April 23rd, 2010
02:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Cheney reflects on 'f**k' yourself comment

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Dennis Miller Thursday that telling Sen. Patrick Leahy to ‘f**k’ himself was ‘sort of the best thing I ever did.’
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Dennis Miller Thursday that telling Sen. Patrick Leahy to ‘f**k’ himself was ‘sort of the best thing I ever did.’

(CNN) – Democrats were gleeful in 2004 when former Vice President Dick Cheney on the Senate floor told a senior lawmaker to "f**k" himself – a gesture, they thought, that was emblematic of Cheney's hard-heartedness.

Six years later, Cheney is looking back on that moment with pride.

"You'd be surprised how many people liked that," Cheney told conservative comedian and radio host Dennis Miller Thursday. "That's sort of the best thing I ever did."

Audio of the comments were posted on the liberal Web site Think Progress.

Cheney aimed the choice words at Sen. Patrick Leahy, now the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in June 2004. Cheney was upset with Leahy's criticism of Iraq contracting deals that the Bush administration had awarded to Halliburton, the company Cheney used to head.

Senate rules prohibit senators from using "unbecoming" language on the Senate floor when the body is in session, but makes no mention of whether the vice president is permitted to make foul remarks.


Filed under: Dick Cheney • Patrick Leahy
soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. david mason

    to kirsten riley: do you have any idea of the CONTENT

    April 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Let me try one more time to get my comment posted........

    The reason why Liberals rail against Dick's potty-mouth, is because the Conservatives are always holier-than-thou. So when they, like Dick, show their true colors we can't help but call them out!

    April 23, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Jerry

    I agree with former V. P. Cheney's own self assessment "That's sort of the best thing I ever did." That he said this to a respect senate leader, Patrick Leahy, makes Cheney only look that much more pathetic.

    April 23, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. tcaros

    When it comes to Dick Cheney.. you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear come to mind.

    Dick Cheney loved Dick (Richard) Nixon. He could never understand "why the American people viewed Nixon as a criminal."

    Nixon was a criminal and Dick Cheney is a common criminal.

    April 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Don

    Wow, that says a lot for his Conservative Christian values, He's just a Hypocrite.

    April 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Too True For You

    And yet the conservatives wonder how they get painted as uncouth and ill mannered.

    They cheer on leaders like Cheney claiming the best thing he ever did was curse at a co-worker, or other pandering idiots grandstanding by interrupting the President during public addresses, and yet wonder why they have a reputation for childish incivility.

    Typical conservative disconnect with reality, or the link between cause and effect.

    April 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. scumbagcheney

    The best thing cheney could do for us and the rest of the world is get another heart attack and die, and enter the gates of hell where he belong.

    April 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. horse

    @jeff jackson, alabama-the context makes a huge difference in those two cases. it's not just the one word. you are a child.

    April 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Rosslaw April 23rd, 2010 3:38 pm ET

    It's impossible to know how many American troops were killed because of the secret, no bid contracts Cheney swung Halliburton's way.
    -------------
    I am assuming that you are also angry at the recent no bid contract that went to a donor of the current President. I also assume that you are angry about the troops that the current President is sending over to Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of those troops died!

    April 23, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Alex

    Classy guy. Speaks volumes not just of Cheney but of those who voted for him

    April 23, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. david mason

    to kirsten riley: you dope, do you have any idea of the "content" of each VP's use to the F word? Well let me help you with that. Cheney used it to insult a U.S. Senator. Get it? an insult. Biden used it to describe a situation to emphasize the large scope of the healthcare legislation, and he whispered it to our Prez.. Can ya see the difference? Wise up.

    April 23, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Tom in Millstadt

    Now that I think about it, he's been saying that to all of us for years.

    April 23, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Norm

    The first time I agree with DICK.
    That probably is the best thing he ever did.

    April 23, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    The extremely rare use of all the verbal bombs that have attained single-letter status is a right that appears Constitutional to me, and I admire Former Vice President very much.
    That said, I still wish he hadn't dropped bomb on the Senate floor.

    April 23, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Rick in OP

    Before all of you liberal bedwetters get your panties in a wad over Cheney's comment, do you remember Biden's "BFD" remark?

    April 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Johnathan, WPB

    The most despicable person to ever serve this nation. He is nothing more than a protected war criminal.

    April 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Biden's comment was due to excessive joy at the passing of the Health Care Bill. Cheney's comment was directed as an insult to the senior Senator. That does make a big difference

    April 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. cdoug93

    If ever there was poetic justice...the man was named appropriately...Dick....

    April 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. A sensible Texan

    I'm shocked that he didn't say he was most proud of his five draft deferments.

    April 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. markiejoe

    So, in language that Mr. Cheney can understand: You, sir, are a Dick Wad.

    April 23, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. President_dudley

    Of course, there's no record of Leahy's response.

    Which, we all know, would correctly be "If i could to that, i'd never get out of bed".

    April 23, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. American Citizen

    HECTOR JENKINS: What the hell are you smoking?

    April 23, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Sorry, such crude language only exemplifies a sadly lacking vocabulary. Civility has gone by the wayside, but it should never be something to be proud of.

    April 23, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Davit

    It is the best thing he ever did. That says all we need to know about the man and his achievements.

    April 23, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    I guess talking like a tough guy makes him feel like a man. Too bad he wasn't man enough back in the 60's when he got 6 or 7 deferments to avoid the draft. No guts in the 60's and still gutless, but he can talk like a tough guy. Real men don't need to express themselves by trying to act tough. Real men "do", cowards like Cheney "talk". It always amazes me how many of these talk tough guys now were cowards in the 60's. They have no problem sending our children to war, to die. Yet when it was them, they decided to be cowards. So Mr. Cheney, you were a coward in the 60's and talking tough now won't change that, you're still a COWARD.

    And remember, in NOvember Vote NO to the party of NO.

    April 23, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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