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. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Sian, I ask you, what would happen to our children if every parent had to work three jobs just to make ends meet? You live in a sheltered world Sian. You are either extremely young, living off of a parent's salary, or very ignorant. I doubt you have children of your own.

    November 4, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Mike, Cleveland, OH

    To all those who believe the myth that Obama was sworn in with the Koran:

    You are thinking of Keith Ellison, Congressman from Minnesota. Ellison was born Catholic and converted to Muslim. Obama is not and never has been Muslim

    November 4, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Kim, Dallas, TX: you mentioned the 2000 election. As a voter in infamous Palm Beach County in that election, I would like to pass on some info that most of the U.S. doesn't know. (yes, I voted correctly.)

    I am sure that this will draw a roar from Republicans, but these are all historical FACTS not opinion. Most of the U.S. probably thinks of the key factor in Palm Beach County in the elections being "hanging chads", but there was something more significant. The local paper analyzed the ballots and found that an extraordinary number of them had to be discarded because they were double-punched for Buchanan and Gore. Obviously, many people realized their mistaken vote for Buchanan and thought they could correct it like an electronic machine by just punching the correction. If all the double-punched ballots for Bush & Buchanan and Gore & Buchanan were distributed in the same percentages as the counted votes, Gore would have won.

    There is no doubt that the arrangement of the ballot had a big effect. Even Buchanan's camp said that there was no way that he should have ended up with as many votes here as he did. If fate had resulted in switching the location of Bush and Gore on the "butterfly" ballot, there is NO REASON to believe that Republicans would not have had the same problems.

    It is worth noting that while the controversy about "chads" was going it, the county looked at how other states handled such ballots. Probably the most thorough explanation of similar circumstances was written in the laws of Texas and proudly bragged about by George Bush in the past. In Florida, his lawyers FOUGHT AGAINST using it here.

    I know I will hear about Bush being re-elected. No president has lost re-election in a war. The 24%ers will talk about that, but they won't talk about the fact that in 2000, Al Gore BEAT Bush by over a half-million votes. The people who actually VOTED wanted Gore. Bush became president ONLY because of an intentionally biased electoral college (good or bad). If everyone's vote counted evenly in the United States, Bush would have lost.

    November 4, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Cheryl Chicago,ILL

    People here in Chicago this koran deal swearing in on it,peaved so many people off,we need a canidate who swears on the bible,and takes the Oath of Office, A United States Citzen.not someone who lived in idonesia,kenya.someone who has resided In The US there entire life.
    they dont beleive him at all,he hasn't accompolished anything because of these missed votes and for the people of Chicago,I myself haven't followed him that much it's what people are saying around me here.

    he is so right
    Obama supporters- I'd love for you to tell me what you see in this guy. I've followed him from his career in the Illinois State Senate, and have concluded that he is perhaps the biggest sham in recent memory. HE HAS NEVER ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING. He just says the biggest bunch of generic, political cliches and people want to believe it. Why do you believe anything this guy says about uniting the country? Based on his voting record, he's the most liberal, mainstream candidate. How can he unite the parties when he consistently proves unwilling to ever agree with one of them? Don't kid yourselves. Obama is a sham.

    Posted By Dan, Saint Louis, MO : November 4, 2007 12:20 am

    November 4, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Cheryl Chicago Ill.

    Obama is a Christian, it's pretty well known fact about him.

    But I don't understand your post, are you saying that Muslims can't be American? Last time I checked America ran on the principles of Freedom, you are allowed to exercise whichever religion you choose.

    [b]Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[/b]

    Posted By Jake, San Diego CA : November 3, 2007 6:08 pm

    Yeah he might be or not be christian he only joined the church 3 months before he stated to run for president.
    have ya heard of him going there,I haven't.

    November 4, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Obama keeps bringing up his "crazy uncle". Why? He cherishes the moment he first learned of his relationship to Mr. Cheney.

    Wayne, Greenville TX:

    Sorry about my two cents, but out of your approx. 20 posts on this blog you haven't said anything educational or useful – just same old attacks on other people's views. And we keep wondering why our country is so divided?

    November 4, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. Ron Nebraska

    One more time, it was Keith Ellison, a representatitive elected in Minnesota who used a Koran AND a bible to be sworn in. IT WAS NOT OBAMA, please try to gain just a little bit of intelligence and actually pay attention to facts and not just make up what ever reality fits your bias. On another note I do find it interesting that as the SAT scores have declined over the 27 years of the Reagan revolution, the intolerant religious right has gained influence and agencies like Fox news and right wing talk radio have grown into 'information' sources for a large number of very stupid people. And the result is a country divided and a totally incompetent administration ruining my country.

