September 22nd, 2010
08:40 PM ET
8 years ago

Liz Cheney: President 'unwilling' to keep nation safe

Washington (CNN) - Liz Cheney blasted President Barack Obama in a statement Wednesday, saying he seems "unwilling to do what it takes" to protect the country from a terrorist attack.

Cheney released the statement following a report in the Washington Post that quotes journalist Bob Woodward's new book detailing the Obama administration's deliberations over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

According to an excerpt, Obama sat down with Woodward last July to discuss the White House's struggle with the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

"We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger," Obama reportedly said in the interview.

In response, Cheney, the chairman of "Keep America Safe," said that Obama's "comment suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration."

"Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation," Cheney said.

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. ED FL

    How many more kids do you Cheney's want to kill.How come no Cheney's have served ,why don't you show America that yourfather isn't the killer that he has portrayed. Your father was a draft dodger but hjad no compunction about sending other families kids to die.Your new spiel is just another Cheney form of cowardice.

    September 22, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    liz sweetheart, go take care of your dad and leave the big decisions to the big boys. You father stole enough money and is responsible for thousands of deaths. I would be more worried about that.

    September 22, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Expat American mean as her father did, the GOP did, and Bush did?

    September 22, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Brent

    This lunatic, daughter of the king lunatic, has the nerve to say Obama "seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe." Funny logic there, 20 months of the Obama administration and no attacks on the homeland. 8 months of Bush/Cheney, the biggest terrorist attack in the history of the USA. Why does CNN give this psycho unquestioned print?

    September 22, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Ponder this.,....

    Liz Cheney should go home and keep look after her demented father. Usual nonsensical twist of facts.

    September 22, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Pedro

    Well, nobody has flown a plane into our buildings since your father left office so I guess we can say he's at least doing a better job that the DICK!

    September 22, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. vic, Nashville TN

    Worst attacked in our soil in September -11-2001 President G.W.Bush (republican) Vice president Dick Cheney (republican) congress republican party

    We didn’t forget Liz Cheney

    September 22, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Jack in Florida

    Hey Liz..........FEAR MONGERING is old news.......America caught on to the crap you Repugs have been dealing out for the past 10 years........................move on...please!!!!

    September 22, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. B in FL

    I was wondering when this one was going to rear her head again. Can't keep those Cheneys down can we? Haven't heard from ole Dick since the last heart attack but the daughter is always ready & waiting. What a bunch of crap she spews. Completely spinning what President Obama said. He was pointing out that if, heaven forbid, we ever do have another attack that we would come through it as we did with 9/11 because we are stronger than any terrorists. Get off you high horse Liz!!!!

    September 22, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Take it a step farther.......he isn't just unwilling, he actually is trying to allow illegal immigration, in violation of his oath of office.

    September 22, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Bill in Austin

    And exactly when did this country get attacked during Obama's months in office? Has she forgotten that 9/11 occurred during her father's watch even tho there was intell out there indicating that an attack was imminent? What a hypocrit.

    September 22, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Joel

    Just what we need; another revisionist historian without any redeeming value.

    September 22, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. Glenn from Cary

    Shame on you, CNN, for misquoting Liz Cheney. It is unimaginable that she would have said the words that you have attributed to her in response to the excerpt from Woodward's book (not that he has ever been particularly reliable as a source of other people's remarks). Only a lunatic or a completely dishonest and dishonorable self-serving huckster could misconstrue President Obama's remarks as being indicative of an unwillingness to defend our country. If we are to take President Obama's words at face value (assuming Woodward didn't just make them up), the only rational interpretation of these remarks is one of confidence in the ability of the American people to withstand and triumph over any attack from any quarter. Again, shame on you, CNN, for making Liz Cheney sound like she is a nut or a self-centered liar.

    September 22, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. Bonnie in Seattle

    More fear...I wonder where she gets it?

    September 22, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. Carolyn Ackel

    How in the world can Liz Cheney or anyone else for that matter, draw the conclusion that President Obama does not want to keep America save from trrorism based on what she reported she read in Bob Woodward's book. She must be out of hr mind and just wants to prejudice the public. She needs to go back to the kitchen and leave the politics to her husband who would like a another shot at running this country in the ground. He is mostly responsible for pushing this country into a reckless war in Iraq with his lies. He was more interested in the oil in Iraq than in catchin any terrorists. He is also mequally responsible along with Bush for the deaths of our sons and daughters in Iraq and in Afghanistan. And of course the unnecessary wars are partly responsible for the economy being in the hole. OOOOOH! People wake up! Don't let these liars and murderers back into our government.

    September 22, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Indie Woman in Denver

    Liz Cheney is a idiot... no wait, she's a dangerous partisan, which amounts to the same thing in my book.

    September 22, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. Joseph Agunbiade

    You hate Obama, right? You are trained to lie against Obama and to discredit your president Liz. May be you should try the other way round. There is so much virtue in being truthful. Obama is truthful and he loves the people of America. To speak otherwise is folly.

    September 22, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Jason B.

    And what would the Cheney's have us do? Invade every other country that looks at us wrong? Or maybe just nuke everyone else until only "true, super patriotic Americans" are left?

    September 22, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  19. Donovan

    No ... Obama is willing to make us safe. He's just unwilling to abuse the power of his office to instill fear into the populace, overreach his power, and justify the blatant abuse of the rule of law and our Constitution .... like your father did Liz.

    September 22, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. John N Florida

    I'm glad Ms. Cheney thinks all you have to do is say something and it will control terrorists. Maybe if her Daddy and his puppet hadn't started that idiotic war in Iraq, we wouldn't have to worry about this.
    Between us and the Northern Alliance, the Taliban was whipped back in '04. We would have had Bin Laden.
    But, Nooooooo; we had to start a phony war with Iraq and pull the troops necessary OUT of Afghanistan. All so Halliburton could get fat contracts and make Daddy rich.
    Yeah, Liz; you TELL us what we need to do and who to blame.
    But FIRST, you tell us why we're still IN Afghanistan and why we don't already HAVE Bin Laden.

    September 22, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. dave

    The only person that owes the nation an apology is her warmongering father! Since Obama has been in office I felt much more safe than when Bush was in the office. They enjoyed the terrorists attacks because it keeps the electorate DUMB and ROBOTIC, Liz Cheney is pure EVIL like her FATHER

    September 22, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. KB

    who cares what she has to say about anything other than what's for dinner?

    September 22, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. bob

    Perhaps Ms. Cheney doesn't realize we are a whole lot safer now than when her father and Bush II were in charge. Give me Obama over Cheney any day.

    September 22, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. usualone

    What fairy tale is she creating. Her comments are nonsense. Educated people realize that there always is the potential of someone attacking the USA. During her father's time in office, we had the horrendous 911 attack. She is continuing the Republican fear factor. The President is a realist and not going to give us fairy tales.

    September 22, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. CaliforniaBC

    Once again we have a Cheney spouting off about something they know nothing about. Just like a dim-witted Republican to latch onto ONE statement and misinterpret it. Obama was simply stating how strong the US is and won't be destroyed by a terrorist attack. Not too hard to figure that one out is it Liz? Oh wait, judging from your statement I guess it is.

    September 22, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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