Obama a one-termer, says Cheney
January 17th, 2011
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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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    Why would anyone listen to the man?

    January 18, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Cheney and Bush should have been impeached for so many illegal things they did. They should be in jail for all the American soldiers they murdered in their fraudulent Iraq War, for breaking international law on torture, for lying to Congress and the UN and for outting a CIA agent just to name a few crimes they committed – besides destroying our economy. Cheney is the most evil person we have had in our government in modern times.Nothing he says can be trusted. Hell is just waiting for him.

    January 18, 2011 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Barack Obama is as arrogant and authoritarian, in his own way, as Dick Cheney, and arrogant authoritarianism is profoundly antithetical to the principles upon which this country was founded. Cheney and Obama would, of course, drive the country in very different directions, but the problem isn't the direction, it's that they both feel that it's the prerogative of government, rather than the prerogative of the American people, to set the direction.

    January 18, 2011 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    Don't be so sure, Mr. Former VP Cheney. Obama may have started his presidency as a possible one-termer, but he HAS IMPROVED MASSIVELY since then, and, so far, we Republicans haven't come up with anybody to compete with Obama more effectively than the tired old bigot we trotted out there the last time with the pretty lady.
    Take care of your heart.

    January 18, 2011 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Americans are not as stupid as some say they are. Americans get tired of repeated foolishness, even when the foolishness comes from successful Republicans.
    For example, we could fix whatever we don't like about the passed health-care bill instead of repealing it just to score futile points.

    January 18, 2011 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  6. Ken, AZ

    Here is another republican who has managed to forget the eight years that he and his party ran this country into the ground. Please crawl back under your rock. I said "please".

    January 18, 2011 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  7. AMERICA 1st

    i agree with you Mr. Cheney! and if u decide on a heart transplant, my best wishes go with you!

    January 18, 2011 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Cheney's words: "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." You should practice what you preach, Mr. Vice President. Especially before you INVADED Iraq.

    January 18, 2011 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  9. Rob

    He's criticizing Obama for expanding the deficit? Talk about hypocritical.

    January 18, 2011 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  10. Not fooled

    He's kidding right? Bush increased the government by two million jobs. Increased the deficit by two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare drug programs, biggest financial meltdown, worst recession since the Great Depression. The Dow industrials tanked. Everyone lost big time 401k's. A total mess. Cheney –President Obama is fixing your MESS! President Obama will definitely have a second term.

    January 18, 2011 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  11. ib42

    Fat or thin, this is the most despicable and loathsome excuse for a human being in America. The utter nerve of this murdering, lying and swindling cretin, speaking against the only man to care for America ans Americans for a very long, horrible time under the repugnicans!
    If Americans are to have fighting chance at being a civil, caring peoples, then stay with Mr. Obama. The other potty, uncouth and nauseating crowd is just a bunch of selfish, whiny and racist bullies.

    January 18, 2011 04:20 am at 4:20 am |

    mr. cheney how can you live with your self, about 911? i hope you ask GOD to forgive your sins before that time bomb in your chest gives in question? CAN YOU REALLY SLEEP AT NIGHT and knowing every day all the soilders that are dying cause you and your tonto freind dick head bush con the usa into war good luck in your SCULL AND BONES ILLUMINATY CIRCLE im not a stupid human being ive been keeping up with your buisness oops dont sneeze to hard?

    January 18, 2011 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  13. Raccoon Lover

    Mr.Cheney, you have done enough damage. Your time in politics is over. Please stand back and allow others to move forward.

    January 18, 2011 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  14. Johnny

    Dick Cheney says anything he is paid to say by the Gun, Financial Industry and Oil industry..

    Thanks to him we are in Iraq spending billions of dollars which is added to the deficit every month...

    January 18, 2011 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Seriously? Dick Cheney accusing the Obama Administration of running up the national debt? Unreal.

    January 18, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  16. S.positive

    He should be more concerned with his health than Obama. God has placed him there as the POTUS and no one can do anything about it. Hope you wake you to that reality. The tool is called democracy and everyone has one vote and since there are more of us that support the POTUS, I do not see how 2012 is a problem.

    January 18, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  17. Obama is, always will be my President

    With so much hate in Cheney heart he can not help but need a heart transplant. I never have seen so much hate for a man in my life as Cheney has for President Obama. If Cheney would stop and try to say something nice for once in his life he possibly could use that pump to stay alive but it is going to take God to come into this man life.

    January 18, 2011 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  18. Will 18E

    Maybe Obama will be a one term President, but only because he could not fix the economy the Bush Cheeney ruined, especially with the party of NO, sitting on there hands and playing politics instead putting the country first. Fact the unemployment rate when Bush was sworn is was 4.5%, a historic low and stable. When OBama was sworn in Jan 09 it was 8.5% and rising. And as Chenney speaks it 9.1% and declining. according to the U.S. department of Labor and statistics, latest updated statistics.

    January 18, 2011 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  19. Dan

    Cheney, you had all the solutions to America's problems, yet you as a conductor helped in running the country into reccession. Obama is trying to dig the truck out of the dish you ran it into. If Obama becomes a one-term president; at least he was a president, you never were and never will be.

    January 18, 2011 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  20. CTYank

    Are we to take seriously the opinions of this hypocrite? Mr. Opacity (vs Transparency.)

    Maybe he could go frack himself. And behave like previous "ex"s- quietly.

    January 18, 2011 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  21. Trey

    Wow, Cheney isn't looking very good. He's about half the weight he was just a couple years ago. He looks like an old man now.

    January 18, 2011 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  22. fedupinfl

    If he were an ordinary citizen, Obamacare would make his decision for him. No, you may not have that heart transplant. You've lived a long enough life and you're doing enough damage by being outspoken of the truths. Take a pill and shut up.

    January 18, 2011 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  23. kyle

    Maybe he wants the Obama administration to run the Country like the crooks from the last administration.

    January 18, 2011 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  24. Don Mitchell

    Clearly, the man is very ill and I will not - especially in this highly-charged atmosphere of hateful political rhetoric - express my true feelings about him but suffice it to say I firmly believe he should have been brought before The Hague and charged with War Crimes/Crimes Against Humanity whilst he was Vice President and I will not change that stand now. He was part of my personal axis of evil then and remains so now. I hope if he truly needs a heart transplant he gets one but as far as I knew, the man did not have a heart to begin with. Your thinking that I did indeed express my true feelings just now anyway?!? Not even close to what I would have said otherwise. Not even close.

    January 18, 2011 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  25. gajfreeman

    I don't think he'll live to see Obama's re-election. And, I don't think Cheney knows the extent of the majority of the people's hatred for him and his policies.

    January 18, 2011 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
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