April 24th, 2009
12:48 PM ET
13 years ago

Liz Cheney: Obama doesn't 'stand up' and defend America

(CNN) - Liz Cheney, former State Department official and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, defended her father's string of tough comments aimed at President Obama, telling an interviewer that the former VP believes the new president is taking the nation down a "dangerous" path and that he has an "obligation to stand up."

"I think he is concerned that some of the things that we have seen President Obama do, particularly on his overseas trip in terms of not taking the opportunity to stand up and defend America when Daniel Ortega delivers a 50-minute screed against the United States [during the Summit of the Americas]," she told MSNBC in an interview that aired Thursday.

"I think that there's a real concern. I mean, the message that we saw coming out of the last few foreign trips - I mean, forget Republican and Democrat, as an American it concerns me when I have a president that doesn't stand up and say, 'Wait a minute, you know, I'm going to defend the United States of America because we are a beacon of hope for people all around the world,'" she said.

"The vice president thinks it's very important, when you see the country go down paths that are concerning and dangerous, and when you see the current administration making decisions that really do have the potential to make us less safe, in those circumstances I would say the vice president doesn't think there's an obligation to be silent - in fact, I think he believes the opposite, which is there's an obligation to stand up..." she said.

Former President Bush has said publicly that the new president deserves his silence. Cheney said her father had not sought the former president's approval for his recent comments. "He doesn't need permission," she said.

The former vice president has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of the new administration, telling CNN in an interview last month that Obama's decisions had put the country at greater risk of a terrorist attack.

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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Ian

    If you listen to her speak you know why Pres. Obama just takes it when other leaders air their grieves with the States.

    Beacon of hope for all around the world. You have got to be kidding me.

    If Hope means – weekly gun rampages
    – poor health care system
    – lopsided pay scale
    – torturing prisoners

    Take all these lovely issues with you to the world stage and strut around like a Peacock.
    You will look like and Idiot. Sorry a Cheney.

    April 24, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. dennisk

    Oh, yes, Liz... I forgot what a stirring success your dad and his "boss" W had with their foreign policy.
    People who live in their father's glass house...

    April 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. JFK

    Go back to your private life. You didnt do anything good for us!

    April 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    No matter how often a "message" is repeated, or by whom, it is still a message going no where. Quite frankly, I quit worrying about bogey-men decades ago.

    April 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Anonymous

    "a beacon of hope for people all around the world"? Sorry Liz, you have to be delusional to believe that is true. Especially after your father and his cronies destroyed the reputation of America worldwide. Obama has to undo the damage done by your sinister dad.

    April 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Dunkin Dimpledick

    .........and these peoples opinions matter how now? I thought we were rid of them.

    April 24, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Scott

    Another day in which the "Ticker" uses the words Megan McCain, Palin, or slam. Report some real news. This is getting old.

    April 24, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Bonnie43

    And who is she again? What role does she have to even warrant an opinion? She is in the shadow of her father...and her opinon mean what?

    Enough said...

    April 24, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Proud to be an American Again

    Sarah Palin/Liz Cheney 2012- A dream ticket for the rest of the world

    April 24, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. michael tampa

    And I should care what Liz Chaney thinks because?????

    April 24, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Deborah

    What Obama has done to this country is unforgivable!

    Pray for your soul, he is ending our days on Earth with his reckless behavior!

    April 24, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. chuck

    She married Dick, what more needs to be said about her credibility.

    April 24, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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