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. dina levine

    Obama is setting a bad precident – nobody talks down about the president before him. How childish. The next Republican president will have a party on Obama's record. He's already messing everything up.

    He loves to make changes but doesn't think ahead to what changes he makes. I heard him say making decisions is the easy part of his job. If it's easy, he's not thinking enough. And don't even think that he's just good at it and that's why it's easy. Wait a couple of years, we'll all be crying because of his changes. But at least I didn't vote for him. I'll have nothing to feel guilty about. The bad decisions Bush made doesn't make Obama's bad decisions right.

    May 13, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Make America Great Again

    Dick: His name says it all.

    May 13, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. keith A. Sillsbury

    lets get it straight people, the house voted to impeach him but he was not impeached. he finished out his term and was a great president. he got caught, thats all. nothing any other prez hasn't done. but to the real story here is the end of the republican party, the joke, the immoral moral, the oil mongers,the imperialist liers. clintons impeachment was a political party move and nothing more. your time is done, your party is over. go home and fade away.

    May 13, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Alex

    Agree with both comments below... The Democrats need to get off the Reaganomics-lite train they've been on since the late 80's (when they realized they could get massive corporate donations by renouncing the JFK-strain of liberalism). In light of Geithner and Summers' current "progress", the fact that Obama actually considered Gregg for Commerce, and the fact that single-payer advocates have been ignored in the healthcare reform discussion so far, it's clear this current administration needs to get off the Reagan-train before they can truly start to repair our horribly mangled social safety net.

    arithmetic is liberal May 13th, 2009 5:55 pm ET
    pomawg May 13th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

    Clinton great? He signed the bill that overrode Glass-Steagall making himself a major player in the mess we are in today! He was a very good president, great ones don't make major mistakes like that.

    Agreed on that point. He signed off on so many Republican Revolution measures it wasn't even funny. But he was still more fiscally conservative than 40, 41 and especially 43!

    If you look at it in terms of accomplishments and not partisan party lines, then Bill Clinton is the best Republican president we ever had.

    May 13, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. BLF

    Bill Clinton is right on the mark. It is over for Bush and Cheney. They both deserve to spend the rest of their lives in jail.

    May 13, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Zion

    Let the following goons talk: Rush Limbaugh, Lynn Cheney, Dick Cheney, Ann Coulter, etc. It works in our favor.

    May 13, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Al, CA

    Cheney is not in prison yet?

    May 13, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Russ H

    For once Clinton is on track. Cheney should take Bush, Pelosi and himself and go out for target practice. It would probably end up the way a lot of American citizens would want it.

    May 13, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Had It

    Clinton scr..ed one person.

    Bush/Cheney f..ked the entire world.

    May 13, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Jacob

    Ataboy Slick Willy! Tell it like it is, you always have!

    May 13, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Mike

    What's funny about Dick Chaney is that you didn't hear hardly anything from him when he was VP. Almost as if he was in hiding. Now he is giving his brand of critique constantly to the public.

    May 13, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. yoyolite

    The rethugs lead by holier than thou newt the nuke gingrich, went after Clinton for something that was between him and Hillary. however cheney the loonie and bust the "duh" committed war crimes and should have been impeached.

    May 13, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. RSB, St George, UT

    Republicans are a funny breed. They crucified Bill Clinton for getting oral sex from Monica Lewinksy, who was at the time a consenting adult (granted, it was adultery, I'm not defending him)...but then along comes Dick Cheney with his unethical war in Iraq that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians (after he told the first Bush not to go to war in Iraq in the early 1990's because it would cause a civil war)...and his waterboarding and torture of suspected terrorists, not to mention a clear conflict of interests in Halliburton and its role in the whole Iraq debacle...and wouldn't you know, the Republicans are still criticizing Bill Clinton for his tryst with Monica Lewinsky and just want to sweep all of the Bush/Cheney improprieties under the rug? Oh and did I mention, the previous administration won't go away...they keep dissing the current administration, which is a BIG NO NO. You know, that Mr. Clinton sure has a lot of class to just not make a comment and wish Mr. Cheney well. Maybe Mr. Cheney should take a hint.

    May 13, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Steve

    Whatever happened to a lively debate in regards to someone's political opinion? Seems as though most responses to Cheney's views on National security are limited to personal attacks. This trend of attacking people personally, as a substitute for a constructive debate, appears to be on the increase.

