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. Paul from Kissimmee

    She's right. But let's see what all of the weak liberals have to say on this page.

    April 24, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. JML

    Liz your father sure DID NOT "stand up" he was simple put a SNAKE-N-the-GRASS. Why do you think people will allow the double standard the Cheney's continue to dishout? They won't so now you look just like your father...............................a MAJOR deciever!

    April 24, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Virginia from PA

    Nobody on this planet should have to stand up and try to defend anything that Dick Cheney did during his 8 years as VP.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Sue

    One Cheney was not enough, now we have to hear from another one!

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. Mack

    For 8 years, I never even heard Dick Cheney speak to know what his voice sounded like; now that he is out of office, it seems as if he has plenty to say – all the time. For 8 years, George W. hardly did anything; now that he's out of office, we haven't even seen him except to throw out the first ball at a baseball game.

    President Obama is attempting to do some things that Bush and Cheney should've done during their terms. Obama has only been in office 3 months; Bush and Cheney had 8 years to fix things and didn't.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. AmFem

    I'm not sure I understand what the point is. If Dick Cheney is irrelevant (and he most certainly is), than his daughter is even more irrelevant. Her opinion means nothing. Please stop giving these people air time as if what they have to say has any credibility.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Seattle Sue

    Liz Cheney is defending her dad, Dick Cheney because she fears he may be going to prison. But she can visit him there.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Had It

    Yes, Liz – we are a beacon of hope-– NOW THAT YOUR DAD IS OUT OF OFFICE.

    Imagine it's tuff for you to watch him being cornered by his evil deeds. WE, US Citizens, want him to serve time for his crimes. Good riddance.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Ken

    Who cares what the ex-vice president's daughter thinks?
    Was anyone clambering for Kristin Gore's critique of W's first hundred days? This is not news.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Nic

    Wow, no one cares what the Cheney's think...I think you're father is UN-AMERICAN for lying about the WMD's in Iraq which is one of the main reason's we've been stuck there for 8 years....

    Just go away...

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. John Showalter

    Well, the thing is...America isn't really a beacon of hope anymore. The economy's tanking, jobs are scarce and we are xenophobic.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. Robert Sparks

    Come on, think about it. Why is Dick speaking out? It's his last ditch effort to re-write the history books and divert some attention in an effort to save his own hide. I doubt that an ex US President will be prosecuted for torture. But, it's very possible for an ex US Vice President. And in fact, it's looking highly likely.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Kristin

    I see a Meghan McCain Vs Liz Cheney title match brewing. Who is the next new face of the Republican Party- in the right corner we have Chomper Cheney and in the other right corner we have McPain McCain. GET READY TO RUMBLE- ding ding ding.

    April 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. Matt

    First of all, who are you and why would we care what you think? Secondly, the bush administration made us look awful and we lost standing in the world with his cowboy approach! Shut up and sit down! Educated people understand that you apologize for your mistakes and stand up when it's necessary, it isn't yet and president Obama will when it's needed and mind you, he's apologizing for your fathers criminal acts! He also pointed out the hatred of Americans abroad and how it needs to stop!

    April 24, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Ron Carson

    To show strength, Obama could have us invade some random country for no apparent reason.

    April 24, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I wonder if Liz Cheney agrees with her dad for not standing up for gay rights. Repeatedly while he was in office when asked about his own daughter on behalf of gay rights Cheney refused to comment. Cheney is a coward and stands for nothing but evil.

    April 24, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. steve

    She has to realize that the same beacon of hope was hijacked by her father and when he behaves no less than the terrorists that we are fighting against , we ought to tender an apology for letting down the world.

    The same arrogant behavior and high handedness cost us some allies who in the past stood by us in times of difficulty.

    Being humble doesn't hurt especially when you are at fault.

    April 24, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. walker

    Where was Liz when her father was out there lying about Bin Laden activity in Iraq? Where was Liz when Cheney was telling Bush what to do? This is a giant case of Daddy's little girl.

    April 24, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Creative Woody

    The only real concern from you here is your daddy isn't in charge anymore. Cry more.

    April 24, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Dan

    Your father took it down the tubes!

    April 24, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Bill in Oregon

    Not even worth a comment. You may need to be concerned about Dick going to jail.

    April 24, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. Michael

    These people need to do the decent thing and GO AWAY!!!

    April 24, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. conniesz

    I wish the Cheneys would just get over themselves. Our president is being presidential. There is no reason to defend yourself against the spewing of a crazed South American dictator – to do so would only lend credence to his remarks.

    Don't these people know anything besides confrontation and sabre rattling? It's like they don't know the first thing about human interactions beyond being the bully. We tried that – it didn't work. Now we're going the way of speaking quietly – the big stick is always there if we really need it, but it should be the last resort, not the first.

    April 24, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Liz

    Cheney had his chance and he blew it! He is going down in history as one of the worse Vice-Presidents. His daughter is a joke.

    April 24, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Joe

    Hurray for Cheney he has the courage to stand up to Obama who is leading us down a dangerous road. We appologize to everyone, we tell our enemies what we are doing, shake hands with dictators while their citizens fight for freedom, we have lost all of our values. But then again what do I know I am labeled an Extremist by the Obama Homeland security department.
    I know we got some useful information from interogating terrorist and this information probably saved lives of our service men, but hey, I agree with all you liberals, kill over 3000 of our citizen and we should not torture you like those who burned in the towers, but we should of put you all up in 4 star hotel,
    If we go after Bush for torture which saved American lives, we should go after Truman for bombing Japan with nuclear weapons. Which by the way saved my dad's life in the Pacific Theater.

    April 24, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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