April 23rd, 2009
03:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Does anybody care what Dick Cheney thinks anymore?

 Join the conversation on Jack's blog.
Join the conversation on Jack's blog.

Dick Cheney is at it again. This time the former vice president is criticizing Pres. Barack Obama on the economy. Cheney tells the F-word network that the president's expansion of the federal government into the financial sector is likely to have "devastating" long-term effects.

He says he's "very concerned" about where the Obama administration is taking the country economically. Cheney adds that there doesn’t seem to be any kind of limits on spending - this coming from a member of the administration that more than doubled the national debt in eight years and gave $700 billion to Wall Street with virtually no questions asked.

Cheney said beyond growing deficits, he questions if the White House is redefining the relationship between government and the private sector. These comments are just the latest in a string of criticism aimed at the sitting president.

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Filed under: Cafferty File
April 23rd, 2009
03:11 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain warns the president of a possible 'witch hunt'

 McCain, who himself experienced torture tactics as a POW in Vietnam, has been a vocal critic of controversial interrogation techniques used by the Bush administration.
McCain, who himself experienced torture tactics as a POW in Vietnam, has been a vocal critic of controversial interrogation techniques used by the Bush administration.

(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain warned Thursday if President Obama prosecuted Bush administration officials who authorized harsh interrogation tactics on terrorist suspects, the process could "turn into a witch hunt."

"If you criminalize legal advice, which is basically what they're going to do, then it has a terribly chilling effect on any kind of advice and counsel that the president might receive," McCain said during an interview on CBS's "Early Show."

"To go back on a witch hunt that could last for a year or so frankly is going to be bad for the country," he said.

McCain, who himself experienced torture tactics as a POW in Vietnam, has been a vocal critic of controversial interrogation techniques used by the Bush administration. Earlier this year, the former 2008 Republican presidential nominee applauded President Obama's decision to end the use of waterboarding as a form of examination.

McCain, along with GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman sent a letter to the president Wednesday strongly urging him not to press charges on previous administration officials who provided legal analysis in regard to detainee interrogation, writing they "do not support the idea of a commission that would focus on the mistakes of the past."


Filed under: John McCain • President Obama
April 23rd, 2009
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

The politics of 'torture' heating up in Washington

Some congressional Democrats are calling for an investigation into controversial CIA interrogation techniques.
Some congressional Democrats are calling for an investigation into controversial CIA interrogation techniques.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Who knew what, and when?

Those questions, focused on recently released Bush-era CIA memos detailing "enhanced interrogations" of suspected al Qaeda members - are now being posed inside the Beltway, as calls by Democrats for an independent investigation into torture allegations have become louder.

House Minority Leader John Boehner said Thursday that the release of what he described as the "torture" memos is politically motivated.

"Last week, they [Obama administration] released these memos outlining torture techniques. That was clearly a political decision and ignored the advice of their Director of National Intelligence [Dennis Blair] and their CIA director [Leon Panetta]," Boehner said.

The Ohio Republican pointed out that he saw a partial list of the number of members of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans "who were briefed on these interrogation methods and not a word was raised at the time, not one word."

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Michigan, also blasted concerns being raised by Democrats.

"Only now that we have a new administration are people coming out who were aware of these programs saying wait a minute, these were terrible programs. In reality, two, three years ago, they signed off on it, they voted for legislation that funded these programs, and now all of a sudden these are terrible practices," he said.

But when asked whether or not she raised objections to the interrogation measures at the time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - a then-ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee - vehemently said "we were not, I repeat, we were not told that waterboarding or other enhanced methods were used."

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Filed under: CIA • Congress
April 23rd, 2009
03:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Woods photo released

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(CNN) – The White House has released a photo of President Obama and Tiger Woods taken in the Oval Office earlier this week.

The president agreed to meet with Woods after learning the golfer was in town to promote his upcoming charity tournament in the Washington area, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Tiger Woods
April 23rd, 2009
02:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to hold prime time 100th-day news conference

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will hold a prime time news conference next week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Thursday.

The news conference, set for 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, will be held on Obama's 100th day in office.


