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March 11th, 2008
05:02 PM ET

Cheney the right person to try & bring down oil prices?

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Pumps draw petroleum from oil wells before dawn as the cost of crude oil tops $104 per barrel in its surge to new record high prices March 6, 2008 in Signal Hill, California. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)  Click on the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Vice President Dick Cheney is on his way to the Middle East to do something about skyrocketing oil prices. We'll pause here to give you a chance to stop laughing. Cheney will meet with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Turkey. The White House says it wants OPEC to increase production.

This is the same Dick Cheney who was chairman and CEO of Halliburton before becoming vice president. The same Dick Cheney who headed up the administration's highly secretive energy task force. The administration's energy policy, such as it is, was crafted with the help of oil industry executives and lobbyists including former Enron Chairman Ken Lay. These meetings were held behind closed doors and the records from them remain secret to this day.

Here is what has happened since Cheney's secret energy meetings: When George Bush was sworn in as president in January, 2001, a gallon of gas cost $1.47 and a barrel of crude oil cost $30. Today gasoline costs an average of $3.22 and many experts are predicting it will hit $4 this spring. This morning, the price of a barrel of crude oil nearly hit $110.

And, while ordinary Americans suffer with increasingly crippling energy costs, the oil companies continue to rake in record profits. Exxon Mobil earned more than $40 billion last year. Oh, and they all get tax breaks, too, courtesy of your friends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Here’s my question to you: Is Vice President Dick Cheney the right person to go to the Middle East to try to bring down skyrocketing oil prices?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Sean writes:
I can not believe that he is seriously going to the Middle East to discuss oil costs. He is part of the reason that we pay what we pay right now, and he wants to be the savior? Your typical politician. This administration has to have other countries laughing.

Anthony from Cadiz, Ohio writes:
Are you kidding? Again the details of the meeting will be kept secret from the general public, and again will result in yet another increase in gas prices and probably an increase in Cheney's wallet as well.

Lee Anne writes:
I'd write a comment but I am laughing so hard I can barely see the keyboard.

Janet from Phoenix, Arizona writes:
We ought to send 50 citizens over and let them represent the United States, one person from each state. No politicians, period. The citizens are the ones who are suffering, not those fat cats in D.C.

Daniel writes:
This administration is the biggest joke the United States has ever seen. The fact that they think the American people are stupid enough to accept Dick Cheney as the diplomat to bring down oil prices is laughable. I'm counting the days that they have left in office.

Kent from Kewanee, Illinois writes:
Cheney will ask them to bring down the prices just before November. Then, after the election the prices will skyrocket back. The current administration is knee deep in oil. They know what is going on, and helped create it. This will not work anymore. The public is on to you, Bubba Bush.

Angela writes:
ROFLMAO & PMP! In case you don't speak IM that means: rolling on floor laughing my *arse* off and peeing my panties!

Alan writes:
Sending Cheney to the Mideast to bring down oil prices is like sending Eliot Spitzer into a brothel to shut it down.


Filed under: Dick Cheney • Oil Prices
soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. Ron Richmond VA

    Are you kidding? That is the dumbest thing I have seen the Bush Administration do and there is a long, long, long list! If anything gas prices will soar again!

    March 11, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  2. Ruth Daniels

    No, he can barely keep from shooting others.... he might cause explosion or something.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  3. Ern

    Dick Cheney ?? That would be like having the town drunk taking control of the state Alcohol Board in hopes of lowering the production of wiskey. No way!!!!
    Ern, Turlock,Ca.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  4. Nora. South Texas

    I think it is called too little too late. Gas prices are through the roof, they should of never gotten to where they are today. This should of been addressed a long time ago. I think Cheney should just go hunting and leave things alone, I am afraid when he gets back the gas prices might go even higher.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  5. Josh

    No way, This is the same man who called our European allies "Old Europe" when they were trying to talk us out of the Iraq War and we should have listened to them. Cheney is right now to provoke Iran and start another war in the region. That's the last thing we need right now. Send someone who actually knows what they doing and at least thinks before they speak. This is far too important for another Bush crony to screw it all up.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  6. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, but only if a rocket from the sky falls on him– hasn’t President Cheney done enough damage to the US through his puppet George?

