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. Jamie

    First, who cares what Liz Cheney thinks. Second, we stopped being a 'beacon of hope' a few years ago, thanks in large part to her father.

    April 24, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. John

    Wow , breaking news: Liz Cheney supports her dad! This is another example of why the past administration was such a failure. They are good at politics and nothing else. This is nothing but empty republican nonsense. No administration in history has done more to damage our overseas, international relationships than the last one. It is insane for them to criticize anyone else!

    She refers to her daddy as the "Vice President" and Bush correctly as the "Former President." I hope Cheney gets the physiological help he so clearly needs.

    April 24, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Meka

    You can not please everyone. It's about time for those who have been pleased the last eight years get a dose of medicine. I commend Obama on everything he has accomplished so far. I do not agree with everything he has done but, you will not please everyone. Question of the day: Why were all the critics silent during Bush's terms in office?

    April 24, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. James

    This the first time I ever heard the EX VP speak....Through the 8 yrs I've never heard him say a word......And now his daughter is speaking...Stop already you had your chance, go fishing, or down to the coffee shop, or to the mall, just stop!!!!

    April 24, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. LISA

    She sounds just as stupid as her Dad! Why is she talking?
    Your Dad tortured people! Yell, thats makes us safer knowing the world hates the USA.. We've done things we're not proud of but its a new day. Doesn't make us punks to acknowledge that. I think we're stronger now knowing all branches of the military are working closely together. Something that didn't happen the previous 8 years.

    April 24, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Tom

    Just like her father, she doesn't begin to get it. Bush and Cheney turned America into a beacon of misery rather than hope for many people in the world (including here in America itself). We need hear no more from the Cheney family. They have already "helped" more than enough.

    April 24, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. Mark

    She's not alone. Even the people who voted for Obama think he is making a serious mistake....one of many, in my opinion,

    April 24, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    The Fox News cultists are claiming the President (who I don't often agree with) apologized for some American actions, or omissions, or something. It's all a little bit unclear, except for the fact that so-called conservatives are riled up.

    Did I miss the apology? Not that it would be wrong for our nation to recognize a mistake and express regret, but is our President really apologizing to anyone these days? Or is this a straw man, or a solution in search of a problem?

    Quotes, please. This is a serious and reasonably objective inquiry.

    April 24, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Jeff W.

    The dumb apple doesn't fall far from the evil tree, huh? It amuses me when a Cheney criticizes anything given the incredible damage the Bush/Cheney team caused over 8 years. Good thing the vast majority disagree with her – just look at Obama's incredibly high approval ratings from the vast majority of americans. That's it, republicans, keep complaining about the new president. You had your chance, I'm sorry it went so badly.

    April 24, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. Scott_MICH

    Interesting considering VP Cheney spent 8 years pushing this country down the wrong path, giving President Bush skewed, poorly thought out advice, and otherwise grabbing as much personal power as possible.

    April 24, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Marie

    Liz needs to shut up and let the president do his job without making enemies with foriegn countries as her stupid dad did .And why don't she ask her father how many more lies are going to surface for his orders of torture and how many reports were actually falsified.Cheney is an evil vindictive man and I can't wait until ALL americans see just how evil he is.I'm so sick and tired of people saying Obama should do this or he shouldn't have done that just let him do his job...really how much worser could it get after the last eight years.Oh Liz ask your dad just how much at risk does he think he's put the country at since those torture tapes have aired for terriost to see

    April 24, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. lou

    Who cares what ANYONE named Cheney thinks about America? I'm no fan of NObama, but I'm less of a fan of Cheney. BOTH are committed to selling out America. NObama for religious and philosophical reasons, and Cheney for naked greed. America is getting hozed and fleeced by both political parties and the people "we the people" put in power to rule over us. Since we have allowed America to turn away from God, we deserve what we're getting, and will continue to get until we repent as a nation.

    April 24, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  13. Jaywood

    Are you serious, she is only trying to take up for her dad. What did he stand up for whe he was in office?

    April 24, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. flygirl

    Is this any surprise? I think the first line states all you need to know about the veracity of her claims.

    "Liz Cheney, former State Department official and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney,..."

    What we see here is the normal cronyism courtesy of the Bush team.

    April 24, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. Brandon

    The problem is credibility. The Bush administration has shredded our credibility around the world. I can say I'm the Pope it doesn't make me Catholic. By Obama saying that we have made mistakes (especially when we have) it gives credibility to the statements when he says that America is still a leader in the free world.

    April 24, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. August

    This is really simple so I will ask you the questions. How can people in other countries, both our friends and enemies, believe that Americans are the "Good Guys" when our President is telling them we are the bad guys? Is the American way of freedom and democracy the right way or the wrong way? Our President seems to think our way is wrong and socialism and terrorism is right. I disagree with his attitude and think he is making a big mistake. What do you think? The polls indicate 60% of you think he is right but perhaps the polls are not all Americans.

    April 24, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. M

    That's right Dick get your daughter to fight your battles. I tell you one thing...the reblican machine never knows when to quit. Maybe what they should be talking about is how the "interrogation" methods used came from the SERE method that is used to train our troops on how to withstand ILLEGAL TORTURE!!! So how can you say it isn't torture when the methods were based on illegal torture methods our troops are trained to withstand?! Now it is a fair argument to say that maybe it was necessary but to say it wasn't illegal torture is just a lie!

    April 24, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |

    What's disturbing is that Cheney and cohorts are still not in jail for crimes against humanity and, most importantly, trampling on the constitution of the United States.

    April 24, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  19. Dave

    This seems like criterion that could have been applied before Obama. We are not safer because of Cheney. We are have zero moral authority, less safety, fewer allies, and greater zeal in our enemies.

    April 24, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. JE

    Uh, we really don't care what she has to say. She's only backing up what daddy said. Cheney is part of the reason Iraq went as badly as it did.

    April 24, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. Dave

    Well, she's entitled to her opinion, but she's wrong. I guess she didn't want her dad to get lonely there on top of Incompetence Mountain.

    April 24, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. Jonita

    Who cares what Dick Cheney's daughter Thinks?

    April 24, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  23. theflyonthewall

    That's probably because our President is too busy bowing and scraping and apologizing for everthing this country has done real or imagined.

    Thanks, Dems, for saddling the USA with this fool.

    April 24, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. JimG

    Translated from Special Republican English, "defend America" means "fill your pockets and run your mouth."

    April 24, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. Maryellen

    I wish the whole family would just go away, who cares what they have to say. Liz, were you happy with your Fathers decisions over the last eight year?

    April 24, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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