    Folks, it's pretty simple, time will tell whether or not the American people were safer under Bush / Cheney & Pelosi, or Obama / Biden. In the meantime, Cheney's entitled to his opinion.

    May 13, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    csh May 13th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

    Thanks President Clinton:

    For the best economy of my lifetime
    For the 22 million jobs you created
    For the successful end to ethnic cleansing in Bosnia
    For the balanced budget
    For the budgest surplus

    etc….

    etc…..

    --------------------–

    The economy during Clinton's era had more to do with the steady hand of Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan who was apointed by Ronald Reagan. Clinton imposed three major tax increases during his tenure creating a recession at the end of his term that Bush inherited. And the job creation during Clinton's term was more like 15 million.

    May 13, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Clifford in New York

    csh May 13th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

    Thanks President Clinton:

    For the best economy of my lifetime
    For the 22 million jobs you created
    For the successful end to ethnic cleansing in Bosnia
    For the balanced budget
    For the budgest surplus

    etc….

    etc…..

    --------------------–

    The economy during Clinton's era had more to do with the steady hand of Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan who was apointed by Ronald Reagan. Clinton imposed three major tax increases during his tenure creating a recession at the end of his term that Bush inherited. And the job creation during Clinton's term was more like 15 million.

    May 13, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. EVOLVE

    CHENEY IS LOW LIFE RIGHT WING RADICAL THAT HAS GUIDED THE RNC PRINCIPLES FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS. HE HAS RECEIVED 5 DEFERMENTS TO AVOID THE DRAFT AND HAS RESULTED IN BRING THE MORALS AND PRINCIPLES OF THIS COUNTRY DOWN AFTER THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE FOUGHT AND DIED TO UP HOLD THOSE PRINCIPLES. HE LEFT SOLDERS TO DEFEND FOR THEMSEVLES ON MISCONDUCT CHARGES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS AT ABU GRAB ETC AND DID NOTHING TO PROTECT THEM. CHENEY IS A COWARD THAT REPRESENTS THE RIGHT WING NEO CONS AND CARES NOTHING ABOUT THIS COUNTRY. PUT HIM ON TRIAL FOR HIS WAR CRIMES AND VIOLATING OUR COUNTRY'S LAWS,

    May 13, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. dick delson

    dick chaney is a creep who belongs in jail. and, who is he to comment about anyone. tell us about the WMD Iraq had? He such a jerk,

    May 13, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. LaDonna Wilson

    It looks like Cheney is trying to hang onto the past. He is becoming pathetic! Why doesn't he return to his home state and quit lurking around Washington,DC? If he wasn't given air and press time he might slink away. We voted him and his party out of office. Goodbye ex VP Cheney.

    May 13, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    Bill Clinton is the man. Dark VADOR CHANEY is a nut job.

    May 13, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Yes, the Bush Administration is over. Perhaps Clinton should tell that to the present Administration. They're the ones who lead every press conference or media appearance with "...remember, we inherited this..." Maybe if they toned down their rhetoric, Cheney wouldn't feel the need to continually defend himself. BTW, Clinton was impeached by the House, it was his buddies in the Democratically controlled Senate that didn't convict him. However, he was guilty of perjury and suspended from the practice of law. That hardly makes him a good character reference.

    May 13, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Brennan

    Haha! God bless President Bill Clinton...

    May 13, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Really!?

    He's right. Its not that hard to figure out. Just like Bill, who could have taken out Osama, this administration is not going to keep us as safe as we were the last 8 years...unfortunately.

    May 13, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Right on Mr. Pres. Right you are. Cheney's target is President Obama but he keeps hitting the GOP.... right in the face! Do you think the party will now apologize to him?

    May 13, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. John Johnston - Sacramento

    To EX-repub-
    THANKS for your post! I had not considered what you said, that the same agencies are in place as they were pre-Obama, which is obviously VERY true. I shall use that point of view when next I have to deal w/ my Bible-banging Neanderthal relatives (Who, by the way, do not have as much money as I do, nor the education, nor all the travels all over the world......but hey! They have JC and sports and ANYTHING their ministers tell them is the word of God....NOT!). Again, thanks for your post!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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