Cheney Interview: The good, the bad and the sidestepping.
From Politics Daily
The Good:But he softened earlier criticism when he had maintained the country was less safe under Obama. He said the president has come to understand that some of the surveillance and security policies employed by the past administration were necessary. "He obviously has been through the fires," Cheney said. ". . . I think he has learned from experience."
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Later in the interview, Cheney said he thought Obama did a good job in the aftermath of the the Tucson shootings that killed six and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, among others. "I think the president handled it well," he said. "I thought that was one of his better efforts."
Cheney reiterated his belief that Obama will not be re-elected because
"he embarked on a course of action when he became president that did not
have as much support as he thought it did," referring to the new law mandating health insurance coverage, among other changes.
"I think he's enacted a program that a great many people are very worried about," Cheney told NBC's Jamie Gangel. "And that there's a lot of support out there for the effort to repeal that health care package." An excerpt from the interview, conducted at Cheney's home on Maryland's Eastern Shore, aired Monday night on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," and the full interview ran Tuesday morning on "Today."
The former vice president said Obama's other big weakness is his failure to realize the public wants smaller government. Cheney implied that Obama is off course in 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. . . . And I think he'll be a one-term president."
In an interview with NBC News,
the first since his heart surgery in July, Cheney also said Americans
should not be too quick to assume that heated political rhetoric helped
set the stage for the Jan. 8 mass shooting in Arizona.
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"I think we need to be a little careful about assuming that somehow the rest of society or the political class bears the responsibility for what happened here when it was the act of a deranged, crazed individual that committed a crime," Cheney said. "I think our politics can get pretty rough at times. Having been vice president for eight years, maybe I'm more sensitive to it than others, but the fact of the matter is, a good, tough political fight is one of the great strengths of our democracy."
He said he was watching Sarah Palin's career with interest, enjoyed her television reality show about Alaska, and thinks she is a "factor within the Republican Party." But he did not offer any insights about his feelings on Palin as a potential 2012 presidential candidate.
- I say ironic because he enjoys such nice healthcare that millions of Americans don't. Not even sure ironic is the right word. I will be fair though, because unless I read it wrong he wasn't necessarily saying that he opposed the healthcare bill outright, he just thinks that the opposition to it will be a big reason for people souring on Obama enough to be a one term president. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Often, patients who receive heart pumps are heart-transplant candidates, but Cheney said he was undecided about that.
"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," he said. "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."