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. www.SpaCyber.com

    How much more damage do these people want to do...your turn is over, move-on.

    April 24, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. An American Also..........

    As an American and very, very happy with our new Administration and so happy the old is out, you and your father are free to leave the country anytime you want. If you don't like it then leave! I have never been prouder to be an American under the protection of our President Barack H Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and our Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    April 24, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Bill NY

    No one has taken this great country down more dangerous paths and slippery slopes than Bush-Cheney. It seems as if Mr. Cheney's greatest concern was for the well being of Halliburton and not his fellow countrymen. When I look at the sorry state they left this land of ours in, I am almost driven to insanity by their unmitigated gaul.

    April 24, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. shane

    I don't think there's a real issue with our obama's position and how he carried himself during his visit, we're the 2nd strongest superpower in the world, why not stay modest and humble,tread softy and carry a big stick, what did that latin president gain by his rant?? nothing, and we didn't lose much ground either, it was actually well deserved and I find it ironic that the same people who are talking about the dangerous path we're, did little to nothing to stop the cliff we've fallen from the last 8 years.

    April 24, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Dave in Dayton

    I think Liz Cheney must be jealous of all the media attention that Megan McCain is getting...she now wants her 15 minutes of fame, or maybe she's going to write a book, too!.

    In any event, the venues that Obama attended weren't platforms for designed for him to remind the other countries that the US is still a superpower. And, I prefer the President's thoughtful and respectful approach to diplomacy.

    I find it so interesting that Dick Cheney tries to come off as this wonderful statesman...he sure never put his skills to any good use in the eight years he was VP.

    April 24, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Canadian

    "...we are a beacon of hope for people all around the world."

    This is exactly the type of elitest attitude that divides us as human beings first and foremost. No other nation looks at Americans as a "beacon of hope." If anything, we look at the majority of Americans as uneducated, overweight, biggots as evidenced by many comments on here during the election. Think about it, if Americans were a beacon of hope for all around the world, why would President Obama feel the need to "stand up" to the other countries that despise the USA. There would be no tension if everyone was looking up to the USA. People around the world hate Americans which is why there are constant threats to your country. President Obama was correct not to further alienating these countries and maybe everyone else can start to understand not everyone loves you. Damaged relationships need to be repaired and Obama is doing just that.

    Let the man go through with his plan. I can't believe people that come on here and rip him for not fixing the economy in 100 days. 100 days to fix what took 8 years to destroy? Yeah, very reasonable! Give him a chance.

    April 24, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. S Callahan

    I certainly agree we have to be defensive in words as protector of our nation...but that does not mean we can't extend an olive leaf to those who want peace as well. If there is intent not meant for the good will of America I feel confident to say God will reveal that, in his timing. I wonder when the world will understand that God's intent is for mankind to live in harmony, which is inclusive of peace.

    April 24, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Liz D.

    He certainly has the right to criticize the President. That's what makes this country great. I do find it ironic that the man most responsible to putting this country in such a poor light around the world and instigating the Iraq war which has been a breeding ground for terrorists where there were none before, is accusing this President of making the U.S. less safe. As far as I'm concerned, as well as millions of Americans, Dick Cheney is the man responsible for making this country less safe.

    April 24, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Steve C. - Atlanta, GA

    Sounds like it's Cheney's way or now way....why can't these people realize that there are better ways to building international relationships than bullying... Anyone can stand up and make threats and do a tarzan yell about how strong we are, but only natural born leaders can work through others in a diplomatic way to faciliate communication and positive results. The world needs to see America in a much different way than it has over the past 8 years and Obama understands that!

    April 24, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Dimples

    Another Cheney with a real concern. Who cares what Liz Cheney thinks or the entire Cheney gang for that matter. Liz ,we are no longer on that "dangerous path" because the Bush administration is over. I'm sure Iraq sees us as a beacon of hope, otherwise why would a journalist throw his shoes at George Bush? Dick gave the "ok" to use waterboarding and I'm sure Liz thinks that's ok too. They had the last eight years to show some concern. Please don't concern yourselves now. Liz, you could stand up and defend America by keeping your negative opinion to yourself. Be quiet for a change!

    April 24, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. andy

    what a bunch of losers! do something good in ur life for once, stop talking about obama.
    God bless our president!

    April 24, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Connie

    Another Cheney member criticizing the Democrats AGAIN!! When will they realize their opinions really don't matter to the people behind our great President! I personally am relieved that President Obama has *dug his heels* into the more critical issues he was faced with when taking office; it will take some time to remedy what was broken for so long....quit being so critical; sounds like sour grapes AGAIN!!

