Cheney: Protests “Crazy,” Obama “A Train Wreck”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney may be thinner these days, outfitted with a permanent Dick Cheney with tubes IMG_0079heart pump, and clad in two kinds of shoes due to a leg problem. But he’s still as bluntly outspoken as ever, taking aim at President Barack Obama, his old nemesis The New York Times, and the Occupy Wall Street movement during a Dallas visit flogging his new memoir, In My Time.

Greeting scores of invited guests at a Highland Park manse on Gillon Avenue yesterday, the ex-HP resident (pictured in photo by Jeanne Prejean) was asked his opinion of the Occupy Wall Street protests. “That’s crazy,” he replied, waving one hand dismissively. “I’m not one of those who think that’s going to do any good. It’s hard to tell what they’re for and what they’re against.” The former veep was dismissive of Obama as well, calling the president “a train wreck.”

“I can’t get over the fact that he doesn’t have that sense of exceptionalism about America,” Dick Cheney with shoes IMG_0052Cheney, addressing guests in the mansion’s big backyard, said of Obama.

He recalled the president’s 2009 speech in Cairo, where “he said we’d walked away from our basic fundamental American values”–and he was going to set things right.

“He operates on the assumption that the United States is not a special place, and I don’t buy that,” Cheney said. “So I hope we can beat him significantly. I’ll be careful here. Is ‘significantly’ okay? You know what I mean.”

Cheney also seemed to relish tweaking the media, noting that his new book (written with the help of his daughter, Liz) “went straight to No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. I don’t much care” about being No. 1, he said, “but I loved the fact that it was the New York Times.”

Asked by a guest how he handles all the media “abuse”–and whether he might have any advice along those lines for Rick Perry–Cheney said a thick skin, and a sense of humor, help a lot. He recalled appearing on the nationally syndicated Don Imus radio/TV show, even after Imus had skewered him over the Iraq war, calling him names including “Pork Chop Boy.”

“He was not exactly friendly; in fact, he was hostile most of the time,” Cheney said of Imus. “But I’d turn him on in the morning while I was shaving.”

When Imus publicly invited him on the show, never thinking the vice president would accept, Cheney decided to take him up on the offer–and did the show. The I-man “couldn’t have been nicer,” Cheney said. “As I was getting ready to leave, I walked right past him and pulled a big pork chop out of my pocket, and threw it in his lap.”

The Highland Park visit by Cheney–who was accompanied by his wife, Lynne–was arranged by mega-Realtors Allie Beth and Pierce Allman. Their Dallas company has the listing on the Gillon Avenue mansion (price: $9.65 million). It also handled the sale of the Cheneys’ $3 million house on Euclid when the Cheneys left for Washington D.C., to join the George W. Bush administration.


  • Myself

    I wonder if he will be taking his book tour to Europe. Spain? Netherlands?

  • Vseslav Botkin

    That event must have been torture.



  • joeat

    Cheney is brilliant and very much on top
    of things. I went to the Nixon Library last month for this same event which was fascinating. Liz was with him and, hopefully, also has a great future in politics. A very smart family. We need lots more of them.

  • Grumpy Demo

    “Cheney is brilliant”

    Tens of thousands of dead and injured American troops, 100,000+ dead Iraqi civillians, and 2 million Iraqi refugess would beg to differ.

    Lied about WMDs, lied about Al Quida, lied about aluminium tubes, lied about Valerie Plame, wrong about the “cake walk” in Iraq, failure in Afghanistan, and failed to capture Osama.are sign of brilliance?

    Ordering American troops to torture prisoners for the fist time in our 200 year history, in violation of US and International Law is no the sign of “brilliance” it’s a signe of thuggery and unprincipled, unchristian criminality.

    Like all bullies “six deferment” Cheney was hiding in some millionaire’s house because he rightly can go out in public because he will be shames.

  • Brent D.

    Cheney certainly knows a train wreck. He engineered a massive one.

  • Jimminy Winks

    heney should be prosecuted for complicity in violating the Convention Against Torture, which includes inhumane treatment — NOT just waterboarding and torture. He is a murderer. He belongs in prison.

  • Stump’s Agent

    Know what we need more of ? External baboon hearts.

  • Daniel

    Nice post, Glenn. I’ve deleted phrases and sentences that I felt interfered with the narrative flow. I think it tightens it up considerably:

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney … greeting … guests at a Highland Park manse … was dismissive … in the mansion’s big backyard.

    “I don’t buy that,” Cheney said … noting … “I don’t much care.” Cheney said a thick skin … help[s] a lot.

    He recalled … Don Imus … calling him … “Pork Chop Boy.”

    Cheney said of Imus,. “…I’d turn him on in the morning … and pull a big pork chop out of my pocket.”

    The Gillon Avenue mansion (price: $9.65 million)!

  • Tom

    The Occupy Wall Street protesters are simply exercising the same right that allows Dick Cheney to call them crazy.

  • Daniel

    That’s true, Tom. But not at a Gillon Avenue mansion (price: $9.65 million)!

    “And that has made all the difference,” Cheney noted poetically, before the sentiment was choked off by a gruff and inhuman wheeze. “I don’t much care,” the bluntly outspoken ex-veep concluded.

  • meddling moderate

    Exceptionalism is a euphemism for imperialism in Cheneyspeak.

  • Honey Don’t

    In other news, Cheney’s appearance was especially noted for his sartorial splendor. I would appreciate Raya Ramsey’s perspective.

  • joeat

    @Grumpy Dem, you have the most perfect name for, of course, you are grumpy as dems are always such losers, case in point, President B.O.

  • I await the day he makes the arrogant mistake of traveling to the wrong country and is arrested and sent to The Hague to stand trial before the International Court of Justice for war crimes.