April 23rd, 2010
02:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Cheney reflects on 'f**k' yourself comment

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/22/art.cheneycpac0222.gi.jpg caption="Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Dennis Miller Thursday that telling Sen. Patrick Leahy to ‘f**k’ himself was ‘sort of the best thing I ever did.’"](CNN) – Democrats were gleeful in 2004 when former Vice President Dick Cheney on the Senate floor told a senior lawmaker to "f**k" himself – a gesture, they thought, that was emblematic of Cheney's hard-heartedness.

Six years later, Cheney is looking back on that moment with pride.

"You'd be surprised how many people liked that," Cheney told conservative comedian and radio host Dennis Miller Thursday. "That's sort of the best thing I ever did."

Audio of the comments were posted on the liberal Web site Think Progress.

Cheney aimed the choice words at Sen. Patrick Leahy, now the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in June 2004. Cheney was upset with Leahy's criticism of Iraq contracting deals that the Bush administration had awarded to Halliburton, the company Cheney used to head.

Senate rules prohibit senators from using "unbecoming" language on the Senate floor when the body is in session, but makes no mention of whether the vice president is permitted to make foul remarks.

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Patrick Leahy
soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. David Smith

    Let's get this straight: Cheney believes that his dirty dealing on behalf of Haliburton was above the law and that using vulgarity to tell a senator so was "the best thing I ever did"? It's an interesting comment on his career as a whole.

    April 23, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Mike

    I found that Biden's "F" bomb was highly inappropriate. Chenny's was just as bad. Tha fact that he stated that "many people liked it" reflects his lack of professionalism and manners. I wonder how many teahcers in school found these comments funny when tryinmg to explain it to their class?

    April 23, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Sorry (not really sorry) but this is NOTHING to be proud of! Yes I am conservative:

    1. It demeaned another human being (whether you like Sen Leahy or not). I am NOT a fan of his politics (different issue)

    2. It demeaded the office of VP, like Biden did! (comparisions are gonna happen)!

    I realize we all make mistakes, but for me, it is a totally difference issue when we proudly wallow in it!

    April 23, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    AMEN as long as it was a Democrat you were telling off.

    April 23, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    classless with no sense of respect or decorum; it fuels the worst in politics; not an example for children

    April 23, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. JohnRJ08

    I used to like Dennis Miller a lot. I thought he was one of the few intellectual satirists out there and I loved the esoteric references in his "rants". But he has fallen from grace with his obsequious behavior toward Cheney, not to mention his fondness of FOX News. Dennis, what happened to you? How did you go so far astray and lose your intellectual moorings?

    April 23, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. cel

    Of course he's happy with that. He cares not for the truth, he cares not for We The People, anything that gets him press and makes money, he's all for it. He walked all over The Constitution of The United States of America and he's proud of it. Oh, did I mention that he took money from Fundamentalist christians for saying stuff like that and for taking away the rights of the individual ??

    April 23, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. woody

    He said 'It's sort of the best thing I ever did' – enough said.

    April 23, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. If We Can Defeat Him On Health Care It Will Be His Waterloo

    Thank you Mr. Cheney for staying in the public eye and reminding America about how you and your sidekick, Bushie,for eight years ran the "CIA" administration:

    Corrupt, Incompetent and Arrogant.

    April 23, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. John

    So that what he would say to all the people that have been killed or their families either by the Haliburton group and all the US troops and their families that have been either killed or wounded in Iraq. Very nice man (not).

    April 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Tegen

    Leadership should display dignity. As Cheney was never a leader, I suppose his past word choices, and attitude about them now, are not surprising.

    April 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. kj

    But, we hold Tiger Woods to a different standard of behavior (only referencing the use of foul language not his extramartial affairs). Same applies to the media treatment of Biden's F bomb.

    April 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Kirsten Riley

    How interesting is it that when the Republican VP says the F word, he's mer with calls of outrage, but when Biden does it, all he gets is "Oh thats just Joe". This country is going partisan WAY to much. If its ok for Biden to say it than its ok for Chenet to say it

    April 23, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Lee Oates

    The real question is why has Cheney not been placed on trial for war crimes in the world court. The man is a criminal and a murderer.

    April 23, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Steve

    Dick Cheney is an evil man. If Barrack Obama said this on the floor or in an address to the nation, do you think Cheney would be proud of Obama too? I should say not. There is a place for language like that and I certainly do not expect the VP of the US to talk like that. That goes for Joe Biden also. Dick Cheney is such radical that he cannot even remember what he says. Dick Cheney, go F**k Yourself!!!!!! Are you not so proud of me, Mr. Dick Cheney?

    April 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Jerri in NM

    Oh gee, don't we miss him? Actually, I wish we would be given a chance to miss him. He seems not to have gone away, at all.

    April 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. cecilia

    Dick Cheney stinks – he is low class and vulgar – mean -hateful
    I could go on and on

    April 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Russell Hammond

    Wow, between Cheney, Palin, the guitar playing baptist preacher and the politician with the magic underwear, it's amazing this political party has anything to say that isn't completely laughable. Okay, I'm being too nice.

    April 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. RJ

    Old man Dick miss being important.

    April 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Jack in Des Moines

    He should have been censured by the Senate.

    April 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Enitan

    Its was pathetic then and its still his considering the Republican party thinks they hold the exclusive rights to family values.

    But then look at the source. Weapon of mass destruction is still missing after all these years, eventhough thousands and thousands have lost there lives.

    His day of judgement will eventually come.

    Pathetic is the word and still trying to be relevant.

    April 23, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    This man is absolutely full of himself and downright evil

    April 23, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Thomas L. Mc Clellan

    Probably no need to change the Senate rules to include the President of the Senate. No Vice President in future could ever be as reliably obtuse as Dick Cheney.

    April 23, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. SAGG

    I'm really tired of this (Should've Been In Jail Long Ago) old man's hypocrisy, in so many things. Seriously. When he was in politics, he actively courted and pursued right-wing Christian fundamentalists, saying he "shared their family values". Well, why would someone supposedly full of "family values" be proud of using one of the profane words in the English laguage to make their so-called point to someone, and for that matter, how could someone who supposedly believes in the Bible support such a person who does this? If that's not hypocrisy, nothing is. Be quiet, old man, just be quiet.

    April 23, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Are we surprised?

    Are we honestly surprised? Mr. Cheney the Crank, the Darth Vadar of the George W. -"I want smaller government, but if I make it bigger that's ok, too" -administration. The shooter of friends (he probably laughs that one off too) and the instigator of torture and government secretiveness.

    Oh sure, try telling me that Pres. Obama is running the country into the ground. I will hold up a mirror and say: look at the Bushies.
    So, he thinks, telling elected officials to f... off... is good manners?

    Well, he was wrong about most everything else as well. No surprise.
    Get wrinkly, go away, you foul old man. Take a break, enjoy the millions you made with your shady contacts. Your time is over.

    April 23, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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