    March 11, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  7. Henry W. Knowles

    Jack, Jack, Jack thats like letting Marion Berry go get your crack for you.This Admin is directly responsible for the skyrocketing prices. Might better send him to China and let him try talking them into not buying so much. That makes as much sense.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  8. TJ WILLIAMS, Los Angeles, CA

    Dick Cheney needs to be dragged from the Whitehouse in handcuffs like the common criminal he is.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  9. AJ Fairview, Texas

    Umm. In a word? Hell NO!

    March 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  10. MIKE ADKINS,CHARLOTTE,NC

    cheney is hardly the right man. that's like putting a fox in the henhouse to watch the chickens. old shotgun dc makes money when oil prices go up so he has no incentive to bring oil prices down. with any luck maybe some country will keep him on their board of directors and we won't have to put up with him anymore.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  11. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    Is this some kind of joke?

    March 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  12. Pat S

    Does Dick Cheney have some favors to cash in on the mid-east? I think his former cronies in the mid-east are probably laughing all the way to bank each day when ever his name is mentioned. We are stuck with the Bush Administration right now so guess Dick Cheney might be the one to go. I doubt if Bush's dancing would impress the mid-east oil rich powers that be. I look for oil to rise after any US visit. It is called "Rubbing it in the West's face".

    Pat S
    Georgia

    March 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  13. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    Come on Jack, we all know he's just going to Dubai to visit his ole buddy "Kenny Boy" Lay.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  14. Jayne in NH

    Oh, Jack, I'm laughing so hard I'm crying. Next question.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  15. Joseph Daily, NJ

    Jack

    I, along with the Arab producing countries, have learned the law of supply and demand in economics 1. The Department of Energy tells us there plenty of oil for the next 100 years (if we conserve). With auto manufacturers trying to go to alternative fuels, it seems to me the oil producers would keep the cost of crude at a reasonable level (make more, sell more). Thank God they (Arabs) can't grow corn in the desert, we'd all starve.

    Dick Cheney should stay home and start packing.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  16. Barbara, Ohio

    NO– that's was the biggest laugh of the day !! It would be like asking the devil to kneel down in church !

    March 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  17. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    Of course he may be going there to apply for a job at Haliburton. Looks like he'll be unemployed soon.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  18. Harold from Anhorage

    Cheney loves big oil and big oil short-term profits. Sending him is like using awolf to herd your sheep.
    Big oil is loving the current situation. If they cared about the American people they'd invest in technologies like turning coal into gasoline,a process which has been around for 60 years.
    But they won't upgrade or maintain their current capital equipment,because there are no short-term profits in it.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  19. Universal Bob

    Maybe he can make the Saudi's an offer they can't refuse. He is a scary guy.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  20. David Alexandria, VA

    I think so - after all, when Darth Vader walked into a room, everyone always seemed to get very cooperative.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  21. kimberley

    What? Wasn't this what they wanted in the first place. Are not all the companies that control this admin. benefactors of this miserable mess. I thought this is what they had in mind. So no, I think they should be put in jail. They want to impeach a Govener for just paying for sex and nobody can but these miserable excusses for public servants behind bars. Unbelievable.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  22. AndyZ

    Doesn't Cheney own Haliburton and half the oil fields in Saudi? My guess is to have hime take a minor reduction in pay and watch asa gasoline goes back to $1.50 per gallon.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  23. Randy Porter Mo.

    If he uses his expierience in the oil business to sevrve his country, instead of padding his own pocket, he might get something done. I don`t know why would would expect anything positive though, the track record sure deosn`t give us much hope.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  24. JIM

    SURE JACK, HE CAN SAVE MONEY ON A STAMP, WHEN HE PICKS UP HIS RETIREMENT CHECK.

