February 18th, 2010
07:25 PM ET
4 years ago

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. Chuck

    Why isnt the former Vice-President supporting the current President ? – especially since he represents the majority winning vote of this country? Or, if he's simply trying to get a popular soundbite, why doesnt he try another subject, like his tenure at Halliburton, rather than diss the man the majority of us voted for? Or, keep his mouth shut in this very difficult and challenging time? And what is it with putting his naive daughter up to speak for him? What is that about?

    February 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Liz

    Well, since Dick is wrong about everything else, he's proabably wrong about Obama being a one-term president, too. When the economy turns around to the point that people see that the stimulus package actually befits them, they'll hopefully see who is on their side and who just wants to screw them. Republicans are not on the side of the American people. and anyone who thinks they are is a fool.

    February 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. LT

    What a moron.

    February 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. mims

    DICK cheney should have been a 1 term vice president...

    February 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. mike

    bring it on dick and liz and keep on going as far to the right as you can go and at the end don't be surprised that you lost the election with the
    rest of your butt buddies people want investment in the country not
    the military remember one thing when he was in the white house the
    press was told nothing everything was behind closed doors how soon
    we forget

    February 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Well...this proves to be a banner day for the unemployed Welfare Queens to bash people who actually sustain a work ethic and pay taxes.

    Have fun losers.

    February 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Edwin

    See? This is what political disagreement SHOULD be like. Cheney is saying that he thinks Obama's actions are wrong. That creates healthy debate. He is not calling people inflammatory names or using catchy slogans devoid of meaning.

    BTW, I think the guy is scum. But I approve his speech, at least as presented above. Americans should be willing to disagree, and Americans should be willing to listen to those who disagree with them.

    February 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Obama doesn't believe in "American exceptionalism?"

    Pretty sure that attitude is a large part of why the rest of the world has an unfavorable view of our country. If we as a country can admit faults and work with the rest of the world amicably and equally instead of paternally, people might not hate us so much...

    February 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. CF

    Disgusting that we applaud and ovate a person for tearing someone else down rather than coming up with any solutions himself.

    Saying "no" to everything is not leadership. Being an obstructionist is not leadership. These Republican airheads have no ideas and no plans to do anything but destroy the people trying to clean up the very mess the GOP created.

    February 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. RolloverTeddy

    Cheney Rocks!

    February 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Does anyone remember 2001-2009

    Just what we need to put the republicans back in power because they haven't stolen enough from the treasury and lead our country in the worst economic times since the depression.

    February 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. FAYE MOGHTADER

    chaney only attracts the worst of america,where is the 30 million dollars that he pocketed from haliburton,he is the worst that we can produce,i hope that he goes away for ever.

    February 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. TBA

    I won't be shock or surpise that CPAC and TEA PARTY are one of the same, but where the raisim ends with CPAC the raisim starts with the Tea Party, note no one of color is within that group.

    February 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Carol

    The Cheneys turn my stomach.

    February 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. T Smith

    Considering that Mr Cheney wasn't right about a single thing during his eight years as a government executive, it's a safe bet that he's wrong today too. Good riddance to him.

    February 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. margret raines

    President Obama had a bunch of apologising to do for the way this 'great nation' acted under Cheney/Bush. And if the Left & Right would just put down their grudges and shove aside the special interests which pay for them, perhaps he'd be able to accomplish something in this first term.

    February 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Mark T

    Wow – one election in MA, and Cheney thinks the US wants him to run for President??? And his daughter thinks Obama is coming from the left, when he's made many efforts to be bi-partisan? I think his daughter forgot to mention the recent arrest of a high-ranking Al Qaeda official – instead she states that Obama has been apologizing for the US. I have a lot more respect for McCain's daughter – she at least thinks for herself rather than mimicking her father.

    February 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. chris

    Cheney and Bush incompetence have resulted in the loss of life for hundreds of thousands of people across the world.

    February 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. B in Pa

    Cheney should know what gets people killed. He was in office on 9-11, wasn't he? Did he forget? No, he down in some bunker hiding.

    February 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Ronnie Raygun

    Nice to see that Brother John Birch is back in the fold, appearing @ CPAC as I heard. They know what its all about that Obama dude funkin up da white house. We need to return the White House to its roots....I don't know why the Klan is not participating, are they too conservative for these people!!

    February 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Damien

    Cheney is the epitome of the ugly American. God help this country.

    February 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Disgusted

    I was hoping when I saw the headline that Cheney shocked the crowd that he said something sensible and amicable–I know–it's not possible. How sad for him and for all of the conservatives out there who don't realize that Dick Cheney's idea of "conservative" is being narrow minded and having tunnel vision. Not for me!!

    February 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The war criminal Dick Cheney.

    February 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. John Miller

    Dick couldn't beat Bush what makes him think he could beat Obama.

    February 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. dalimon

    Are you kidding me! All that was ever heard from Cheney during the last 2 years was that he was in an un-disclosed location. Please return there and take that stupid kid with you!

    February 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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