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. BLESSEDNTX

    That's why WE still luv President Clinton. That was a 'Slick Willie' diss to Dick Cheney.

    May 13, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Bridgett

    Why in the world would anyone listen to Bill Monica Loving I did not have sex witht hat girl Clilnton???? He could have had Bin Laden, but alas he was too busy with Monica not having sex. Idiot.
    Dick Cheney is trying to tell AMERICA, you and me, the truth. Everyone should listen to him. He is very intelligent.

    May 13, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. USNA Ancient

    For "[so called] Independent Democrat ... and found "not guilty" ! which you strangely omitted to mention !

    May 13, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. We're on the way

    Clinton and his wife are a joke, they are the biggest Narcissists this country has ever known and they just won't go away. Most of the comments above just show us all how stupid Americans have become. Lazy, no education, lazy, not even trying. What a waste.

    May 13, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Past Ticker Fan

    WHY do you keep dumping my emails???????? I sent one today on the latest Palin non-newsworthy book report, and it followed the last several I have sent and did not appear except for "Awaiting Moderation". What is your problem? What is wrong w/my emails that you will not post them??? Answer requested, please, This is your business and I expect a reply!

    May 13, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Smart Democrat

    Attention Republicans: We won. What that means to you? Shut up and take a seat for 4 years. Your methods clearly did not work and your turn is over! Clinton was the greatest President in US history!

    May 13, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Brad W.

    Clinton's target practice is done on womens' dresses.

    May 13, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. tippinpoint

    While cheney was vice-president he was always hiding somewhere. Now one can't get his face or voice off the cable networks.

    May 13, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Mark

    csh, you forgot to thank Clinton for wasting tax dollars lying about his having sex with Monica Lewensky, for allowing Bin Laden to escape, for the beginning of the housing meltdown, etc....

    May 13, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Diana Nolen

    Did Dick Cheney receive a salary during his eight years as vice president? And if so, why?

    May 13, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. whaley41

    Good grief, CNN has let all the dem leftbot liberals out of the funny farm again!!

    May 13, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. The Broker.

    The man and his cigar, in the white-house. Talks about Target-Prectice?

    May 13, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. lutonmoore

    It's really funny to hear comments like "shooting him in the face" from people who have never been hunting birds. Not ducks or geese, and no buckshot involved. If you ever go bird hunting (dove, quail or grouse, etc.) in a group , you're likely to get hit with some expended bird shot. It's no big deal. Bird shot has not much range at all. From the beginning the press made it sound like Cheney stuck a shotgun in the guy's face and pulled the trigger. It's really funny. What was even funnier though, was the way that people emptied those buildings in Manhattan last week when AF1 was on its photo op. I'll bet them folks were wishing the grown-ups were in charge...

    May 13, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. TrueIndependent

    That we debate whether or not water boarding is torture, and that we question closing Guantanamo bay both simply prove one thing – We have totally lost our values and moral standing.

    May 13, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. jim

    bill kept us safe how about the uss cole how about letting osama get away how about sending missle to distract us from his love fest how about giving china full acsees to our economy how about somolia what about waco texas ruby ridge the gonzalas kid please clinton was a joke

    May 13, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. john

    i think cheney was running the country when bush won his second term and i will get back to you guys with full facts thats a promise..

    May 13, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Harvey for Obama

    Cheney, you guys lost. Get that through your thick head.

    May 13, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. Bill

    One only needs to look at the activity of ex presidents and compare Republicans versus Democrats. The Dems are active and engage in continuing their great public works, while Republicans sneak out of town and out of sight. The 18% they now claim of voters is an appropriate and just number.

    May 13, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. pointofview

    clinton enjoyed the wave of economic prosperity laid down by Reagan and GB1 and was further lifted up by a republican congress who balanced the budget for the first time in generations. This country ran itself for 8 years which allowed Clinton to play hanky panky with every skirt in the white house and how you democrats forget the cluster freak that was Waco that happend under Clinton.

    Clinton laid the groundwork for 9/11 for not getting bin laden and the current economic crisis by repealing Glass-Steagall

    long story short, clinton was an average pres that took advantage of a cant lose situation.

    May 13, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. DDA

    Looks like the idiots on the right have it wrong AGAIN, does the name PHIL GRAHAM mean anything oops! the clowns on the right didn't receive their talking points thats right PHIL GRAHAM the spineless right wing MORON that said AMERICA was a bunch of WHINNERS and look the BILL he SNUCK into the last piece of legislation before they went on break that right NOTICE yet anot6her COWARDLTY act by the SCVUM of Americas the repukulan party you know RNC (Racist Nazis Party), or the GOP ( Goofy Opposition Party). Yup cowards one and all so if any of yoiu Knot Head Morons on the right have any thing to say make sure it isn't a talking point. I realize you have limited Itelligence and your greatest glory is dumbinmg down your kids, remember there are those of us that do know the facts and will show them up your lower posteria,

    May 13, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Michael Arnaud

    Hey Janice,
    If you want Cheny and Bush in front of a jury for war crimes, you'll have to stand Hillary, Nancy, Harry, Steny and all the other Dems who came in 2006 and said they were going to put a stop to the Bush War and never did. Even your beloved Obama will have to stand there too.

    Oh, and by the way, Bill Clinton was CONVICTED by the Senate, because his sentence was a censure and a fine. So Bill Clinton DOES have the distinction of being the only US President to be IMPEACHED and CONVICTED while in office. If Bush was so bad, why didn't the Dems impeach Bush when they took over in 2006? Anybody ever ask themselves that? Hmm?

    May 13, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. hilarious

    Bill Clinton, love ya.

    May 13, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Randy

    The country would be better-off if Dick would go stand close to the microwave oven for an extended period of time.

    May 13, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. Annie Oakley

    Touche, Mr. President. cheney is out there trying desperately to set up straw men in the hope that his sorry bunch of criminal thugs don't get sent to prison. He is hoping he will be able to travel outside the US without getting to visit a Spanish prison once occupied by the war criminal cheney's political hero nixon put in power in Argentina in 1973.

    May 13, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. connie

    I want all you people who think torture is not part of war then you let the gitmo bay detainees come live in your home town. We all forget what they did to our soldiers-beheaded them, drag their bodies thru town, hung up their dead bodies on bridges, you liberals make me sick, but you be the first one crying for help if we were attack again.
    I am so glad i grew up and realized there is only one way to do things and that is the right way. And to all you atheists who don't believe in God or who have a problem with people being Christians-you will be the first one praying for God when one of your loved ones where hurt and almost dead or dying. John Travolta did he pray to God not to take his son.

    May 13, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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