December 22nd, 2008
05:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden has some sympathy for Bush - but none for Cheney

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="There’s no love lost between Biden and Cheney."](CNN) - Joe Biden says he has some sympathy for George Bush after the president became the target of a shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist – but the Vice president-elect struck a tougher tone on Dick Cheney, the man he is set to replace.

“It's presumptuous to feel sorry for another man,” Biden told CNN’s Larry King in an interview set to air Monday night. “But I feel somewhat – I feel somewhat badly for him. I think the incident in Iraq was – was unfortunate, that guy throwing the shoes. It was just – it was just uncalled for and was – I think that President Bush and, unlike Vice President Cheney, is, upon reflection beginning to acknowledge some of the serious, if not mistakes, misjudgments that he made.”

Watch Biden on CNN's Larry King Live tonight at 9.m. ET

It’s the latest in a series of swipes between the current vice president and the man who will replace him, and stands in marked contrast to the largely complimentary comments President-elect Barack Obama and Bush have traded since Election Day.

Biden – who referred to Cheney during the campaign as one of the most “dangerous” vice presidents in U.S. history – told ABC Sunday that Cheney’s opinions on executive power were “dead wrong,” and had not been healthy for the country. He pledged to “restore the balance” between the president and vice president.

Cheney himself told an interviewer Sunday that "if [Biden] wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that's obviously his call."

In response, the vice president told FOX News that "if [Biden] wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that's obviously his call. President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president and, apparently, from the way they're talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role as I have had during my time."

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  1. Kim

    Happy Holidays, America!

    December 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. MikeH

    Dick Cheney is a war criminal who authorized torture, Dick Cheney engineered an act of treason that purposely revealed the secret identity of a CIA agent actively involved in the war against Islamic terrorists, and Dick Cheney remains on the board of Haliburton which made billions off of the Iraq war, and was given contract after contract without competition, and did such shoddy work, heroic US soldiers were electrocuted in shower stalls set up by Haliburton.

    Dick Cheney is a criminal. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of US law, and failing that, should be the subject of 'Extrordinary Rendition' and sent to the Hague to be tried for crimes against humanity, like Milosevic.

    December 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Mike in Seattle

    Does anyone care what Joe Biden thinks? Dick Cheney certainly doesn't. When Biden says his big goal in life is to be in the room when President Obama makes a decision then you sort of have to feel sorry for the guy! God forbid anything happens to Obama. I can't imagine Biden as president with Pelosi really running the show!!!

    December 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. CMG

    Joe, we all know that you are a good Christian man. However, don't waste your time feeling sorry for a man who still believes that he made no mistakes. George Bush should have NEVER been President and there are over 4000 lost lives that speak to that.

    December 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Sue

    Joe – Georgie was Lucky it was just a 'shoe'. To feel sorry for someone who had that 'horrendous' experience is laughable. Do NOT excuse him for what he did to millions of people because of his lust for Power. The regime of Hussein was HORRIFIC – but they did not bomb us – we bombed them!!! How does that make us better???Georgie and the Dick vilified a total country in their quest for power. NOW, who's suffering more – the Iraqis who detest us or our own citizens who hate our government?? Tell me true – WHO HAS WON this quest for super-power???

    December 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Matthew, Houston, TX

    Let's see . . .

    As anyone who wants to find out would know, there was an FBI agent who predicted the 9/11 attack and was hot on the trail of the perpetrators until he was labeled as 'crazy' and dismissed ('The Man Who Knew' a Frontline documentary) and the incoming Bush administration was briefed on al Queda but 'didn't want to hear about anything the Clinton Administration had to say'. 9/11 happened but to say that we haven't had an attack here because GWB made us safer is ignoring some very important things:

    1. We've been attacked almost daily in Iraq since we made it so easy for terrorists to get into Iraq (never mind they weren't there before we attacked). Why come to the US to attack us when it's so easy and cheap to do it there?
    2. Iraq acted as a buffer between two Muslim sects that have been fighting each other for a bit over a thousand years. Daddy Bush understood that, young Georgie didn't and Darth Vader Cheney didn't care.
    3. Through laws already in place before W became President, funding has been sharply curtailed for these groups.

    No matter how you try to spin it, George W. Bush will definitely go down as one of the worst Presidents ever. Don't know about the worst as there have been a few bad ones in office but it's been quite some time since we've seen anything this bad.

    December 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. strong

    Reading Biden's words here, he is being vague and obscure with his thoughts. Biden won't come right out and say point blank what he thinks of Bush or Cheney really. Biden = typical politician.

    December 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Glennis, PA

    What a dunderhead Joe is. He's a true waste of time.

    December 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Don in Florida

    It's going to be soo much fun watching the Right Wing smear machine try to take down Team Obama. Watch what intelligence in the White House can do for our country and our world. Just sit back and relax and watch for the next 8 years (please don't tell me you don't think they will be in there for two full's going to happen) and let Team Obama work their magic.

    December 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Charles Thompson

    Most people making comments seem to not understand that a President and Vice President do not have all the power.

    The power is balanced with the Congress and Supreme Court. So, if you want to throw a lot of mud, place it where it belongs and show some wisdom instead of foolishness.

    Have a conversation that has legitimacy instead of non-sense. No wonder Obama was elected.

    December 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Dennis

    I wonder what happened to the shoes . . . .

    December 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    Of all the people leaving government I will miss Cheney the least. The heck with shoes I think we should as they said on Dragnet "Thow the book at him"

    December 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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