April 24th, 2009
12:48 PM ET
9 years ago

Liz Cheney: Obama doesn't 'stand up' and defend America

(CNN) - Liz Cheney, former State Department official and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, defended her father's string of tough comments aimed at President Obama, telling an interviewer that the former VP believes the new president is taking the nation down a "dangerous" path and that he has an "obligation to stand up."

"I think he is concerned that some of the things that we have seen President Obama do, particularly on his overseas trip in terms of not taking the opportunity to stand up and defend America when Daniel Ortega delivers a 50-minute screed against the United States [during the Summit of the Americas]," she told MSNBC in an interview that aired Thursday.

"I think that there's a real concern. I mean, the message that we saw coming out of the last few foreign trips - I mean, forget Republican and Democrat, as an American it concerns me when I have a president that doesn't stand up and say, 'Wait a minute, you know, I'm going to defend the United States of America because we are a beacon of hope for people all around the world,'" she said.

"The vice president thinks it's very important, when you see the country go down paths that are concerning and dangerous, and when you see the current administration making decisions that really do have the potential to make us less safe, in those circumstances I would say the vice president doesn't think there's an obligation to be silent - in fact, I think he believes the opposite, which is there's an obligation to stand up..." she said.

Former President Bush has said publicly that the new president deserves his silence. Cheney said her father had not sought the former president's approval for his recent comments. "He doesn't need permission," she said.

The former vice president has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of the new administration, telling CNN in an interview last month that Obama's decisions had put the country at greater risk of a terrorist attack.

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  1. richard miller

    Sorry Liz, but your daddy ought to be tried for his crimes against the state. Your father worked in secrecy during his years in government and because of that, the American people have lost many of their sacred rights from his snooping into their e-mails, through wiretaps and outright illegal activities. The man needs to be sent to jail.

    April 24, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. AJ

    After 8 years in office, it is amazing to know that former VP Dick Cheney just realized that he can speak.

    His silence over the past eight years did not help America in any way, shape, or form, and his daughter's tirade is not helping either.

    Both father and daughter are just bitter and grumpy, which is why the apple never falls far from the tree.

    April 24, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Andy

    Obama's approach to representing the USA is simply different than that of his predecessor. Obama deliberates and reflects before opening his mouth. It's not his style to shoot from the hip. Bush and Cheney did that for 8 years and had little success in doing so. I like the way Obama represents our country. He looks very strong by being intelligent and principled. We're safer now that we have a man in charge who will try to build bridges with the rest of the world, as opposed to blow them up.

    April 24, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Peter

    Why is it that the biggest hawks have NEVER seen the inside of a uniform? I have.

    April 24, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    Patience, patience. ... He didnt have problem throwing Hillary under the bus, he's not going to throw extremists under a TRAIN. Chill out!

    April 24, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Diana Ramos

    Instead of the criticism to our president OBAMA, vp cheney and his family needs to be quite after all the mess they did to our beautiful nation. Our president is taking actions trying to regain the respect that USA deserves in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latinamerica and the rest of the world. Being polite is not a sign of being weak. Beign polite means being smart. USA doesn't has to humiliate others to prove that we are the most powerful country. The times of the cowboy era is past. The Guantanamo nightmare is history. Of course cheney needs permission from all the people of USA to comment about this issues because when he was vp he didn't have any solution to the problems of the USA and now his time is over and he like it or not we have the best president of USA since Clinton.

    April 24, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Ray

    Give me a break...Hasn't your daddly already done enough damage to our country? Now you are complaining because we have a president that is working to repair our country's image.

    Really sad.

    April 24, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Rev

    I find it interesting that Ms. Cheney supports a man (who happens to be her father) that has nothing but scorn for the gay community. Yet, she bashes the President who is looking to extend rights that would directly affect her. Is it me or is this a strange sense of logic? Despite this, she has forgotten the most fundamental part of being a 'beacon of hope' is to be true to your word. Not saying that you believe in freedom for all then turn around and use savage means all in the name of security. That's not what we are about as a people. We are better than that. Plus, sAs Ben Franklin once so eloquently put it: 'those who sacrifice freedom for the sake of security deserve neither.'

    April 24, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Phil

    Having a set of failed, and it looks more and more like criminal, policies won't become any more palatable if you hide behind your daughter's skirt!

    Liz, do your dad a favor and help him go out to pasture.

    April 24, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. rizopause

    This is outrage. If we beleive in the laws and the constitution governing our land, how is it ok for Dick / Bush and the crew get to do all the madness and then say it's ok.

