Obama a one-termer, says Cheney
January 17th, 2011
10:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama a one-termer, says Cheney

(CNN) - It's been months since he has given a media interview, but former Vice President Dick Cheney is making clear his sharp opinions on President Obama haven't changed.

In his first interview since undergoing heart surgery last July, Cheney told NBC News he still expects Obama will be voted out of office in 2012.

"I think he embarked upon a course of action when he became president that did not have as much support as he thought it did," said Cheney in the interview airing Monday and Tuesday.

Cheney, whose considerable weight loss took many by surprise when he publicly appeared at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bush library last fall, added Obama has proven himself to be out of touch with the role of the private sector in creating jobs.

"I think his overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector is a lack of– sort of a feel for the role of the private sector in– in creating jobs, in creating wealth and getting our economy back on track. Those are all weaknesses, as I look at Barack Obama. And I think he'll be a one term president," he said.

Cheney also addressed the Arizona shootings and the efforts by some to blame the events on the charged political atmosphere.

"I think we have to be a little bit careful here– about a rush to judgment," he said. "Trying to explain the event when we don't really know everything we need to know in order to be able to make sort of a final judgment. There's a lot more I'd like to know about the man who was the perpetrator of this awful crime."

Cheney also discussed his own health in the interview with NBC, saying he has yet to decide if he will elect to have a heart transplant. He currently uses a heart pump to stay alive, a device that ordinarily is not used for more than a couple of years.

"I haven't made a decision yet," said Cheney when asked if he will pursue a transplant. "The technology (of the heart pump) was originally developed to provide a transition. To take somebody who's reached the point where they needed a transplant but a transplant wouldn't immediately be available, so they put this in as a temporary measure.

"What's happened over time is the technology's gotten better and better and we've gotten more and more experience with people living with this technology. So I'll have to make a decision at some point whether or not I want to go for a transplant. But we haven't addressed that yet," he continued


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  1. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Gee, the war criminal stuck his head out of his secure bunker to say that? How nice of him. It's a real shame that President Obama and the State Dept. intervened and stopped the Spanish for bring this dangerous man up on the war crime charges he deserves.

    January 17, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. mrlgh

    Breaks his silence? The old coot hasn't shut up since leaving office!

    January 17, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. True American

    ""I think his overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector is a lack of...."

    pot meet kettle.

    January 17, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Mike Dallas

    " And I think he'll be a one term president,"

    On a more positive note, Cheney sure is looking fragile and frail these days.

    Remember, "freedom of speech".

    January 17, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Steve Fielder

    Dick Cheneys' opinions concerning President Obama are about as valid as his reasons for starting the Iraq War!

    January 17, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. sportsguydave

    Nobody cares, "Dick."

    Be happy your sorry behind isn't rotting in prison.. where it belongs.
    Don't go away mad. Just go away.

    January 17, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. Scared

    Are we sure Cheney was talking about Obama? All of this sounds like criticism one could accurately make against the Bush-Cheney administration (bail outs, no child left behind, patriot act, 2 wars, record-breaking deficit increases, etc.):

    "I think his overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector is a lack of– sort of a feel for the role of the private sector in– in creating jobs, in creating wealth and getting our economy back on track."

    January 17, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. AWISE424@hotmail.com

    Just as he was when he was vice president, he'll be proven to be dead wrong in 2012 again when Obama easily wins a 2nd term. He has miscalculated just about everything.

    January 17, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Dave

    No administration expanded government and enlarged the federal deficit more than the Bush/Cheney administration, although Cheney behaves as if no one will actually remember that. The other news flash – Cheney has a heart??!!!??

    January 17, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Dick Cheney is exactly correct about Barack Obama. He chose the world's 2nd worst ( we can't ignore Greece ) team of Economic Advisors on the planet and then blindly rammed their ideas through Washington as quickly as it all could be pushed. With Nancy Pelosi in the House and Harry Reid with a fillibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate, this was a breeze. Before you know it they had blown through $3 trillion and none of it worked. What a mess. Buying up the worlds largest auto companies, throwing money at all of the biggest banks and at an endless housing nightmare. And none of it worked. America cleaned out congress in November and it will clean out the White House in 2012.

