Mr. Obama has repeatedly repudiated the Bush administration; in the interviews, Mr. Cheney has hit back. Speaking to Politico in February, he warned of a “high probability” of another terrorist attack. On CNN, he suggested that Mr. Obama was using the economic crisis to justify a big expansion of government. On Fox, he agreed when Mr. Hannity asked if Mr. Obama was “telegraphing weakness.”
"Another terrorist attack"? I think we can rest assured that if President Obama received a President's Daily Brief, as Bush did on August 6, 2001, stating, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," he would not play down the urgency of the information. "Big government"? the growth of government was actually a hallmark of the Bush years. "Telegraphing weakness"? Was Cheney referring to the right-wing hysteria over Obama's handshake with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, as if an act of civility, in contrast to Bush-style international bullying, is equivalent to waving a white flag?
Cheney's behavior is so over the top that even Meghan McCain, a loyal Republican who campaigned for her father John McCain, is telling the former vice president, along with Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich, to "go away." Here she is on "The View":
McCain: Well I mean it’s hard for people like me that really want new energy and new blood when they... It’s very unprecedented for someone like Karl Rove or Dick Cheney to be criticizing the President. It’s very unprecedented for a former vice-president, you obviously you know Karl Rove, and I just you know my big criticism is just you had your 8 years, go away. (h/t Americablog)
Ed Schultz, progressive radio and television host, made some powerful criticisms of Cheney:
Schultz: I also think that we need to remind Americans: we got hit on [Cheney's] watch. He had access to the presidential daily briefing on August 6, 2001. Mr. Cheney, you didn't do anything about it. We got hit on your watch. You were in the briefings back then. The counter-terrorist intelligence people in our government were trying to work with you, and you ignored them. ...[Obama's] got the weight of the world on his shoulders, he's diplomatically trying to reach out, we've got more troops in Afghanistan, he's fighting terrorism, he's trying to work on the economy, he's trying to create jobs, we're trying to go energy independent–the list goes on and on and you know what the conservatives are doing? They're trying to put him up against the wall, put his back to the wall, claiming that he can't keep the country safe. Is this the best thing the conservative movement can come up with? Is Dick Cheney once a month going out there rearing his ugly personality and his hatred for the country? I challenge you, Mr. Cheney: stand up in your next interview and say you don't want to see Americans get hit for political gain. Because I think that's where you are. ...This guy is nothing but a trash-talking coward from the sideline. And it's unfortunate that no one in the Republican party is denouncing what he's saying. They're just going along.