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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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Josef F

    Remember the good old days when former administrations and their hangers-on had the decency to not bad-mouth the new administration?

    April 24, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. a rose is a rose

    hey liz, as an american it 'skeeves' ME when i see an entire administration (the prior one of course) spit on then stomp on our constitution! during that prior administration we were NEVER "a beacon of hope". our leaders not only lied to the american public, they neglected their own citizens during natural disasters, they went to war with a country that NEVER attacked us OR even threatened us, they haulted valuable medical testing, they didn't separate church and state, they TORTURED (against our own laws AND the geneva convention) AND they spied on us WITHOUT warrants.
    yeah liz, where were you and your mouth when THAT was going on.

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

    I don't think AMerica is a "beacon of hope" anymore. In case these rich Cheney's haven't noticed we've been doing very badly thanks to Bush and as long as we're protected physically, why should we "defend ourselves" against comments made? Another example of intense focus on the wrong issue.

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

    The cheney's are so yesterday. Please go back under your rock.

    April 24, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. J Stuart

    Defending America and defending the actions of the Bush-Cheney administration are two different things. Obama needs to restore America to its role as a respected world leader, something that Bush-Cheney tore down. You can't and shouldn't defend wrongful and criminal acts just because a President or Vice President ordered them. Having your justice department write memos supporting torture and then ordering the acts, ordering illegal wiretaps does not make them any less wrong. That is not what this country stands for. Obama is restoring America's place in the world and he will never accomplish that by defending the actions of the Bush-Cheney administration.

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

    Unfortunately what Liz Cheney does not comprehend is that her father has helped extinguish the light that used to represent hope to the rest of the world. His heavy handed, uncompromising, non-listening approach turned off not just our enemies but our allies. What President Obama is doing is proving once again that America is willing to listen. The America is willing to acccept criticism and look inward. What Republicans continue to not understand is the old adage "Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." America is mature enough and strong enough to listen to words we don't like and move on. Liz and her father need to grow up.

    April 24, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Bob (Illinois)

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. How true.

    April 24, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Nick in IA

    Hmmm. Maybe Liz's memory is as selective as her father's. In fact, On his recent trip to Europe, President Obama did scold Europeans for their perceived dislike of America while recognizing we (primarily under her father's watch) had done some things that were truly not consistent with our stated ideals. It's called being a grown up, Liz. Grown ups admit when they've made a mistake and move forward.

    April 24, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Listen, I understand that you have to defend your father, but your defending a war criminal! Plain and simple. If anyone in your family has looked at the last election it was a sweeping repudiation of your fathers and the republicans positions! Face it the majority of this country dosn't put any stock into what your saying or your positions on anything!

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

    This is the Change America voted for, lets give it a chance. The old administration left us with a mess and it is going to take trial and error and TIME to fix it.

    April 24, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. seanwhit

    It is really telling when the children feel the need to publicly defend the parent-the apple really does not fall far....

    April 24, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Bret

    It's amazing, we hardly heard a word from the Cheney's for 8 years while Daddy was hunkered down in his cave. Now the whole lot of them won't shut up.

    April 24, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Lorna

    "The vice president thinks it's very important, when you see the country go down paths that are concerning and dangerous....." Ms. Cheney...you mean like the path your father and the Bush administration took us down for 8 years? I see the apple didn't fall too far from the hypocrisy tree with you did it? Your opinion is about as respected and heeded as your pater familiaris. Actually, all the Obama administration needs to do is listen to Dick's offerings...then do the complete OPPOSITE and we'll be okay!

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

    Can you people please STOP posting articles about the criminal Cheney family?

    No one in America cares one iota what they think!

    April 24, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Steven

    First of all, for Igor Cheney to be bad mouthing our commander in chief, Obama, during a time of war and economic hard times, when the nation should be pulling together, is very unpatriotic and serves no purpose. Second, Cheney comes from the very administration that brought us these wars and ran our economy into the ground....He has had his time...it is over. Now he needs to shut his mouth.

    April 24, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. California Gold

    Translation: she wants this President to 'stand up', and defend her father and what he did. The problem is not our President. The problem is what Dick Cheney and George Bush did. No "Truth Commission" necessary. We have laws and deeply probing investigations to root out and bring to light what Cheney and Bush did. The laws of the land, which they deftly brushed aside, are the laws that Cheney will be measured against. That is what's causing Cheney to be annoyingly aggressive and unrelentingly critical. And because of Cheney's defensive behavor what has come to light is the tip of the iceberg.

    April 24, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Bill

    How pompous to think that we should be the model of morality and decency for the entire world. Yet another loud-mouthed redneck comment from someone that looks a lot better with their mouth shut. Has any republican ever heard of the word "co-exist"?

    April 24, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. Marty, Grand Rapids Mi

    Liz and Dick, your arrogance astounds me. It's a great thing to defend the United States. But, it's also a great thing to admit your mistakes and/or failings. Your Father and President Bush destroyed our image around the world. Some humility is required to help build it back. This doesn't make us weak and it doesn't cost us anything. But it can help the image of America that was lost post 9/11.

    April 24, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Marty in PA

    It's time for the Cheney's to step away and shut up. He had his time in power, and screwed our foreign policy up royally with his hawkish and unethical practices. Now someone with morals and intelligence is in charge, and Cheney's opinions have NO IMPORTANCE.

    So, buh-bye Cheney and family. I'm pretty surprised at the amount of air time the MSM is giving them!

    April 24, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. calle

    I think Obama does stand up for America on every trip that he has taken. If the "Haters" would listen sometimes instead of reacting they would hear Obama apologize for the more recent 8 year brain fart that America has had. Basically Lynn he apologizes for the less than stellar policies of the Administration that your father recently participated in or should I say the administration that your father ran. Don't get it twisted. Truely listen to what Obama says.

    April 24, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Cheryl

    Because of the Bush administration it is impossible for America to be any "beacon of hope" for the world. They have already brought us down paths that are very conerning and dangerous (and we are learning more of it everyday). A beacon of hope that tortures? A beacon of hope that disregards the constitution and what America has stood for? Cheney and his daughter should be ashamed, they DO NOT represent America, at least not any America I want to be part of. Keep up the good work in trying to restore America's reputation both here and all over the world President Obama!

    April 24, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. The Nak

    Isn't funny how were hearing more out of Cheney now then when he was VP ??

    April 24, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Tina

    Um, Miss Cheney, thanks to your dad and his cronies, we are no longer a beacon of hope. Its kind of hard to stand up and defend the atrocities of the last 8 years. But then again your dad seems to think he did all the right things so I dont blame you.

    April 24, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. BWG

    Dick Cheney had 8 years to get it right–and failed miserably! Now it's time for him to show some small hint of decency and professionalism and keep his comments to himself!!! Oh, yes, and go away!

    April 24, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. Jeff in Atlanta

    With each passing day the weakness of obama as a leader becomes more evident. Hillary and Biden were right, inexperience does matter and we are the ones suffering for being like sheep instead of informed votes last January 20th.
    Let's not let it happen again. Let's get smart and elect leaders, not readers.

    April 24, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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