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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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Sebstn

    Obama is trying to undo the negativity and irresponsibility towards the world that the previous administration was able to accomplish.

    April 24, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Monrob

    To The Cheney Family:

    Please, we, the citizens of The United States, beg you to ride into the Wyoming sunset and just get lost. Eight years of you and Bush have destroyed this country and it seems you just have not had enough.

    April 24, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Brian

    I agree with the former vice president as I do his daughter. The new administration is playing games with our economy, our security and our future. President Obama has catered long enough to the left's agenda. Now it's time for him to grow a spine and become the PRESIDENT. Start making the tough decisions. Stand up and lead. More importantly, be held accountable by the so called fourth estate. When will the media and press stop carrying his water and start doing what they are so good at, asking the tough questions and expecting answers. Goodness, I have never witnessed such a love fest in my life!!!! It's time to stop swooning and get to work. Evil is not going to stop being evil just because we are nice and apologize!!! The economy is not going to recover by writing checks to supporters and our future is not going to be secured with silly and funny press conferences.

    April 24, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. sally

    Are these people crazy, or just full of hate. President Obama would never put Americans or his own family at risk of terrorist attacks. He just doesn't have the same leadership style that they are used to. He is not a bully. The USA lost all respect thru out the World and it is going to take a lot to get it back. The President will not give away the store. There is a saying, "keep your friends close but keep your enemies even closer".

    I feel that Cheney and the gang (not Bush) are putting us still at a greater risk of terrorist attack just by wishing it on the President. The Cheney GOP doesn't need to give the terrorist something to think about. When they wish these things on the President they are wishing them on them selves and the rest of the USA. I feel the GOP is making us less safe because of their lack of respect for "We the people" Not all the GOP, mind you. They really need to get it together for the the sake of our Country.

    April 24, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. DEM in HI

    This is crossing the line of just being mean-spirited. Personally, I think VP Cheney should have been impeached for what he did in office. He was absolutely the worst VP ever!!! If they want a full blown investigation that would be good, maybe we can finally get Bush under oath and talk about the Downey letters where he told Blair he did not need any evidence to go to war with Iraq in Jan 2003. Maybe Cheney will finally be put under oath and testify like he refused while he was in office.

    Bush and Cheney were the worst Pres and VP ever and the GOP knows it. The GOP is so stupid to think the public is going to stand for this show. What they are doing is driving the public to want a strong third party because the GOP/DNC both don't get it. We do not need to break laws to win. If we did such a good job in getting info, how come the CIA destroyed the tapes and pictures of the interrogations. Yep, another cover-up and no one is being accountable. That is the problem right now in government, there has been no lesson learn from what Bush/Cheney have done in changing laws to prevent it from happening again. All we get are stories and lies from both parties. It is so sad that we have slipped down this slimy road because of the lack of leadership and conviction in both parties.

    April 24, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Taxpayer

    Amazing.......we are seeing and hearing more from Cheney in the last 3 months than we saw or heard from him in 8 years. Maybe he should just crawl back under that rock he was hiding under and stay there. He can make room for his daughter too. He was part of the Bush administration, wasn't he? We really never saw him much then and we really don't need to see or hear from him now. He's worried about Obama not "defending" America. He and George didn't care much about America OR Americans for eight years now he feels "the need." TOO LITTLE TOO LATE !!!!!!!

    April 24, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Cathy

    The Cheneys don't have a leg to stand on in their opinions of Obama. America's image on the world stage was tarnished even more under the Bush-Cheney Administration, and Obama is simply rebuilding relationships and undoing the damage they left behind. I think Obama is doing a great job under extremely difficult circumstances. It hasn't even been 100 days yet and Republicans are so quick to judge and criticize! They need to shut their trap and evaluate their own role in this huge mess we're in.

    April 24, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. ray munholland

    liz, dick and all the other troglodytes that created the mess that obama has inherited should all go back down into their lairs and hyperventilate to anyone down there who cares to listen. the arrogance of these criminals (dick, donald, george, and their laughable legal scholars, but not liz as far as i know) is unfathomable! they know no shame.

    ray munholland
    albuquerque, nm

    April 24, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Clint Davis

    The way Cheney and the rest of Bush's cronies "stood up" alienated the entire world. They need to keep their mouths shut and let Obama go about cleaning up their enormously damaging mess.