    April 24, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. donmcybertect

    Right, Liz. And your father is defending torture which we have prosecuted others for. He feels like he just MUST stand up and criticize this administration when his do so much to protect us? As I recall the intelligence agencies said something like " Al Quaeada determinded to strike US..." No torture. And how did he respond? How did that one go down, Liz?

    April 24, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Doug From Southern Illinois

    The Bush/Cheney administration did lead us down a very dangerous path and when Americans stood up and said so, they were called unpatriotic or worse. The Bush/Cheney officials, all of them, should remember that. They had their chance, now it's someone elses turn.
    Be part of the solution or you're part of the problem.

    April 24, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. Joshua N.

    Wait, Obama's approval rating is some 60%, higher than George Bush's in his first 100 days, and people are still saying he shouldn't be president? I mean, yes he hasn't done anything huge except for trying to turn around the recession and putting troops into Afghanistan but right now I think he's doing alright. It's time for people to accept that he is our president and to stand behind him.

    April 24, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Nick

    I agree, Cheney does the have the obligation as a citizen to speak out when he disagrees with policy decisions. Perhaps he also has an obligation now to apologize for all the intimations that those of us who thought Bush-Cheney policies were making us less safe were unpatriotic.

    And frankly, regarding Ms. Cheney's concern that Obama didn't respond to Ortega's "screed," do we really want to respond to every little slight? My father once told me there is value in knowing the difference between chicken salad and chicken s-, and Ortega's speech struck me as the latter. What does she want Obama to do, say "nu-uh!"

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Dave

    Why dont these people crawl back under the rock from whence they came?

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Juge

    I think you should have a lesson on reality. Nobody cares what you think or say. You don't know, or do not want to know what Cheney and his gang did to this country. Take your head out of the hole you have it in and look around. Gosh darn, the country is in a deeper hole than your head is in. We are trying to climb out and regain respect from our citizens and the global citizens. Shame on you for defending your father and probably living off the fat of the earth he took from the earth.

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. New Yorker

    Dick Cheney is a a war monger no better in any way than Saddam Hussein. He needs to be tried for his war crimes abroad as well as domestic. His daughter should be thankful that Obama didn't throw him in Jail yet as he should.

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Ray Fisher

    Cheney's like children are to be seen and not heard. Anyone not contributing helpful ideas need not apply to our recovery!!!

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Rich Brown

    Would it be possible for the entire Cheney family to return to that infamous "undisclosed" location and then just SHUT UP ALREADY!!

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Larry

    Obama doesn't get it. His naivete was on full display during the Summit (not to mention bowing to the Kind of SA). Does it endanger America to yuck it up with Chavez while accepting a Leftist propaganda treatise, or allow Ortega to berate the USA in silence? No, not in the short-term. But in the long, it sends a painfully clear message. One certainly not born of strength. Our teleprompter President, ladies and gentlemen....is a Wuss.

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Tired

    I'm so tired of the Cheney's disgusting rhetoric. We finally have a credible President who wants our country to be respected again after the Bush-Cheney years nearly destroyed us and they just don't go away. We can be friends with the rest of the world and we need to be. Hugo Chavez, of course, is nuts and I know President Obama is smart enough to know that but honestly when Chavez called former President Bush the devil, you have to admit alot of us in this country felt the same way. It seems like we keep getting more and more divided–mostly by the Republican party and it has to stop. The majority of this country has an unfavorable opinion of the Cheneys and I for one have great confidence in this President we have now. He handled himself beautifully in Europe as well as South American. He's a President we can be proud of!

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Jan Carter

    Honey your dad ran this country like it was the OLD WEST. We the PEOPLE are still suffering from the effects of it. Thanks to President Obama's willing to not only be right, but to DO right this country has made a u-turn and is now headed in the right direction. Your father commited crimes against not only the American public, but against other's simply because he could and thought he would get away with it.

    Well, in the presence of light, darkness must flee. Your father's crimes are being brought to light and he shall be held accountable for them. So, start your baking now, because you will be going to visit him in prision soon.

    April 24, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Scott B

    what is this, the daughters of the GOP leaders making their voices heard. Dick can't get the attention so she sends out his daughter. Why don't we stop the slander and just let the man who WON the election govern his way. He tried to reach out to the right, and no takers. Then the GOP whines when they aren't included in budget talks. Didn't the GOP run the government the past 8 years, and into the ground most top economic leaders say. So why do they get to whine about not being included in anything. It's becuase they think they are intitled too. But they lost the past 2 elections for seats in the house and senate as well as the oval office. Suck it up for 8 yrs and see where Obama leads us. If I were a betting man I would say prospartity.

    April 24, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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