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. Billy Ray Valentine

    I guess you didn't see where he did Liz. Where do Americans get the idea that we're never wrong and we don't apologize. Even though we have led the world in many facets, we still are not perfect. Humility, is what the president is offering. This attitude portrayed by Ms. Cheney is the same attitude that is destroying the GOP. Go right ahead, continue to walk down the plank.

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

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Dick Cheney is an embarrassment to this nation and will go down as the worst VP in this nations history.

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

    The point is that America used to be a beacon of hope for people around the world, until Bush and Cheney took over and, granted under extraordinary circumstances, started torturing people, like some other countries the US is quick to criticize

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

    Liz, I do believe your father has done enough for our country. Just look at the great shape we are in after his 8 years.

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

    more blather in an attempt to distract from the prosecution of her father.

    how did she get that State Department job anyway??

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

    Perhaps a little insight into how her father undermined the ethical and moral fabric of what American should stand for would be more appropriate if Liz needs to cast blame somewhere.

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

    Liz – your father and Bush ruined that image of America unfortunately. A "Beacon of Hope" does not torture, and worse, does not DEFEND TORTURE!! America will be true to its beliefs when we prosecute all those involved in this – including your father.

    April 24, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Brad

    Poor Liz, don't you realize that america USED to be a "Beacon of Hope for people all around the world" BUT then your sick, demented, f(*& up father turned all of that good will into hate? Have you traveled outside of Wyoming lately? Try even Italy and see how our country is perceived. You, and your despicable, senile father will never get it. Dick is simply trying to ratchet up the fear factor in order to slow down the process of his downfall. The facts that continue to come out regarding torture and his re writing our laws will continue, and his fear mongering will not distract us.

    Liz Cheney, find a place you think considers us a beacon of hope and please fly there as fast as possible.

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

    It all depends on what lens you look at President Obam's trip through. Obviously the statement carries some bias and many in America see Obama's trip in a more positive light. After years of alienating ourselves from the international community, a little humility might be in order to actually bolster our image. If Obama used the trip as an opportunity to defend policies that have hurt America's image, the chance that relations between the US and the international community to get better would have diminished. It seems that the only people that think Obama is weak are Republicans. What a surprise!

    April 24, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Jason B.

    Yeah, because the tone we had the last 8 years worked so well! How many allies did we alienate? How little trust do people have in the U.S. now?

    April 24, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Liz

    Cheney, I think President Obama DID say that he will defend America – all he said in addition to that was that the US will listen and work WITH the rest of the world. In other words, he's actually being a leader.

    April 24, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. Evan

    Sometimes the best way to do good for your country is NOT to stand up in righteous indignation every time someone tries to hurt your feelings. It makes people seem stubborn and ignorant. But I would expect no less from a Cheney. Thank God that Obama is putting and end to belligerent warmongering. Hostility does not bring progress.

    April 24, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. dustbunny

    You'r right Liz. We have a wuss for a prez. Things are already going down the drain in Iraq and Pac. They now know obama is weak and they are taking anvantage of it. It is just the start of things.

    April 24, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. J.Crobuzon

    What a shock, another Republican who doesn't like the president. And has no better idea. Quick, call a press conference, I'm clueless but I can criticize people, She and Meghan McCain could do a reality show called "I'm Irrelevant, Get me out of here."

    April 24, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Diane Ghil

    Please, please cheney family go away. If i see mainstream media talk about the criminal cheney I will turn it off. Cheney led us down the path of economic ruin and he is a war monger – he should be criminally charged for not only torture but for forcing us into war with Iraq.
    I really don't want to read or see anything that criminal has to say. Just go away to your ranch and living on the billions you got from your oil boys.

    April 24, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. A. Goodwin

    Liz Cheney – fearful that your dad is going to jail? You must be! You do not speak for the rest of Americans who feel that your dad and his buddies deserve to be locked up. You speak for the minority who feel the same as you. The rest of us, however, are relieved that your dad is out of office and potentially heading for the slammer.

    Your dad and his buddies made our world less safe, and now Obama has to clean up after his mess. Most Americans, including many Republican's, agree that your dad and his agenda is the worst thing that has happened to America since Viet Nam! You have no credibility whatsoever.

    April 24, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Alex

    Liz Cheney is a beacon of ignorance just like her daddy. Cheney needs to check his ego and sit down, he had his chance to stand up and he failed. He is an old grumpy man. He is the most disturbing man I've seen as part of the administration.

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

    You know, there's a difference between actually defending our nation, and getting riled up when someone says something nasty about it. In fact, some might argue that there's a degree of mutual exclusivity there. We don't need to get into a barroom brawl every time someone trashes the USofA on the international stage. Posturing, shouting and shoving are for little guys. The president knows we're a big nation and we don't need to get into it with every punk who has a few too many and starts mouthing off. He also knows that that sort of behavior would only fuel the notion that the US is an international bully. We need to be respected, not just feared.

    April 24, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Debra Austin, Texas

    Who is this pipsqueak who obviously wants to defend her dad but knows NOTHING about what it takes to keep a country safe. It's time for the kids of politicians to shut up. Unless they are in the fray, have some knowledge and experience with the topic, their opinions are useless.

    April 24, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Mississippi Mike

    Obama apologizes for America or says that whatever bad things happened took place before he came into power. He doesn't defend America because he isn't proud of America, he wants to change it to what he thought it should have been like.

    April 24, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Pete

    Ahh great another day of the Cheney's in the news. When did that family become so talkative. Absurd. Its like we are in the Twilight Zone.

    April 24, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Barb

    Arrogance runs in the family! Another supporter of the attitudes that took this country down a path of destruction abroad and at home. Because of the Bush/Chaney administration this country is deep in debt and having to repair our image around the world. The Chaney family needs to understand that we Americans have more confidence in the Obama administration than we've had in the last eight years! Go away Chaneys!!!

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

    Sorry Ms. Cheney but after 8 years under your daddy's extremist leadership, this country – now a shadow of its proud past – does have much to apologize for. Just think, lost souls like your father have to actually defend the barbarism of torture. From recent history that puts him in the company of the Khmer Rouge, Imperial Japan and North Korea; all proponents of your daddy's preferred technique – waterboarding.

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

    All these Republicans want more of the same tough guy talk. Where did that get us? Just more enemies.
    There is a difference between talking tough and being tough. Sometimes you have to take the high road, smile, extend a hand and love your enemy rather than threaten and attack. Funny thing is these are the same folks that claim to be good wholesome Christians but their first extinct is war and bullying and talking tough. Well that has not brought the world peace...ever.
    It just creates more enemies. Cheney and his lot must be really bored now that they are not in power. Go enjoy life and retire in peace.
    We were attacked on your watch, remember? Lot of good your tough talk did us.

    I'm sick of these schoolyard bullies.

    April 24, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Algernon

    Ignoring the fact that Dick Cheney's approach to the world created more enemies for us, provided al Qaeda with an environment to recruit and train, compromised our moral standing, alienated our allies, violated our own laws and international agreements (thus cheapening our good name), and stained us with the shame of torture.

    I am not 100% in agreement with our new president, but I am by no means embarrassed or shamed by his performance thus far.

    April 24, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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