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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soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Peter (CA)

    While it is obvious that Cheney is a vile sociopath, it would be much smarter for Gibbs to turn down the sarcasm. It just causes you to play defense.

    And let's get a clue right wingers-while "prominent Democrats" sponsored legislation that encouraged home loans, the legislation had restraints built in. It was Wall Street that jumped on the loans as a way to make money. They then packaged and sold them ,made their millions, and walked away. But, hey we can trust corporate America and deregulation is a good thing.

    March 16, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Jay Peller

    I am so sick and tired of the republican scum that ran and ruined our country for the past 8 years. We need to try them all for crimes against our people and foresaking the democracy that our country was built on.

    March 16, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Bill

    Cheney should crawl back into the hole that he came from. The man should thank God every day that the U.S. government has not started criminal proceedings against him for the crimes that he committed while he was Vice-President.

    March 16, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Dave in Savannah

    I preemptively apologize to all the good, hard working American snakes.

    The man is a snake. A real apple pushing, venom injecting, cave dwelling snake.

    March 16, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Ben

    Am I the only one who thinks Dick Cheney looks like Monty Burns from the Simpsons? Seriously...

    March 16, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Ron

    Why would anyone care about anything cheney says? Didn't he and his cohorts do enough damage in 8 years? Worst vice president in American history....he and his Texan partner put this country in the mess it's in, although the republicans are trying to rewrite history and blame Obama...pitiful. Slink away cheney, you had plenty of time to blather.

    March 16, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. fiscal responsibility

    Please Mr. Vice President do not talk abouth the current tax dodging adiministration you are starting to sound like Jimmy "the village idiot" Carter. The worst president of all time.

    March 16, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    @ Hey BIG Spender

    You want the truth? Bush and Cheney's ugly mugs are on the front of Al Qaeda's most popular recruitment brochure with the words "Gitmo" and "torturers" in Arabic right underneath.

    March 16, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. C W

    1. September 11, 2001 happened on Cheney & Bush's watch – they completely disregarded the August memo warning us that al Qaeda was determined to attack the United States using airplanes. And they did not enhance security measures at airports, etc., to help prevent that.

    2. The war in Afghanistan was justified; the war in Iraq was not. Cheney told us we'd be greeted as liberators; that Iraqi oil would pay for the war; that he'd be surprised if combat operations lasted 6 months.

    3. Everyone with an ounce of common sense knows that if you decrease income (by cutting taxes on the wealthy) and increase spending (for the two wars, plus unexpected events like Katrina), you are asking for financial trouble.

    This is just a sampling of the moronic, naive, incompetent and arrogant attitude of the previous Administration.

    Why anyone bothers to listen to Cheney – or give him an audience, John King – is beyond me.

    Cheney has proven unequivocally that he is an idiot.

    March 16, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Meat

    Good to see the new administration sticking to it's promise to rise above partisan politics. Anything to divert attention from the crap job they're doing so far.

    March 16, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. republicans hate america

    Nice i love it. keep hitting them for the slime balls these people are Gibbs. Hey Cheney got a question for you why were you not able to catch bin laden when you had the chance? figure you would not be able to torture people then would you.

    March 16, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Stu in Las Vegas

    So when are Cheney and Dubya going to jail for war crimes?

    March 16, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Brennan

    I think President Obama and Joe Biden should have a tag team cage match against Bush-Cheney.

    Joe Biden will power bomb what's left of Dick Cheney. Then, President Obama will finish off Mr. Vader with the peoples elbow.

    Bush will just sit around watching, like he did for eight years.

    March 16, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Hmmmm....

    yeah....very impressive.

    Glad to see my hard earned money paid taxes to pay someone with this incredible talent.

    March 16, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. kc

    The US regime in 2000-2008 let the events of 911 happen if not helped in the events of 911. This was done so the US empire can continually tax the world as all oil is bought and sold in US currency. This propped up the US dollar as supply/demand dictates. This occurred for decades until Saddam Hussein began to trade his oil in Euro's crippling the demand for the US dollar. The US regime didn't really care about Afghanistan as it was an orchestration for the onslaught that was about to occur. So all in all, the regime that was in control of the US during 2000-2008 was in fact responsible for both its current wars, if not thrusted itself into war.

    March 16, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Josh

    Dick Cheney is right!!! Unfortunately the only way you low lifes will see this is if we are attacked again. Even then you will believe your Messiah Obama couldn't have done anything. Wake up and look at history and you will see how lax the democrats have been in supporting our military. Take it from someone who had to draw food stamps under Jimmy Carter's reign just to feed my family when I was a soldier out their fighting for YOU!!!

    March 16, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Flex

    If Dick Cheney had his way, we would be shoveling hundreds of billions of dollars into Iraq. Now that we are spending federal money on our country, we're suddenly less safe?

    I feel much safer that the reckless republicans are not in control.

    March 16, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Dan from Philly

    It's a shame the Republicans have nothing more to offer than to snipe from the sidelines. If Cheney actually believed this, what if anything will he do about it? Why just say it on TV? What does that accomplish except scaring the American people (the Rs #1 tactic.)

    It's clear they are completely bereft of any meaningful or helpful ideas.

    March 16, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Mike C.

    The one person that Obama is trying to make himself out to be and to copy is the one person who surpressed the press the most, surpressed his enemies the most and violated the Constitution because of an emergency situation of war.

    That would be Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln even had his enemies deported for not supporting him.

    March 16, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Bill

    Good comparison. They both care more about the Republican party than they do about this country.

    March 16, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. C W

    Dick Cheney is evil. He controlled our country for 8 years. About the only independent decision Bush made was to not pardon Scooter Libby (guess he understood it when his dad, HW Bush, explained that outing a CIA operative is treason).

    March 16, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    @ malclave, who said "And the White House's campaign against individuals continues."

    I'd rather that than they do what the Bushtard and Cheneybot did...campaign against EVERYONE's individual rights.

    March 16, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. brack obama is just b.o.

    just another article that shows that obama and his henchmen will not put up with dissenting views. If you don't agree, you are either partisan, stupid or follow Limbaugh.

    I guess the dimocrats forgot what made this country strong.

    No it's not handouts, high taxes, high spending, forcing jobs overseas, rewarding laziness. John Kennedy did not say, "ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you", and striving for tha american dream is not being supported by the government, and having opposing views is unamerican.

    Sorry dimocrats. Those ideals are wrong. Obama is wrong.

    March 16, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Jackie in Dallas

    It was a well-known fact among the government and the military long before 9/11 that an attack was eminent. The FBI, CIA, and the military intel groups had all included the information in briefings to both Clinton and Bush. That Bush/Cheney discounted this information, yet had the gall to use unsubstantiated and discredited sources of intel to get us INTO the war in Iraq, just rubs salt in the wound. Then to make thousands more into terrorists by not following our own policy of refusing to use torture, a discredited method of getting any type of believeable and credible intel, is the icing on the cake.

    Cheney, go home. Your agenda to get billions of dollars of no-bid contracts for Halliburton has already been met and exceeded. You didn't make us safer, you made us look like hypocrites to the rest of the world, as well as lined your own pockets.

    March 16, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Jackson Plant

    Gibbs is a IDIOT!!!! Just like his boss the moron Biden! Obama is lowering his office daily by going after a private citizen! He needs to shut up and govern if that is what he truly wants to do. America enjoy you voted for them, disgraceful!!!

    March 16, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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