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. aware

    The best thing Biden can do is keep his mouth shut! 🙁

    December 22, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Jeff in Illinois

    As long as Biden has America's best interests in mind, he will be a better president than Dick Cheney, who was mainly concerned with consolidating money and power to himself and his friends who have been and are continuing to manipulate the United States to their own ends, at the peril of the Citizens of the U.S.A.

    The Cheney / Bush Sr. / Wolfowitz, etc., PNAC crew should be treated as a foreign invader, attempting to destroy the United States from within.

    I do believe that Bush Jr., was chosen to be a puppet to his father and his father's crew's decidedly un-American, evil plans.

    December 22, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Laverne

    I think Joe Biden was an excellent choice for Obama, especially considering the group he had to pick from. The thing with Joe Biden is "what you see is what you get". He indeed can and will contribute a lot to the administration. Obama and Biden have taken more critism since election day than Bush has had in his entire 8 year administration (well, maybe a little exaggeration), but you get the point. They did not create the mess we are in and they should be afforded a little time to come up with solutions to get us out of this mess. Thanks goodness Obama and Biden has more confidence in the American people than some of the American people seem to have in them. Obama+ Biden = peace and prosperity.

    December 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Patriot

    Save your 'sympathy', Joe; because the country IS STILL being destroyed by those two ignorant, arrogant and INCOMPETENT LOSERS!

    As part of the leadership of America, Joe, YOU SHOULD BE HOLDING BUSH & CHINNY ACCOUNTABLE for the wanton destruction of American lives, limbs and mental health, along with hundreds of Billion$ in an UNPROVOKED WAR!

    So save your childish sympathy and DO YOUR JOB to preserve and protect the US, its people and the US Constitution.

    December 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. JAM

    Both Bush and Cheney are unrepentant liars and criminals unworthy of any sympathy.

    December 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Eyes- chicago, Illinois

    Biden talks when he shouldn't. What does this type of conversation do for the Obama administration? What point does it serve?

    December 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Denise

    I think Bush was just unlucky, 9/11, Katrina and the Economy happened because of mother nature, terrorists and greedy CEO/worthless o nothing congress. The failure of Katrina was not in Bush's response, but the failures of the departments to be prepared and react. It would of happened whomever was President. Bush's major mistake was Iraq. Other than that, I don't see how Kerry, Gore,
    Clinton, Obama, Reagon, etc would of been able to do much more. Maybe we all need to take our shoes off and throw them at members of congress and executives. BTW, what happened to Made in America? We have been outsourced to China over the past 30 years.

    December 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Senses Working Overtime

    Anyone who style themselves as 'I know the Truth' obviously does not.
    As for Cheney, hanging for from a yard iron will be too good for him.
    I hope he travels a lot...

    December 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |


    December 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. John ( NY City )

    Wow Joe Biden has an opinion. I didn't think he was allowed since he is such a buffoon....

    December 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Bob

    Biden is a good man with a big mouth than runs on and like a broken clock is right a couple times a day.

    December 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Suzanne

    He is a thief, a liar, and a traitor. I leave 'murderer' off the list because he didn't actually pull the trigger (except when shooting his friend in the face) and murder hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. However, his lies sent our men and women over there to do it for him, all while lining his pockets. History will judge you harshly, Cheney. By the way, it takes a special kind of bastard to marginalize his own daughter and work for the party which is trying to codify prejudice of her lifestyle. And Biden, hold off on the empathy for Bush- this criminal is still hurting us on his way out. And he's about to pardon all of his cohorts. He's waiting until the very last minute, so he won't have to hear the howls of protest. I hope with all of my heart that these two get everything that they have coming to them.

    December 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. No incumbents 2010

    @ Denise, you think we are outsourced now wait till they raise the capital gains tax.

    December 22, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    I wonder how many people will feel sorry for Obama four years from now.

    December 22, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. aaron

    i have the up most respect for mr bush, he stands for everything he believes

    December 22, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. SAB

    No matter how you Bush or Cheney supporters try to ignore the issue this administration have not served the people well. Just simply look at the global financial crisis. These guys were a sleep at the wheel and there is no other way that any one talk around the issue. Secondly, Bush is out his league with regards to being President and Cheney is simply a pathetic human being.

    December 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. dave

    mr vice president elect. i eagerly await your newly created david letterman segment weeknights for the next 4 years

    God love ya!!!

    December 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Kathy

    I couldn't agree more with Biden!

    December 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. carol

    I think Bush was not the power behind the throne that was Dick Cheney and Cheney is one awful specimen....arrogant and a bare faced liar.
    Although I definitely don't think Bush was a good President by any means in fact he was awful, I don't dislike him as much as Cheney and now there is man I actually loathe.
    Bush will go off into the sunset and I'm sure he will ponder on his administration and how badly he's run it over the years and all the mistakes he made.
    Cheney on the other hand will go about his business as if nothing wrong has ever been done by him!!! This man is so full of himself and he thinks he can walk on water....he really is evil personified to me and if I never have to see that sneering, cunning face of his ever again it would be too soon for me.

    December 22, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Albert Einstein

    I wish I could be as smart as Joe Biden...

    December 22, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Debby

    You have to wonder if Bush/Cheney wasn't in the White House after 9/11 if that Pres. would have done the same thing given the info by the advisors at the time. A President just doesn't declare war on another country on their own. The show throwing was idiotic and unprofessional of that journalist whom should have known better.

    December 22, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. rich

    What is wrong with Joe Biden? He needs to shut his yap as a previous poster stated. Sympathy for Bush? Come one.. this man is responsible for the deaths of many people based on his lies and manipulation of intellegence to carry out his goals. If there is any sympathy that should be dished out here it should be for all the soldiers and their families who were sent off to fight George Bush ill advised war of agression...many of whom are dead or disabled. Also the thousands of ordinary Iraqi's whose life have been turned up side down thru no fault of their own. So Joe, you need to shut your yap. Before you got nominated as VP, word was that you talked too much. I gave you the benifit of the doubt, but you are proving the naysayers right. Unless you have to eat or say a guiding word to Obama, please shut your yap Joe!

    December 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Bill Hewett

    I don't feel sorry for either Bush or Cheney. Both are war criminals and liars and the justice system system of the new administration should put them in prison for life. This country has been taken to a point so low that it will never be AMERICA again unless these two and others are placed behind bars and a drastic change made to reverse thier terrible deeds.
    Bill Hewett

    December 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Jerry Miele

    Funny! Now I dislike Biden even more.


    December 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Dave L

    In the 9 administrations (not counting the 2 termers) in my lifetime that I was old enough to remember and understand I have never seen a vice president with as much power as Cheney.

    December 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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