May 13th, 2009
06:01 PM ET
9 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. RepubliKLANs Are Plain STUPID

    Dick Cheney says torture of detainees saved his life, and not thousands – he ought to have been tortured of waterboarded for missing his target and shooting a fellow human being!

    May 13, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Pepe

    Clintons=No Class

    May 13, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. peakarack

    Dick Cheney + G.W. Bush=MORONS. hahaha!!!!!

    May 13, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    YES! Correct you are, Bill Clinton! When you consider that DICK is a criminal for breaking American & International laws on torture, the man should be careful, every interview he gives more and more information that can and will be used against him!

    And....... DICK & Bush were in Office during the terrorist attack of September 11th. It WAS their mutual disregard for the intelligence reports that were *** warning*** of an impending attack on U.S. soil, using our airports that ..... DICK & Bush ........ ignored!

    Had the Bush regime, heeded those intelligence reports, added extra security, and put in place stringent security measures....... perhaps....... **** 3000******* AMERICANS LIVES WOULD NOT HAD BEEN LOST!

    DICK, considering that you & Bush FAILED to keep Americans SAFE on September 11th........ you should be careful, because the judgement you are passing on President Obama....... is actually the one that belongs to YOU!

    May 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Kevin

    To all of you who are saying that Clinton was never impeached, go back to school and take a Civics class. He and Andrew Johnson are the ONLY two in our history to be impeached. Impeachment occurs when Congress votes on whether to remove a president from office, not the actual removal itself.

    On another note: if pro is the opposite of con, does that mean that the opposite of PROgress is CONgress?

    May 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Donnat

    There is nothing Cheney can do to keep himself from going down in history as the embodiment of political evil. Talk all you want, Dick, but Bill's right. It's OVER.

    May 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Tulsa

    @Michael James,
    Failure? Can you say "Camp David Accords"
    Insignificant? Can you say 8 years of un equalled growth and prosperity AND the peace in Northern Ireland?
    Tell me, oh Repo dummy, what will the Bush admin. be known for? Torture? Elimination of Americans right to privacy? 4300 dead soldiers in Iraq for NO REASON?
    Yeah, those Republicans do a bang up job alright.

    May 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Blessed_Truth

    LOL Good One Bill....put that Evil Sith Lord Cheney in his place

    May 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. MidwestGuy

    Ken, hate to rain on your parade... but....

    Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998. Perhaps YOU should check your facts.


    May 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Pat Smith

    When he was in the White House he never said a word. Now he won't shut up. If anything happens to Obama and he does not ge elected does that mean Biden can come back on stage and just yak away at how the GOP is doing and where they failed to keep us safe and how they are not serving the needs of the people. Wow....I pray our president does well and he is rewarded 2 terms but if he is not I fully expect since the prescendent is set by Cheney that Biden too will be the co president of a GOP president in office. Think about you guys defending him. What is good for the goose is certainly good for the gander.

    May 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. connie

    When Clinton lied.... it was about a cigar and a chick.
    when Cheeney lied...thousands of American soldiers DIED...when he and Bush sent them to war for oil, blackwater and B&R!
    Cheeney is a coward who has never been in the military...
    as well as his dougboy Rove.
    But...they both believe in torture!
    Ironic....McCain doesn't endorse it....wonder why?

    May 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. basher72

    Jimmy the Greek May 13th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

    What is it with you right-wing wack-a-doodles? Cheney has to constantly "remind" us of why torture was a good thing? It was illegal – and he's going down for it.

    Even with Monica L., Bill Clinton has more credibility in the tip of his pinky finger than "Deadeye Dick" Cheney has in his entire family.

    Get over it.

    May 13, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Janice

    It's just Cheney's ego talking. He just can't accept we know based on his record in office that he is and was full of it, and he's trying the only tricks he knows – fear and bullying.

    Time for Eric Holder to put him before a grand jury for his crimes. Then he'll shut up.

    May 13, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Lemastre

    Is it significant that Dick Cheney pops up everywhere trying to defend the Bush administration's use of torture, while the guy who was nominally in charge utters not a peep. You might almost get the impression that the veep was really running things and not silent George.

    May 13, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Thunderballs

    Cheney is a war criminal, a war profiteer and a war monger. Dispicable thug who should go back to Wyoming and crawl under a rock.

    May 13, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. mark

    dis cheney misinterpret the declaration of independence?

    fear, rendition and the pursuit of misinformation?

    May 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    @ the GOPers.......... YOU putting President Clinton down??? Criticizing him!

    Clinton may have been an adulterer, whom the holier-than-thou-GOP-controlled Congress ...... impeached for "lying about that woman"! That's hardly......... going to hurt the U.S.!

    However, you approve of and support two War Criminals?? Bush & DICK, were and will go down in history as ......... disasters!

    Did DICK & Bush keep America safe???? Answer: September 11th!

    May 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. dan

    George W. Bush got us into an un-winable war, claimed it was over when it was really just getting started, let the man who attacked us on 9/11 go free, destroyed the economy, mangled the constitution, and had no response to Katrina. And that's only a partial list of his failures. Yet according to some of you Repubs, Bill Clinton was the worst President ever, because he had extra-marital sex. And people wonder why your party is going down the tubes. As for "Dick" Cheney, the problem isn't that he is talking, he has that right. The problem is that he thinks that George Bush and he actually did a good job. If the average person was that dillusional, they would be put into a mental health facility.

    May 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Doris

    Michael James, Where is Cheney's respect?

    He won't keep his mouth shut. It's not his job anymore. what is he trying to do? The point you just made obviously does not work for this situation and article!

    May 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. mark

    did cheney misinterpret the declaration of independence?

    fear, rendition and the pursuit of misinformation?

    May 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Sylvia

    There's a lot of misinformation in these comments. Bill Clinton was impeached, but he was not convicted. The House of Representatives brings impeachment charges; the Senate tries the President. The Senate acquitted him. The only other impeached President was Andrew Johnson. He also was not convicted nor removed from office. Just like Clinton.

    May 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. John, Rochester MN

    LJ May 13th, 2009 5:21 pm ET
    Maybe Mr Clinton, the biggest liar in U.S. Presidential history, should heed his own advice. "It's over."
    Uh, what? LJ apparently has pretty selective memory if they think Clinton was a bigger liar than W. Ridiculous.

    May 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Sal

    Hey Michael James-

    You said "No, ex-Dems have mouths, ex- Repubs have dignity and class out of respect for the office."

    What do you call what Cheney is doing? Being quiet?

    May 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Randy, Indiana

    Way to go Bill tell it like it is piss on Cheney.

    May 13, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Patrock

    Bush ruined everything

    May 13, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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