    ALMOST HOMELESS VET.

    JIM
    ILLINOIS

    March 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  25. Kent Fitzsimmons

    Cheney will ask them to bring down the prices just before November. Then, after the election the prices will skyrocket back. The current administration is knee deep in oil. They know what is going on, and helped create it. This will not work anymore. The public is on to you Bubba Bush.

    Kent Fitzsimmons
    Kewanee, Illinois

    March 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  26. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    If he takes his shotgun along sure!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  27. Joe in DE

    Well Cheney is no doubt well connected with oil people, but I'm not sure of his motivation.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  28. RedSea, American in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt

    Well he was the Sec of Defense for HW, and the one with the connections in the oil industry. He could have some strong arm moves and IOU's from old ties in the oil industry. Or could be a hit out on him so there is no eveidence for the trials against him and the Pres. after they leave office. They already started on Blackwater.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  29. Juli from Fresno, Ca

    That depends Jack, will he be bringing his shotgun? I`m not sure fear tactics will work on OPEC. I wonder if the bank accounts of our oilmen in the White house are growing, if so what would be their motivation? The good of the American people? I think not!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  30. Harold White, Fernandina Beach, Florida

    First of all everyone knows Condi is the worst Secretary of State in the history of The United States. And she never accomplishes anything on these little junkets she flies around the world. We also know that Dick Cheney is the worst VP in our history. By sending him over there I think will cause more bad then good. This administration had 7 years to work on this and now they want a peace agreement in 7 months. Bush, Cheney, Rice the three stooges.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  31. W B in Las Vegas

    Cheney bring down oil prices?

    what's next? appoint that former chairman of Countrywide Financial to fix the subprime mortgage mess? maybe have those Air Force people that gave the tanker contract to the French investigate the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs? how about having the fox guard the henhouse or Gov. Spitzer guard the whorehouse?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  32. Joe in DE

    Clinton has the monentum, but ths year that is not as important as others.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  33. Harold White, Fernandina Beach, Florida

    Cheney is the oil king, he will probably be a billionaire when he leaves office and collects all his money. Please

    March 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  34. Jan

    The only reason Cheney is there is to try to get more business for
    Halaberton,(please excuse the spelling) Since when has Cheney or
    Bush tried to do something for the American people.All of a sudden
    he is trying to do something constructive,What a joke.

    Jan
    From Boca Raton, Fl.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  35. andy from Pittsburgh, PA

    Is he the "right person"? Clearly, big oil thinks so. We really need to move away from oil as a primary energy source, only through increased diversification and competion of energy sources can we both reduces prices and eleminate the serious national security risks that a dependency on oil bolsters.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  36. Rudy Smith

    Sure, if you want higher prices, and secret meetings that are behind closed doors, and the public is told that all that happened was covered by Executive Privilege.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  37. Brian

    Jack, isn't that a bit like asking the fox to repair the hole in the chicken coop. You know, the fox with the wire cutters sticking out of his back pocket, and feathers stuck in his teeth!!!!!!!!!! Bush groveled to the Saudis and that didn't work, what can Cheney do, grovel some more, or is all of this just more smoke and mirrors. Oh wouldn't you just love to know what went on in the meeting between Cheney and the oil barons? Will Cheney even be able to stay awake long enough to hear their response? I doubt it. Brian, Ohio

    March 11, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  38. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Dick Cheney would not be the appropriate choice. The President needs to intervene; then of course both of them have vested interest in the oil industry. Maybe the American people need to stop consuming and protest by reduction and use of gas. This is a loaded question. Our government will do nothing because there is too much money being made on both sides. When you have reduced demand or alternative fuel sources, you will cause supplies to be reduced.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  39. Jeff, Galena, MO

    To be honest Jack, we (the United States) should keep both Bush and Cheney on a VERY short leash until next January so they can do as little damage as possible for this last year.

