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. Anonymous

    go to hell obama

    November 5, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  2. Jeff, Beverly Hills, CA

    I understand that Senator Obama is bound to make provocative statements in his quest for the presidency and the Clinton News Network is likewise bound to play them up as if he is wittiest politician to come down the pike since Bubba, but in truth Vice President, Secretary of Defense, Presidential Chief of Staff, Congressman Dick Cheney has done much more for this country than Senator Obama and the entire editorial staff of CNN has ever done. Get over it fellas...Dick Cheney won't be vice president for a whole lot longer and Barrack Hussein Obama won't ever become president...get over it. Rudy in '08 (or Fred or Mitt or John)...used to it...The embedded liberal elites at CNN, the NYT, CBS, NBC, PBS, et. ux. are gonna get to whine at their upper east side cocktail parties for another 4 years...Oh well, you still have Martha's Vineyard so long as Teddy's view of the Sound isn't spoiled by those silly old windmills.

    November 5, 2007 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  3. Robert, Sacramento CA

    First Wayne writes:

    "Comparing Cheney to a great statesman like Winston Churchill is a supreme insult to Churchill's memory. A better comparison would probably be between Cheney and one of the men in Hitler's inner circle, such as Adolf Eichman."

    Then Wayne writes this gem:

    "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 rigt-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….."

    Finally the brilliant conclusive statement:

    "ANY of the Democratic candidates would be a far better president than any of the numbskull GOP candidates, and a vast improvement over the greatest numbskull of them all, George W. Bush."

    Wayne is typical of the confused rationale of the modern leftist. He compares someone he despises to a Nazi. No rationale of why that connection is appropropriate and Wayne will never reply when asked. In short, Wayne is confused and filled with impotent rage. He makes an accusation without backing it with any facts or a rational argument. He then goes on to chide others for proposing arguments without facts. He then proceeds to offer another baseless, factless charge and will then no doubt go on to accuse others of having no facts to back up their arguments. Wayne, you a are sad sick monkey.

    November 5, 2007 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  4. evelyn Victor, Portland Or

    Don't you love the indignant people who are so scandalized that a senator would make such a relatively innocuous joke (which is actually more fact than fiction) about the man who told Senator Leahy to f**k himself?

    It is beyond comprehension how these people think.

    November 5, 2007 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  5. Demonweed

    The man achieved office through tactics that corrupted the democratic process. Then he advanced a bold agenda to shut down constitutional checks on power of the top executive official. During the rush into an unjustified war, he denounced critics of policy as traitors to the nation. Through a campaign of deliberate misinformation, he created the public perception of a grave foreign threat where none existed. He sometimes operated out of a secret underground bunker, he made sweeping use of the power to designate public documents state secrets, and his close associates made tremendous profits from the war effort.

    Yeah, Adolph Hitler sure was a bad man. I can see why no one should ever make any sort of comparison at all to a modern American official.

    November 5, 2007 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  6. Tony,Mattawan,MI

    I think BHO is an exciting presidential candidate. He is 'articulate', 'clean' and a good dancer, all important Democrat qualifications.

    November 5, 2007 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  7. Diane Milwaukee, WI

    You say Obama, I say Osama...same thing

    November 5, 2007 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  8. deroy WPB, FL

    black sheep?

    hmm, thoughthat might be michelle.

    November 5, 2007 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  9. deroywpb. fl

    dan rather is obama's father.

    November 5, 2007 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  10. mike sypula new boston mi

    refresh my mind who wants to attack pakastain .

    November 5, 2007 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  11. Erik, Virginia Beach, VA

    A baby killer pointing fingers at Dick Cheney should be aware of his own glass house. How many sleepless nights do you have Obama from the countless aborted babies that survived the process in Illinois only to have you voted against their living. Cheney is no saint, but by far neither are you. Barack Baby-Killer Obama

    November 5, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  12. Greg, Ocala FL

    "If elected president, I will hurl insults at our enemies until they stop doing bad things. This is called 'diplomacy'. War will be a thing of the past."

