March 22nd, 2009
03:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Journalist surprised by Obama's jab at Cheney

Journalist Steve Kroft spoke with CNN's Howard Kurtz about interviewing the president.

Journalist Steve Kroft spoke with CNN's Howard Kurtz about interviewing the president.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama’s aggressive response to recent criticism from former Vice President Dick Cheney was a bit of a surprise, veteran journalist Steve Kroft said Sunday.

Watch: Kroft on interviewing Obama

Last Sunday, Cheney told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that he thought Obama’s plans to close Guantanamo Bay would make the country less safe.

Related: Obama's policies raise risk of terror attack, Cheney says

Obama responded forcefully to Cheney’s comments when asked about them by Kroft in a 60 Minutes interview that will air tonight.

“I thought there were going to be two responses,” Kroft told CNN’s Howard Kurtz during the Reliable Sources segment of State of the Union Sunday. “Either, the first response was going to be ‘I don’t want to talk about Dick Cheney’ . . . Or, [Obama] was going to tee off on [Cheney] which he decided to do - very, very aggressively. So I was a little surprised.”

Related: WH press secretary takes verbal slap at Cheney

Kroft also said Obama displayed his trademark calmness even with all of the challenges his young administration is facing. “I found him probably more relaxed this week than at any other time that I have interviewed him,” Kroft told Kurtz.

soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. pat C.

    president obama is a source of strength for all of us. he is our leader and will bring us into a better standard of life. we must support this wonderful man.

    March 22, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Al

    The real issue: Cheney is not in prison yet.

    March 22, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Had It

    May words to Cheney -– " .... SO ?? .... "

    March 22, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. JC

    One thing is clear by reading the posts on CNN is that a whole lot of the country is brainwashed by propaganda. "Everthing is Bush's fault, no mater what and everthing has only been in motion for 8 years. "

    If only that were true then Obama could have fixed this problem already, but he is not much more than another corrupt politician from ChiTown. If he were a LEADER he would put in place actions based on prinicpal. But he is not, he blames everyone else for his failures. "the bonuses were my fault" only distracts people from his blunders and is not a sign of true ownership of the problem. WHY ELSE DID HE GO BACK ON HIS PROMISES OF NO PORK, 5 DAYS to READ THE STIMULUS BILL, ETC???????

    It is because a whole new era of FEAR MONGERING is driving this country to ruin for the sake of politics. Can't let a good CRISIS go to WASTE! ummm, change we don't need

    March 22, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Jose

    Since when is a reporter's reaction to a comment news????

    It's a sad state of affairs when the media have to interview one another to have a story to write.

    Maybe we have too many trying to report news.....or maybe reporters and correspondents don't know the difference between news and opinion. In this day when the mighty by-line rules, editorials are unsigned and news articles have a by-line. Is that a..backward or what?

    March 22, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Obama was right to go off on Cheney! Cheney is a lying disaster of a man who lived through Bush to inflate his own ego! Whatever he says is immaterial and useless!

    March 22, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Read one Book ANIMAL FARM

    He is the president of the AMERICANS and of THESE UNITED STATES

    You for for all AMERICANS SIR

    CLINTON'S AND BUSHES
    Dems and Republicans
    right and left
    critics and supporters

    THOSE THAT AGREE AND DISAGREE WITH YOU

    Reminds me of another president and he was more than 8 years ago

    AT the very least not PRESIDENTIAL and DISTURBING and should insult all AMERICANS.

    That CHENEY WAS RIGHT OR WRONG IS NOT THE POINT WHAT HE SAID ISN'T EITHER.

    Obmas reaction is very TELLING ABOUT OBAMA

    Cheney is a PRIVATE CITIZEN NOW
    OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
    VERY VERY BENEATH YOU SIR

    FOR ANY PRESIDENT

    March 22, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. David

    Yeah like he was supposed to let Cheney's words go unanswered. Cheney of all people is the last person who has any credibility on what is right and wrong for the country.

    March 22, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. amt, CA

    I wish someone would go after Cheney very, very, aggressively & give him what he deserves, jail time !

    March 22, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Ms Russell

    I hope Bush's memoir exposes Cheney for the spewing witch doctor that he is. After all, Dr. Evil has shown no respect for his former boss.

