Obama a one-termer, says Cheney
January 17th, 2011
10:22 PM ET
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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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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Albo58

    For the good of the country, I hope Cheney is correct! The current President has NOT been very presidential in policy, actions, and in leadership since day one.

    January 18, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  2. Nick

    " 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" Didn't the Bush/Cheney
    administrations expand the government, expand the deficit etc...They did create wealth for the already wealthy I will give them that.

    January 18, 2011 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  3. Terry - Indiana

    History will tell me all I want to know about Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and George Bush.

    January 18, 2011 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    I agree Mr. Vice President. Obambi will be voted out in a landslide.

    January 18, 2011 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  5. Sergio D. Monterroso

    First Palin says she won't shut up, now Cheney breaks his silence. What has this country come to?

    January 18, 2011 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  6. ronnyg

    Yes, Dick, you're right; one-term president. And we will be greeted as liberators, right Dick? Hmmm?

    January 18, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  7. Anthony Ravenell

    Dick Cheney and George Bush should have been only served one term. Tell us Mr. Cheney is the world better 8 years after your tenure or better. Deficits, 2 wars, thousands of Americans killed or disabled, economy in shambles as Obama didn't do all this in 2 years? Oh yea, America is a whole lot better now? Thanks!

    January 18, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  8. mike

    cheney life was to make fellow americans fear everyone to gain his own personnel power that if it wasn't for him they wouldn't feel safe now that he no longer has this he is falling apart look at president Bill Clinton he helps people all over the world and look how good he looks it just goes to show when you evil you aren't long for this world

    January 18, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  9. dperks63

    Your time is nearly up Mr. Cheney. You will soon go to your reward and may the souls of those snuffed out by your greed and bombs wait for you there and recompense you 10 fold the misery heaped upon them. Good riddance.

    January 18, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  10. Tulsa

    I think the American people have a different take on our Preisident. And we have an opinion of you too Cheney. Good riddance.

    January 18, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  11. OH YEAH?

    Why isn't this man in Prison? And who cares what he thinks?

    January 18, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  12. Scott

    Wow...talk about talking out of ones derrier. Did he not check any of the polling that puts him higher than Bush and Reagen at the same time during their presidency. Also, the economy continues to slowly improve and if this trend continues he is all but guaranteed a second term.

    January 18, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  13. charles

    Americans still have the time to listen to this guy who put this country to where it is.

    January 18, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  14. Rob C

    We will defy you Cheney. The American people who bought into your Trillion dollar war will show you that our current President will serve two terms.

    January 18, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  15. Reason

    Bush/Cheney were one termers...the 2000 election doesn't count.

    January 18, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  16. ike7

    What else would Cheney say about Obama? I am sure Clinton said the same thing about the second Bush.

    January 18, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  17. Tim

    Guy looks like he's on death's door. And by the way, who really gives a darn what this guy thinks. His opinion is about as valuable as a wart on a pig's butt.

    January 18, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  18. calmncool

    I'm never going to consider anything that is said by Dick Cheney. His actions and behavior during the W years just left a bad taste in my mouth. Having said that, the poor man doesn't look well. He should conserve his energy and cut down on stress by staying out of politics.

    January 18, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  19. Jon in Rochester

    Why doesn't this man just crawl back under his rock? He is evil incarnate!!!

    January 18, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  20. don

    Mr Cheney. Silence is golden. You have nothing to add to our conversation. You and yours took us in the wrong direction. Please have the common decency to let the country get back on track before you try to take the wheel again.

    January 18, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  21. Rod from Indy

    The man who helped nearly bankrupting this country and murdering thousands of Americans in a stupid, illegal invasion that made him a ton of money, has the audacity to call this president out of touch? The only thing you can say about Cheney or Bush is that they have massive cojones. They can lie straight to America's face without batting an eyelash.

    January 18, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  22. Dave

    Who cares what this idiot thinks? Considering that Cheney has proven to be all mouth and zero brains, his opinion really doesn't carry much weight...

    January 18, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  23. G Foster

    With all due respect Mr. Cheney, President Obama is a much better man than you. You lead us to two senseless wars, were quoted that "deficits don't matter," tortured countless Iraqis, and exposed a CIA agent for political gain. When you say Pres Obama will be a one-termer you have no credibility, nor should you disrespect yourself further.

    January 18, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  24. Brian

    CHENEY – you're a criminal. You have less than zero credibility. Stop talking now.

    January 18, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  25. aliou salam

    Cheney wasn't only out of touch with the American people. He is still out of touch with himself and everyone else. Not only would Pres. Obama be a multiple term pres., at republicans would not see the presidency for at least 3 decades. Take my words for it. I am not saying this in a vacuum.
    On the Democratic side, they have a plethora of level headed Americans who can be president. On the Republican side, there is a vacuum easily filed by noise makers such as Sarah Palin, Mit Romney, and lots of chock jocks, ....

    January 18, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
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