Filed under: President Obama
April 23rd, 2009
01:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Gates reluctantly supports release of interrogation memos

 Gates said he realized the documents would inevitably be released.
Gates said he realized the documents would inevitably be released.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates Thursday reluctantly supported the release of the government documents regarding interrogation techniques.

Gates, who used to be CIA director, said he realized that despite his and others' concerns about protecting the CIA agents involved, the documents would inevitably be released.

"The things that I was concerned about was first and foremost the protection of the CIA officers who were involved in the interrogations and who performed their duties in accordance with the legal guidance that they had been given by the Justice Department. I wanted to make sure, I felt strongly, the importance that they be protected," Gates told reporters during a tour of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina where he was watching Marines prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.

Gates said he was also concerned with the "potential backlash" in the Middle East and in the war zones. He said the release might have a negative impact on the troops.

But Gates said with all the congressional investigations being released and lawsuits, the release of the memos was going to happen.

"There is a certain inevitability that much of this will eventually come out," Gates said. "Pretending that we could hold all this and keep it all a secret, even if we wanted to, I think was probably unrealistic."


Filed under: CIA • Robert Gates
April 23rd, 2009
01:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama honors Holocaust victims, calls for confrontation of evil

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The free people of the world must use the lessons of the Holocaust to confront evil, President Barack Obama said Thursday during the Holocaust Days of Remembrance ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

"We know that evil has yet to run its course on Earth," Obama said, later adding, "May each of renew our resolve to do what must be done."

"We have the opportunity to make a habit of empathy, to recognize ourselves in each other, to commit ourselves to resisting injustice and intolerance and indifference in whatever forms they may take, whether confronting those who tell lies about history or doing everything we can to prevent and end atrocities like those that took place in Rwanda, those taking place in Darfur. That is my commitment as president, I hope that is yours as well."

Obama spoke at the annual remembrance of Nazi Germany's execution of approximately 6 million Jews during World War II. This year's theme for the commemoration established by Congress is "Never Again: What You Do Matters."


Filed under: President Obama
April 23rd, 2009
12:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's numbers high, but will they last?

Obama is enjoying high approval ratings, but history suggests they may not last.
Obama is enjoying high approval ratings, but history suggests they may not last.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A average of the most recent national polls indicates that nearly two out of three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing as president.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Thursday, 64 percent say they approve of how Obama's handling his duties as president. Twenty-eight percent disapprove.
The President's approval rating also stood at 64 percent in a CNN Poll of Polls compiled in January, just after inauguration.

"Most polls have shown Obama getting fairly high marks on most of the issues he has handled so far," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "One exception has been the way he has handled government assistance to failing banks and automakers. His numbers on the federal deficit are also low in comparison to his approval ratings on the economy and foreign policy."

So how does Obama compare to his predecessors in the White House around the first 100 days mark?

How's the president doing? CNN Radio breaks down the numbers

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Filed under: Uncategorized
April 23rd, 2009
12:15 PM ET
5 years ago

What FLOTUS would do if 'something bad happened to a country'

(CNN) – Kids say the darndest things.

Michelle Obama hosted a group of children at the White House for 'Take your child to work day' Thursday, and a student asked Michelle Obama what she would personally do if "something bad happened to a country."

"Well first of all, I'd wake my husband up if it were at night. And I'd tell him, hey buddy, you're the president, get down to the Oval Office and call some leaders," Obama told the group. "I'm married to the president and he has to worry about all that."


Filed under: Michelle Obama
April 23rd, 2009
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Woman who pleaded to Obama is still struggling

(CNN) - The homeless Florida woman who made a tearful plea for help from President Barack Obama earlier this year is still jobless and struggling
financially.

Henrietta Hughes caught the nation's attention in February when she cried for help during one of Obama's town hall meetings.

After her plea, Hughes was given a free home to live in temporarily. But she is still struggling to find a job and might soon lose that home, CNN television affiliate WINK reported Thursday.

Hughes, who is in her 60s, now faithfully goes to an employment center in Fort Myers in hopes of finding a job.

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Filed under: President Obama
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