November 3rd, 2007
05:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama: Cheney is 'a crazy uncle in the attic'

Obama is sworn into the Senate by his eighth cousin, Vice President Cheney.

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (CNN) - At a campaign event Saturday, Sen. Barack Obama called his distant cousin, Vice President Dick Cheney, "a crazy uncle in the attic."

Obama was referencing the recent revelation by the Vice President's wife, Lynne Cheney, that he and the Vice President are distantly related.

"For the first time in a long time, the name George Bush will not appear on the ballot," he told the crowd of about 500 people at Converse College in Spartanburg.

"The name Dick Cheney, my cousin, will not appear on the ballot," Obama said. "We had been trying to hide that cousin thing for a long time. Everybody's got a black sheep in the family. A crazy uncle in the attic."

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soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Jack Knife, Downingtown, PA

    Yeah, he's crazy alright. Crazy like a fox. I just love that guy Cheney. He's a visionary man; Obama's a naive child.

    November 5, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. john Edison NJ

    Funny (HA HA), heard it before. I see the crazy uncle in the attic being anyone that would vote for an untested senator who hasn't even completed one term. I believe that he was going to end his political career if he didn't win the senate seat. Let’s face it, if he was not black he would not even be a blip on the screen.

    November 5, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Rick, Chicago, IL

    Obama is unfit to lead anything more important than a grammar school parade, much less to criticize a man of Cheney’s accomplishments. The left wing nutters posting here remind me of the white trash racists of a bygone era, who felt superior to blacks, not by virtue of their own accomplishments, but by their presumption of superiority inherent in their skin color. Likewise, do the wretched leftists feel themselves so superior in their political affiliations to slander a sitting vice president and former Fortune 50 CEO.

    November 5, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Jim Denver, CO

    I imagine that Osama Obama is the black sheep that no one wants to move into the neighborhood either...

    November 5, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Nate, Washington, D.C.

    I guess civility is reserved for those with a D behind their names. So much for the politics of hope...

    Remind me again, was it "crazy uncle" Cheney threatening to unilaterally invade a nuclear nation?

    November 5, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. havado, candler, nc

    Amazing how democrats can accuse the opposition of 'hate speech' when no insult, or slanderous accusation about the president or vice president is too extreme or taboo. Talk aboout a seperate reality! I was no fan of Bill Clinton, but i didnt hate him, but this is how some behave, simply because they lost two elections. A pity, because what goes around comes around, just give it time!

    November 5, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    It is scary to think that there may actually be people paranoid enough to think that a president could change the religion of our nation. It shows an incredible lack of knowledge of the composition of our people and a total absense of understanding how our government works. People who say they believe in God brag that they make up 85% of the population and yet some are so ignorant that they think a small minority religion can out-vote them and take over the country. This is not Germany or other nations where leadership can be illegally grabbed. This is a nation where the people VOTE to decide who will lead it.

    Wake up! Learn about the candidates. Don't believe in racist smears, but actually look at FACTS. Barack Obama is a Christian who has been attending United Church of Christ in Chicago since the mid 1980's. THERE IS NOT ONE FACT TO SUPPORT ANY CLAIMS THAT ANYTHING HE HAS DONE IN HIS ADULT LIFE INDICATES THAT OBAMA IS A MUSLIM. Look it up! Think for yourself! Think!

    November 5, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Mark, Frankfort, IL

    Leave it to the democrats to do nothing but put forth petty insults.

    Posted By Henry, Phoenix AZ : November 3, 2007 12:13 pm

    Petty insults are the stock-in-trade for such right-wing loonies as Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, and all the others. And Ann Colter has made a career out of petty insults.

    Once again, a right-winger has literally shot himself in the foot by spewing something on this site that has no basis in fact. Like so many conservative positions…..

    Posted By Wayne, Greenville TX : November 3, 2007 12:30 pm

    You are comparing political pundits who are in fact, entertainers with a wannabe politician.

    November 5, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Wild Bill Hiccup

    They can't possibly be related !!! Cheney ain't got them Dumbo ears, and he has a brain that functions properly. "Keep hope alive."