    As a side note, it has been 24 hours since the Spitzer thing broke and the Republicans in New York are already talking impeachment? Where the hell are the Dems.? They should have done that YEARS ago with Bush, but yet... they wait. The Republicans seem as though they will impeach at the drop of a hat. Take a lesson here Democratic Party in Congress !!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  40. james hoffman

    Have you heard of having the fox watch the hen house while you are away, Jack? These oil companies should never have been allowed to merge. Now there is no competirtion and you can bet the congress that allowed them to merge over the years is not going to break them up.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  41. Tina Ft Worth

    OH please, Jack. Dick is on his way to look for a job in 09. These 2 oilmen in the White House don't care about us little people and if you believe that you need to retire.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  42. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Sure he is Jack as long as he takes his famous shotgun with him and invites the OPEC and others to go hunting. Or maybe we should send the Enola Gay.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  43. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    Anyone this Administration sends to discuss oil prices would do American's a great favor to just stay home. Maybe it's me but it seem's like everytime Bush sends one of his buddies to talk about oil the price of gas goes up another dollar.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  44. Ed Reed

    They should not allow Dick Cheney to touch anything for the next 10 months.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX 78373

    March 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  45. Ken

    This is the definition of an "emporer with no clothes". This administration is so dysfunctional and out of tune with everything in America and the world, that it can't even take a small step in the right direction. Sending Cheney on this chore is like putting a proven failed businessman in charge of the whole country...ooops, I guess that already happened too!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  46. Michael in New Jersey

    No, no no no no!!! Cheney is nothing but a Halliburton hypocrite. The only thing he wants is to take the oil from the Saudis and create his own empire to his advantage. The high oil prices and the peoples' suffering are the last things he cares about. That's it. Impeach Cheney, Impeach Bush, and hello Obama!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  47. Linda in Florida

    You're kidding, right? Why would he want to see the price go down, when the higher it goes, the more money the Bush family and the Saudi Royal Family makes?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  48. QUEEN ESTHER

    Cheny brought this war to our house he has no interest in ending it his pocket is getting fat and the rest of us just have to live with the end we are bring on ourselves. Love the World So Help Me God. I just can not believe gas today over 3.45 a gallon today. My mom would fill her take with that in the late 60's. We have come such a long way for nothing. top 400 people make the money and those of us at the bottom have to care the load of the rest of the world. just want to say thank you to the others who voted them into office.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  49. Brian, Cincinnati

    The supply is not the problem. There is plenty of supply, and lower demand because of the higher prices. Dick Cheney going to Opec won't change the real problem. The real problem is the traders on Wall Street driving the price up, combined with Oil being tied to the US Dollar. With the Dollar having less value compared to other currencies around the world, Oil's price goes up. Other countries are not paying as much as we are because of the exchange rates. Until the US deals with the problem of the weak US dollar, no amount of additional oil supply will make a difference.

    Brian
    Cincinnati, OH

    March 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  50. Joy-Morrisville, NC

    I wouldn't trust Dick Cheney with anything that pertains to the economy of the United States. Had he wanted to, he could have already made a phone call. He doesn't have to get on a plane at the expense of the taxpayers. Dick Cheney would be the last person I'd ask a favor from. It would do nothing but inflate his ego and not bring help to us.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  51. Sky

    Jack,

    This is such a loaded question. While Bush and Cheney are certainly not blameless, let's put the blame where it belongs. It is Congress who creates and maintains tax breaks for oil companies (yes, that means you Ms. Pelosi) and it was congress who authorized the Iraq war in the first place. Also, Exxon Mobil is an easy target, but let's not forget that almost all middle-class Americans with a retirement plan are owners of Exxon stock. Record profits by American companies should be celebrated for increasing wealth in retirement plans, creating jobs, and enabling investments in capital. It should also be noted that Exxon has a relatively small profit margin percentage-wise and that the main factor driving oil prices is the increase demand from developing countries like China and India. This question was just designed to trigger an emotional response from your audience without discussing the nuanced issues that are causing the problem.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  52. S

