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. Concerned Citizen

    The funny thing is, his comment wasn't directed so much at Leahy as it was the American people.

    April 23, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    This is an an example of a whole life lived and not much learned. His spot as an American citizen really could have been used by someone else.

    April 23, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Mike

    We are proud of Vice President Cheney and agree with him. As a matter of fact, he should say it to nobama and the rest of the liberal's in DC.

    April 23, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. terra

    I have no love for Dick Cheney, but why is it that when Joe Biden drops the F-bomb, it's just Joe being Joe, haha. But Cheney needs to die and be tortured in hell.
    And the talking heads are all worked over hate speech from the right???

    April 23, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. hayden zeke

    I would have clocked him.

    April 23, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. heonlycaresaboutthemoneynotyou

    Why is this bag of hot crap still in the news? He doesn't appear to be doing anything other than grow his celebrity among the tools who fall for his b.s.
    Does he have a book out or something? Agree or disagree with Al Gore at least he's doing something other than rearing his ugly head to continually stir up the pot of puss he and his jack booted boobs cooked up for us.
    Being unapologetic about what he said to Leahy when questioned about his former company raping the American tax payer isn't surprising.
    It's all about the loot to these guys and if they need to pretend to be good christians and good right wingers to wrangle in their witless masses so be it.
    Anybody who likes this guy is either a soulless thief , a blind follower of all things conservative, or an immediate family member.

    April 23, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Tom in Millstadt

    "That's sort of the best thing I ever did." Eight years as vice-president and this is it. Speaks volumes

    April 23, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. bk

    Spoken like a true Christian! What arrogance. Well, Mr. Cheney, I wonder how arrogant you'll be when your pacemaker fails and you're facing your final judgment!

    April 23, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I am pretty sure Biden said the same thing, but nobody seemed to care as much

    April 23, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. hayden zeke

    meaning clocked cheney

    April 23, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    And the rest of the GOP have the cajones to defend Darth Vadar, "You lie" and "baby Killer" while deriding democrats for "inappropriate behavior" and "poor decorum"....laughable

    April 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Booger Eater

    Cheney Rocks! Haliburton Good! Corporate Greed Good!
    No More Talky Bad about Wall Street!
    The Corporate Masters say, \"Shut up & get back to work SLAVES!\"...
    Lazy Corporate Slaves will be farmed out, No McSlave Burgers, No Slave Wages, No Slave Fun, No Mc-Internet, No Mc-Vote, No Mc- Rights, etc…
    All Wall Street Hating Corporate Slaves are to turn themselves over to the McSlave Camp for Re-Educating.
    No More Regulation of Wall Street talk, it's bad, makes all the Corporate Masters Very Angry!
    You Stupid Corporate Slaves will never learn…
    You can't win the GAME [Wall Street] when it's rigged!
    Break Time Over… Get Back to WORK Slaves!
    P.S. The Corporate Masters are ANGRY at Palin, she is not kicking back some of the BIG $$$ she is pulling down as the Idiot Stooge Mouth Piece of the GOP/Tea Party. This is your final warning Palin-ista or back to woods with you where you belong!
    P.S.S. The Corporate Masters want to know what is the deal with Palin's look of the stoned bug eyed lack of intelligence of a deer caught in the head lights look on her face?
    Submit your responses to The Corporate Masters.
    NOW Get Back To Work!

    April 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |

    It is a disgrace that after so many years holding so many prominent positions including VP, this evil man can reflect on his use of profanity as the best thing that he has ever done. That certainly speaks to the character of the man.

    I wonder what he considers to be the second best thing? Shooting his friend?

    I know the Republicans are proud of his two most major accomplishments. That speaks to their character.

    April 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Jesse

    When is his pacemaker going to stop?

    April 23, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Sandra, ATL

    He is a disgrace as a human being if that's what he believes is his best moment. I won't even go into his political life. What a role model he is (NOT).

    April 23, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. elo

    there a reason why his first name is Dick.

    April 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. ART

    Funny those are the exact words i'd like to say to Dick. Lord knows he's been saying it to us for years

    April 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Mark

    It's very sad to say but that actually is the best thing he's ever done. It wasn't illegal.

    April 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Expat American

    That sounds pretty accurate. Although, I am sure that he also takes great pride in the Republican-sanctioned genocide of Iraq.

    April 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Jay

    Don't you have any fear of God Mr. Cheney? For someone who claims to be from the religious right you sure don't seem too religious. You started two wars and killed thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of innocent Afghans and Iraqi's, all to prop up the price of oil for your buddies at Halliburton and the Enron guys you were friends with.

    You're scum to most people Dick.

    April 23, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Dick Cheney – Conservatism's worst enemy

    April 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Brad

    Well well, look at all the hypochrits coming out on this one. I bet everyone of ya drop F bombs , probably everyday, yet you critisize him for doing that? I'm no fan of his, but he is more real than most politicians. Good for him for bringing human into the chambers.

    April 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Joe

    Cheney is the best VP in our history and this remark is his best one-liner while in office because he asked the DemocRATs and liberal elites to "do something" to themselves. He is 10-times better than the current foot-in-mouth idiot who even can't count the number of jobs have been saved or created after spending 1.5 trillions of taxpayers' dollars.

    April 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. American Citizen

    Sorry Dick, that was crude of me.

    I forgot to tell you to please take Boehner (pronounced boner), DeMint, snake in the Grassley, Baaaaaachman, Gingrich (you agree with me ex Mrs. Gingrich?), and well just about ANYBODY thas an R to signify their political leaning with you; when you get thru with... well, you know, doing yourself, take those self-serving idiots with you.. and of course the horse you rode in on. Thank you.

    April 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. BKrause

    Best Republican example for our kids of a civil American they've got.

    April 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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