    Cheney's daughter should go find a spot in big daddy's pocket to hide because she is not making any sense. The whole bush administration is the most corrupt government. Dick is the most scary one because he does all his evil under cover. If he was that smart we wouldn't be here today with the bunch load of foolishness. How can one administration take down the entire globe. MADNESS

    April 24, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. steve

    Does not sound like much of a "slam" to me, only an opinion on the Presidents failure to voice some kind of response to Daniel Ortega's fifty-minute ho-hum. Of course, maybe our President agrees with what Otega said...

    April 24, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. R in Maine

    So the lady likes to be able to torture whoever she pleases. She would prefer a failure of this country so that they have bragging rights. She should be around to defend him when he is arrested for crimes against humanity.

    April 24, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Lynn

    As usual the Cheneys and their ilk leave out the positive things that President Obama said about America. CNN and the rest of the media keeps giving them a forum to spread their anger and attempt to varnish over the contempt the Bush Administration had for the rest of the world especially their allies.

    The release of the memoes and the investigation by the Attorney General is to ensure that politicians are following the law and living up to the values that give people hope and to reclaim the country's claim to be the beacon on the hill.

    April 24, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Ad West

    Cheney knows his legacy will be looked upon by historians as a failure. The more documents that are dug up by the new administration regarding the treatment of detainees and how things were handled during the Bush administration are being brought to light. Cheney is scared of what's coming, and his self defense is to just lash out with fear-mongering statements that he can't back up.

    April 24, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. RG

    Sit down...your father had his 8 years to destroy our image abroad.

    April 24, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Jared

    Why does anyone, or should anyone, care at all what daughters of politicians say?

    April 24, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Jason

    It seems like the Cheneys are grieving the loss of public support for Dick's disastrous history in power. They've had to move past denial; now they're in the anger phase now, where all they can do is bash Obama. I tend to doubt they'll ever get to the final stage and accept how terrible they were as leaders.

    April 24, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Big Ed

    Is it me, or does it appear the only people who are "slamming" President Obama who were in the Bush Administration on this subject are Cheneys.Hey, Congress, while you are at it, why don't you look deeper into the Haliburton no-bid contracts? You know, the ones that included some of our brave soldiers being electricuted in substandard showers that where built by the Haliburton companies. If I were Cheney, I'd shut my face and go back under the rock he came from. I don't really think he wants to get into a spitting contest!

    April 24, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Falmouth, VA

    Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Let's all live our lives in fear. Only the Republicans can save us and the Economy. Right !

    April 24, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    Please. Can they all just go away? Cheney, his daughter, his wife, Rove, McCain's daughter....McCain? Get lost.

    April 24, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. James C. Mitchell

    I would like to reply to Ms Chaney that we are only a beacon of hope when when we act from our values and don't throw them away – even when the situation is difficult. We also are only a beacon of hopewhen we act humbly and with humility – not arrogance. Ronald Reagan called the US "a shining city on the hill". When we act with the arrogance of the last administration, torturing, against our values, we sully that image.

    President Obama went and listened and DID defend America. Go back and listen to his speaches in Europe. He impressed our allies.

    Go and read "The Post-American World" by Fareed Zakaria, Ameican unilateralism works against our interests.

    April 24, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Bodine/MU

    Look who she is defending. Her worthless corrupt and crooked father who was the big backer on starting a war with Iraq when they had nothing to do with 911!!!! The so called VP should be in jail in the cell between Bush and Rumsfelt, and 2 away from Wolfowitz !!!!!

    April 24, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. scott

    "a beacon of hope for people all around the world"....and we torture people too!!

    April 24, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Anthony Vagnoni

    Someone please tell the Cheneys to shut up. They had their time, during which they made not just America but the world a more dangerous place. Time to let someone else lead. Funny how Cheney, who had NOTHING to say when he was Veep, now can't seem to keep quiet. Some egos just won't go quietly into that good night.

    April 24, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Mac Texas

    I think that the whole Cheney family should stay out of politics. Dick had his "day in the sun" for many, many years and most of the last 7 years he chose to hide out and control Geo. W. but let Geo. W. take the heat. Bush-Cheney did it their way, now Obama gets an opportunity to do it his. Regarding the fact that Obama listened to criticism does not make him a coward or an idiot............it gives him information on which to base future decisions regarding Ortega. I truly believe the first step toward understanding is to stop denying any past wrong and make changes in the future to correct our mistakes. One of the things we are not accustomed to is a President who listens first and acts later.

    April 24, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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