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. boyamidumb

    Ah Dick I forgot the natural gas pipeline that Georgie's grandpa wanted that was really the cause of the Afghan war – how's that coming along anyway? I mean the pipeline, not the war. Are we still paying warlords to protect it?

    And then there's the torture thing. I'm sure our soldiers will appreciate it when they are captured and tortured because now we do it too. Dick I'm glad I finally get to wear my black hat thanks to you. Too bad though that I have to keep wearing the black armband for the many sons, fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, daughters who have died to satisfy your limited view of the planet.

    February 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Michael

    The article quotes Cheney as saying "In the year that President Obama has been in office we have learned a lot, haven't we?"
    I would counter with, "in the 8 years that Bush/Cheney were in the White House they learned nothing except how to go to war on false pretenses and how to sink an economy of a superpower in less than 10 years."
    How short republican memories are.
    He also apparently said "there is no polite way to put this, but that kind of incompetence gets people killed." So true...an excellent example would be to think of the Bush/Cheney 'legacy' for all Americans. How many people have died now in their wars? How many more will die?
    What a shame.

    February 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. ldj

    Isn't this the man who said not suporting our president was treason ??

    February 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Richard

    Hey Dick the thief at least Obama was a one timer you were never one, thank God

    February 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Political conservative just means I am stupid and lazy!

    February 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Mr. Wilson

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

    Kind of like the time when people in his White House forgot to read the memo "Bin Laden Determined to strike U.S." in August of 2001.

    February 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Cando

    Yes we have learned alot in this past year and that is that if we are to believe these clowns, (Bush admin.), that put this country into this situation to begin with, than we are a lost cause if we are to vote them back in.

    February 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Hannah

    Who's listening to this psychopath anyway. The guy is a criminal and he is nuts.

    February 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Don Litton

    Didn't we already see what Dick Cheney can do for our country? We are still trying to dig out of the mess he created. Sit down and be quiet, Dick. You had your turn. Go home.

    February 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. CurtisC

    The Republicans should know about incompetence getting people killed, they were on watch for September 11th.

    February 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. TM in CO

    I don't agree with the amount of traveling that Pres Obama has done, but I most certainly wouldn't say it was to apologize for this great nation. Ol' GW and Dick trashed alot of America's long standing foreign relationships during thier years of "terror". Someone had to salvage whatever could be.

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Mr. Wilson

    Talk about someone who should have been a one-termer.

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. rdepontb

    Future
    Unbelievable
    Candidate for
    King

    Your family
    Ought to
    Upkeep your meds better, sir.

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. David Lester

    "Conservative"? I'm not sure I understand that term. Is that the term that used to apply to the Republican party before the time of Nixon? Becuase the term "conservative" is utterly meaningless now, especially when spoken from the mouths of people (Cheney) who did more to increase the size of government in their two terms of office than anyone in previous administration history. Can someone refresh my memory? Who was president when the stimulus package was created? Who was president when we opened the doors to China and allowed them to flood our markets with toxic and poorly-made imports while exporting our entire manufacturing sectors in return? Were these "conservative" political moves? There is no such thing.. Your choices are the same: spend a ton with the Democans, or spend a bundle with the Republicrats. Both get fat by selling our nation down the river. Please wake up, America.

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. timinfla

    CHENEY FOR PRESIDENT!!!!
    Miss Bush yet?!?
    Hows that change working for you?

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Peggy Tx

    Dick Cheney should be in jail now, After all the email that he hid is uncovered, I expect he will be. We could use a “real’ conservative voice in America, but any organization that embraces a man who outed a US CIA operative to cover his own lies to the American people, is a scam.

    The fact is Cheney was incompetent, only his cronies did well under his administration, he left the American people with a failed economy.

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. gp

    Cheney lives in a world defined by fear.

    The Obama Apology Tour 2009 talking point is a little old and dusty.

    What exactly is "American exceptionalism"? Is it the attitude that we can do whatever we want because we are America? I think Bush/Cheney demonstrated the weakness and dangers of that attitude.

    Cheney just continues to drive the wedge for the sake his party regaining power. Do we really want to return to the era?

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. OETKB

    Foolish Man living in the way past and deluding himself and his unfortunate captive audience, again. What a waste of energy and time. It's no wonder our country has difficulties advancing when our very own past "leaders" show their utter ignorance and hate. Embarrassing and a shame.

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. glarn skeebleman

    I'm sure I'm not the only TRUE American captivated by Cheney's gracious manner. warm smile and boyish charisma. I know I speak for all survivors of severe head trauma when I chant ceaselessly "RUN, DICK, RUN!!"

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Bob from VA

    Bush and Cheney spent 8 years tarnishing the US's reputation in the world while simultaneously bringing this country to the brink of an economic collapse. Obama has restored our good name in the world, and in one year has turned our economy around. Cheney was the most hated man in politics a year and a half ago. He was also a hard man to find. Now he resurfaces every couple weeks to talk trash about Obama without ever saying anything constructive. Where does he find the nerve? Must be from his robotic heart.

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Who was in office on 9/11/2001?

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. r

    What happened to not criticizing the President in time of war. This tough talk from a five time draft dodger and his coward daughter. Why doesn"t she join the Army and quit hiding behind the flag...

    February 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. ibex

    Obama is not apologizing for America; he's apologizing for the terrible policies of Bush and Cheney

    February 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Hehehehe. This is going to drive the moonbats nuts! Bring on the vitriol, libs!

    February 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    Tell it like it is, Dick. The LIES and CORRUPTION of the present administration are the worst I have seen in my lifetime, and it boggles the mind to know there are people out there who cannot see it.

    February 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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