April 24th, 2009
12:48 PM ET
6 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. Joe

    Beacon of hope indeed...when it comes to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But, considering that we've ass-raped country after country for years to promote our own selfish interests, isn't an apology (or at least an acknowledgment) warranted?

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. John

    We're watching history repeat itself and have returned to the era of appeasment politics. Photo ops with fascist dictators are not diplomacy and 'peace in our time' led to the deaths of millions of human beings.

    Showing the world our soft, white underbelly will not make them love us. Already, the devious tyrant Castro is making Obama look like a fool. Prosecuting ourselves is not going to make them love us. Air mailing them classified material is not going to make them love us.

    Get over it, our enemies don't and will never love us. DIck Cheney speaks truth to the evident power of the left wing government of the United States of America.

    April 24, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Julie

    The best way to spread home around the world is to bully everyone into agreeing with you. Great strategy!

    April 24, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. David in San Diego

    You are seeing the consequence of inheriting bad genes. Isn't there an "unspecified location" somewhere far away where we can put the Cheneys, the Palins, Gingrich, etc. and be done with their drivel???

    April 24, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. ashley

    SHe is no better than her father! Obama is doing a great job!!

    April 24, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. J.M.

    I guess Liz and her crypt-keeper daddy never heard the adage "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."

    April 24, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Laurie Joyce

    Doesn't "stand up" and defend America??? or doesn't stand up and defend the 8 years of Bush/Cheney/Rove decisions!!!!!????
    HUGE DIFFERENCE !!!

    April 24, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. dped

    Classic Cheney rhetoric—to pompously stand in the face of other nations and cultures and peoples and declare that we, the U.S., are the light of the world: nationalistic pride at its best. However, what relief for me, as an American, to see my President not have a superiority complex and be able to calmly and diplomatically wait out the rants of opposing “others” and, like a true man, look an opposing “other” in the eye and shake his hand without being carried away with anger and pride and instead of jumping up and knocking everything off the chessboard because we believe we do not need to play because everyone bows to us, we know that we must play and so we play with reason and calculation looking at what is best. This is what makes me proud to be a true American.

    April 24, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Sharon

    Dick Cheney :

    Go back to sleep where you have been for the eight years your were in office. We never seen you do anything that was for the better of the country when you were in office. All you are remeberd for is shooting a gun in the wrong direction.

    The only reason you are speaking know is because no one is calling to speak to you. You are a has been. Be like Bush keep your mouth shut.

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Kim

    There is only one person who I want to hear from even less than Dick "I was the worst Vice President" Cheney and that is his daughter! Her opinion matters to absolutely no one and only proves that rotten apples don't fall far from the tree.

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. MALI

    "Beacon of hope for people all around the world"???? She is in denial as is Dick. Please wake up. The last 8 years have tarnished the US image around the world and she still lives in the past.

    Obama is doing an excellent job as is proven by the recent polls rating. No other US presiedent has had similar approval ratings. The only people critiszing Obama are either the party with no plans or the tv channel with the 'f' word.

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. taxicab

    ....and that's exactly the kind of thinking that got us into this mess- Cheney and Bush never sat down to hear anyone else's opinions, making us Americans seem like the most arrogant people in the world. We've really heard enough from the Cheneys- Wish they would just go away!

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Michael

    Cheney shold be the last person to critisize Obama,
    the last eight years were filled with nothing but transparency from the Bush Administration

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Kentucky

    Is it just me or are the Cheney's doing more now than they did while in office. It's funny how they always have something to say about Obama, but didn't have much to say about the crashing economy they caused. Dick, do us all a favor and shut up! The last time we listened to you, look what happened.

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. well...

    "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....."

    OK... He is NOT the Vice President anymore. And Every time the Former Vice President Opens his mouth he is making our country less safe.

    Please Defer all your opinions to the Current Administration that we Democratically ELECTED into office ~ Thanks

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. David in Houston

    "Taking the nation down a dangerous path", huh? Really, Liz... And where were you exactly when your father unilaterally attcked a country under false pretenses?

    Did you not consider that a dangerous path? That's right...only when it fits your politics.

    Do you honestly expect anyone to take you and your family seriously after the destruction your ilk brought to this country?

    April 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Paul

    Of course she has to defend her Father...give me a break! Come on its the Cheney's family.... would you trust this guy! Not me...so why would i care what his daughter say's.... lets get a reality check here...

    April 24, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Mike

    obama is a disgrace to the white house and deserves to be dressed down by everyone. Of course the liberal wing nut bed wetters who pee down their leg will always ignore his screw ups.

    April 24, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Brian

    The new president is trying to reestablish trust & respect in a world that no longer holds the United States as a moral leader. It will take awhile, but I admire his efforts.

    April 24, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. James

    Oh The irony! Liz Cheney's father did more damage to this country's stranding and strength than any other individual in the history of our democracy. Arrogance, posturing and mindless chest-thumping do not a sound foreign policy make. President Obama is only (wisely) mopping up the mess and rebuilding our standing around the world. Cheney may escape justice in this lifetime, but I wouldn't want his resume going into the next one. Haha good luck friend.

    April 24, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Andy

    Dick Cheney caused more harm to the reputation of the United States of America than any other individual in the last thirty years. Obviously his daughter has an interest in revising history. It's pretty clear that Cheney is trying to point fingers at everyone else in order to deflect attention from the role he played in promoting torture.

    April 24, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Fed Up in CO

    Would Liz and Dick just shut up and go back to Wyoming - why can't they just leave Barack alone at least for a while to clean up the incredible damage left by Cheney and Bush .... I am really tired of their ranting - and Rush ... this includes you as well

    April 24, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Rick

    Can these idiots (Cheneys) please just go back into their hole in some undisclosed location. He was the worst VP ever, but that wasn't enough? Now he wants to make sure he is the worst ex-VP ever also? At least Bush has the decency to step aside when his turn is over and let the new guy try to do his job. Tradition dictates that this is how it should be. But Cheney is so egomaniacal and just pure evil that he thinks he is above everything, tradition, the law, everything. At this point, I really believe that he just keeps running his mouth to avoid prosecution for his crimes. He knows that if he is extremely vocal, it makes it look vindictive if the Obama administration eventually does decide to prosecute him for his crimes. Cheney, please just shut up, and go hunting somewhere, hopefully alone.

    April 24, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Gary

    Why don't we talk about the policies that Cheney and Bush put in place based on their views and ideology and the catastrophic results that came out of those policies. Why would anyone give these morons the air time CNN continually gives them? They've been proven to be wrong over and over. We might as well let the the guys who ran Enron tell us how we should install ethics in big business. There's got to be more news out there than to continually air the views of a mean old fool like Dick Cheney. Come on!!!!

    April 24, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Glenn Maosn

    What the Republicans do not understand is that after the past eight years a whole generation of people in their teens and twenties thoughout the world see America similarly to how a generation earlier had viewed the Soviet Union. A country to be feared and respected, but not admired, emulated, or one whom you would ever follow its leadership. Under the Bush administration's leadership we were heading down a path where we were going to be hated throughout the world. If a world crisis would ever occur, we would find ourselves alone . Just look at how the rest of world viewed American leadership at the beginning of this financial situation. Barack Obama is doing a very good job of trying to undo all the missteps of the previous administration and hopefully we regain our leadership role thoughout the world.

    April 24, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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