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

Gibbs takes swipe at Cheney, 'Republican cabal'

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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. Independent_me

    I couldn't believe it myself when I heard Cheney blame the Democrats for the mess we're in!
    These kinds of Republicans are so evil and vile.

    We need more people like Meghan McCain!

    And I voted for Obama!

    March 16, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. A tired American

    Obama is doing a fantastic job pf protecting America and Americans. He chased Bush and Cheney out of the White House and took over the government. These two actions by themselves made us a lot safer than we had been in 8 years.
    Gibbs shouldn't have to apologize to Cheney. He only spoke the truth.

    March 16, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Walter

    If the White House actually took Cheney seriously, they would prosecute him for war crimes.

    We shall see.

    March 16, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Shawn

    Dick Cheney is evil.

    America has rejected his dangerous, paranoid, evil worldview and he should stay out of the spotlight if he doesn't want to get smacked down by a better man.

    Good for Gibbs for mocking Cheney while telling the TRUTH!

    March 16, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. DL

    This guy does NOT need to be talking about intelligence, honestly if those harsh methods generated such great results, why are we sitting in Iraq? And where is Bin Ladin? True the economy was a perfect storm caused by loans that shouldn't have been approved, and deregulation. But fact is to fix it, markets will have to have some restrictions and controls placed on them to keep it from being the wild west. Thats against everything the Repubs stand for, which is why they are becoming irrelevant.

    March 16, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Ellie

    Cheney is a waste of good air. This guy is delusional beyond words. I don't know why the HECK John King interviewed this fool. Oh yeah, it's because John King is Republican. Go figure.

    March 16, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. WhoCares?

    I think we are starting to see that Obama is done with being silent while these anti-american Republicans whine from the sidelines.

    March 16, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Sam

    Dick Cheney is sounding more like Hermann Goering every day. Capsules anyone?

    March 16, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. WhoCares?

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

    Too bad Bush didn't have the same sticky note eh?

    It's going to take Obama his full 8 years just to get us back to where we started before Bush destoyed our image.

    March 16, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. arithmetic is liberal

    Gibbs shouldn't talk abotu Cheney. It could undermine the inevitable investigation.

    March 16, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Deborah

    Robert Gibbs will be the Obama Administrations biggest downfall!

    When he comes on now, we switch the channel!

    What a CREEP!

    March 16, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Jeff

    I have never seen an administration use the bully pulpit as this administration does anytime someone disagrees with their policies. First the main stream media act like cheerleaders for Obama during the election – protecting him and not reporting on serious past relations, votes and ideologies – but now the Obama administration uses the media to attack anyone who disagrees with them. This is starting to look more and more like Venezuela and Cuba.

    March 16, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Lush Limprick and Osama bin Laden have the same vision for America - FAILURE!

    You go Robbie!

    "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."

    I am just wondering why you did not point out that the repubs had an opportunity to PREVENT 9/11, but Cheney and Rice ignored the Clinton info and briefings and the shrub was too busy cutting brush in Crawford on 8/12/01 when the daily brief "Osama bin Laden determined to attack U.S.A. was placed on his desk.

    You were too easy on 'em alho, the slam about not finding bin Laden was good!

    One correction, if the truth be known Cheney is probably THE most hated repub, Limprick down around #5.

    March 16, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Mari

    @ Anonymous.......... Nothing Cheney says is truth. He is as much a liar as Bush! Cheney would like nothing better than to see our nation attacked once more, just to be able to say "I told you so."

    Robert Gibbs is brilliant. Remember you far-right-mongers......... 9/11 happened ON BUSH/Cheney's WATCH! They ignore warnings from intelligence reports warning of an attack involving our airports and Bush DID NOTHING TO RAISE THE SECURITY LEVELS!

    Cheney has no credibility whatsoever.

    March 16, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Hey BIG Spender

    Gibbs is a snide lollisucker who should have a little more respect for the American people.

    We do not need more campaigning, we need the truth.

