investigates and prosecutes Cheney and Bush for all of their crimes against humanity and our nation.

    With politicians like Bush and Cheney, who needs terrorists?

    March 16, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Cristine C.

    Dick Cheney is deranged and evil and that is one scary combo.

    March 16, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. 60's survivor

    Cheney like rush limbaugh deserve no response ... they are only contributing to the overall negatve response to a transparent administration and they have a problem dealing with That!!

    March 16, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. anthony s

    Thanks Mr. VP; I've lost my savings/retirement along with millions of Americans. How dare you say the Bush Administration didn't mess us all up. Why in the heck did over $300 billion get sent out to the "fats cats" and no one is held accountable? No one in Washington seems to know where the money went! This country political community needs an enima! "Kiss my skinny black depleted 401K!"

    March 16, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |

    Get the hook. For a man that ripped off America with No Bid Contracts with Haliburton, who is he to have a say in anything. How much did Cheney "pocket" on these two wars????

    And, he said, Americans can't depend on entitilements."

    March 16, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Max

    Very childish White House we have right now. I don't care for Cheney or Rush, but I'm getting tired of being informed by Obama's team that I do.

    March 16, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Saad from NJ

    Send Cheney to an undisclosed location and put Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, O' Reilly and Shawn Hannity with him. They would be a happy bunch of people with like minds and our country would be a better place.... lol...

    Fellow bloggers, do NOT get mad at Cheney or any of the above. It's God's doing. He/she did not give them a normal brain. Don't know his/her reasoning but God's doing is the only thing that can justify why they are who they are.

    March 16, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. bernard

    dick head cheney and his rethugnacan party are nothing but corpritists or corpret socialists and the sooner 2010 election rolls around the better there will be even less of these corpret socialists left in the senate and the house . SIMPLE FACT UNDER YOUR WATCH CHENEY UNDER THE CORPRET SOCIALISTS EG THE GOP WE WERE ATTACKED YOU AND THE GORPRET SOCIALIST PARTY FAILED TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE . ITS A FACT . so please cheney sit down and shut up you have nothing constructive to say , just look at the country after you cheney ran the show with your puppet gw bush and the corpret socialist party the gop .

    March 16, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Jim

    So, let me get this straight...

    The administration that allowed 9/11 to occur and then bungled the hunt for the perpetrators for seven long, fruitless years, now wants to paint itself as the heroic and successful defenders of the good ol' USA?

    Do they excise the irony bone from Republicans at birth or are they simply born without one?

    March 16, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. C. FIrth - Canada

    Obviously, Dick Cheney cannot deal with not having his hand on the power controls as he did for the past eight years. At least Bush and other former government officials have accepted the fact they are no longer in power and have quietly moved to the shadows. Not Dick, who cannot come to grips with not running the country. Clearly the Republicans are done until they change as the profile of America evolves and having an enterainer like Rush Limbaugh as the face and the mouth of the party cannot do anyone any good (except for Rush who craves the limelight.)

    March 16, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Ex-Republican

    Thanks Cheney and Bush, for causing us to be attacked on Sept 11. For 60 years we were safe, even Carter kept us safe.It only took four planes to get by your watchful eye. What a fricking failure the two of you were!

    March 16, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Ex-Repug Gal

    I'm starting to like Gibbs. The problem is that Cheney only belongs on CNN if they are reporting that he is finally going on jail. Other than that he's only a good reason to switch channels.

    March 16, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Dennis

    I don't see how Bush got us atttacked. He was working with "intelligence" left from the Clinton administration.

    March 16, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Darko

    Political affiliations aside, I think we can all agree that Gibbs has given the term 'moron' a new meaning...

    March 16, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. ~~ July ~~

    Taking Dick Cheney word on anything is believing there is a Santa Claus ...

    He says ' good morning .. sunny day '

    trust me I will have to check outside myself to see if indeed it is a morning and if the sun is out.

    March 16, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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