April 23rd, 2010
02:41 PM ET
5 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. Ellen Rudolph

    Cheney is asad figure. He ties so hard to remain relevant, because he knows that he isn't. What is true,is that he is one ofthe most despised political figure of our time. Personally , I cannot admire a man who allows his friend and adviser (Scooter Libby) to be his "fall guy."

    April 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Joe from Philly

    I have to admit I love telling people to go F themselves also!!!! So Dick can go F himself!

    April 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Todd

    This is the same man who's proud he helped lead our country into a failed war, into financial crisis & out of our position of world power. Of course he's proud. He's too ignorant not to be.

    April 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Linda

    Why does Cheney always look as if he has a bad case of 'rhoids? It's his karma for having a potty mouth.

    April 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. LoneWolf007

    The man is a true embarrassment to our nation and the day is fast approaching when the identity of a old fool will be the person who voted not once but twice for him.

    April 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Fred

    Cheney is a fool.

    April 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. R. Wood

    "That's sort of the best thing I ever did"-Former V.P. Cheney finally speaks the truth about something.

    April 23, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. gt

    cheney and biden must hang out at the same low class bars to learn new words and ways to express themselves...ugh

    April 23, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. jon

    Talking from experience I assume....

    April 23, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Allen in Hartwell GA

    You can tell something about a person by what he does and what he's proud of. Cheney's proud of the Iraq war and what he told Leahy. What does this say about Cheney?

    April 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Felonious Monk

    War Criminal, War Criminal, War Criminal, War Criminal, War Criminal, War Criminal, War Criminal, War Criminal, War Criminal,

    I feel so sorry for anyone who supports a conservative!

    You have my condolences and sympathies for the loss of control of your party!

    April 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Mike

    I agree with Dick: That was the best thing he ever did.

    April 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Mike Tamborski

    In this case, I think Cheney should follow his own advice.

    April 23, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Professor

    When our EX-elected leaders enjoy being asses, that is when you need to stop listening to them. Dick has been acting like a DICK for years shoving a war down our throats by calling those who disagreed "unpatriotic". He and the republicans been the one stopping the common mans voice by squelching it with money fear and threats. Petulent children act better when they don't get their way.

    April 23, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Gary

    That should make all Conversatives really proud, shouldn't it? Here's a senator simply questioning the merits of an incestuous no-bid contract, unchecked, multi-billion dollar (GOVERNMENT) giveaway to a company the Vice President had strong ties to (and undoubtedly still did at the time and now) and instead of having honest debate about it (or at least answering the senator's question in a civil manner), he tells him to go f*#k himself.

    What class!

    April 23, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. S. Studenberg

    No wonder the country is in such shape. Cheney says this was the best thing he ever did. No denying he is not that stupid. Wish he could have used his smarts when he was in gov`t.

    April 23, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. craig

    Tricky Dicky

    April 23, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Nick Murray

    Of course he would be self-satisfied. What else could anyone expect. He is the supreme example of "my way or the highway". What did he ever add to the public discussion, except for this angry tirade?

    It's time for him to quietly take his place among the most despised politicians in American history and ride into the Wyoming sunset.

    April 23, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Mary

    He is disgusting.....

    April 23, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Greta

    Dick Cheney–the anti-role model for bipartisan political cooperation and teaching morals by example to our children both of which the US so desperately needs.

    April 23, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    I will agree on one thing.....people love to watch other people behave badly.

    April 23, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Mike

    LOL – That really IS the best thing he did in his 8 years as under-Prez. Probably the one moment of honesty. Pretty sad when an honest expletive is "your best" act in office, but that's a fair reflection of his sad contribution to American politics.

    April 23, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. karl larson

    AWESOME legacy for old Dick what's- his-name

    April 23, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Every time Dick Cheney opens his mouth, he shows the world what a crass,nasty,arrogant person he is. He has no class, character nor dignity and it is sickening to remember him as vice president and a world wide representative of our country. Is it any surprise that he would speak to to a senator as he did. I really wish this trashy man would just disappear. I feel sad for his daughter who seems to be closely following in her fathers footsteps. She's young and hopefully will see this is not a prudent way to her future.,.
    .

    April 23, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. sonny chapman

    What a role model. I hope all of the Lil Repubs. grow up to be as compassionate & well mannered as he & Lil Liz. Oh, & as patriotic (8 draft deferments to stay out of Vietnam).

    April 23, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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