May 13th, 2009
06:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton: Cheney should stick to target practice

HERNDON, Virginia (CNN) – Bill Clinton jokingly laughed off a question Wednesday about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his recent claims that the country is less safe under the Obama administration.

"I wish him well," Clinton told CNN while greeting voters after a campaign stop with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. "It's over," he added, apparently a reference to the Bush administration.

"But I do hope he gets some more target practice before he goes out again," Clinton said with a grin before moving along the ropeline.

The former president was alluding, of course, to Cheney's infamous 2006 hunting accident in which he mistakenly fired birdshot into the face of a campaign contributor during a South Texas quail hunt.


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  1. Tulsa

    Good one Mr. President.

    May 13, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Good one Bill!

    May 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Georgia Gal

    Haha!

    I love Bill.

    Haha!

    May 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. truth is liberal sort of

    uhh...bill...maybe you should have stuck to national security instead of 'hanging' around in closets

    May 13, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Joe in CA

    I guess the campaign contributor didn't give enough, or Cheney found out he gave to the democrats and kicked him out for having an opinion for himself.

    May 13, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. I married allmycousins in Utah

    Cheney just hopes to do less prison time or none at all.

    May 13, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. MidwestGuy

    Maybe someone should remind Bill that he's "over" too? Something he still doesn't get...

    May 13, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. EX-repub

    Cheney is the biggest crook that ever stepped foot into the white house.
    He and Bush are history now, so why does he think anything he say's now matter's?
    He need's to slip back into his cave and GO AWAY!!!
    As far as the U.S. not being as safe, the last time I checked we have the same armed forces and the same homeland security as when he was in office.
    I FEEL SAFER NOW THAN WHEN HE WAS IN OFFICE!
    Do us all a favor and don't go hunting anymore Mr. Cheney!

    May 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Gene

    Come on Bill.. stick and move, stick in move.. but throw some combo punches in there :)

    May 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Shirley In California

    Hey Dick – do us all a favor and exit but don't use the door that's for ladies and gentlemen only.

    Thanks.

    May 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Not surprisingly, I disagree with Bill Clinton. But not because I like Cheney–precisely to the contrary, in fact. The more the Cheneys and Limbaughs continue to demonstrate the utter vacuity of the neo-cons, the more likely it is that any remaining paleo-cons in the Republican Party will get up the courage to pitch the bible-thumpers and return the party to its roots.

    May 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Ian minneapolis, MN

    Yeah I love how everyone forgot that our ex vice president, while intoxicated, shot somebody in the FACE while hunting. And than afterwards the man APOLOGIZED to Cheney for "distracting" the administration. Yeah, if only everyone who got shot in face on accident apologized to the person who shot them...in the FLIPPING FACE!

    May 13, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Shari, NY

    Bill's sense of humor has saved the day. Imagine Cheney trying to alarm citizens with his terrorism "mayday"! Maybe, he was right. Now that he has more time to go hunting, HIS OWN ERRANT SHOTS would pose a problem to John Q. Public. LOL!

    May 13, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Ms. White

    all done and said...cheney WILL shoot HIMSELF

    May 13, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Tim Geithner

    Why doesn't Clinton just stick to womanizing?

    May 13, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. ABMiller

    You mean like shooting on a blue dress, right Bubba?

    May 13, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Joe

    Clinton the impeached one is giving others political advice. Classic. The most shamed president of our time needs to shut the hell up.

    May 13, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Qui-Tam Relator

    ****************************************************************
    Dick, go stand in the corner and don't come until you are told to. Also write 500 times on the white board, I will not speak again until spoken to !
    ****************************************************************

    May 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Republicans like Cheney and Limbaugh cannot believe that the country has repudiated their ideas. It is inconveivable to them that the majority of the country has rejected their utter failures at trying to run this nation. What I don't understand is how two men who studiously avoided military service have the gall to promote wars in which other people will die. I guess the Neo-Cons motto is to fight to the last drop of someone elses blood.

    May 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. cjsks

    MidwestGuy, Bill clearly recognizes his administration is over... this is the first press he's had in months! Cheney on the other hand has been a daily fixture of late. We all know Dick's positions, he hasn't stated anything new in any of his recent interviews. He needs to move along.

    May 13, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Ia Guy

    Joe May 13th, 2009 5:12 pm ET

    Clinton the impeached one is giving others political advice. Classic. The most shamed president of our time needs to shut the hell up.

    ---------

    One of the most popular presidents of our time AND he wasn't impeached; old Newt failed. Get your facts straight, stay out of his bedroom, and you shut up.

    I wish you the best. :)

    May 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. David

    Republicans are a silly bunch

    May 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Chris in MI

    MidwestGuy May 13th, 2009 5:07 pm ET
    Bill Clinton has done more post-presidency helping the poorest citizens of world than your buddy Cheney. Why doesn't Cheney do something useful..like take target practice.

    May 13, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. LJ

    Maybe Mr Clinton, the biggest liar in U.S. Presidential history, should heed his own advice. "It's over."

    The man is such an egomaniac. Just go cheat on your wife some more.

    May 13, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Joe May 13th, 2009 5:12 pm ET

    Clinton the impeached one is giving others political advice. Classic. The most shamed president of our time needs to shut the hell up.
    ********************************************************************
    Oh yeah? What about Richard Nixon? That guy was horrible. And though Bush has no shame, Bush has brought a great amount of shame to this nation. I know you would not understand, but it's worth mentioning

    May 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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