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. Chadwick Smith, Atlanta Georgia

    I appreciate Senator Obama's sense of humor. But some of the comments on this page are shocking. When so many people view the Vice President as an evil monster, comparing him to one of Hitler's cronies, etc. - then we have a big problem. And no, the problem is not with Dick Cheney.

    November 4, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  2. Rick, Atlanta, GA

    Wow! You'd think Barack would treat family a little better. Cheney has tolerance and love for his daughter, even though they may not see eye to eye, guess Cousin Barack can't quite do the same!

    November 4, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. H, New Orleans, LA

    Of course the Democrats can do no more than spew insults. And, re: all the Dem-Defenders on this forum, notice that the only responses are to compare Cheney to Hitler or his minions or whine about perceived "hypocrisy?"

    The only sin recognized by Democrats and other secular progressives is hypocrisy, or at least perceived hypocrisy. Some day perhaps they will move away from, "I know you are but what am I?" and actually debate.

    November 4, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Jordan, Indy, IN

    You know, I've been wondering about this Cheney guy for the past 7 years. No one has ever mentioned why ole cheney is so mean, paranoid and cantankerous. Here's the deal....This guy has had 3 heart attacks and heart disease for like 20+ years. He's got to be on some powerful cardiac meds and probably some kind of potent blood pressure medication. If you know anything about those kinds of medications, they can really affect your personality and brain function. I knew a guy like that who ended up on heart & blood pressures meds and it completely changed his personality. He was no more than 35 years old and overnight turned into a mean, irrational person. True story.
    I'm thinkin crazy old Cheney is a product of those kinds of heavy medications. That and a naturally type A personality makes it that much worse. Seriously! My nurse friend thinks there is something to this.
    So whaddya think??

    November 4, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    If anyone should be squirming its Cheney with BLACK sheep in family now

    November 4, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. flo jones

    Crazy uncle, huh? Does that make Omama the black sheep of the family?

    November 4, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    “We will in fact, be greeted as liberators…I think it will go relatively quickly.. (in) weeks rather than months” – Dick Cheney 3/16/03
    “We believe (Saddam) has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons” – Dick Cheney 3/16/03
    "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction." – Dick Cheney 08/02
    “I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency." – Dick Cheney May 30, 2005:
    “(Saddam Hussein) had an established relationship with al Qaeda, and his regime is no more." –Dick Cheney Nov. 7, 2003
    "He (Barack Obama) lacks his (Dick Cheney's) intelligence, know-how, judgment and experience". Obviously, we are all in agreement about that and thankful.

    November 4, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. Meshuga Mikey Haight Mayberry California

    Barak Not THAT Hussien Oblablablama ..the Son Of Selma is a straw man for the clinton woman

    why did he place his LEFT HAND on the Bible at that swearing in ceremony

    why is he the worlds most famous former muslim ?

    November 4, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. David Phoenix, AZ

    I thought Democrats liked being nice to people. I thought they didn't like that we had a divided country. Comments like this aren't necessary, but he still brings it up because Democrats don't care about the country being divided or the shrillness of politics like they claim. They want to be in power. You people who think you are electing saints by voting Democratic need to grow up.

    November 4, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  10. Kristi, Cleveland, Oh

    Ah, yes. Because the wise, experienced, minority presidential candidate says it, it must be true.

    November 5, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  11. unclesmrgol, Culver City, California

    Well, just looking at their politics gives us a big clue as to who is a sheep and who is not.

    Muslim mutton, anyone...

    November 5, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  12. Frank Eugene, Oregon

    At least the crazy Uncle Cheney is qualified to be President. Obama is not qualified to clean cheney's attic.

    November 5, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. I.M. Knot Fooled

    Obama – Yo Mama !