    I'll take anyone, to send to the Moon if need be, at this point if they can do something about it! Besides, what else was he doing here at home, other than allegedly dozing off at cabinet meetings?? (I mean meditating about a solution for the gas prices!), plus the oil sheikhs are terrified of the darth-vader!! Who else we gonna send- Condy? She'd wave/smile, wave/smile, and money would do the same from my wallet at the pump!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  53. Velle In Halifax

    Since nothing will come of Cheney's "intervention" the answer is moot. HOWEVER, Jack ole' pal, dare we hope he might just STAY THERE! Maybe he could go hunting with the Saudi Prince?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  54. tco in Virginia

    Fox/chickens/hen house, or should I say Cheney/Halliburton/big oil. Cheney will make sure that he and his rich friends at the oil companies continue to make record profits. Just because Cheney's money's in trust right now doesn't mean it'll stay that way forever. While we're all choosing between food or gas this Christmas, we can rest assured that the big oil companies will have record profits for 2008. Bah humbug. Bah Cheney.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  55. Damian

    Oh Jack, you're back!
    This is more like the satirical spot-on whit, we were use to!

    On topic – Maybe he's gone to the Middle East with a big fat rebate cheque from Halliburton to pay them to subsidize the cost of fuel. With all the money that company made in illegal contracts in Iraq, it should bring down the price of crude for the next ten years!

    Alternately there is still the war crimes tribunal.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  56. Aaron B.; Champaign IL

    Wow, Jack. You're good at rhetorical questions, aren't you?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  57. TRUTHSEEKER in Boston

    Cheney is the wrong person to bring down oil prices as I doubt that he really cares ...since he owns a large chunk of Halliburton. It's in his and all other oil tycoons interests to keep oil prices as high as they can. Remember when Bush told the us that by invading Iraq ..oil would be plentiful? What a scam. Maybe if we got out of the middle east oil would go back down to at least the price that it was before we invaded. They don't want us there and what better way to show us than our pocketbooks.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  58. Joan Palmer

    Absolutely not! And where did the Federal Government get over 200 billion dollars to help the stock market soar today?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  59. Cale Forty(D)

    As much as i dislike Dick Cheney, I have to say that he would be the perfect candidate to lower oil prices. This is a man who supresses scientists and if they start to win on alternative fuels, whats next?! people might actually fully accept global warming!! OMG! With these cascading thoughts in Cheney's mind he has become a superman of oil. That or they'll get pissed off at him and tell him to go back to following Bush around.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  60. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    Damn Jack,

    I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair! Sending Cheney to lower oil prices is like a wolf guarding the hen house.

    Mary Steele
    Yorktown VA

    March 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  61. Aaron B.; Champaign IL

    Also, why haven't any of the presidential candidates addressed oil prices yet? It seems to be the giant $4.11 gorilla in the room that no once seems to want to talk about.

    And would somebody please inform our President that in some states, such as California and elsewhere, gas is already well above four bucks?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  62. Pat in MIchigan

    When you read the facts about what these clowns have done in the last eight years you could almost laugh except for the fact that one way or another they have devastated almost all of middle class America. They started a needless war that is still claiming our young lives, and the oil story is just another sad chapter.....and the very worst thing about it all is that none of them has ever admitted to making a mistake or saying they were sorry, remorseful or anything...this administration will be remembered for the two "s" words, stubborn and stupid.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  63. 18-30 White Male

    Yeah right...putting Cheney in charge of trying to bring down oil prices is like putting the wolf in charge of the henhouse! Hey Dick, do something right for this counrty for once instead of your pocketbook!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  64. Rod

    If memory serves the VP made a lot of money in the oil business and could still be making a lot of money judging by the record profits of the oil companies. Isn't this a lot like putting the fox in the hen house and expecting the flock to grow in numbers? Many of the oil companies have their own wells and are pumping out crude, my guess they are happy to sell it to themselves and the higher the price the better, after all they are setting their prices for fuel based on the going rate of crude not what it costs them to produce a barrel from their own oil field.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  65. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Sending Dick Cheney to the middle east to bring down oil prices is like sending Britney Spears to Columbia to stop the flow of cocaine.
    Of course, this is the same administration who thought an expert in Arabian horses could run FEMA.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  66. Mary

