Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gibbs: After Limbaugh, Cheney "Next Most Popular Member Of The Republican Cabal"

Dick Cheney is certainly bucking the tradition whereby former presidents and vice presidents don't criticize a new administration. Cheney recently commented in an interview that President Obama "has made the country less safe"–less safe, that is, than the previous president, who ignored the August 6, 2001, daily presidential brief entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." 

The former vice president also criticized Obama's agenda for health, education and energy. Regarding those issues, we can recall Bush's veto of the children's health insurance bill, Cheney's secret energy task force meetings and Bush's underfunding of the No Child Left Behind educational initiative. How many of us miss such "leadership"?

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs offered pointed responses to Cheney's criticisms:

Gibbs: Well, I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy. So they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal. I would say that the president has made quite clear that keeping the American people safe and secure is the most serious job that he has each and every day. ...I think the American people will, in this administration, see those actors brought to the swift and certain justice that was not brought to them in the previous administration. ...I think not taking economic advice from Dick Cheney would be maybe the best possible outcome of yesterday’s interview. 

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