    November 5, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. oliver from yourbutthole in your state

    all politicians are corrupt, if you think either party is substantially better than the other you are deceived

    they do not view you as their equals, you are like sheep to them and they view each other as more equal than all of you – and they love that you have no choice but to pick one of them

    November 5, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. Kristi, Cleveland, Oh

    It may come as a surprise to many of you who have posted a comment here, but ALL POLITICIANS DO THIS MUD-SLINGING. Obama's not the first, nor will he be the last. We have a lot of this petty, high school name calling to hear before the elections take place. The bottom line is, they're all liars, all scum, and they'll all tell you whatever you want to hear to get your vote. They're all in a competition for your vote. The only way to truly discern what they stand for is to look at how they voted in Congress about ten years ago before they decided to run for president. Base your decisions on that, not what they say from now on.

    November 5, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  16. Nancy Reagan

    Barack Hussein Obama, will be King of New Arabia, and the blood of the infidel will make the sea red with the glory of Allah, peace be upon him . The Clintons and Bushes will swept the steps of the holy mosque in what is now called the white house. They will use the horse hairs of the last tail from which they will run before God's holy warriors ! All Hail Obama, King of New Arabia, bow before his mighty visage. It is written !

    November 5, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  17. Bustyn, Spokane, WA

    "As for 'childish remarks': how about the Republican candidates purposely calling Obama "Osama", repeatedly?"

    Actually it was Ted Kennedy that did that.

    November 5, 2007 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  18. Thom Freeheart, Oxford, MS

    The Obamas are hilarious. I really liked it when Barack's wife introduced him at the 2004 Dem Convention as "My baby daddy!"

    Yeah. That's what we need in the White House.

    November 5, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  19. Danny

    'Black Sheep.' I get it! Black folks can still sew racial innuendo into their barbs, but Whites still can't. Double standards are so cozy for their beneficiaries.

    O'Bama is a coddled punk, overschooled and undereducated. Thank GOD he's nothing but one percent of the Senate.

    I keep waiting for substance. When with the youngster propose something bold and new, instead of his dreary, limp, scholastic Marxism?

    November 5, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  20. Hillary

    The only reason Obama is a candidate is because he is black. If he were a white guy with same credentials saying the same thing, no one would know him.

    November 5, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  21. PK

    I really like Obama, but I wish he
    would refrain from allienated
    Republicans gratuitously by making
    such remarks about Cheney. It does
    not serve anyone's best interest to
    putdown Repulicans. Hilary Clinton?
    Go for it, Obama, be aggresive, but
    not abrasive, toward Rebublican whom
    you need in order to WIN!!!!

    November 5, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  22. David, Burke VA

    Calling the Vice President of this nation a "crazy uncle" is absurd.

    When will the Democrats stop practicing character assassination, live in rality, and demonstrate they are capable of governing in a post 9/11 world?

    November 5, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  23. R Sanchez, San Antonio TX

    500 in the audience? Wow! You're off to a great career in comedy, since you don't speak like a president.

    November 5, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  24. Larry, Iowa

    Ron from Nebraska, "That has ruined my country." I hate to inform you but its not "your country". Its our country, every citizen of the United States. Just because you disagree with the present administration policies doesn't give you the right to claim this country as yours. You have a right to your opinion but that doesn't necessarily mean it is right.
    Most of the posts on this site claim all the problems of the country are because of President Bush.

    I can't wait until someone else is President. We will have no more problems. A Democrat will bring us Utopia.

    Everyone will be rich, the rest of the world will love us, and there will be no more terrorist attacks, everyone will have health care, everyone will have a free college education, etc.
    Utopia is a dream that only fools seek.
    Someone will sooner or later have to pay the piper and guess who will be doing the paying. It will not be the politicians.

    November 5, 2007 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  25. James, Fairview Heights, IL

    OK, politics aside, that was a pretty good comment. I don't like Obama's political stances (which doesn't mean I like Dick Cheney's), but I do like him as a person. If only he wouldn't do everything Dick Durbin tells him to he could be even greater.

    November 5, 2007 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
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