May 13th, 2009
06:01 PM ET
5 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. Jackson

    Cons got nobody to blame for ruining their beloved GOP, but that moron GW and his cronies.

    Gotta love this!

    May 13, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. RSC In Washington

    President Clinton was outstanding today!! The crowd went wild when they saw him and he stayed and greeted folks for a good 45 minutes after the event. He's brilliant, the republican's are so bitter they absolutely have no-one to say the same about.. Well, at least who's not already 6 feet under. NOTA!! LOL

    May 13, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Jo

    Bill Clinton should know he is "over" too. Can't even make money now from all kinds of foreign leaders since Hillary became sec of state.

    May 13, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. rupa

    i heard this and wondered if it was true. is rush limbuagh going to be on celebrity the biggest loser??? what is your guys opinion?

    May 13, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. Gary Head

    Cheney and Clinton are both New World Order traitors. They are both puppets for the Bankers.

    Get your facts right at Infowars.com.

    May 13, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Republicans are the American Taliban

    My 401k went into the stratosphere under President. Very nice man also. I could care less that he was having company for a pizza. I would have too!!!

    May 13, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. David in CA

    If there's one thing the Democrats can't stand, it's the truth!
    They squirm, crack jokes and try to discredit the guy delivering it. You would think Bill Clinton would be above that by now, hopefully getting a little respect for just going with the truth. I guess not.

    May 13, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    One fact remains. When Bill Clointon left office there were surplusses as far as the eye could see. George W Bush manage to squander it all on tax cuts for his rich friends. They same people who complain that Obama has "not fixed the problem yet" are the ones who made Bush possible. Believe them at your own peril America.

    May 13, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Phil Muse

    There is method behind the ravings of Dick Cheney (and Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and all the rest of their sorry ilk). They are trying to undermine the Obama administration in the hope that it will fail, just as Hitler and his mob were waiting for the Weimar Republic to fail in 1932, so they could seize their opportunity.

    May 13, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. FRS

    It is a shame that Mr. Clinton is still putting his two cents in after the shame he brought to the Oval Office. Not a good role model for his daughter and the youth of America.

    May 13, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. Jamie

    Keep talking Rush and Dick! Keep reminding everyone what the far right has to offer: bombast and poison. Keep reminding us what the Bush administration "accomplished". We not only have to rebuild our damaged economy but our Bush-damaged world reputation as well. Keep talking boys. (P.S. On the other hand, Dick shot another Republican – and a lawyer at that. That takes guts.)

    May 13, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. gd cronvwe

    If Clinton had been a "great" president then he would not have initiated the universal mortgage program that ultimately led to the current economic crash. I still hold him and "Green Guy" Gore responsible for 9-11.

    May 13, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Albo58

    Obviously McAuliffe neede another perjurer to campaign for him! Info to the libs on this commentary: Bill Clinton had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress during most of his reign...and who do you think wrote/passed the legislation that balanced the budget?

    May 13, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Chad

    At least Cheney didn't cheat on his wife with a girl the same age as his own daughter......in the Oval Office!!!! On a more serious note, Clinton has no room to talk. He had Bin Lauden literally in hte crosshairs and didn't pull the trigger. 3000 Americans are dead because of that decision.

    May 13, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. David

    Well all know why Cheney is still blabbing his mouth off. He wants so bad to stay legitimate so that he can run for President. So that he can run this country into the ground again.

    May 13, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. Right to know - Midwest

    Gees, is Dick Cheney still around? I thought he died or was that the Republican campaign? It's hard to keep track of the losers!

    May 13, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. The Bob

    President Clinton handed off to President Bush a monster economic surplus. President Bush took it, and ruined it.

    I still am numbed by President Bush, landing on that aircraft carrier, wearing a military flight suit, with a sock stuffed down the front, to make it appear he had a pair, and declaring "Mission Accomplished".

    You Republicans, with the help of the Surpremes, stole the 2000 Election. Do you know now what it means? "Be careful what you ask for, you might get it". Your arrogance has destroyed your Party. You are disappearing, slowly, but certainly.

    May 13, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Tariq

    When Cheney was vice president looking at intelligence reports, 9/11 happened on his watch.......

    Why should we believe him or even give him a voice now when he is no longer vice president and no longer looking at any intelligence?

    May 13, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Great stuff

    Yeah, great jibe.

    I wonder why CNN doesn't lead in to a story like this with, "Convicted liar, disbarred attorney and impeached former President grinned and said..."

    It would be so much more accurate.

    May 13, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. MARY L SHAW

    Every time he opens his mouth he shoots off assinine idiotic statements he's been blathering about for years. The Republicans constantly remind us they kept us safe from more attacks after 9/11. May I ask who in the hell kept us safe all the years BEFORE 911??? Cheney has taken one isolated instance and built a whole political career. He apparently is trying to make up for the cowardice he showed during Vietnam. Lost cause, Dick.

    May 13, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. Scott

    This from the guy who turned down taking custody of Osama Bin Laden, MORE THAN ONCE. His complete lack of understanding of foreign policy cost over 3000 lives, and he feels compelled to comment on it, and what makes us safe?

    May 13, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Chad

    U.S.A: got a question for ya.... Why does Fox News destroy CNN and PMSNBC every night in ratings? It's because they actually allow both sides of the arguement and don't have a biased agenda. Check out the ratings and see for yourself.

    May 13, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. tom

    i always loved you bill.

    May 13, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. tom

    i always loved you bill

    May 13, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. Michelle

    I put cheeney and bush in the same category as saddam hussein
    the last administration was a total disgrace
    Clinton was a great president and Obama will be even better
    bush should have been the one impeached he's a mass murderer
    and a liar

    May 13, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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