    March 22, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. rr

    that's my prezo don't let that moron try to defed illegal ideas

    March 22, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. neil

    Don,t want one of these detainees living by me, maybe they can live at the whitehouse.

    March 22, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Helen, NY

    Obama' wants to divert our attention to Cheney and criticize him. He wants to be friendly with rogue nations like Iran, Syria, Hamas/Palestine. It shows his ignorance. What a joker we have in the white house. He should at least realize that he knows nothing and try to learn from others. This side economy is getting worse and he goes on Jay Leno, CBS (60 minutes) and try to criticize previous regime. Hypocrite.
    Watch out.. this country will become third-world country soon unless we have demonstrations and protests to change the direction. Can anybody tell me what he has done while in office which we can appreciate. None. Nada.

    March 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. digger

    Obama is so thin skined he can't stand any criticism at all. This is not a good trate to have in a Prez. What is he going to do when the head of another country criticsizes him. Will he go after them like he does our own people? Maybe he will get so upset his head will explode.

    March 22, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. BB

    Agree with Jose. CNN wasting outime with non-news and gossips. Didn't even give a link to for us to see the interview for ourselves. Hope they don't expect us to b satified with this.

    March 22, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. ib

    Obama and his liberal buddies are always teeing off on someone who doesn't agree with them. If the liberals think Cheney should be in prison how about Dodd; Frank; and Pelosi who all helped us get in this mess we are in. Bush was bad but so is the three above; all peas in the same pot even though different parties. But according to liberals only GOP and conservatives should be in jail.

    March 22, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Ben B

    Why wouldn't OBAMA be more relaxed than any other time that you have interviewed him. Campaigning is over and he had no experience prior to the election so Obama doesn't see America has a financial problem. Wake up big boy!!!

    March 22, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. big papa

    As long as bush, Cheney, rove, Rumsfeld et al. remain free...

    ...America will suffer...

    ...especially those responsible for giving the world 8 years of those criminals...

    ...Where is the OUTRAGE at how Cheney and Bush sold the country out...

    ...$231 million in AIG bonuses is NOTHING compared to the $125 BILLION MISSING in IRAQ!

    ...are you all so blind and dumb that you can't tell WHO the crooks are?

    March 22, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Read one Book ANIMAL FARM

    "Yeah like he was supposed to let Cheney's words go unanswered. Cheney of all people is the last person who has any credibility on what is right and wrong for the country."

    IT IS not the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES JOB TO BE THE JUDGE OF HIM

    IT shows a LACK of CHARACTER and RESPECT for the OFFICE HE HOLDS TO ATTACK OR CRITICIZE A PRIVATE CITIZEN
    It is not PRESIDENTIAL

    Who Cheney is or what he said is not the issure

    The PRESIDENTS REACTION TO CRITICISM IS

    Not a good example to the wold and those that want to harm America that this President can not show restraint and reacts like he does to criticism

    Bad form Sir
    Bad face to show the world
    The office you hold should above that SIr
    As should YOU

    March 22, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Truth Bomb Thrower

    B.O.'s not worthy of carrying Cheney's briefcase. He wants to close down Guantanamo because he's afraid that some of his Kenyan family members will wind up there.

    March 22, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Libby31

    I can't think of anyone who took Cheney seriously. Name one thing Cheney accomplished...thought so.

    March 22, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. barb

    Cheney will down in history as an under-achiever who did absolutely nothing to benefit this country. He'll be remembered for his shooting accident, and that was accidental!

    March 22, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Ariel

    Cheney?. . . . Cheney who?

    March 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. texas teacher

    I would much rather have Cheney back in office than what we have now!

    @Big Papa

    I believe it is your hatred for Republicans that is blinding you to reality. You speak, but no facts come from you. Just angry emotion. Calm down. You will never get what you want. Bush and Cheney will never be prosecuted because they didn't break any law.

    March 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Doug T

    About time somebody called out Cheney. Tell Dick Cheney and the rest of the Republicans if they have nothing constructive to offer, the SHUT UP. They ran the country for 8 years, and that's why we're where we are.

    The only thing I want to hear from Bush and Cheney are their testimonies at their criminal trials.

    March 22, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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