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. Mikey

    Sorry, Liz. Your father and Bush left this country in a position where some apologies are necessary, evidenced by our diminished world standing over the last eight years. Now like your father, please crawl back under your rock and be quiet. Your disastrous eight years in the sun have thankfully come to an end...

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

    Liz cheney?? are you serious? The republicans will use anybody to make comments. Bright newsworthy people like joe the plumber, bristol palin sarah palin. Sarah Palin dosen't even read or can't read newspapers and magazines. Now thats scary-not how Obama is running the country. If the republicans were smart(they're not) they wuld keep their mouth shut because all this mess were in THEY caused. There's absolutely no doubt about that.

    April 24, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Jon

    I agree. I am a moderate and I think that our President should stand up for America. I listened to his overseas speeches and it almost made me embarrassed to be an American. Any Obama supporter that does not see that the POTUS has an obligation to tell people like Ortega to go to hell when they rail against us when they are the worst in the world is stupid. Be a real American Mr. President and do not sacrifice our reputation because you wish to be popular.

    April 24, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Beth in Texas

    Liz Cheney didn't seem too concerned when her father and his criminal side kick authorized the torture of prisoners across the world.
    Where was that "beacon of hope" Liz?

    April 24, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. nganenu

    Stupid thinking. So when a few hawk reel at other, humiliate them, torture them, that is standing up hien? Meghan McCain sounds more interesting than this. Did you say fathers and children politics?

    April 24, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Ian Gramaccioni


    I would be very interested in knowing your definition of standing up for America? It must go something like this:

    1) Start a war on fabricated intelligence

    2) Torture POW's

    3) Install financial policies that weaken the country

    In addition, please kindly tell me what the last eight years of of your fathers foreign policy have done to demonstrate the "beacon of hope" you speak of?!?

    April 24, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Terry

    Dick Cheney is in the same position that Nixon was in after his resignation. He spent his time in exile at his California home, defending himself and pretending that he had done nothing wrong. It is a hopeless position because the world is never going to change its opinion about him. His supporters are limited to die-hard Republicans who will never, as a matter of policy, admit that any Republican anywhere has ever done anything wrong. They do not support Cheney so much as they support the Conservative cause. No one would be happier than Republicans if Cheney would just move to Antarctica and retire.

    April 24, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Kate

    I loved Bill Maher's column in the LA Times today. It addresses the grumpy losers of the GOP. And, by the way, why doesn't Cheney's daughter talk about the ease with which she finds jobs simply because she's the daughter of a former Vice President? Must be nice to have things handed to you, including a platform to criticize the President. Your father had his turn in power. It's over. Kaput. Done. Gone. Adios.

    April 24, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Gabe

    Does it really matter what the Cheneys think anymore? ANY of them?? Where were they when they were in office and the public wanted answers? Unfortunately, they were nowhere to be found. Frankly, I think they should all just ride off into the sunset and let the historians deal with their eight-year fiasco. Time will dictate that the Bush administration - obviously Cheney included - was one of the worst in history.

    Good riddance ... NOW GO AWAY!!!!

    April 24, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. KIM

    It is truely amazing when we talk of security of this great nation. Former VP Cheney always seems to speak about this. Yet we know that torture was always a precurser for retaliation and that attacking non-guilty countries opens the door to the creation of more enemies.
    We say we must keep terrorist out, but the southern border is wide open for cheap labors unchallenged entry. It appears these issues are only emphasized when it is to benefit of whatever agenda he is working under at the moment. The undermined economy and depletion of our national weath has made this country more insecure then any other time in history. Please former VP Cheney,... GO AWAY.... You and your crew have had your turns..........

    April 24, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Jaime


    You would have wanted Obama to 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,' while or after hearing Ortega? I believe that Obama joked about the 50 minute rant. Maybe your dad does not know about diplomacy because a head of state cannot just get up and "defend" America when an insignificant man wants to give himself some sort of recognition for what he is not. Getting up and tell it to Ortega would be giving it the relevance that Ortega wants and does not have. Obama turned it nicely by saying that he hoped that he was not being blamed for the Bay of Pigs invasion since he was only 3 years old (or something like that). He got a lot laughs, and in my view, that put Ortega back in his place. The village idiot who has not moved on from the cold war that he fought as a proxy of the USSR. Can you tell me why we are less safe? I still don't get that one, except to think that your dad may be indicted by the Justice Department for authorizing torture.

