March 23rd, 2009
11:41 AM ET
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On '60 Minutes,' Obama rebukes Cheney criticism

In a '60 Minutes' interview, President Obama said, 'I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney'.
In a '60 Minutes' interview, President Obama said, 'I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney'.

(CNN) – President Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that the hardest decision he's made since taking office was to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Also in the interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama defended his decision to shut down the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and he countered criticism from former vice president Dick Cheney.

"I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney - not surprisingly," Obama said. "I think that Vice President Cheney has been at the head of a movement whose notion is somehow that we can't reconcile our core values, our Constitution, our belief that we don't torture, with our national security interests. I think he's drawing the wrong lesson from history."

Obama was responding to comments Cheney made to CNN's "State of the Union" on March 15, when he said the president is making the nation less safe by closing the Guantanamo prison and ending interrogation practices that Bush administration critics consider torture for terror suspects.

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  1. Al, California

    Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush, if they have any criticism, they should tell it from prison. Why are they still free?!

    March 23, 2009 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  2. kingsley igbinake

    did bush/cheney goverment policy makes america safe?no way. president obama ,do your thing so long the people are behind you.

    March 23, 2009 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  3. Tom C

    Cheney is a despicable human being who deserves to spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison as the war criminal that he is. if I were him, I would want to be keeping a very low profile rather than ticking off the powers that be.

    March 23, 2009 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  4. jerome

    The President is doing a wonderful job in his first few days in the WH. VP Chaney, even from the outside is still using the same scare tactics he used when he was in office. If it comes to it, we've held prisoner on U.S. soil during wartime before, what is he of all people afraid of? Oh, I forgot, he like all Repubs. is hoping Obama's policies fail...(Rush clones...)!

    March 23, 2009 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  5. Camilla

    And this I believe is exactly why President Obama is President of the United States today. Well said, Mr. President.

    March 23, 2009 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  6. yeahrighttttt

    He's right on the target. Republican really makes America safer by making it the enemy of the world.

    March 23, 2009 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  7. Floyd in New York

    This kid Obama is WAY out of his league !

    March 23, 2009 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  8. Karen - Missouri

    The last person I care about hearing from is Cheney! Bush and Cheney have done enough to damage this country and the Repubs now in Congress are trying to do the same instead of solving our problems. All they care about is their precious Repub Party and witch hunts. They all need to just shut up and get work done to SOLVE problems...not BE the problem.

    March 23, 2009 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  9. Dawn

    President Obama has a plan in motion, Dick Cheney was a warmonger and he loved torturing people. Torture is against the law against the US Constitution.... Hey when people yell about the 2nd Admendment, remember we always had one Admendment constantly taken away and that is our 1st, Freedom of Speech.

    President Obama is not a warmonger and he would rather end both wars and do what the late John Lennon sang..."GIVE PEACE A CHANCE"

    CNN please post this!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 23, 2009 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  10. Val in AL

    Even on Obama's worst day, he will still be better than the shenanigans that happened in the Bush White House.

    March 23, 2009 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  11. chuck

    Dick Cheney,George Bush and Donal Rumsfeld are the three most feared terrorists in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    March 23, 2009 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  12. Tulsa L

    Saw the interview and Obama was right on about Chaney.......you know what is ruining this country? The politics from the Democrats and republicans in Washington.......they won't work together for the people that voted them into office they are only concerned about their Party and their re-election and in the mean time we go down the sewer..........so it is up to the American people to show them who is the real boss.......we are....vote tthem all out in the next election.....ALL OF THEM

    March 23, 2009 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  13. Va 4 Obama

    President Obama is EXACTLY right....there is absolutely NO proof that the illegal, inhumane, unconstitutional holding of detainees by the Bush/Cheney administration at Guantanomo Bay has made us any safer from terrorist attack. What the Bush/Cheney administration did accomplish was to diminish our reputation world-wide and increase the chance that Al Queda will strike again.

    Dick Cheney should be quiet and treasure his days as a free man as I hope they are numbered. Like the saying goes "what goes around, comes around!"

    March 23, 2009 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  14. Gerald

    BHO , I just plain do not believe you and despise your socialist plans

    March 23, 2009 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  15. TCM

    Obama laughs at the trillion he printed....he's making a mockery of the country, and laughing about it.....

    March 23, 2009 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  16. Mike in Oahu

    A nation afraid to stand for it's core values is a nation that won't stand for long.

    Cheney acted from fear, as a coward would. The result has been catastrophic with our diplomatic relations around the world. He should humbly go to pasture while the current administration fixes the nations credibility with the rest of the world.

    March 23, 2009 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  17. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Dick Chaney might never have read that "whatsoever a man sows that shall he reap".

    March 23, 2009 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  18. S Callahan

    I thought it was a pretty good interview...and Pres. Obama was pretty frank.....I mean really, how many terrorists have we 'actually' prosecuted? He was right to comment on Cheney's instigation....
    the devil is always in the details of the information offered to the mind..best to clarify things. The Constitution is sacred to the American people...it should be protected at all costs and with great thought and not emotional acting or actions
    I don't quite get where people are in an uproar over him laughing in the interview....I mean..it was more likely a nervous laugh...

    March 23, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. jummai

    i wonder why the President is dignifying Dick Cheney by responding to him when we are are witness to what they all represent in eight years!

    March 23, 2009 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  20. Sarah

    Don't forget Obama was left a HUGE mess from Cheney and Bush !!

    March 23, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  21. J.Crobuzon

    He's being too nice to Cheney. I think Cheney is a criminal and every 'mistake' he made was part of a plan to wreck this country for financial gain. That Bush guy had something to do with it too.

    March 23, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  22. Mark

    We are going back to the Clinton era of letting the islamic extremist have a free ride.

    Same liberals will be whining that the gov't didnt do enough to stop the next one as well.

    March 23, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  23. phoenix86

    Obama is making the nation less safe from an international perspective clearly. Iran openly rebuked Obama's call for peace.

    On the domestic front, even the Congressional Budget Office says that Obama's domestic spending plan threatens the stability of the nation.

    Obama needs to be completely foolish not to see the writing on the walls.

    March 23, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  24. Dakota Kyle Evans

    Of course President Obama disagrees with Cheney, President Obama respects the Constitution.

    March 23, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Cheney has some hell of a nerve offering suggestions or opinions to someone else considering the damage he has done to our country.

    March 23, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
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