    November 4, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Scott, Boulder, CO

    Oh, such levity from the fellow the Washington Post referred to as the "Magic Negro."

    November 4, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. George, Fairfield, CT

    The Regressive Right hates reality-based news reporting. They call it "liberal media bias." The core Republican base has wandered so far off into their neverland of denial, anything bringing them back is highly threatening.

    November 4, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. Dustin, Logan Utah

    well, in about 3 months Obama will only be a senator... shoved back into the attic known as congress.

    November 4, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Schratboy, Boulder CO

    Having heard Obama's impromptu remarks, the guy can't cobble two coherent sentences together, you know he doesn't write his own material.

    November 4, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York, NY

    Wayne from Texas is the exact type of citizen who let Nazi's come to power, arguing against the the good people in government trying to warn everyone else-Barack Obama cannot shine Cheney's shoes, he lacks his intelligence, know-how, judgment and experience. Barack is just a Commie who is lucky enough to be borm partially Black-otherwise his voice would not even be heard.

    November 4, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  13. Dwain Kline, Aiken, SC

    Sorry, Barack "Hussein", Dick Cheney is an adult, unlike you. You will NEVER be elected president thank goodness. Thanks, however, for weakening the witch Hillary. Go back to Chicago, home of affirmative action and corruption.

    November 4, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Rodger Dodger Chicago Illinois

    Shouldn't politicians be rated on the results they have accomplished, rather than throwing mud at opponents to make themselves higher in stature?

    November 4, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. Ron, Camarillo,Ca.

    DICK CHENEY is one of the finest public servants this country has ever had; wish that he were running for President. B. Hussein Obama is neither good enough nor smart enough to shine his shoes.

    November 4, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Dave K. Tucson, AZ

    It's sad to see how psychologically unhinged and logically challenged the Left has become.

    They are no longer the party of JFK.

    They've now squandered all the political capital he accumulated, burying themselves in the serious debt of incredibility.

    They've relinquished the crown, placing their grumpy ol' crazy aunt Hillary in charge.

    November 4, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Ryan Hodges, Tyler Texas

    Obama is a spineless wimp. Does he really think that the country is going to elect a man named Hussein as president? Mr. Cheney is perhaps one of the most brilliant minds we have in govt. right now. I respect his leadership, and his positions. I can only sit here and dreamily think of a White House headed by Mr. Cheney. I wish Tom from New Mexico would keep his comments to himself. Huckabee '08!

    November 4, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. Dave, Long Island, NY

    I am not a fan of politicians in general, either dem or rep, but I do believe cheney gets a bad rap. Listen, he came into power at an extremely volatile time in our nations history, greeted by an attack on 9 11 of monumental historical proportions. He got tough, he had to. What do people propose we do, crawl up in a fetal position and call for mommy? We are dealing with psychos in the middle east and they sadly only understand force. Anything less is looked at as a weakness.

    November 4, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  19. Bob, Windom, MN

    Just another sorry example of how hateful and intolerant most democrats are when it comes to those with views they don't agree with. They preach we all need to be more tolerant but they certainly don't practice what they preach.

    November 4, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. John,Grapevine,TX

    Chaney haters you guys are funny.

    November 4, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. Steely McBeam

    C'mon people, we're all Americans here. Can't we just agree that if you don't like the Steelers, you're most likely gay.

    November 4, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. Bob, Garden City, Michigan

    I wonder what Cheney'ss family thinks about being related to this nut!?

    November 4, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. Jay Dayton, Ohio

    As a true independent I can tell you that this just reinforces my opinion that he is an idiot. I still have yet to see a candidate that will make real changes to this country.
    Top 3 democrats
    Hillary – Riding the coattails of her husband. Does have anything of real value to offer.
    Obama – Scares me to death when I hear him talk. Has no real grasp about what a real Politician is supposed to do in critical situations
    Edwards – Scares me just as much as Obama if not more.
    Top 3 Republicans
    Rudy – you get the good with the bad. To much baggage.
    Romney – Does what it takes to get elected. People at some point will see right thru it
    McCain – Has a short temper. I don’t need someone with the Nuke with a short temper.
    Now that I’ve pissed everybody off I can now go

    November 4, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. Chester, Durham NC

    Everybody's got a black sheep in the family. Shouldn't that be Cheney's line?

    November 4, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. Rex Zeitgeist Everytown USA

    Hussein Obama is a nobody doink, who couldn't hold Cheneys jock strap. In a few months we will have forgetten Hussein Obama even existed.

    November 4, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
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