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. CR

    Scoundrel! You did enough damage this nation already. Why not just slither away?

    February 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. File under "Sarcasm"

    "Ticker: Dick Cheney shocks crowd " . Nice touch of sarcasm, CNN or isn't that what you intended.

    It would only have been a shock if Cheney, either father or daughter, had said something nice about Obama. It's the same if you said Obama or Pelosi or any other liberal Democrat shocked a crowd by bashing Bush.

    February 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. MICHAEL

    Dick Cheney is a 2 term VP loser who should be in jail. The sooner he shuts his mouth the better off we all will be.

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Sandino

    I don't know why CNN thinks Dick Cheney is news. He is an evil, washed up old goat that should be in jail.

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Guest

    That kind of incompetence also gets terrorists caught

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. c spurgeon

    What abunch of wackos.Wacko Daddy and Wacko daughter. I for one think this country is too great to be brought down by the likes of him.UGH>.dispicable..both of them.

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. McCain-in-4

    Let the Swift Boat Games Begin!!!

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Jay

    OMG, "Darth Dick" Cheney is off his meds again and delusional as ever. What wasn't said in the article is that the real reason Darth was at CPAC was that he was looking for Weapons of Mass Obstruction and had misplaced his Waterboard. His robotic, syncophant daughter was there only because she took a wrong turn while looking for the George Bush Sr. Rest Home for Demented Republican Plutocrats. By the way Liz, your swatika tatoo was peeking from beneath your brown shirt and one of your jackboots was untied.

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Edna

    Keep on wishing!!!!! Barack Obama will do his two terms, you can count on that. And conservatives will be crying for the next seven years.

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. DNA

    It's almost unfathomable how hypocritical these people are. How many of our soldiers did they send to their deaths in a war that they created with mis-information so their greedy oil-baron friends and business partners could get richer? How can the American people ignore those crimes while the same accusations come out of their filthy lying mouths?

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. MB Seattle

    More red meat from the geographically challenged former Vice President. This guy lead us into the wrong country and he has not shown to good graces to say he screwed up.

    This administration has spent more money on invading the wrong country than the Senate Health Care Bill would have cost this nation.

    The younger generation who he wants to support the Republican party have Little Dick Cheney to thank for three and four deployments in the wrong country.

    Between lairs and stupid I say run Sarah run.

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. montag

    Dick and Liz Cheney – undoubtedly two of the most repugnant creatures in this country. But I'm glad to hear his prediction about Barack Obama being a one-term president.

    Based on Cheney's lousy track record of prediction accuracy in the past, I know now that Obama will get re-elected in 2012.

    February 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Jim

    the more I hear from this "man", the more I am reminded of those radical extremist dictator types from the middle east.

    and i am very frightened by the fools and warmongers who rally around him.

    February 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    "American Exceptionalism"

    Right there is the problem. These are people think that just because they were born on a particular patch of land, they're entitled to everything. No, sorry, being an American entitles you to no more as a human being than being from Chile, Zaire, Laos, or anywhere else.

    February 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. jane

    It is absolutely unbelievable to me that this man could get a standing ovation anywhere.

    February 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Aaron

    I sure hope Dick and Sarah run in 2012. It'll be a boon to Obama.

    February 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Republicans are despicable and Cheney is head of the bunch.

    February 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. RBD

    Dick is sick. He suffers from the delusion that the conservatives actually have a clue as to how to help this country. It's called denial. They are the ones that got us into this mess and the only suggestion they've offered so far is obstruction and NO. Sorry Dick, you had your chance.

    February 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Tim, Wilmington, DE

    Seeing this war criminal appear to a standing ovation on this stage tells us everything we need to know about the state of the Republican party.

    February 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. ChrisM

    Such class for an ex VP. Even Agnew must be rolling over in his grave.

    February 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Laverne

    Can someone say "pacemaker malfunction"!

    February 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Blather

    A better headline "Dick Cheney gets shock and dies"

    February 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Andrew Nelson

    Yes, Obama will be a one-term president just like we were greeted like liberators in Iraq, deficits don't matter, and that tax cuts for the wealthy was a better use of our budget surplus than reducing the national debt. I'm glad he said that because Cheney is wrong on just about everything.

    February 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. K. Owens

    And his statements/comments matter because ..... why?

    February 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Roger in Minnesota

    There is also no polite way to explain Dath Vader-Cheney, his incompetenance got a lot of people killed-thousands. And unnecessarily! Oh, and he still LIES!!

    February 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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