    April 24, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. kevin

    Time for the Cheney family to crawl back under their stone- the dangerous path that America is on is the one that her cynical, fear mongering old man marched us down for eight years. It's a new dawn.

    April 24, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. RTK

    Why is this person's opinion newsworthy?

    April 24, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. bob

    can the Cheney's ever get the message...butt out ...your irrelevant now you deceived and lied to us enough when you were in power..go hunting and leave us alone!

    April 24, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Paula Ann

    When will we be free of the Cheneys? Please – go away!

    April 24, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Andi

    wow. and she is relevant, how?

    I agree with Nick. When is the Cheney family going to apologize for lies, torture, scare tactics, more lies....The blood of thousands of young soldiers from North America lies in his hands. All he cared about was protecting Haliburton's interests

    April 24, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. SM in MICHIGAN

    Well, the "beacon of hope" that we used to be was kind of dimmed by your father's actions, wouldn't you say? A country that uses terrorist methods of interrogation can hardly consider itself moral and just at the same time, except in the twisted Republican psyche.
    Obama is admitting that we need to regain our standing, that we need to abide by our own and international laws. The "beacon of hope" will shine brightly again, but not until we deal with the atrocities of the Bush administration. I am proud of Obama.

    April 24, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Debbie

    Ok, so now Cheney's Daughter is trying to defend him. Talk about weak. And Cheney is concerned that Obama looks weak. The Cheney's aren't even relevant anymore. I'm not sure why the press is even reporting anything they say. Did the Cheney family not notice Dick's approval rating when he left office. The American public obviously don't have any respect for a lying, disgraced, discredited old has been. A former Vice President commenting on the current President is tacky and desperate. It's so obvious he's trying to save his rear end and sending a message to those Cheney supporters still in government to "Help Me". You should me running scared. The ugly truth about you and your gang is being exposed for all the world to see. As much as I don't want to see this country go through any more difficult times, you deserve to be tried in a court of law!

    April 24, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. phoenix86

    Liz is absolutely right. Obamabots refuse to believe what the see and hear from their Fuhrer and respond the way you would expect from thuggish brutes.

    April 24, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. chris (hartford, ct)

    I think it's funny that Liz is the first person I've heard mention of Daniel Ortega's anti-US comments. By giving the guy press, you're just providing him a larger audience for his argument. Having the President of the United States personally respond to some crazy guy on a soapbox only makes people wonder if the crazy guy might actually have a point. Pretty sure Obama made the right move just ignoring him.

    April 24, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Scully

    Ms. Cheney is right.

    This administration is missing the aggressiveness and rhetoric of its predecessor.

    This confuses many Americans.

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. jim j

    Liz and her father are both probably unaware of the irony of their incessant criticisms of Obama. Such critics with the audacity to slam the previous president would have been labeled un-American traitors by the Bush/Cheney/Rove triumvirate that went after anyone who questioned their policies. If Liz wants to be a good daughter now, she ought to advise dear old dad to lie low, shut up, and try to avoid being tried for war crimes.

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Reggie

    Still more backwards thinking. No one sees America as a "beacon" anymore. thanks in large part to her freaking husband.

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Joyce Becker

    Of course the Cheney's are going to stick together and support each other. As much as I didn't approve of President Bush and what he did, at least he has the decency of being quiet and leaving President Obama to his own devices, too bad the Cheney's don't have the same good sense. I am sure President Obama doesn't want or need their approval and certainly is not interested in their complaining, perhaps the Cheney's are hoping to get the GOP's attention, why I don't know.

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Eugene1773

    It is sad to see Republicans inviting terrorists to attack America just to prove they were right about limiting American freedoms and abadoning the rule of law.

    It is better to pitty them than to rave about their actions.

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Joe

    Obama is doing good and bad. It's the inexperience showing. Hopefuly, will get better. I don't think anyone is afraid of him, though...

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Bob

    Obviously Ms. Cheney didn't hear President Obama's remarks. He did say that now America has changed, and it is up to our neighbors in our hemisphere to follow suit. She just hears what she wants to hear.

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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