    March 16, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. walleye

    I have to laugh at how everyone jumps on Obama as having no world affairs experience. Washington has been full of these high powered world affairs experts for the last 8 years and look where it got us. Two wars, 4000+ brave americans dead, U.S. Status at an all time low and an economy that is second only to the great depression. Lets get the remaining Republican morons out of DC and lets keep them out.

    When gas was at $4.00/Gal I drove to Oregon. The only place where gas was about 50cents cheaper was Wyoming where Cheney comes from. I wonder how that could happen. The guy has his hands in everyones pocket. I think we should take HIM on a bird hunting trip and see what happens. Maybe we can get rid of this despicable old man once and for all.

    March 16, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Jason

    To Dennis...Clinton gave Bush several reports about Bin Laden. Do your research. On Aug. 6, 2001 Bush was given a report that said Al Quida would attack the US, most likely by plane, and they did nothing to investigate further.

    March 16, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Johnathan

    Gibbs good

    Cheney awful (criminal)

    March 16, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. pete

    It's good to see we have a partisan hack as our press secretary, one who has taken to heart the "leave childish things behind" comment.

    Bush and Chenney got lashed by the left on a daily basis for 6 years telling them how they were making the country less secure. Obama's not the country's first black president, he is the country's first translucent president, his skin is so thin you can see through it.

    Change is a joke!

    March 16, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. chelle

    But 9/11 happened on his WATCH!!! Why would Americans believe this man??? When Richard Clark was trying to get their attention, they were too busy to listen.....and look what happened. He's right – no attack since 9/11 but 9/11 was NINE MONTHS into Bush/Cheney. So for all you anti-Obama's does that mean Obama gets a free ride for anything that happens in the first year? I thought not – you haven't even given him two months ......and the economy is his fault. That makes 9/11 Bush and Cheney's fault....

    March 16, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Tim

    It's good to see we have a partisan hack as our press secretary, one who has taken to heart the "leave childish things behind" comment.

    Bush and Chenney got lashed by the left on a daily basis for 6 years telling them how they were making the country less secure. Obama's not the country's first black president, he is the country's first translucent president, his skin is so thin you can see through it.

    Change is a joke!

    March 16, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Charles Atlanta

    What else can Bush/Cheney say after 8 years of disastrous administration? "We have not had an attack after 9/11.". That is the ONLY think they can talk about (everything else is a big F.) But they forgot to tell you 9/11 shouldn't even happen. These terrorists came to US leagally, obtained training in US for flying planes, hijacked our airplanes using box cutters, and all the intelligence failed to stop the event. Guess what, where is Bin Laden? Why do we still have two unfinished wars? Why does the world have more terrorists than before? And remembered what Bin Lader said? He wants to bankrupt American. And he is very close achieving this.

    March 16, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Tim

    Is this mike on?

    March 16, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Nunya

    Whether they are able to contort the legal system to make their actions in fact legal or not, they clearly were not in accordance with the spirit of the constitution.

    And as for arguments of the nature 'They arent doing it our way so it will mean we are less safe', I say total BS. It's the same old 'with us or against us' carried to even greater extremes. Just because someone disagrees with your methods doesn't mean they disagree with your goals. No further attacks in seven years clearly is due as much to luck as it was to torturing internees at Guantanamo.

    Maybe we will continue to be as lucky for the next four or eight years as in the last seven, but you can be sure that they will be screaming blame at Obama as loud as anything in history if we're not...

    March 16, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Shawn

    Let's be honest.

    Bush/Cheney failed in "keeping Americans safe." Under their watch, thousands and thousands of Americans were killed by terrorists – the most in US history. Under their "leadership", Islamic terrorism quadrupled worldwide and it spread to NEW places. Like Iraq.

    Now they are trying to rewrite history and LIE (big surprise) their way out of their epic FAIL administration, and their disgraceful failure to bring terrorists to justice with the rule of law and American values.

    Shame, shame, shame on Dick Cheney.

    March 16, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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