February 18th, 2010
07:25 PM ET
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Cheney and Cheney team up at CPAC

Dick Cheney made a surprise appearance Thursday at CPAC.
Dick Cheney made a surprise appearance Thursday at CPAC.

Washington (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney earned a standing ovation Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, proclaiming "Barack Obama is a one term president."

Cheney, who was not scheduled to appear, received a warm welcome from the unsuspecting crowd and joked, "A welcome like that is almost enough to make me want to run for office again ... but I'm not going to do it."

During his brief remarks, the former vice president focused on recent Republican electoral success and the future of the conservative movement.

"There are some great years ahead of us. It is very, very important that we succeeed, and I'll do everything I can, but most especially I want to encourage that younger generation," Cheney said. "It really is a remarkable time to be a conservative."

The former vice president was introduced by his daughter Liz Cheney, a former State Department official and founding member of the group Keep America Safe. Liz Cheney used her time at the podium to launch a series of biting critiques of Obama administration policies.

"In the year that President Obama has been in office we have learned a lot, haven't we?" Cheney asked the audience. "We've learned he is not going to govern from the center, we've learned he doesn't believe in American exceptionalism, and he is going to travel the world apologizing for this great nation."

Cheney also singled out Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Obama homeland security and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan over their handling of Al Qaeda in Yemen, saying "there is no polite way to put this, but that kind of incompetence gets people killed."


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  1. Joel Miller

    All the tough talk can't disguise the fact that this draft dodger and the rest of his crew dropped the ball and let 9/11 happen ON THEIR WATCH. Americans are not stupid and will long remember how they lied about WMDs in Iraq and needlessly wasted thousands of American lives and billions of dollars over there. Obama has done more in a year to keep the country safe than the Bush Administration did in 8.

    February 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. doight

    He just needs to straighten that right arm out and point the fingers and he has it.

    February 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. David Soares

    All they can do is criticize–I dont see any suggestions on how to improve things–seems to be a common problem the far right has.

    February 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. th

    Maybe if Cheney really did something for this country instead of running it into the ground he would have something worth listening to.

    February 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. usualone

    The President has to apologize for the mistakes of the last administration. We do need the world to work with us. He has to mend fences before he can build bridges. Anyone who believes otherwise is a self-centered fool. Cheney can huff and he can puff but only he and his ilk can destroy America's future by continuing to divide us, all in the name of politics, and not for the good of America.

    February 18, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. AP

    The reason President Obama is traveling the world, "apologizing for this great nation," Ms. Cheney, neé Vader, is that your father, and his boss, did so much damage on their own they isolated us at a time when it's clear globalization is here and we can no longer act without thinking of the consequences of our actions. How nice it must be for you and your father, Ms. Cheney, to be able to take pot shots from your comfortable, white, conservative bark-o-loungers.

    February 18, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Michael

    Wow, is it just me, or have we seen this idiot more in the last year than the entire eight years of VP'ing for Bobo the clown?

    February 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Ouch... I'm worry that people actually still pay attention to this guy! Truly a scary individual. He is everything that has become the main problem with this country. He continually focuses on his hateful agenda. Compassion is his arch-nemesis even more than the President of the United States!

    February 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Darren Forges

    Old dipstick and young dipstick all that's missing is the new dipstick sarah palin. Pres. Obama will be President for 4 more years, then Michelle becomes First female Pres. for 8 more. eat your heart Tea Party.
    Yes! We Will

    February 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. bj, Texas

    Yes! Way to go Mr Vice President. You're expressing what millions of Americans have come to find out about this loser president Oblah-blah. One term and out! We begin getting our country back in 2010.

    February 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. JA/TN

    Cheney had his head in the sand for eight years, is there some sort of enlightment, he help set America back , two wars, deficits, wake people, who really gives two shakes about this dictator

    February 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. mds123069

    Do you not remember the past Cheney? Your past? Your administration's past? How convenient for you to forget that George W Bush announced to the world that apprehended terrorists were cooperating and being generous with information. What of the lives threatened by those announcements? Where was your public criticism of the "incompetence" then? And for Liz, your idea of center is as far right as the eye can see. Liars like yourself have 0 credibility and should keep their nonsensical ideas to themselves.

