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. mario ca.

    Cheney is already a war criminal who is requested not leaving usa

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

    this guy needs to be waterboarded.

    February 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. chris tx

    Too big to fail... it's what brought poor business decisions that almost destroyed us and is what the GOP thinks about the USA... humble is more respected by our neighbors than ego centric! Yes we have learned a lot Cheney!

    Rome – too big to fail... NOT!

    February 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Tim

    I can't wait till President Obama is reelected to a second term. It will be great watching Dick Cheney grab his chest like Fred Sanford saying " I'm coming Elizabeth"!!!

    February 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Palin is a "no-brainer" LOL

    He is a true "Dick!" I can see it now Cheney/Palin 12' it would be the end of the world if this happened... but I don't think enough stupid people will vote in order for them to win! lol

    February 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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.

    This is starting to be so old. GOP what is your plan for the American people other then your attacks on our President?

    February 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. a

    yes his going around the world to clean up your mess

    February 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. MacDeezy

    His administration would've been a one termer too if he/they had not: rigged the Ohio votes, brainwashed people with fear, not invade Iraq, and/or exploited the ignorance of American voters. His revisionist versions of reality should be consigned to the ashbin of history.

    February 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Cheney is right!

    February 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Did I miss something, Cheney has arisen the 3,000 plus people that died on 9/11 and has he arisen the 4,000 plus military men and women who died during his term. Is Cheney admitting that it wasn't incompetence that got these people killed. Lord please help me as I pray because I see the mark of the beast.

    February 18, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Former Republican

    Since Cheney has all the answers why doesn't he run for President. He won't run because we will reject him that's why.

    February 18, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. christi

    You are both old and tired. Just go home and shut up.

    February 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Reny

    Under President Cheney and his lapdog Bush we learned that only the rich matter.

    February 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Danny

    "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."

    So I suppose Cheney & Cheney believe that the Bush administration governed from the center? I have news for them there is plenty from the last 8 years to apologize to the rest of the world for.

    February 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. mabel floyd

    when did we let chenny out of his "undisclosed location"? this man is a nut case–who ever listens to him besides the right wing crazies? the repubs have sarah the quitter–"dumbaugh" the bloted drug addict–and glen beck the alcoholic–what a bunch to be the role models for a decent political party to say nothing of sanford–ennis and the c street bunch as rold models of "family values"-yes chenny fits right in with that bunch–

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

    America's most dangerous VP. Enough said

    February 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Mandy

    Cheney and others spend a lot of time and effort knocking President Obama. What they (conservatives) never do is talk about their policies for the future and /or the gross mistakes they made whilst in power. Lets not forget that the deficit we have now is mostly because of their incompetence. They think they are talking to a bunch of dumb people. They have nothing to offer the people, and they want us to vote them back so that they can create another fine mess and then blame it on Obama. I hate Cheney he is a war profiteer and everyone knows this. The biggest mistake Bush Jr. ever made was listening to that evil old coot.

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

    Dick Cheney always Shocks People, No Shocker Here.

    February 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Justin

    Dick and Liz Cheney are so irrelevant these days, and the conservative movement does totally opposite when they get in power, didn't they spend 5 trillion in the last administration, but has the nerve to preach fiscal responsibility. hypocrisy at its best!!

    February 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. larry l

    If one tenth of the money we spent investigating Bill Clinton's sex life was spent on investigating this jerk he'd end up in prison. Dick Cheney is living proof of the drift toward a facist ideology embraced by the far right-wing sement of our society.

    February 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. AncientRiver, New Mexico

    Cheney choses to endanger and degrade our nation again and again.
    Not once did they NOT read Miranda rights to their "terrorists" or charge them in military courts, except teo incidences that later got shunted to our civilian courts anyway. But he would have us beleive that Obama not doing so is treason. Well, by his own definition, he is a traitor. And that fits him in many other ways as well. He is an enemy oof this great country and would rather see it destroyed then see the pparty and president his party lost to succeed for all of us.

    February 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Joe the Comment Leaver

    Why isn't Cheney in jail???

    February 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. j williamson

    It's funny, but I just can't remember Walter Mondale or Dan Quayle getting the "platform" that the press has alotted to Dick Cheney – same thing with Sarah Palin (who never even held the office of Vice-President). What am I missing here? Is this the new Entertainment Tonight?

    February 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Elle in WA

    "We've learned he is not going to govern from the center..."

    That's right Dick, you've and your Republican cohorts have certainly made that possible. You are so full of it.

    February 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. matt

    i hate dick cheney with the red hot intensity of a thousand suns. he ran the country into the ground, and his actions of late do nothing but solidify his place in history as one of the worst political figures in U.S. history. the fact that people buy into his fear tactics and bullying is incredibly troubling to me. i wish he would drop off the face of earth.

    February 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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