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. Carole

    Thank you President Clinton. You kept America safe for 7 1/2 years and then 9-11 was on the Bush/Cheney watch!!!!!!!!

    **Cheney has no class whatsoever. General Colin Powell is a TRUE American and TRUE Republican.

    May 13, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Raul X. Garcia

    We had some good years during the Clinton Administration especially for those who were gaming the system, but in the mean time many were left behind and eventually ended up getting stuck with the bill.

    http://measureofamerica.org

    http://raulxgarcia.com

    May 13, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. James

    I am one progressive who's more than happy to see Cheney on the air every single day. The Republicans are only solidifying the image that they are a bunch of old angry white men. So let me see more Newt, Rush, Cheney and Bill Bennett. Keep the parade coming.

    May 13, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Jesse

    This is like Darth deja vu all over again.

    Cheney wants a do-over in hopes of changing his disasterous legacy. The five-deferment thug who stayed mostly hidden in his undisclosed location for eight years has morphed into an annoying blabber mouth who won't STFU. It's embarrassing actually.

    I haven't had too much kind to say about W but I have to admit he's shown class since leaving office. Maybe he fully understands the impossible job he left behind for President Obama and really wants to help the country.

    Dick on the other hand would just as soon shoot Uncle Sam in the face it advanced his sick agenda.

    May 13, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. teegeeva

    Dr. Strangelove was worse than worthless as VP. Unfortunately, it is more apparent with each passing day that he was the one running the Iraq and Aghanistan wars, and is responsible for deaths and maiming of thousands of our finest young men and women. Now that he's out from under the gun of responsibility, he's suffering from a constipation of truth and a diarhea of words. Waterboarding would be too humane for him. If we're going to continue with renditions, he should be on the first plane over. If he's so shot in the ass with torture, let him get a large dose of it, then see what he thinks.

    May 13, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Stu Smith

    DEMS: Impeachment is a trial. Clinton WAS impeached–by a republican-controlled senate, and acquitted.
    REPS: Really, get over the hummer thing. If that's all you've got, it sure doesn't stand up to shredding the constitution.

    May 13, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Sally

    I wish Clinton had said a lot more! Cheney is outrageous, disgusting, and soulless!

    May 13, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Randy

    Isn't it funny how repubs from the 90's are old news, but when Bill makes a funny he is congratulated. I hate hippocrites.

    May 13, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Andy R

    It was Bill Clinton who kept us safe from terrorism after the first attack on the Trade Center one month into his tenure...We were safe without torture...

    May 13, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Ted

    Bill Clinton, one of the best presidents we have had, is a gentleman and a scholar. While it would be humorous to see him throw stuff back at Cheney, because we know it would be good and fact based, it would only be feeding the Republican furnace of hate mongering. Bill wouldn't lower himself to Cheney's level and that is a very good thing.

    May 13, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. scott morlety

    Bill we miss ye.
    Dick you missed ....period LOL

    May 13, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Dan

    Gold Medal for Dick Cheney for Quail Hunting. :)

    May 13, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Fla.

    Cheney should be in jail.

    May 13, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Jon

    Bill Clinton should remember that he was impeached and keep his obnoxious mouth shut.

    May 13, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Benjine-boston ma

    Yes, republicans are full of psycho talk!

    May 13, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. M. Abdullah

    Thanks Mr. President.....You have been the best president for the USA and also to the rest of the world. And You are STILL my president. Stay well and happy, Mr. President.

    May 13, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. I voted for change!!!!!

    LOL. Good One!!!!

    May 13, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. floridian

    Perhaps what Mr. Cheney meant to say is that under Pres. Bush we were safer than when Pres. Clinton was in charge. So far, giving credit to Pres. Obama, we are still safe (not attacked), but the changes his administration is making on national security are yet to be proven. My prayers are that this administration continues the record established by the former administration.

    May 13, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Tony in Maine

    Bill Clinton is a great politician with the potential to have been one of the greatest Presidents. He's a blue dog I'm a yellow dog – so we disagree on much. But his right of center philosophy made it possible to get things done. In any other country, his inability to keep his pants zipped would have been fodder for a few jokes and a shrug. In our country, it cost him the chance to be the greatest and us the chance to enjoy the fruits of that.

    W was a non-entity by comparison. Cheney is Tomas de Torquemada. The past 8 years have been the worst in our history.

    May 13, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Alameda, CA

    Will someone please explain to me [again] why war criminal Dick Cheney is allowed to walk around in civilized society as a free man?

    Nitpicking grasps for a legal straw aside...come on. We all know what he's done and how many have died as a result.

    Make it right, America.

    May 13, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. ChiGuy

    Yep thanks Bill...

    For not taking Bin Laden when he was offered from Sudan
    The USS Cole Bombing
    World Trade Center 1 Bombing
    Black Hawk Down
    US Embassy Bombing
    etc etc

    You know all about keeping the USA safe

    May 13, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. S M R

    Good for Bill, Cheney is Evil to the bone.

    May 13, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Jayden,FL

    HAHA nice one Mr President!... Oh how I wish we could have the 90s back!

    May 13, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Patrick

    Go Bill...

    OH whats the latest from the republicans... oh yeah.... spicy mustard is "elitist" but spending over $ 100,000 at Neiman Marcus for a VP candidate is not.

    Wut-ever.

    May 13, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Chapman

    Not a word out of Cheney's mouth for his final 2 years in office & now we can't shut him up??? Let him have it Bill...

    May 13, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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