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. Greg

    TO Texas Teacher:

    All the evidence was in the emails that they illegally deleted. Just another thing they did, deleting the peoples emails.

    I'd say the fact that only the fringe conservatives approve of what that administration did and the fact that it's regarded as one of the worse is good enough but they the damage they've done to this country needs to be addressed.

    March 16, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Casey

    Robert March 16th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

    Silly democrats, you'll see the ruin that's left after this social experiment. Hope you like calling each other comrade…

    LOL. Buddy, you obviously have never been outside of the USA because I hear this sad sad statement too many times. So in your world the only Socialist countries that exist are behind iron curtains? You really need to pick up a book from time to time.

    March 16, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Tim, PA

    Very simply, if we were using intelligence gathering methods, that for a fact prevented terrorist attacks on the U.S. (i.e. Heathrow for one), and Obama is taking that ability away, then doesn't logic follow that that makes it easier for us to miss critical intelligence, and by definition, less safe? It seems that Obama is more concerned with political rhetoric than dealing with the harsh reality of war-time policy

    March 16, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. James

    Clearly Departed March 16th, 2009 5:38 pm ET

    When is the Obama White House going to stop campaigning against Bush? Hasn't anyone told Obama that he won the election, and that Bush wasn't even running in it?
    Well said the losers on the left need someone to blame for everything that goes wrong in their pathetic lives.

    March 16, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. banderson

    I love the comparison to Limpbaugh!!!

    March 16, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Dah


    If handouts were not permitted, then Cheney would be broke. We were more successful in finding Osama Bin Laden than we were finding Cheney when he was VP. Now..... look who jumps out of the woodwork.. handout to Haliburton king. And unless, people are in a coma, jobs are already overseas.

    March 16, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Jake

    Not sure if the "electric chair" quote carries any weight, but Cheney is a "former" VP and an angry guy that didn't see Bush go his way with pardons.

    Frankly, I think he should be charged with treason and war crimes, but more importantly, he needs to just STFU. His time is over!

    March 16, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Semper Fi

    Hey Blake,

    Your son votes Democrat because he doesn't want to do his job. If he wants to serve, then serve, not take it for a job because he can't find one on the outside.

    March 16, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Sick of Dirty Obama

    Gibbs is the voice of Obama – how very non-partisan and professional of him.

    By the way, Cheney claims that his policies broke-up several major terror plots. Now that Obama is in the WH he has access to all US Intel. If Cheney's claims were not true, WE WOULD HAVE HEARD ABOUT IT FROM OBAMA and loudmouth GIBBS.

    Obama's silence is PROOF THAT CHENEY WAS RIGHT!!!!
    Obama's silence is PROOF THAT CHENEY WAS RIGHT!!!!
    Obama's silence is PROOF THAT CHENEY WAS RIGHT!!!!
    Obama's silence is PROOF THAT CHENEY WAS RIGHT!!!!

    March 16, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. dear liberals

    When the terrorists hit our country again, are you going to blame your limp wrist hero BO? You all are so full of crap and have no clue what it takes to keep our country safe. Keep whining and crying about your rights and see what happens over the next 4 years. Trouble is coming and you better pray that somebody with some nuts stands up and fights for our country. Flat sad how many whiny liberals we have in this country. All talk and no substance. People see what is happening and the real change is coming. Just wait.

    March 16, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. mntnman

    Why do you all care so much about this media created, who cares nonsense. Cheney is no longer vice-anything. His opinion is as relevant as say, my neighbors. Obama is president. Let him run things a while. He was elected fair and square - its his government now. As for all the critics - he's been in office for 50 days. How about we give things a little time before we decide whether it is a failure or a success? I am done with Bush-Cheney. Old news, don't care. I'm looking forward, not back. Maybe we should all focus on that for a change.

    March 16, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Steve

    Dennis: Bush had a PDB read to him that said bin laden determined to attack in the US. Will hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings.

    Also, Clinton told him as they were trasitioning that bin Laden was the biggest threat to America's security, and Richard Clarke was trying to get anybody in the administration's attention.

    Had Bush said "oh goodness, this sounds serious. Lets start having meetings," or ANYTHING that indicated he wasn't asleep at the switch, and we got attacked, I'd be less inclined to blame him. He didn't. He didn't lift a finger to respond to that.

    March 16, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Mel

    Honestly, it fits.

    And people it has nothing to do with dissenting voices, and everything to do with how bad they are for the country. They have proven that they are incompetant. If you can't see that, then you have a serious problem with your mental state.

    March 16, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. jo an gaines

    Cheney and 'Made Off' to the same jail,,,both of them are theives and crooks.
    Take all the money Cheney got from his 'war contracts'....give it to the Iraqi widows.....all million of them

    March 16, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Education4Conservatives

    We need to educate our conservative friends and promote education for them because it is sad to see some of our fellow Americans following the footsteps of their hero, George W Bush.

    March 16, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. John Shepherd

    Cheney is a master politician. Under Bush number one Cheney said Iraq was not worth another drop of American blood. Now he defends the blood of thousands of American men and women who have loss their lives. How did Iraq become so worthy?

    John Shepherd

    March 16, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Jacque Bauer

    Gibbs' claim of "Mission Accomplished" for Obama's new policies is pretty astonishing and naive given that they have no track record, and that most experts agree that they are doomed to failure.

    March 16, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. BB

    I'm really tired of all this partisan garbage. All these commenters that want to blame 911 on Bush seem to forget that Clinton had an opportunity to take Bin Laden out and choked. They also have forgotten that Clinton almost single handedly dismantled the intellegence mechanism that failed to give Bush the data he needs. Before all of you Bush/Cheney fans say yeah, remember that Bush and Cheney got America into a war that has almost bankrupted us and has caused us to bring some of America's finest young people home in body bags. Instead of rehashing history and talking about how bad Bush was or how bad Obama is can we all remember that we are all Americans and try to move forward to with some solutions. The American people have spoken. Bush and Cheney are now irrelevant.

    March 16, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. UberZero

    Hmm. I thought the liberals would grow up and act more intelligently now that "their" guy is in office. I guess I couldn't be more wrong...

    March 16, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Tony D

    Comig from the person responsible for illegal torture which will surely come back to haunt U.S. I would suggest someone drag him out from under his cave and bring him to justice.

    March 16, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. 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 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. AL

    How about over 5,000 us soldiers dead in a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, or the fact that said country is now the biggest recruiting tool for al queda or how about the fact that the invasion led to the increase in oil prices because Iraq was also one of the biggest oil supplier to the US.

    March 16, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Thanks to Cheney for enriching his company, while our men in the field went without the equipment they needed.

    March 16, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Greg

    9/11 happened on Bush and Cheney's watch. They were even warned about it beforehand.

    March 16, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. ConservativeLife

    I am a conservitive and I am stil a big fan of Cheney. He protectd us from evel. And he protectud us from Iraq and al qada. The demicrats are not gona protect us from anyting. The conservitive lifestyle will live on forevar.

    March 16, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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