    Jack, I would not trust Dick Cheney to do anything; look at what he and Bush have done to our country. They both should be impeached.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  67. Barnabas from Bonita Springs,Florida

    I don't believe for one minute that Dick Cheney has the interests and
    financial well-being of regular, hardworking Americans in mind. If that man is going to negotiate for lower oil prices, it can only mean America is going to pay a steep, unimaginable price very soon.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  68. L.M.,Arizona

    If he had an ounce of integrity he would be perfect since he and his friends have made trillions off his war, most people of integrity would say ok we made enough let's give the little people something. Of course if he had any integrity he would not have started a war and hire his old company to wage it ,and throwing in soldiers who didn't have a choice.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  69. PAUL, SHELDON VT

    You have to be kidding.
    He is part of the problem.
    thanks
    Paul

    March 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  70. Annie, Atlanta

    Jack,

    Who better to send than a guy who obviously has the same belief system as those arab sheiks – "Make sure we get richer at whatever the cost." Personally, I think they should keep him.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  71. Rod

    If memory serves VP Cheney made a lot of money in the oil business and could still be making a lot judging by the record profits of the oil companies. Isn't this a lot like putting the fox in the hen house and expecting the flock to grow in numbers? Many oil companies have their own oil wells and are pumping out crude, my guess that they are happy to sell it to themselves and the higher the price the better, after all they are setting the price of fuel based on the going rate of crude and not what it cost them to produce a barrel from their own oil field.

    Rod W.
    Grand Island, NE

    March 11, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  72. Penny, British Columbia, Canada

    Absolutely not....

    That is truly like putting the fox in charge of guarding the hen house.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  73. Ronald Kepics

    Hello Jack:

    I doubt the vice president can do anything about the price of oil. The only way the price of oil will go down is if the United States stops buying it from the Saudi's. And that isn't likely to happen any time soon.

    Ron – San Diego

    March 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  74. ben

    Dick Cheney the great intimidator lower my gas cost!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  75. Eleanora Feucht

    I fear that Dick Cheney is going to the middle east for one thing, and that thing will not benefit you or me. Cheney knows that he will be out a job soon and he wants to insure the fact that he will still be getting his share of rake offs from Haliburton. Mt. Laurel,N.J.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  76. CJ in Roanoke, VA

    You want to bring down oil prices? Tell the Bernanke to raise interest rates. Oil is expensive because it takes more of our devalued dollars to buy it. OPEC countries know this. As far as Cheney being able to fix it, I don't think so. The guy,and the whole administration, act in a cloak of secrecy that is disturbing. What ever happened to open gov't?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  77. Mary Lee Atlanta,GA

    Funny Jack, real funny !!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  78. Pat-New Port Richey Fl

    NO! No! NO! What a group of losers. No wonder our country is in such terrible shape.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  79. Jim Osekowsky

    Should have taken Elliot Spitzer with him, they're both good at drilling!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  80. Joe -Iowa

    Trust Dick Cheney?? The man who thinks torture is ok?
    The man that thinks our constitution doesn't apply to him?

    NO THANKS! He should not be trusted with his own life much less mine.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  81. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think he can get the job done because of his Halliburton connections in the Middle East. He will probably take some money out of his pocket by telling them they should cool it until after the elections. Then they can go back to where they were and start stick it twice as hard to the people to make up for lost revenue. I would love to be a fly in a wall when they have this meeting it would be like listening in on a mafia sit down.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  82. Jonathan from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Absolutely not. OPEC has been squeezing the U.S. economy for all it's worth in the past, why would they stop now?

