Obama a one-termer, says Cheney
January 17th, 2011
10:22 PM ET
10 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. Dan

    Amusing, just what did we believe Cheney was going to say, Obama can't miss.. I'm really surprised he still shows his face with the way him and his side kick devastated the economy

    January 17, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. carrotroot

    Two wars and the worst recession since the Great Depression was the legacy Cheney and Bush left for President Obama. Now that the economy is finally starting to turn around, Cheney has the gall to call Obama a one-term President?

    January 17, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. The Man

    No one really knows if Obama will be a one termer or not, not even Cheney can say that with any certainty. Obama over reached but I think the Republicans are also misreading November. I think 2012 will be more interesting than 2008. Good luck to all.

    January 17, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. Phred

    He's 100% wrong, of course. Good luck, Dick, you have one hell of a decision in front of you.

    January 17, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  5. Mark

    While I am not fond of Cheney by any stretch, he does make the point that Obama might have over-estimated the support for some of his agenda items. Even though I disagree with him on Obama's chances at 2012, at the very least he is a lot more civil about it then what we often find here.

    It is on the shootings on Tuscon though that I think he shows proper balance, it is just too early to be throwing around the blame card on either side. I'd much sooner wait to see what emerges when the case goes to trial.

    January 17, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. Carol Fairweather

    I speak for many Canadians. It would be tragic for our country if Obama is a one-termer President!!.

    January 17, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. notafool

    Chaney and Palin need to just go away. They are irrevelent and don't realize it. We don't care what either of them think and neither does the world.

    January 17, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. YourAButt

    Dick Chaney you’re nothing more than a war criminal with the profits you made on the war. You did manage up and control the no brainier in office but you still are nothing more than the town drunk that shot his friend in the face and then prior to the police coming ran from the scene. .... Hmmm Texas has this mandatory jail federal offence for shooting and drinking. It's a good thing you ran to dinner and ordered drinks to masks err sorry cope with shooting your friend in the face. Dick Chaney you’re a war criminal and an evil man. You will not be missed in office and are a butt.

    January 17, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. yoyolite

    Still trying to rewrite history. The administration that drove the car into the ditch now in denial. Cheney I wish you well but shut up and go away.

    January 17, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  10. Richard Komi

    I think Cheney should concern himself more with his health than Obama's presidency. After all Cheney was the most unpopular VP ever elcted in my short memory.

    January 17, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. Al

    Let is hope the Dick Cheney is as accurate about Obama's one terms as he was about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq! LOL

    January 17, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  12. Colorodan

    Since Dick is talking maybe he can explain the following:

    How did your administration inherit three consecutive surpluses and still take us into deficit mode with huge tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 doubling a national debt that had taken 200 plus years to accrue in 8 short years. When you and yours took office there was talk of retiring the ENTIRE national debt. Eight years later, instead it had doubled. How is this not the crime of the century?

    January 17, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  13. Sean

    What else would the Republican mouthpiece say? Oh wait, wasn't he part of the lat administration who led us down the primrose path leading to self-destruction? Cut taxes and fight two wars while deregulating business to the point the financial and housing sector imploded from greed? What drugs do the Republicans take to believe in this fantasy world they so clearly cling to, and where can I get those drugs? Oh I forgot, it is those un-named political 'donations' that become funny money and lines the pockets of our politicians. Well that last bit swings both ways. Remember, you have to pay to play and if your honest you won't get elected.

    January 17, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. maf

    Who cares! Let it be Dick, you are done!
    Still no alternative from the GObP, no substance on issues, no one to deliver them. YIKES what a joke!
    Keep deflecting Dick, the statute of limitations is nowhere near for you!

    January 17, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  15. Sam

    I don't get it. This is news? Of course he'd say this – he's a Republican. It's not like he's some unbiased source. The American electorate is predictable. Obama will win reelection. A Republican will win the election in 2016. American's don't learn from their mistakes and are simply reactionary – that's how we ended up with a Republican House that has aboslutely no plan to get us out of the situation we're in.

    January 17, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Oh, joy. Palin shuts up for a few days, now this crooked old loon is back.

    January 17, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. darkwind

    His dementia seems to be getting worse. Either that or he's incoherent from counting his millions he bamboozled out of the American budget through his and Georges marriage with the oil industry.

    January 17, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. Snuffy

    Mr. Cheney doesn't recognize Obama's brand of action because A) it is *not* illegal, immoral, or secretive; B) it *is* intelligent, thoughtul, and actually aims to improve the lot of citizens of the US.

    January 17, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. Squigman

    It's a shame (We The People), means nothing to the very people who take the constitution from their hip pocket, and proceed to read passages they claim to know by heart. Then because they are disenchanted with their current state of affairs, they make what could be deemed threatening comments about the leadership (We The People), voted for in the last election. It's a shame these morons can not show the same respect, they believe they are entitled to, to the people they want to lord over.

    January 17, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  20. independent

    Like sarah palin, he should just go away and spend his last days with his family and his spiritual beliefs.

    January 17, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. normajean

    Cheney is yesterday, his thoughts are no longer important.I never trusted anything he said when he was vice president and I always believed as did many others that he played Edgar Bergen to Bushs "Charlie McCarthy. , that he was really running the country and that Bush was just a puppet.As to Barak Obama, he is not a weak man and he will go on to a second term where he will bring this country back from the catastrophy of Dick Cheneys shadowed presidency.

    January 18, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. mark

    It is a shame this man is free to spread his hate and evil message. He should be in prison for the treason he committed while serving (dishonorably) as vice president.

    January 18, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. Darren from LA

    Well, Cheney was wrong about WMD, that Saddam was involved in 9-11, that we would be greeted as liberators and that deficits don't matter. Therefore, Obama should feel secure that he'll be a 2-term president if Cheney predicts the opposite.

    January 18, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  24. JV

    Enlighten me, but weren't you the one who said, ahem, "deficits don't matter"? "more authority and power to the government" that was all good when it was you the one inheriting those powers, right, Cheney? It's very hard to be sympathetic to a character like this. Seriously

    January 18, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Pete

    When is he going to shut his mouth and start acting dignified?

    He is literally a criminal on multiple counts. I can't believe he has the gall to say that Obama is out of touch with people, when he seriously committed treason against this country when he outed Valerie Plame, when he crippled human rights by mandating torture, warrantless phone taps of US citizens, and when he forced deletions of testimony by scientists in a Global Warning report because it would make allowing greenhouse gases more difficult.

    I don't care if you are right or left or up or down, republican, democrat, black, white, green, purple, or polkadot. Dick Cheney is the closest thing to a super-villain that the US has ever seen in power. He embodies the most heinous of personal attributes of any person who has affected the lives of the US people.

    Let me put this out there. Liberals didn't hate Bush. They hated Cheney because his actions were the closest thing to evil that we've ever seen.

    January 18, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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