    November 5, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. Laurie, Oregon, Oh

    Sometimes our politicians just do not show any class.

    November 5, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  14. Tom, Florence, Kentucky

    Obama is an idiot for saying something that stupid. And this guy, wants to be a statesman. Please, save us from that discrace.

    November 5, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. eric, cherry hill nj

    hey obama, at least someone from your family will have made it to the whitehouse! enjoy your ever widening 2nd place...

    November 5, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  16. Herald Noosebaum Whistleville Illinois

    That is the pot calling the kettle black!

    November 5, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  17. Kelly New York

    I would suggest you democrats who think caving into dangerous tyrants is such a grand idea Google "Neville Chamberlain"
    You speak of the Nazis jokingly, which shows you don't really understand the evil that exist in the hearts of the Islamofacists. They have told you their intent, yet you still think we can "talk" them out of their plans to impose their twisted views on the rest of the world.
    The fact remains, these terrorist fear and respect Republicans, which helps keep the cork in the bottle, so to speak. Why do you think Bin Laden releases tapes prior to elections showing his support for democrats?
    People are too busy watching American Idol bother with history, and the lessons it teaches. In the end, people get the government they DESERVE. Our founding fathers must be spinning like tops in their graves...

    November 5, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  18. Bob Bower

    Tom: Diabolical? Evil? Please reserve those for the leaders of Iran and North Korea. You water down their meaning. At least the VP wont have your head detatched for saying such things. Agree or disagree with his policies, I truly believe he was doing what he thought best for the US (and western civilization, for that matter). Time will tell.

    November 5, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  19. Jim Thorton Maryland

    Wow, the comments on this post seem amazingly sympathetic to the democratic view. Could it be CNN selectively choosing favorable comments to make the dems seem more dominant in their views? Nooooooo. CNN would never do that, they are reputable, and honest brokers of news–they NEVER have a slant or bias....

    Bet this post ends up in the trash. The Clinton News Network is what it is....

    November 5, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  20. Candy, St. Louis, MO

    Obama displays insensitivity to the mentally ill in suggesting that "crazy" relatives are to be warehoused and hidden. It should not be treated as acceptable for people to be prejudiced so long as they are black.

    November 5, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. captain Liberty, Boston Ma

    "Didn't Senator Obama take his oath of office on the Q'ran and not the King James Bible. Should we trust this man? What are his true feelings regarding Islam? Is he Arab or American? Please don't tell me his an Arab-American. We've heard enough about ethic Americanism. We are all Americans and not African-American, Chinese-American, Polish-American, we're just Americans who speak English."

    James just go back to sleep the GOP has everything under control

    November 5, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. Larry Chester, VA

    It really cracks me up when people NOT in a gulag, concentration camp, or gas chamber compare our leaders to Nazis- much like the people (I know several) that are making six figure incomes and complaining about the rotten economy.

    November 5, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  23. Captain Liberty

    A baby killer pointing fingers at Dick Cheney should be aware of his own glass house. How many sleepless nights do you have Obama from the countless aborted babies that survived the process in Illinois only to have you voted against their living. Cheney is no saint, but by far neither are you. Barack Baby-Killer Obama

    Posted By Erik, Virginia Beach, VA : November 5, 2007 7:26 am

    So lets get this strait once and for all. Its not good to kill a fetus....but its ok to kill and mame our children. God cries when he looks at you. Remember that.

    November 5, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  24. Dale, Knoxville, Tennessee

    I don't know why I bother coming over here from Drudge. It is the same silly political hacks who do nothing but belittle the "other" party.

    No common sense prevails here. Not one ounce of intelligent discourse arrives on scene.

    Stupid political rhetoric from stupid political hacks...

    November 5, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Mark, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    The media missed the point of Obama's words. It wasn't about Cheney. It was about how the new Democrat government run health care system will require you to keep your sick relatives in the attic because the mismanaged system will be turning sick people away. By the way, I just got back from England. There is a story over there in the press about how half the citizens are pulling their own teeth because they can't find a competant government dentist.

    November 5, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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