    Game's over Dick, pack it in and give Canada a call. Compared to OPEC prices we're practically giving it away.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  83. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    He needs to be on his way to jail! Do not pass go, Do not collect your enormous pension!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  84. Sam Foster, Katy Texas

    Oh my God let me stop lauging before I type an answer...sorry I can't!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  85. Ted in Portland OR

    Dick Cheney doesn't give a RA about what Americans pay for gas or any petroleum derivative, because he has no respect for his Oath of Office. He is out strictly for Dick Cheney, regardless of any sob story he could possibly come up with. He has been living off the US government for so long, he has rendered himself impotent to solve ANY problem.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  86. Carmen

    Cheney needs to pack his bags and get out of town. He probably lie his way into getting more money for his already stuffed pockets. This president and his administration just keep turning the screws to the people of America and the rest of the world.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  87. George Wilson

    Sending Dick Cheney to try to the get the price of oil lowered, is like sending as arsonist to put out a fire. If there is anyone out there who believes that the Republicans have tried to stop these prices from going up like they have, then I have a bullitin for you. These are the same people. along with the oil companies who have caused this mess.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  88. Paulette Dallas,PA

    No. We are in this mess because of Cheney's greed. He lined his pockets and his friends pockets. Any cut in oil prices will decrease Cheney&Companys'profits. The best he will do is maybe negotiate a temporary reduction in oil costs only to return to sky rocketing prices before very long.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  89. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    You must be kidding. When I read that my stomach sunk deeper into my back than it already was. Cheney being sent to save us, you must be kidding. He is more than likely dancing with those prices, especially since his remaining time in office is a heart beat away from ending. He stands to make a fortune in his post VP years. The average price of gas may be $3.22; however here in Eugene the cheapest price I can find is $3.53 so I question the math in this. who pays so cheap a price that it drags the average this low?
    This mess is a direct result of the Bush/Cheney denial that this this counrty was in trouble last year, and it looks like they responded way to late.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  90. Deborah-Grant, Michigan

    I can't stop laughing at the thought of Cheney asking for lower oil prices. Are you sure he hasn't gone duck hunting?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  91. Ken on the Left Coast

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    Jack,
    Are you talking about the same Dick Cheney who was CEO of Halliburton, his former company that has made billions on the Iraqi war? Are we talking about Vice President Cheney who back in 2001, held a secret energy meeting with those of the petroleum industry that probably shaped things happening today?
    I remember a movie a few years ago, “The Formula (1980)”. Marlon Brando an American oil executive is meeting with other American oil executives and one executive is commenting about the Arabs. Brando says to him, “We are the Arabs”
    Considering our leaders Bush, Cheney, and Rice, were formerly connected to the petroleum industry; Vice President Dick Cheney is not the right person to go to the Middle East to try to bring down skyrocketing oil prices.
    Ken

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    March 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  92. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Cheney is the last person that should be sent. I would not want anyone from the Bush administration to go. We need a group of non-partison officals to go and report back too congress, the president & vice president all at one time. This way we know that they have not been directed by anyone.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  93. Al Hilton Palmdale, California

    Who should we send jack,– Hillary? Bush, Cheney, not even the oil companies are to blame. I learned about supply and demand in economics class. Use less fuel, the price goes down. At the supermarket, I listened to a lady complain about Bush and his oil cronies. I laughed later as I seen her loading groceries into her gas guzzling Hummer.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  94. Allen L Wenger

    It is impossible to know. The American public is not allowed to know what takes place in his meetings. Vice President Cheney will most likely keep these meetings secret as well. If the price of oil goes down, he will take credit. If the price of oil goes up, he will say the increase was cut in half because of these meetings. He will claim tne mission was a success, no matter what happens later.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  95. john marlton,nj

    Who else should go, Bush? He'd be holding hands and dancing. At least with Cheney he might threaten to blow them off the planet if they don’t lower the price.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  96. Jay King

    Are you kidding? What's next?
    Will there be government programs designed to give repeated level 3 pedophile a license to operate their own day-care business.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  97. Karl in CA