    February 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Steve

    "It is very, very important that we succeeed, and I'll do everything I can, "

    I believe Dick. I believe he will continue to lie & twist the truth at every opportunity!

    February 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Wes

    Well Liz is riding her father curtail because without her fathers last name, she would be just another republican big mouth. Liz thinks she knows anything about national security. She forgets that her father was Vp when the worst terrorist attack occured in America. And she is also forgetting that her father was also responsible for wasting trillions of dollars of tax payers money on war that we didnt need to be in. She is also forgetting that before Obama due her fathers policies and Bushs policy, our deficit grew large. She is also forgetting that he and Bush left behind a 9+ trillion national deficit. So lets see, The worst attack on American soil happened under Bush/Cheney. Trillions spent and thousands of lifes lost under Bush and Cheney.

    February 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Werd YO

    Let the liberal howling begin.

    CNN=last place in news.

    February 18, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Mark

    The man has a pathetic need for attention...and perhaps we should be apologizing to the rest of the world for the last eight years of treating them all like ignorant Third World countries.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Richard Sattich

    It is really a remarkable time to be a moron.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. JON

    bla bla bla talking points smaller government tell us all what would you cut and where is the money going to come to replace the 8 trillion debt that the repubs created from 2001 to 2009 . please tell us all your big plan. and lets not use tax cuts we all know that won't work.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. David in Texas

    "Barack Obama is a one term president."

    Care to place a wager, Dick?

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Julie

    "I want to encourage that younger generation," Cheney said???!!!
    This guy is clueless when it comes to anyone younger than 70! Look around at the CPAC crowd; that'll show you the face of conservatives today–angry and bitter that they can't torture anymore, pollute the entire planet, give massive tax breaks to the top 1%, and start immoral wars around the world. Yes, Obama is having to clean up the mess here and abroad that Cheney and Bush left after their 8-year reign of stupidity and criminality. Uh, excuse me, Cheney, but 911 was under ~your~ watch. Don't blame the current Homeland Security leaders for some underwear bomber that you created. Cheney is truly out of touch, misinformed, and lying whenever he opens his mouth.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Lisa P

    So much for the supposed conservative respect for the Constitution. Dick Cheney is a disgrace. If Liz Cheney wants to tout "American exceptionalism" then maybe she ought to have a talk with her dad about his attempts to shred the document that once made us the world leader in enlightened self-governance, to the chagrin of tyrants, zealots and demagogues everywhere - you know, the sort of people the GOP now calls its' base. Or, worse, its' leadership.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. mary

    That is the only place that Dick Cheney is welcome.
    He needs to be in prison for all the torture.
    Keep on wishing that president Obama will be one term president.
    Republicans have a long long ways to go before they get into power again.
    I use to be a republican but Bush and Cheney took care of that.
    I wouldn't vote for a republican again.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Steve

    ..."there is no polite way to put this, but that kind of incompetence gets people killed."

    Funny, that's exactly what history is likely to say about the incompetent administration of which he was a part. Is he kidding with this crap? I know the Cheneys are not stupid people, so I can only conclude they are being either disingenuous (to be most kind about it) or are just lying for personal and political benefit.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Nancy

    Chenny please sit you old aaaaaaaaaaaa down and stop corrupting this country,

    February 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Jeff W.

    Cheney continues to be an absolute scoundrel. Bearing a close resemblance to the Emperor from the Star Wars movies, this thug, who is part of a legacy associated with one of the worst presidents in our history, has a lot of nerve criticizing Obama. Eight years of Bush has caused considerable damage to our nation and it amazes me that the narcissistic is still unwilling to take any responsibility for all of our current problems. What’s even more galling is that for 8 years he never uttered a word out of that crroked smile and now you can’t shut the guy up.

    February 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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