Cheney, Rumsfeld face jeers and cheers
February 10th, 2011
05:47 PM ET
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Cheney, Rumsfeld face jeers and cheers

Washington (CNN) - The ballroom at the Conservative Political Action Conference was divided Thursday between boos and cheers as two Republican giants faced the crowd.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a surprise guest, presented former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with the "Defender of the Constitution Award" at the annual conference of conservatives which this year has gained significance for being a cattle-call for potential GOP presidential candidates.

Just the mention of Rumsfeld's name drew boos from the crowd, and when Cheney took the stage two attendees screamed at him. One yelled "Where Bin Laden at?" and the other said "Show us the shackles Dick." Both comments were met with chants from the crowd of "U-S-A."

Both men served in the administration of former President George W. Bush and are considered key architects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cheney addressed the ruckus when he was eventually able to speak.

"Alright, sit down and shut up," Cheney told the crowd, which broke out in laughs. "It's the usual spirited exercise."

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Dick Cheney • Donald Rumsfeld
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. ingrid

    Finally a CPAC that I can get on board with!

    February 10, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. MarkieBee

    Defender of the Constitution...LOLOLOL!

    February 10, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The chants should have been, You Screwed Us!"

    February 10, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Indy

    They could not get Osama Bin Laden to present the award, so they got his American equal to bestow the honour on Rumsfeld.How romantic it must have been for both of them.

    February 10, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Remember these two men are Republicans and defend their rights to declare war which has killed and injured millions based upon lies. Bush can't leave the country and neither can these two criminals and now we have a new group of Republican crazies in Washington.

    February 10, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Rumsfeld and Cheney: Two people for whom I won't shed a tear when they leave this mortal coil ...

    February 10, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Hooray!

    Thanks GOPs – these guys need to be reminded that they are reviled even within their own party. Appreciate your speaking up fro the rest of us.

    February 10, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    'Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a surprise guest, presented former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with the "Defender of the Constitution Award"

    The GOP starts a war for profit to pay back the war machine corporations and does it on the flag draped coffins of young Americans, and now the cons are giving out AWARDS for this atrocity?

    February 10, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind

    "Alright, sit down and shut up,"

    That is what we libs were told when we pointed out to King George I court of jesters that Bin Laden was not in Iraq and Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack.

    February 10, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. whoa!

    Another ship of fools... and war criminals!

    My most ardent hope is that Cheney gets his heart transplant and lives long enough to stand trial for treason and crimes against humanity. I do want so much to look us Americans and the rest of the world and justify the Iraq war, which was built on pack of fascist lies. But more importantly, I would like to ask him, and Bush, how they live with their decision to let 3,000 people die on 9/11 so they could have their lovely little war in Iraq that cost over 100,000 lives and trillions of dollars.

    I can wait.... Egypt isn't the only country that needs democratic reforms!

    February 10, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. michaelam

    Why aren't these two zombies behind bars????

    February 10, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. joe blow

    wow, dr. strangelove and the grim reaper on the same stage with the meathead morons chanting usa, usa. reminds me of kristallnacht. btw, if rumsfeld got the constitution award (way too funny), who got the torture award?

    February 10, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Jamie from Riverside

    Defenders of the Constitution? War Criminals both.

    February 10, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. thomas

    They can stroke each others egos for history !
    These guys almost ran this country into the dumpster !

    February 10, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Blilli

    It's not too late to run Cheney for President in 2012 since no Bush family member is running. He's younger than John McCain was when he ran in 2008.

    February 10, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. S. In California

    Two murderers with no place in society. A picture is worth a thousand words.

    February 10, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Tom

    Awesome! They even allow criminals to speak and pat each other on the back. Didn't they give enough, ahem, awards in the back rooms while in office?

    February 10, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. LouAz

    This is like Goebell giving Goring a Medal for "Clearing the Air Over England". Neither of these two have ever read the US Constitution.

    February 10, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Russ

    Boy how hard up is this group that they needed these two has beens to show up. Pretty damn sad. I'm sure Rumsfield and Cheney were happy because no one else wants them.

    February 10, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Dawn Tarr Ada, Ohio

    Wow, one war criminal giving another war criminal an award...........brought a tear to my eye.......This is the GOP

    February 10, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Terry

    Two crooks talking to a bunch of sheep.

    February 10, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. diridi

    why don't this old junk of America stay home and enjoy....what an idiotic thugs these two thugs...

    February 10, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Malcolm

    Why aren't these two in jail?

    February 10, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. Sgt Schultz

    Cheney is bigger crook than his old boss Nixon ever was. Nixon was a saint compared to Bush/Cheney.

    February 10, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Santa Fean

    War profiteers, clearly. Totally controlled by the corporations that profit from war. America today is not a democracy. The Supreme Court handed America to the corporations.

    February 10, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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