February 18th, 2010
07:25 PM ET
5 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. midwest liberal

    Even if he was a one-term president, he would STILL be a better president in four years than George Bush was in eight.

    February 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Red state gone blue voter

    And we've learned that every time Dick Cheney opens his mouth, truth dies.

    February 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Mikel

    Ironic criticism isn't it, coming from the administration that couldn't do one thing right and placed our country and current president in the biggest mess this country has ever seen. Thanks a lot Dick. Now, shut up.

    February 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. mitch

    Hmmm, I wonder why Mr. Obama has to apologize? "Mr Cheney received a standing ovation"...were you people in a coma between 2000-2008?

    February 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. steve

    its funny that cheney would give john brennan a hard time he was in the same job when pres. bush(georgie) was in there with dick.....

    February 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. AKsteve

    Dick Cheney is complaining that Obama is not governing from the center?!?

    Give me a BIG FAT BREAK – what the heck does Cheney know about governing from the center!

    Cheney is a reckless right-wing fanatic that ruined this countries economy and world reputation. The GOP is dangerous to the future of America and the world.

    God, please save us from ourselves.

    February 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Megan

    I think he is losing his mind. And he doesn't have the class or decorum that a former vice-president should have.

    February 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Kimberly from Houston, Texas

    And we invaded Iraq for WMDs, not for Cheney & his friends to get rich...long live Halliburton!!

    February 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Al

    Just go away already....he and his boss did enough damage that we are and will live with for years to come...

    February 18, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Kimberly

    oh dick, shut up!!! you destroyed this country, do NOT care about the average joe and are a criminal! GO AWAY!

    February 18, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. james Miller

    Their master speaks !!!

    February 18, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Ben in Texas

    Where to start? The irony just drips in this piece! Cheney, who with Bush put the US on the road to fiscal collapse, applauded wildly by supposed "conservatives". Liz Cheney, whose father contributed so greatly to the vulnerability of Americans, founding an organization called, of all things, "Keep America Safe"! Traitor Cheney joking about possibly running for office again, when he should be deeply embedded in a federal prison. Liz, whose father tortured prisoners, wiretapped Americans illegally, outed a CIA agent, lied point blank to the world about WMD and Saddam/Al Qaeda, complaining about Obama "apologizing for this great nation."

    Liz, Dick, there are bills to be paid, and you owe them.

    Indict Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Rice, and the rest of the criminals.

    February 18, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Liz Cheney is only a parrot for her father. They both want President Obama to fail and the Country to go down in ruins. Isn't that what happened under the Bush/Cheney administration? How can the President govern from the center when the right side keeps moving the center further and further away.

    February 18, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Donovan

    If we didn't have the tag team of "The Orwellian Nightmare" and "Cowboy Shrub" in office for 8 years, we wouldn't HAVE to apologize for their blatant war crimes. These people (republicans) are the ones trying to take over our nation all the while proclaiming "socialist" and "government takeover" at the Democrats. They still have quite a following though ... I didn't know so many Americans were brainwashed.

    February 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Blake

    "there is no polite way to put this, but that kind of incompetence gets people killed" !!! Are you kidding me, DICK? "Incompetence" coming from you? And more so, incompetence leading to getting people killed...Isn't that what you did when you lied about Iraq and WMD's sending thousands of Americans to die in a useless invasion, war, and occupation?

    February 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    By all means, DICK stay in the limelight. You can singlehandedly guarantee that President Obama will have two terms... And if you can get Sarah to hang out with you, we might actually get the change we want, nee, DESERVE.

    February 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. gwen

    Dick Cheney has the blood of 4500 American GI's on his hands – just to make a profit for Haliburton – he needs to shut up and go back in his hole!!! Where was he and his daughter when we lost 5 million jobs in his 8 years – thanks to his administration the only jobs left in this country are " what do you want with those fries?" He doesn't care about the working people or middle class people – he only cares about him and his rich buddies!! Don't believe he profitted from the war – investigate how much his haliburton stock options were worth before the war, and then during the war – this horrible man made billions off our soldiers!!!

    February 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. derrick

    well because of cheney peope die everyday i think he forgets who started this war. if obama is a one termer thatr okay because he has gotten more done in one year than cheneys 8 years as vp.

    February 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. c silvetti

    "that kind of incompetence gets people killed."... He should know, his incompetence (benifit of doubt here) got a lot of people killed... shut up cheney!

    February 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. mfhpr

    Don't ya just love this guy and the whack jobs that love him?! What a hero he is...

    February 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Tino (Madison, WI)

    Like the Bush admin "governed from the center" or embraces "American exceptionalism", whatever that is. And the only reason is is apologizing around the world is because of the mess the Bush admin created!

    Man.... some people just don't get it and are completely blind to reality.

    February 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    During the presidential campaign of 2008, Cheney & Bush were personas-non-grata. Now DICK is everywhere. Spewing his own brand of warped politics.

    DICK, America rejected your politics once already, please retire.

    February 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Can't Wait Til November

    What? The lead story is not about Sarah Palin? Well, that's going to have to be addressed by somebody. LOL... actually if you Dims want someone to worry about it's Liz Cheney!

    February 18, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Reggo

    ....and when did this sort of prattle cease to be defined as "aid and comfort to the enemy?"

    February 18, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. rta

    when the world hears the name cheney, america becomes the enemy of everyone. your daddy needs to be in jail for the war crimes he committed and you need to be there for upholding them

    February 18, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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