    January 17, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Randy

    Obama failed when he refused to investigate the corrupt illegal acts of Cheney.Had Obama kept the focus on Cheneys questionable acts the GOP would have focused on defending him instead of an all out attack of lies and a misinformation campaign on Obama policy.The propaganda arm of the GOP Fox-Newscorp led a 24/7/365 attack on Obama where repeated lies became fact to the puppets of the GOP.

    January 17, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Peter

    Cheney talks all about Obama running up the deficit, but does not mention the huge deficits run up under the Bush administration, even when the Republicans controlled all three branches 2001-2006. Amazing how party partisans have such selective memories.

    January 17, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Erik

    Cheney has no room to criticize any president. He did a terrible job: bloated government, endless war at all costs, and financial ruination.

    January 17, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. MarineWill

    Really? You can't be serious! He is now accusing Obama of all the things he and that idiot Bush did? "expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government" The size of government grew under Bush, it hasn't under Obama...yet. Yes, Obama the deficit has grown under Obama, but most of the country's debt is due to Bush's wars and tax cuts. And no president since Nixon has tried to increase the power of the president more than the Bush administration. Just go away, Dick! And take that idiot, make it up as I go, daughter with you!

    January 17, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. John in AZ

    NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL IRONY:

    '"I think his overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government...Those are all weaknesses, as I look at Barack Obama. And I think he'll be a one term president," he said.'

    January 17, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. TomMcMurr

    Unfortuantely for the country Bush/Cheney was not a one-termer. Certainly should have been.
    Speaking of which, shouldn't Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush be out milking some taxpayer funded government contracts for their friends and family as always?

    January 17, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. oldgus2

    Cheney was wrong (lied about) about WMD and he is likely wrong about BHO not winning a second term. A sad, angry man whose legacy is sad commentary about neo-con ideologues.

    January 17, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. jl taylor

    I find it hard to believe that a man like Cheney who spent eight years in power with bush and led this country to edge
    of financial collapse whould charge someone with not understanding the private sector and job ceation. This guy and
    his fellow consertives are always complaining about big government; But, they never seem to be upset about no bid
    contracts which allow them to write in profits after obtaining the business. They are such hypocrites

    January 17, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    So the subject isn't about gay and lesbian rights now so Mr. Cheney can speak out but when the subject comes up again he'll go back into hidding. Cheney is no more than a cherry picker and a true politician or leader can't go cherry picking.

    January 17, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. James

    i think he is just as out of touch as any politician in this country they don't really care aslong as there are lobbyists pouring money over issues and distracting us from others, sad really......

    January 17, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. Barbara

    And Mr. Cheney and his Ilk did what to help propel jobs and keep us from the downward depression-like spiral?

    January 17, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. carolyn

    Dream on, Dick. America has set a new course and there's no turning back-thankfully.

    January 17, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Reggie from LA

    May very well be so, but America will not be doing itself any favors by voting out our President. It will be bitter Republicans and the hateful who will be on "auto vote". Tea Baggers and Repubs don't necessarily know where they stand, but they will certainly vote "Obama must go". They don't know why, but Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh and the Kochs helped them to understand...and Queen Sarah. Then the whiny Dems who believed their vote in 2008 "got their country back" and were PO'd and missing from the polls in 2010 (yeah, I said it) are the most useless. They thought Obama should have been the Dems president, not the nations prez. Of course the GOP and birthers think he should be nobody's president. How can he win. That man has had to battle every day of his term so far...with no end in sight. The only president EVER to have to deal with so much hatred and dysfunction (Congress) who also had to focus on issues that made our country more palatable with a world community. Maybe you're right Mr Cheney, but the alternative will be and atrocity, except to the wealthy and the too-stupid-to-know better. Which might you be?

    January 17, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. Sgt. Joe

    Thanks for your input, Mr. Cheney, now we can be assured Obama is a two-termer. Yes! Go back to your cave now.

    January 17, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. Andrew Daily

    Cheney is just as wrong about this as he was about the "Facts" that he made Bush start wars over... Cheney doesn't even know the difference between a duck and one of his staffer, so he shot the staff instead of the duck... I wonder if Jared Lee can use the same defense the Vice President used when he shot a human being... Take note Jarod Lee... It worked for Cheney; perhaps it will work for you too! Cheney needs another heart check... The blood seems to not be making it to his brain... If Bush was elected twice; Obama is already sliding into a home run...

    January 17, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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