Obama a one-termer, says Cheney
January 17th, 2011
10:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama a one-termer, says Cheney

(CNN) – It's been months since he has given a media interview, but former Vice President Dick Cheney is making clear his sharp opinions on President Obama haven't changed.

In his first interview since undergoing heart surgery last July, Cheney told NBC News he still expects Obama will be voted out of office in 2012.

"I think he embarked upon a course of action when he became president that did not have as much support as he thought it did," said Cheney in the interview airing Monday and Tuesday.

Cheney, whose considerable weight loss took many by surprise when he publicly appeared at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bush library last fall, added Obama has proven himself to be out of touch with the role of the private sector in creating jobs.

"I think his overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector is a lack of– sort of a feel for the role of the private sector in– in creating jobs, in creating wealth and getting our economy back on track. Those are all weaknesses, as I look at Barack Obama. And I think he'll be a one term president," he said.

Cheney also addressed the Arizona shootings and the efforts by some to blame the events on the charged political atmosphere.

"I think we have to be a little bit careful here– about a rush to judgment," he said. "Trying to explain the event when we don't really know everything we need to know in order to be able to make sort of a final judgment. There's a lot more I'd like to know about the man who was the perpetrator of this awful crime."

Cheney also discussed his own health in the interview with NBC, saying he has yet to decide if he will elect to have a heart transplant. He currently uses a heart pump to stay alive, a device that ordinarily is not used for more than a couple of years.

"I haven't made a decision yet," said Cheney when asked if he will pursue a transplant. "The technology (of the heart pump) was originally developed to provide a transition. To take somebody who's reached the point where they needed a transplant but a transplant wouldn't immediately be available, so they put this in as a temporary measure.

"What's happened over time is the technology's gotten better and better and we've gotten more and more experience with people living with this technology. So I'll have to make a decision at some point whether or not I want to go for a transplant. But we haven't addressed that yet," he continued

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  1. brad

    He's totally out of touch in so many ways. But one of the interesting comments from him in this article about "rush to judgement" about the Tucson shooting. Hmmm... Iraq anybody?

    January 18, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  2. DAW, NC

    I see he hasn't changed one bit still the mean spirited angry man he was before. Scary to think he could of become president if something had happened, his view of the world is very scary and dangerous for the US and its citizens. He has no problems taking away our rights when it suits his purposes irregardless of what the constitution really says (not his interpretation).

    January 18, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Mark

    The media is trying awfully hard to get Obama reelected.

    If they get their way i'm seriously stocking up on canned food!

    January 18, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. Willa-PA

    Cheney is going to be remembered as the Darth Vader of our time...

    January 18, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. The Dude

    We don't care what you think, Dick. You and Bush dug the hole that Obama now has to extricate us from. You should probably just shut up

    January 18, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Name

    Who cares what Cheney thinks. What positive impact did he make as VP? Shut up Cheney.

    January 18, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. action jackson

    dick cheney is a draft dodgeing coward. his five heart attacks caught up with his [5] deferments. hope his next one will be his FINAL ONE.

    January 18, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    Dick Cheney needs to completely retire from public life~for his sake and everyone elses`~his health is terrible,he needs to forget it and relax,and"shut up"~much like SP needs to do! They have nothing of value to add to our country anymore~their time for the spotlight needs to be long past.

    January 18, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. TheOneIndependent

    Well former a VP, that had lied continuously to the american people, sent over 4000, to their deaths over a lie to make haliburton investors(himself) more money. Led this country to an economic abyss. We all really care what you think about anything. This idiot, Palin why are either relevant enough to put in print? Who really cares about their opinion or rants?
    I got a question, is there ANY sane voice of the GOP that is relevant? Are Cheney and Palin the cream of the crop? All the GOP really wants is another Puppet In Chief, like GWB. GOP – choose your puppet well because unless he/she has a real brain absent of all the crazy talk of the tea Partiers, you will never win another presidential election. I think in 2 years after we all see what a republican led house can do, I fear same as last time, nothing good, that the GOP will be dead and give rise to the Independent Party candidates.

