(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.
to kirsten riley: do you have any idea of the CONTENT
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!
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.
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.
Wow, that says a lot for his Conservative Christian values, He's just a Hypocrite.
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.
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.
@jeff jackson, alabama-the context makes a huge difference in those two cases. it's not just the one word. you are a child.
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!
Classy guy. Speaks volumes not just of Cheney but of those who voted for him
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.
Now that I think about it, he's been saying that to all of us for years.
The first time I agree with DICK.
That probably is the best thing he ever did.
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.
Before all of you liberal bedwetters get your panties in a wad over Cheney's comment, do you remember Biden's "BFD" remark?
The most despicable person to ever serve this nation. He is nothing more than a protected war criminal.
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
If ever there was poetic justice...the man was named appropriately...Dick....
I'm shocked that he didn't say he was most proud of his five draft deferments.
So, in language that Mr. Cheney can understand: You, sir, are a Dick Wad.
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".
HECTOR JENKINS: What the hell are you smoking?
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.
It is the best thing he ever did. That says all we need to know about the man and his achievements.
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.