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. Captain Liberty

    It really cracks me up.....all these posts in favor of the current administration. Funny thing is....the people in power now are not conservatives, they are neo-conservatives. And neo- conservatism is a soft word for Fascism. So all you idiots out there defending bush, cheney, rumsfeld, wolfowitz are also supporting the principals of neo-conservatism. THESE PEOPLE HAVE THIER OWN AGENDA PEOPLE. And you arent apart of it. They want the american people at each others throats...these are not real conservatives. They are buisnessmen who have been elevated to offices. The only thing about you they care about is your money. And how they can make it theres. So keep believing the lies and killing our once great free country. Just what the fascists need more sheeple for the flock of ignorance and brutality.

    November 5, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Patrick, Irvine CA

    Cheney has got to be laughing at all of this. Obama had better start running against Hillary. Someone should tell him that Bush/Cheney won't be on the ballot in 2008.

    November 5, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Barky, Kalamazoo, MI

    Typical name calling. No new ideas, no vision, just elementary school name calling. Now go ahead libs, call me names...Bushbot, etc. I can take it. Unfortunately, you can't discuss the facts. Keep on name calling, the American who think for themselves are getting tired of it. It won't win you the White House or anything else in 2008

    November 5, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. John, Miami, FL

    Why is it that Obabma never mentions his white heritage or his own white grand mother? You know the one that raised him. Sounds to me like Obama is hiding her in the attic too. This might explain why:

    November 5, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Dan, Columbus, OH

    "And for the first time, the name Barack Hussein Obama will not appear on the ballot."

    I actually think Obama has the makings of a great politician, but he jumped in too early... and will be a has-been from now on. Unfortunately, if he had waited until 2012 or 2016, he would have had a much longer liberal record that would have repulsed most Americans.

    Hmmm. Basically, he's good at giving speeches. But that's not enough to lead the free world.

    November 5, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Steve

    Not a very mature thing to say – however, this is the democrat party way. Hurl insults at people you don't agree with, except our true enemies. Claim the other side does it (not office holders) and then you think you are justified.

    Presidential, I think not.

    November 5, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Lynn, Atlanta, GA

    In a lot of families, that would be a compliment, or just the pot calling the kettle... well you know. I guess the question is, which one is this?

    November 5, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |

    No matter what you feel about Obama, or Cheney, a candidate for the Presidency referring to the vice president of the United States as "the crazy uncle in the attack" is pathetic.

    Same for Hillary last week saying that the Supreme Court gave Bush the election.

    November 5, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Steve

    "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".

    Last time I checked, non of these people were elected to office or running for President!

    November 5, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Captain Liberty

    Sorry for the obvious above grammer errors, my spelling is abhorrent

    November 5, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. George White Granbury, Texas

    Hey Obama! Dick Cheney is my HERO. Sorry you are not half the man he is.

    November 5, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Pat I, Bishopville, SC

    Isn't this "joke" showing terrible INSENSITIVITY to those with mental problems. Where's their Lobby???

    November 5, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Joe Rucys Naperville, il

    Obama, just say, I am a communust, it will make you feel better.

    November 5, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Chuck

    Obama: "Everybody's got a black sheep in the family. A crazy uncle in the attic."

    Cheney retort should be: "Everybody's got a black in the family. A lazy uncle on welfare."

    November 5, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Jules, St. Louis

    Obama is just a "dumb blonde"

    November 5, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. B.L. Biddle

    V.P Cheney has more intelligence in his nose hairs that Obama has in his whole body. Cheney also is not a graduate from drug rehab like the Senator from Illinois.

    November 5, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. FairestWitness, Bridgeport, WV

    Senator Obama, bashing the best Vice President this country has ever had will not have a positive impact on your campaign. You are not Presidential material, sir.

    You need more than the left kook fringe to be elected to the highest office in the country. And rhetoric like this just illustrates how poorly prepared you are to serve. It's a bad move, Barack.

    November 5, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. mike e. coon,ohio

    obama is as shallow and base like most dim-o-rats.they havent had a new idea since 1968!plus,their jokes are from the 20' and waste and waste some more on butterfly museums,college degrees for prison inmates,and farm subsidies for millionaire sugar/cotton farmers.idiots with the economic sense of children!barack obama is so stupid,he does not realize how stupid he is!

    November 5, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Deval, Boston Massachusetts

    So, it's OK to label another human being as "crazy" as long as you're a liberal talking about a white man. If this were reversed and a conservative had called a black man "crazy", Al & Jesse would be screaming about racism and insensitivity to those who are mentally challenged.

    November 5, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Wayne, Spartanburg, SC

    Crazy uncle .. hah! This from the schizoid who whines about the war against terrorism and then proclaims he will invade our ally in Pakistan! Yikes!

    November 5, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Eric Sacramento, CA

    Too bad the name Clinton is still on the ballot as well.

    November 5, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. M. Douglas, Jefferson City Missouri

    The Bush-Cheney Republicans continue to whine shrilly when anyone speaks the truth about their corrupt administration. Hell, I wish the only problem was that they were crazy. Unfortunately, they're also sublimely crafty and downright evil sleazebags. The Republican Party and Republicans in general should be ashamed of their defense of these men. Obama let him off lightly.

    November 5, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Jim

    I find Obama's comments insensitive to Americans with family members suffering from mental disorders. Shame on him for considering this comment to be either funny or appropriate. Shame on those of you who agree with him. You don't treat family this shabbily – even distant family that you disagree with.

    November 5, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. anita weatherly Baltimore Maryland

    Obama a man of no class. Is this the best he can do, call names? He will get my vote. NOT

    November 5, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Ian, New York, NY

    Just another example that Obama is immature and doesn't know what he's talking about.

    Dick Cheney is an honorable and decent man who understands the world we live in.

    Obama does not.

    November 5, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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