    January 18, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. FactCheck

    Shouldn't you be preparing a defense for your upcoming indictment as a war criminal?

    January 18, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Dnick47

    And this coming from one of the most crooked thieving VP's in the history of the Republic. He hates Obama because darkness never likes light.

    January 18, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Thomas

    "It's been months since he has given a media interview" I just knew the good times could not last.

    Just retire and try to get some self respect back.

    January 18, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Mike

    This guys administration ruined the economy and now he blames Obama for lack of job creation.

    January 18, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. jim

    Dick, as long as you have you mouth open, please explain what George W. Bush was talking about back in 2004 ........

    George W. Bush's stance on housing during the 2004 Republican Convention Acceptance Speech

    This speech was delivered at the 2004 Republican National Convention on September 2, 2004 when George W. Bush officially accepted the Republican nomination to run for President. This is a quote from that speech .....

    "Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security, and dignity, and independence. Thanks to our policies, homeownership in America is at an all-time high. Tonight we set a new goal: seven million more affordable homes in the next 10 years so more American families will be able to open the door and say welcome to my home."

    George said it, not me. Dick, what were these policies were that put so many people into homes they couldn't afford?

    Please explain as long as you have your mouth open. Also, for all the republicans who will post on this site, you can also explain what your boy W was talking about. I dare you !!

    January 18, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Tam

    We really need more comments from this guy? He did enough already during those eight years.

    January 18, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Obama has no guts to deal with Iran. Cheney, Jeb Bush for president

    January 18, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. kds562

    Cheney and all conservatives always complain about the expansion of government. They however always have selective memories when Bush created Tarp and the mess they created that necessitated gov involvement to save the nation from collapse.

    January 18, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. An Honest American

    Cheney has never had the pulse of the American people.

    His negatives are as high as the former 1/2 Govenor and this NEOCON never grasped reality. His view of the PRESIDENT is hardly objective.

    Cheney is an old man, who like Lord Vader is kept alive by noisey mechanical life support technology. He hopes to repair his image enough to get into heaven.

    But God knows the mean and evil that he had perpetrated. He deludes himself by saying "he kept us safe".

    That`s bull. We were attacked on his watch and all he did was preside over the aftermath while the next generation of attacks was being hatched. The lack of attacks on September 12th or later show how isolated the event was. Tough guy cheney was embarassed that we were caught with our pants down. He should man up and say so.

    January 18, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. Itsa

    Cheney would have America believe that his administration, in all its 'vast' experience, left the country in sound condition. What was the word he used to describe his performance again? 'Appropriate'.

    So Cheney and Bush 'appropriately' trashed America's savings, tossed out millions of jobs, and caused too many to lose their homes. We averted a deep DEpression because of Obama's 'inexperienced' actions. And now the economy is coming back, albeit slowly at times. We are not where we were, going over the edge, with Dick Cheney and George Bush at the helm. But Cheney calmly sits there and desperately tries to paint a different picture of history. He and Bush both have a crumbled and failed legacy, no matter how they wish they would have done things differently.

    January 18, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. bj

    I agree with Cheney on his opinion in this article.

    January 18, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. kriehle

    If little dick Cheney said Obama is a one-termer, chances are Obama will win reelection.

    January 18, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. MOUF

    yes, Cheney, we shouldnt rush to judgement, you yourself have also shot someone and you had no motives...

    January 18, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  23. Leon

    "I think his overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit and giving more and more authority and power to the government..." Is it me, or is Cheney getting Barack Obama confused with Bush? "Expanding the size of government"? Bush gave us the Patriot Act and swelling the Defense department, and Homeland Security, to unsustainable levels... "Expanding the defecit"? Bush and Cheney gave us two wars and tax breaks for the entire nation... "More authority and power to the government"? Bush Doctrine, anyone? I'm not blaming anything on Bush, just observing that Cheney seems to forget that all the things he sees as "weaknesses" for Obama, are identical to those of Bush.

    January 18, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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