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. Bill C

    Wow! Dick Cheney describing someone else as "out of touch". You just can't beat that.

    January 18, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  2. jacksays

    Darth Cheney speaks. Is anyone really listening, though?

    January 18, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  3. johnson

    yes please blame obama for all the things that you are guilty of. expanding government? What was warrantless wiretapping? What about no child left behind act? Was that not a form of socialism? Typical Republicans all hypocrites they talk the talk but they never walk the walk because they are paid not to do anything by the lobbyist that truly work for and mindless Americans vote for them out of fear.

    January 18, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  4. e01938

    You'd think after all the pain this man is responsible for he would choose to stay well out of sight.

    January 18, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  5. zb

    This guy has been wrong on EVERYTHING so I guess that means Obama is a shoe in for reelection. Here's a guy that was part of a Republican Administration that caused an economic meltdown telling us what the economy needs -you have got to be kidding.

    January 18, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  6. Former Republican - Now Independent

    A Richard B. Cheney sighting! First one this year!!

    He's early though. Usually he pops out on Feb. 2, utters a few non-sensicals that cause Reps to roll their eyes and Dems to gnash their teeth, peers around myopically to look for his shadow and disappears back to his "undisclosed location."

    See ya in May, Dick.

    January 18, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  7. seregio cuevas

    darth vader finally he speaks. go back to retirement. you're one of the driving force behind the war in Iraq. you got this country in a bind. so please

    January 18, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  8. BJs65

    Oh shut up Darth Cheney. Nobody cares what you think. You've been wrong many times before, and I'm betting you're wrong this time. Guess what? At the moment, approval ratings are up. Fewer people are strongly against health care reform. Scare mongering just isn't going to work anymore.

    January 18, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  9. oracle

    Always thought he was Evil, now his appearence matches that. As far as his opinion..........still waiting for those WMD you promised and killed 5,000 G.I.s in your folly.

    January 18, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Uh-huh, yeah, okay.
    Where were you during The Shrubs' last two years of running the government, the economy, and our Constitution into the ground? Oh, that's right......you were driving the USA Titanic right into the iceberg, over, and over again.

    If I were you Dickie, I'd be more concerned about making predictions on your health.
    You won't have to hate yourself during President Obama's second term in office because from the looks of it YOU'RE NOT GONNA MAKE IT THAT LONG!!

    Rest in Pieces you murderous traitor.

    January 18, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  11. Kathy

    Gee, but his ratings are above 50%. When you left office waht were yours...20%? You are a miserable, hateful, hypocritical old man. Just go away with the BILLIONS you made on your Halburton stock while you were controlling the White House.

    January 18, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  12. TomNPITT

    DICK and his aids did such a good job with his company, his office, his war, and his economy that it would best be advised he not discuss money matters. He's made his life's work, taking a paycheck from the taxpayers of America, and finding ways to not pay taxes for himself or his corporaions. He's not paid-back the people, nor has he paid anything forward.

    January 18, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  13. amit

    “I think we have to be a little bit careful here– about a rush to judgment,”

    Ah.. Atleast there is some learning for cheney from the iraq war.

    January 18, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  14. Realistic

    Dick needs to go away and stay away...

    January 18, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  15. donn

    Cheney should be in Federal Prison right now......not raking-in the cash from all of the right-wingers in nut country

    January 18, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. Tony in Maine

    Senility comes to Darth Vader.

    January 18, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Why isn't this war-mongering person in jail??

    "Deficits don't matter" - WMD - war war war war war

    He is iirrelevant at this point. Unplug his mouth.

    January 18, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  18. john doe

    He is such a tough Guy and will never like anything president Obama does. A fact is they are from different generation, two different politicians. Obama is a peacemaker. Cheney is a warrior however I agree with him on his Arizona approach where he said: " we don't really know everything we need to know in order to be able to make sort of a final judgment. " That theory I believe would also have been really applicable to the war in Iraq. Is he getting wiser now? The U.S is leading two wars there's no money for jobs creation that's just common sense. Stop the war and leave these people alone then we will find enough money to take care of our own problems.

    January 18, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  19. JPX

    Cheney forgets that Bush was a one-term president until he high-jacked the election. I like it better when crooked-smile Cheney is sick in a bed somewhere rather than smearing the current president. Cheney should be ashamed of all the damage his administration caused.

    January 18, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  20. Militantdem

    Richard, you should be in prison for treason, war crimes, racqueteering, fraud, etc, etc, etc, etc......

    January 18, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  21. nannygranny

    Well,if Cheney is so sure PRESIDENT OBAMA will lose, in 2012, lock up your voting machines because the fix is in.Shades of the 2000 election !!! They leave off the title " President ",he`s simply Obama. Now the sly speeches will become the talking point from now to 2012.As the saying goes," if you say something long enough,the people will believe it " When will we learn to think for ourselves !!!

    January 18, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  22. Patrick Lewis

    If he is a one termer, it's because YOU Cheney, and your Boss so badly screwed up the country that God himself couldn't have fixed it in three years.

    January 18, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  23. brain

    Cheny 012 run for president please. Palin your vp. Sharon angle you defence second. Christine O donnel you secretary of treasury.

    January 18, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  24. Dr. Christopher Swindell

    This from the guy who expanded the deficit to its largest level in history. How dare he accuse. Being an open Christian, I hope he quietly goes away (not dies). But, the thought is tempting. It may be that Obama is a one term president, but it won't be b/c America chooses the likes of him again. What a monster.

    January 18, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. max

    Cheney needs a mouth pump..the kind that shuts his mouth. he had his chance and blew it, be more like George W and be quiet and respectful of the people choice to lead our counrtry.

    January 18, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
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