February 18th, 2010
07:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Cheney and Cheney team up at CPAC

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/18/art.cheney.cpac.gi.jpg caption="Dick Cheney made a surprise appearance Thursday at CPAC."]Washington (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney earned a standing ovation Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, proclaiming "Barack Obama is a one term president."

Cheney, who was not scheduled to appear, received a warm welcome from the unsuspecting crowd and joked, "A welcome like that is almost enough to make me want to run for office again ... but I'm not going to do it."

During his brief remarks, the former vice president focused on recent Republican electoral success and the future of the conservative movement.

"There are some great years ahead of us. It is very, very important that we succeeed, and I'll do everything I can, but most especially I want to encourage that younger generation," Cheney said. "It really is a remarkable time to be a conservative."

The former vice president was introduced by his daughter Liz Cheney, a former State Department official and founding member of the group Keep America Safe. Liz Cheney used her time at the podium to launch a series of biting critiques of Obama administration policies.

"In the year that President Obama has been in office we have learned a lot, haven't we?" Cheney asked the audience. "We've learned he is not going to govern from the center, we've learned he doesn't believe in American exceptionalism, and he is going to travel the world apologizing for this great nation."

Cheney also singled out Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Obama homeland security and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan over their handling of Al Qaeda in Yemen, saying "there is no polite way to put this, but that kind of incompetence gets people killed."

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  1. Jon

    I would like to apologize to the world for Liz Cheney's exceptional condescension and hatred of all things that aren't rich, white, and conservative.

    February 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Marmayogi

    Cheney, please stay away from Americans. Your service to America is worst enough... you have all the wealth, keep it and live cool.

    February 18, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Gosh, I miss having a REAL vice president.....instead of the talking point dunce we have now.

    February 18, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Mike

    This country needs more Vice Presidents like Cheney and former President Reagan. We have to get rid of nobama and the demorats in the congress and the senate and return this country to the greatness it once had but has lost since the last election.

    February 18, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. J.Crobuzon

    "... but I'm not going to do it." Because he'd lose big, and have to explain where the WMDs and Osama bin Laden went. Remember them, ladies? Not important anymore?

    February 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. mike

    Don't kid yourself cheney...70% of Americans know you are a draft dodging coward slimeball....the other 30% are a lost cause

    February 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    I wonder if the guy that flew that plane into the IRS building in Texas was a friend of Dicks teabagger outfit?

    February 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Rick

    Bush and Cheney and the Republicans started this mess.

    February 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. John

    A standing ovation for the most odious political character of our era?

    'Nuff said.

    February 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Barbara Independent in NY

    A WAR CRIMINAL and his minion. Who cares!! These people hide behind the word "conservative".

    February 18, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Sam

    Who cares? This is one right wing nutcase preaching to a choir of right wing nutcases. They are a small but very vocal minority whose opinion is out of touch and irrlevant.

    February 18, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. dstay

    Go Dick & Liz Cheney. What wonderful Americans they are as well as the conservatives leading the charge in our country to take it back from the slimy Obama/Pelosi/Reid liberals which are taking down the road to ruin in record time. Please keep up the hate talk all you libs. You're doing more to unite this country against Obama & his liberal cronies more than anything else!

    February 18, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    Gee Liz, after daddy's term in office, we have a lot to apologize for. But come on, that was last year's tired right wing rhetoric. Fact is our standing in the world is the highest its been in years.

    So where are we....12 of Al Qaeda's top 20 have been taken out, the organization is nearly bankrupt and a top Taliban leader is captured. I'll take that type of incompitence any day!

    February 18, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Kirk

    Why can't this moron try to help us out of the mess he and his pal put us in, instead of tearing down the people who are trying!!! This is what's wrong with both parties, however more Republicans. They only think about being "the" power, not making our country a better place. Isn't there an empty bed in a rest home for this guy?

    February 18, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. GAK

    Who care what DIck says or does!! I for one don't,he is just another hatemonger from the past..The only people not safe right now are the people who go hunting with him!!

    February 18, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Mel_Designer

    blah blah blah....weapons of mass destruction....blah blah blah...

    this guys is too scary for words!

    February 18, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Ryan

    The only problem is that Dick Cheney is not a conservative. He and Bush spent more money than God in their term. Cheney is to conservative what turpentine is to baby skin.

    February 18, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Guest

    Well said. Couldn't be more true.

    February 18, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    This from the same genius who gave us:
    – Iraq has WMDs
    – Saddam is directly responsible for 9/11
    – The Executive branch is above the law

    February 18, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Independent_me

    If America puts Republicans in office and allow them to control the government again – then they deserve what they will get – economic Armageddon.

    Man proposes...God disposes...

    February 18, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Andrej

    If there's one thing Cheney should know about it's the kind of incompetence that gets people killed.

    February 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Holden Mirror

    The younger generation will never follow the lead of a liar, a hypocrite and war hawk. Cheney could care less about this country, he cares about two things; himself and his legacy.

    February 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Judy, Miami Fl

    With antics like this, he'll incentivate us Democratics even more. No more BUSH/CHENEY or extreme Republicans, pls.

    Down with Cheney.
    What a dodo head.

    February 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. notfooledbydistractions

    Yeah, "that kind of incompetence gets people killed" – I agree Liz, but it was your fathers incompetence that lead to the killing of almost 3000 people on 9/11/01.

    CPAC A view from an alternate reality.

    February 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. American

    Ms. Cheney's remark at the end is interesting. I wonder who was vice president September 2001 as well as during the Iraq war.

    February 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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