March 23rd, 2009
11:41 AM ET
11 years ago

On '60 Minutes,' Obama rebukes Cheney criticism

In a '60 Minutes' interview, President Obama said, 'I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney'.

In a '60 Minutes' interview, President Obama said, 'I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney'.

(CNN) - President Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that the hardest decision he's made since taking office was to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Also in the interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama defended his decision to shut down the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and he countered criticism from former vice president Dick Cheney.

"I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney - not surprisingly," Obama said. "I think that Vice President Cheney has been at the head of a movement whose notion is somehow that we can't reconcile our core values, our Constitution, our belief that we don't torture, with our national security interests. I think he's drawing the wrong lesson from history."

Obama was responding to comments Cheney made to CNN's "State of the Union" on March 15, when he said the president is making the nation less safe by closing the Guantanamo prison and ending interrogation practices that Bush administration critics consider torture for terror suspects.

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    Bush and Cheney have done Enough DAMAGE Thank you Why is Cheney not In Jail He has no Credibilty to Bash President Obama Cheney is a Criminal That has been let Free!

    March 23, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    Primary job of the Gov't is to protect the American People. Obviously that is last on the mind of Obama and Holder. HOlders recently said "American were a nation of cowards", and "Gitmo Combatants might be let out on our streets".
    Obama is unqualifield, naive and a menace to our American Society and the Constitution.
    Joan B

    March 23, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. ari from virginia

    Excellent Job Mr. President

    Just Excellent!!!

    March 23, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. jake

    thank you, Obama!
    i hope you continue to take a hard line against these war criminals who think they still have the fear of the country to stir up to rally behind their crimes!

    March 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. m.e.

    I have no respect for Cheney. Their policies were illegal and immoral, but they rationalized everything they did and tried to teach us to live in constant fear. And yes, Obama inherited an awful mess, and it will take a LONG time to recover.

    March 23, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. james

    Bravo Obama. Very strong and effective verbal take-down of Cheney.

    March 23, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Susan Bunn

    I'm not sure why we pay any attention at all to what Dick Cheney is saying about the war his party started. His not party is not in office in great part due to their handling of that situation. Let's allow our new President to try and fix the mess the Republicans have made over there.

    March 23, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Cathy Brandes

    President Obama was absolutely correct in his answer. VP Cheney, as far as I am concerned, should be very quiet. I am still hopeful he will need to answer for the last 8 years from a court room on his way to prison!

    March 23, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Cheney is fascist and a war criminal... who cares what he has to say?

    March 23, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Hate Fear

    Cheney should be tried for war crimes and treason. Nothing else to say about that evil, vile man.

    March 23, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. George

    No one cares what Chenny thinks. He and Bush weren't even invited to the republican convention last year. They are both war criminals and should be tried for their crimes. Their arrogance and ignorance has made America less safe.

    March 23, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Kit Wilson

    Cheney is a thug. A coward who dodged the Vietnam War, but sent our kids off to die for a lie. History will not be kind to this creep.

    March 23, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Beverly, NYC

    Mr. Cheney should follow his former bosses lead and be silent ! Fade away enjoy your ill gotten Halliburton millions, give us at least 8 years to forget you.

    March 23, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Tony

    Who care what DIck Cheney thinks? No one cared during the 8 years he served as the country's worst VP in history.


    March 23, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. susanj

    Cheney should be in jail for war crimes and for treason – don't forget, he also "outed" a CIA agent.

    March 23, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Freed_From_W

    Obama is not perfect – but he's far above any criticism from a war criminal!

    Why are the Bush Regime criminal architects still free?!?

    March 23, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. NC=Blue in 2008

    This was a great interview. He essentially called Cheney an unthoughtful non-thinker, lol! Proceed as planned, Mr. President.

    March 23, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. anita

    Chuckles, the man is what lies beneath Obama the politician

    March 23, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Virginia

    Yeah, and his easiest decisions are spending all of our money and eventually raising our taxes to pay for all this spending–give me a break and stop spending our money!

    March 23, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. John

    GObama, keep going Mr. President Cheney doesn't know anything, like we didn't already know that. President Obama already the best President we have ever had!!!

    March 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. meme

    Let me ask a question. Have we had a attack since 9/11? No. If Clinton would of took action after The USS Cole attack we might not have had the horrible day. Quit blaming Bush, we have a new president, he wanted the job and he is not doing a very good job himself.

    March 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Munna

    Why was Cheney even making comments ? The only possible petrid motive, coming from him, is to establish ground work just in case a terrorist attack does happen on Obama's watch – then all the neo-cons can come out in full force and say 'We told you so!'

    Cheneywas the worst VP ever – hardly at the job.
    He acted like the head of some underground oil mafia that has penetrated the US Gov.

    March 23, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Brent

    President Obama summed up the fundamental flaws of the last administration's national security policy quite eloquently. Our country does not need to abandon its fundamental beliefs and/or its morality in order to secure itself from threats.

    March 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. gerry

    President Obama sent Cheney a message in this interview. The message is Cheney shut up, or I will turn lose the dogs of congress on you to investigate and charge you.

    Time will tell whether Cheney is smart enought to hear the message.

    I wonder why it is that Cheney or any other republican continually miss one important fact-the 9-11 attack was on their watch.

    March 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. dave

    Pres Obama Is doing a great job cleaning up from the 8 years of the mess that Bush and Cheney left. It is only fitting to see the conservatives be upset because "the days of greed is over". I heard that Americans are thinking that Obama is doing to much. Wow, a president that is doing to much, you never heard that from G W Bush.

    If you are upset at AIG, dont be mad at Obama. The republican congress de-regulated the banks during Bush's first term. If you had regulations in place none of this would have happened.

    Of course, Bush decided to launch a war at a nation that did nothing to us on 9/11which has cost us trillions of dollars, and thousands of brave American lives. That is the real generational theft Sen. McCain

    Americans in the future will look at the Bush years as America's " dark ages", and in time Obama hard work will turn America back on track

    March 23, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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