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. Steve

    Cheney is embarrassing. The way he keeps shooting his mouth off, you'd think he IS positioning himself for a run at the presidency. What a disaster that would be! It was bad enough over the eight years he was de-facto president.

    February 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    Keep talking Cheney. The list of war crimes and crimes against humanity keeps getting longer. Maybe you will soon be able to get a standing ovation behind bars.

    February 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Pat in Omaha

    Appearances like Mr. Cheney's (and stories about them) are supposed to make me worry and maybe even question my belief in what I hold moral and good. But I am thankful for my ability to see through the lies and ignorant refusals they contain. We are where we are because of the selfish, egotistical, pompous behavior of the last administration.

    I am pleased with the fact that many nations are beginning to respect the USA again and that my children may have a chance to succeed. But at 64 I am poorer, less safe, and more unlikely to have a happy retirement than I was eight years ago. Go back to your palatial home in Casper, sir, and pray that those who say "you can't take it with you" are wrong...because your "stuff and things" are all you'll have in the end.

    February 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. PaulaAP

    Serving Kool-Aid to their constituency...what else is there to say?

    February 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. gus

    This man ruined this country for 8 years. He is a repugnant and greedy man. A warmonger for profit (his profit).

    February 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Jon Smith

    At least since Obama took control of the war in Afghanistan we've CAPTURED the top military commander of the Taliban and his number 1. Looks like Obama is better at fighting the war on terror and isn't going to leave our men and women out in the cold in one of the most dangerous areas of the world like former VP Dick.

    February 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Tom

    After eight years of not taking down Al Qaeda, or the Taliban, Cheney's critiques are reminders of the former administrations complete failure. If Obama defeats even one of them, Cheney should stfu. Sadly, he won't.

    February 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. MikeTo

    Didn't 9/11 happen during Bush and Cheney?

    February 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Perry

    The unparalleled behavior of this former vice president leads me to believe he has no dignity or self respect. He is become one of the rabble. One of those screaming blindly about a Constitution they don't understand, a freedom they have never lost, and fearful tidings of death and destruction. Too bad they can't articulate what is really bugging them.

    Cheney can try to change his legacy all he wants, but the facts won't change and it is the facts that will outlast all of us.

    February 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. louis Allen

    I truly believe Dick Cheney is suffering from pathological paranoia, and has done so for many years. He will do irreparable harm to this country if he continues.

    February 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. RTB

    Dumb and Dumber Team up to see if a complete destruction of the American system is possible....if only given another chance.

    February 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Brandon

    Well, all these Tea Party = Jim Crow Laws = GOP, are sure loud lately. I wish they were this loud 4-6 years ago. But all of a sudden they have a rude awakening. I wonder what changed in 1 year to make them this way. Could it be their silent "R" inside them awakened?!?! We all know what this is really about.

    February 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. sbp

    "American Exceptionalism?"

    What's next, million man Tea Party rallies where der Cheney extolls Americans as the Master Race?

    Is there something about "American" genetics which makes us superior to Europeans, Africans, Asians.......?

    February 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Wendy in Cleveland

    I had been worrying about the prospect of the party that's caused this mess returning to power. (GOP, duh.) Cheney reassures me, since he is wrong on most things. No one with an ounce of sense believes his lies. There are barely enough people gullible enough to satisfy his recent uncontrollable need to verbally spew.

    February 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Well what is so shocking with some one speaking the truth even if it does hurt.

    February 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Eric - Blue Hen

    I hate to say it.. but he is spot on.

    February 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Henry

    Run for president what a laugh. He has already cost us our homes and lively hood. What else does he want blood well he got that too when he sent our young people to a false war or should I say an invasion because that is what happened.

    February 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. david, CA

    Cheney, the most reviled political figure in America today, get's a standing ovation from the CPAC crowd for his talent at lying, rewriting history, dodging responsibility, and trying to shoot Obama in the face every chance he gets.
    Thankfully, "real Americans" understand Cheney is a dried up has-been whose ilk are a dying breed.

    February 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Justin

    No, really, Dick.......please run again!

    It would be awesome to see Obama wipe the floor with you! And then, afterwards, you could be arrested for treason as you should be. Coward!

    February 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. susan

    Some just like to spin their wheels, never noticing the rut they dig.

    February 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Billy, NYC

    For the 8 years of President Bush in office, we have learned a lot, haven't we? Why should we listen to Cheney now? He is a liar and a bully. Young people voted for Obama to be the president in 2008. He represents hopes and changes. Conservative republicans are the ones who block the country from progressing.

    Please go away, Dick Cheney. You are a disgrace liar.
    BTW, where is your puppet president Bush? Oh! He finally woke up; cut the strings and walked away.

    February 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Ari

    There is no polite way to put this, Cheney, but your invasion of Iraq has gotten people killed. Also, 9/11 HAPPENED ON YOUR WATCH!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Laurie

    If only Dick Cheney would have had less than one term. What in the world is the problem with this kook. Imagine how many of our fine young people would be alive today, if they had not been deployed into Iraq for Dick Cheney and Halliberton under false pretenses. Mr. Cheney-You are a despicable liar who pretends to be concerned about the citizens of our country. I cannot comprehend this man's psyche-but I can tell that he has no conscience. Your shame is in the blood that has been spilled for oil. You are a consumate loser and you breed nothing but contempt in any one that has a conscience.

    February 18, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Beuschman

    Right. As if the Cheney brand of "competence" didn't get thousands killed.

    February 18, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Eleanor

    It figures that the single most evil and wicked political hack in this land would be roundly welcomed by a bunch do-nothing, know-nothing dunderheads like the GOP, doesn't it? Filth always finds its own level.

    February 18, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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