    April 24, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. gsmraleigh

    What is it with these Cheneys? Who gives a hoot about what they think?

    And, as for Liz Cheney, wonder why she didn't speak up to defend this country's gay and lesbian citizens when her father, the Bush administration and the right wing nuts were pushing legalized discrimination???

    April 24, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Get real lets take care of America and let others worry about the world. 50 yeasrs of the policy of butting into others problems have not worked.

    April 24, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Jennie

    These comments coming from ms cheney, whose father showed absolute disregard for the constitution and rule of law, are absolutely laughable. Is that her version of patriotism and honor to our country? The opinions of people of such ilk hold no bearing for me.

    April 24, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. Scott

    Does Liz think that Obama should have tortured Ortega? Seriously, that whole family must be one sick and twisted bunch.

    April 24, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Fred Evil

    And who in their right mind cares what ANY Cheney thinks, father OR daughter? Her father was at least partly responsible for an utter moral breakdown in our government, a great ethical collapse that I bet will be discussed for decades, if not for millenia.


    April 24, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. Jo Ann

    Someone needs to tell the Cheney's they had their turn at bat and they struck out, Their ballgame is over and they lost They need to get a life. Maybe they feel like Rush.....they WANT Obama to fail. Don't they care about the people who go down the drain if Obama's plans don't work? But they didn't care who they hurt or killed when they were at bat, why should they now? What kind of American is that!!!!!!

    April 24, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. Child of God

    We are not always a beacon of hope and the problem with most so-called christians is that they think repentance is only done when it feels good. We as Americans need to repent for the past 8 years mistakes and any other mistakes we have made. Obama has shown himself to be more christian than the religious right. They see what they want to see. What they need to realize is that it is written in the Bible; God is far off from the pride but shows favor towards the humble. It's time for America to become a humble nation and watch how God will grant us favor we didn't work for.

    You people who have so much hate in your heart surprises me which is why i don't worship with "Evangelicals" "Republicans" or any other people I grew up liking. After this and the past two elections you people have shown yourselves to be nothing more than Ravenous wolves in sheeps clothing, Angels of dark perpetrating as angels of light, a brood of vipers and White washed tombs; Look good on the outside but in the inside are nothing but dead dried bones!

    April 24, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. Sick and Tired

    What is with these people? We've heard more from Dick and Company since he's been out of office more than we did when he was in office. I wish they'd put a sock in it already.

    April 24, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |

    Who the hell is Liz Cheney. She should not only slam her husband but she should slap him as well. No one cares about the Cheney's, I only care that Cheney receives the same treatment as he imposed on others. I pray he goes to jail soon.

    April 24, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. lance

    Dear Cheney Family,
    No one cares what you think. You were once in office, however, the majority of the American people no longer want to hear your opinions. It was your opinions that got us into this terrible terrible mess.

    Please return to life and stop assuming we all care what you think of Obama.

    April 24, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. Sharon

    Who? I could care less what she or her Dad says about Obama. What gall?????? If Cheney and Bush did not lie to start a war with Iraq, we would all be safer!

    April 24, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. JB

    This is almost pathetic that this man's daughter has to validate his position. Cheney was a nut as VP and is still a nut. I see the apple does not fall far from the tree when it comes to his daughter. It we try to address every fool out there that criticizes the US then hell we wouldn't even have to the time to address the immediate concerns we have here in America, i.e. jobs, recssion, etc. These idiiots had their chance and blew it. Cheney needs to improve his hunting skills and relax his mind!!!

    April 24, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. TV

    I find it interesting that he is so vocal now, while in office, he was nearly invisible.

    I believe that Obama takes the proper approach; by not recognizing each and every comment from world leaders, but only focuses on the serious situations. Maybe if Bush/Cheney did the same, we would not be where we are today.

    Hmmm.....maybe some regrets ?

    April 24, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Sniffit

    Whooooooo caaaaaaares?

    BTW, this is all misdirection anyway. The FACT is, it is Bush and Cheney who failed to stand up for America by abandoning our core principles as a society. The mark of a true patriot is one who will face adversity and the tests of his belief in his nation's founding ideals and mores and NOT WAIVER. Bush and Cheney scrapped it all in the name of expedience and THAT is moral treason.

    April 24, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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