    November 5, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Charles D. louisville kentucky

    I wish the HOURNABLE RICHARD CHENEY would find it in him to serve this great nation of ours once more and RUN FOR PRESIDENT! this guy is a genius as well as unshakable. WE NEED YOU DICK.just leave the shotgun at home 🙂

    November 5, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Pappy, Auburndale, Fl

    Lol! But lets keep the headlines about whats really important Mr. Obama. Let's keep the spotlight going on Hillary Rotten Clinton. She needs to be taken down and you are the man this country needs. Your crazy uncle will soon be put out to pasture but Hillary is the country's true enemy. With her baggage and hidden secrets that she wants left hidden, She is ripe for the knockout. Go Obama!

    November 5, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Gary Moneta , Va

    Obama needs to concentrate on his message, not disparaging others. He is at his best when he stays on message and does not engage in personal attacks against the other party. I am a Republican, but Obama could be the second Democrat that I have ever voted for. Carter was the first and look how that turned out.

    November 5, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Frank Prince, Tallahassee, Florida

    Barack can only wish he had the intelligence and government service credentials of Dick Cheney, then and only then could he be considered qualified to be President

    November 5, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Bigmarunga, Hamler Ohio

    Dick Cheney is an easy target for libs to take shots at because he has always been willing to do the heavy lifting that most libs can't or won't do. Unlike many limo-libs, Cheney is a self made man who rose from poverty and donates most of his wealth to charity. Its a lot easier to be a liberal, the expectations are lower.

    November 5, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Budd, Crawfordville, FL

    This from the guy running for president who doesn't want to wear the flag or say the pledge. Cheney has more sense in his little pinky than Hussien Obama will have pver his entire life.

    November 5, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. K. Rove - Austin, Texas

    Obama and his ilk should kiss the ground his cousin, Dick, walks on. Thank God this country has him in the White House. His "take no prisoners" approach is just what we needed post 9/11. He is a true patriot and will be recognized by virtually everyone 20 years from now. As to why he has not been impeached? On what grounds? Because my good friends on the Left don't like the guy? Not good enough, boys and girls....

    November 5, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Hopefully, Cheney's little pinky realizes it makes no sense whatsoever that a person running for president of the United States would refuse to take the Pledge of Allegiance. That rumor is total NONSENSE for people uninterested in truth.

    If anyone actually cares, films show that Barack, like a lot of people, did not put his hand over his heart for the NATIONAL ANTHEM in the circulated picture. Films also show that he sang along with the whole anthem and applauded at the end. He DID NOT REFUSE to say the pledge and stopped wearing his flag pin because he felt there were too many people wearing it who were hypocrits. Wake up!

    November 5, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Tom Walsh, Assonet, MA

    Yes, but Uncle Cheney salutes the flag and can even speak the pledge of alligance. Senator OBAMA does neither.

    November 5, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. e wem

    IN answer to this:
    "Obama is not and never has been Muslim ..Posted By Mike, Cleveland, OH : November 4, 2007 11:42 am "

    Obama was born to a Muslim father, and a Christian mother. Muslims would consider Obama to be born a muslim. His mother remarried to another muslim, and they moved to Indonesia where Obama had early schooling. In that muslim country parents are required to declare their religion, and the religion of their children. The schools are religiously based. It is very likely that Obama attended a madrassa in his early years. The information about his first schooling has never been publicized, only his later schooling after his mother left his step father.

    Katie Couric's Notebook on the CBS news site dated 04-11-07 quotes a childhood friend (unnamed) who said he and Obama prayed together in the mosque, but 'not seriously' and that Obama also prayed with Catholic schoolmates. This is unusual for Indonesia where you go to jail for preaching Christianity to muslims as it is a crime to attempt to convert muslims there. You can get the death penalty. The real truth about young Obama's background is open because the detailes are totally obscure. That tells me he was likely truley raised as a muslim in those years

    November 5, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Ozzlefinch, CA

    The last time I heard anyone refering to crazy people in the attic, it was Ross Perot.
    You know things must be bad, when you have to lift comments from the evil dwarf......

    November 5, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. bob, washington dc

    Now thats funny. Calling out the crook Cheney, kudos...

    November 5, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Karla, Fairfax VA

    I've been saying for years that Bush is the Anti-Christ... and Cheney is Uncle Christ... Condi is the little Baby Christ... but Spartansburg??? is that Cynthia McKinney's town by any chance? Both parties are full of nuts!

    November 5, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Kyle, AZ

    Leave it to the democrats to do nothing but put forth petty insults.
    Posted By Henry, Phoenix AZ : November 3, 2007 12:13 pm

    Petty insults are the stock-in-trade for such right-wing loonies as Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, and all the others. And Ann Colter has made a career out of petty insults.
    Once again, a right-winger has literally shot himself in the foot by spewing something on this site that has no basis in fact. Like so many conservative positions…..
    Posted By Wayne, Greenville TX : November 3, 2007 12:30 pm

    I don't believe that Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, or Ann Coulter are running for president. They get paid for offering their opinions. They are not politicians, Barack Obama, although not a good one, unfortunately is.

    November 5, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Demonweed

    It is hard to imagine what motivates the moronic and ill-informed grunting in this thread. So many one-liners seem born only of hate, yet those that try to present some sort of fact only wind up presenting a falsehood. What sort of citizen is not only mean and stupid, but also proud to flaunt mean stupidity in a public forum?

    Anyway, I thought a couple of points made by mean stupid people deserved addressing. "Madrassa" is simply another word for "school." Insofar as it has come to mean a school of Islamic fundamentalism, promoting severe views including hostility toward the west, the term clearly does not apply to any institution where young Barack Obama studied. The actual place in Indonesia at issue teaches students of many religions, and the primary focus is on conventional scholarship rather than religious study. It as a school, but in no way was it an institution for advancing a particular faith, let alone a particular perversion of that faith.

    Speaking of which, since when did it become fashionable for Christians to lie and spew so much hatred into the world? Barack Obama was obviously not the one member of our legislature to be sworn in on a Qur'an. There is the lie that it strains plausibility to imagine any adult intent on discussing civics would actually be stupid enough to believe.

    Then there is also all this hatred in evidence on this thread. How many of today's Christians are really so insecure and xenophobic that they would favor a "compassionate conservative" whose idea of compassion is to aggressively promote the use of torture abroad and whose idea of conservatism is to make the nation obsessed with terrorist threats (i.e. to help the terrorists accomplish their goal of terrifying Americans) then break new ground in the history of government overspending. However nasty people feel a "tax and spend" approach may be, a "borrow and spend" approach is actually much worse for the economy, and by extension also future tax rates.

    As a final note, I wonder how many of these venomous liars were on the Ann Coulter bandwagon back when Bill Clinton did respond to the Al Qaeada threat. People who are not totally clueless about the subject may remember that, on Dick Clarke's advice, Bill Clinton did attack several suspected Al Qaeada targets with surgical strikes. Almost as soon as this activity started, the right wing noise machines rolled out in full force with cries of "wag the dog."

    Pundits and pseudojournalists were so obsessed with inflating the importance of a Presidential sex scandal that they were relentless in the call to end American responses to the Al Qaeada threat. It is true Clinton could have shown more courage and carried on with the attacks, but it is also true that dealing responsibly with the threat was denounced by the Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and pretty much all of their kindred on the conservative side of the political misinformation business. If people today are ignorant enough to swallow the "Obama's a closet Muslim" talking point, it seems almost certain at that time they also would have swallowed the "attacking Al Qaeada is just a distraction to take Ken Starr's vital investigation out of the headlines." My question for the peanut gallery is, how many times do these dittoheads have to swallow and regurgitate obvious lies before they begin to recognize the bitter taste of it all?

    November 5, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Eli, teaneck, NJ

    To: Wayne in Texas

    You can hate Cheney's politics, much as I dislike the Clintons' politics - but comparing him to Eichman? That is beneath contempt. It's too bad we can't have rational debate anymore.

    November 5, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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