    Why would Dick Cheney ever want to bring down oil prices? Isn't that this administrations livelihood after next January? I'll bet he got a one way ticket to Dubai and will be next sited in the corporate headquarters of Halliburton,never to return.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  98. Brian - Trinidad

    Yes,because he is the only one who has enough dirt on the Saudis to use as leverage to get them to lower prices. Besides, he operates at their level, totally corrupt and crooked. He's the best guy for that job!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  99. Tanya

    Of course he's not. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house! The problem is, there isn't one person in the current administration trustworthy or smart enough to get the job done. Maybe a little innovation is in order here. Let's kill two birds with one stone and send Hillary and Barack to talk to the Saudis. Whoever has the most success would not only solve the oil crisis, it would let the public know which Democratic candidate would be most effective with our foreign policy. However, since the Saudis have zero respect for independent women, I doubt if Hillary would be taken seriously by the Saudis. Something for those Hillary supporters to think about.

    Joshua Tree, CA

    March 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  100. Rose

    Jack,
    Your kidding right? The only accomplishment Cheney has is he managed to ruin America. I will pay the moving company to send him home. The prices of oil have risen because the dynamic duo( Bush and Cheney) created the financial problems, how can they possibly reverse the damage? Can't!

    Connecticut

    March 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  101. Matt, Eau Claire

    Can you say blind leading the blind?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  102. scott

    These Idiots in the white house wanted oil over 100$ a barrel and they got it along with bringing down the economy with it now dick Cheney is off the middle east crying and wining about it
    I'll tell these idiots where they can go and its not the middle east jack.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  103. Jerry

    He should be since him, the great decider and their buddies are all in bed with the old king. If he can't get the prices lowered, watch out the gang is going to try and get as much as they can before leaving office

    March 11, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  104. Wendy

    I'm wondering why Bush doesn't go.....he's been there dining and dancing with his buddies (the saudi"s)....are they at odds these days?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Ray Kinserlow

    Sending Dick Cheney to bring down oil prices is like sending Elliot Spitzer to oversee the morals of a nunnery.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    March 11, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  106. Keith

    Is Vice President Dick Cheney the right person to go to the Middle East to try to bring down skyrocketing oil prices?

    Is Bin Laden the right person to bring about world peace?

    My God, Jack.... Cheney – lower oil prices?

    That's an oxy-moron if there ever was one. LMAO

    March 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  107. Patricia

    Cheney? Isn't he the one over the barrel? What on earth kind of leverage does he have? "Give us more oil at a better price or we're leaving!" Yeah, that'll work.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  108. Scott in Jacksonville Florida

    If Cheney can't do it, who can?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  109. Walt Goodman

    Jack: Absolutely the right man! Bush loves to send a fox to guard the hen house. Both Bush & Chaney have gained financially from the quadrupling of gas & oil prices since 2001. And the Arabs & oil barons (remember the term?) are smiling all the way to the banks! Walt, Ridgeway, SC

    March 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  110. Sandra Mitchell

    I'm sure Cheney will broker a deal so that his rich oil buddies will become even richer. Sending a fox into the hen house and expecting the chickens (or the oil prices) to come out with a positive result is either naive. What... should Americans expect anything other than a self-interested dishonest politician?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  111. Will K. San Jose, CA

    Thanks for the stock tip, Jack. Time to buy some Exxon Mobil.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  112. Howard

    Yes; he is you send a drink buddy of the mob to lower your debt to the mob, so you send a oil profiteer to talk to an oil profiteer

    March 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  113. Barbara

    Barbara-Idaho

    well he is most likely one of those who is keeping them up, so if his pockets are full now maybe he can get them to lower the price of oil. Sure he hasn't done anything for 7 yrs., it is about time he did something for the US.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  114. Chris MA

    Jack in the Bush /Gore debate did not Gov. Bush say what you have to do is call those people up and "jaw bone with them to get them to open up the spicketts"? He must have lost the phone number while he was on vacation in Crawford. No Jack Dick Cheney belongs in just one place BEHIND BARS.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  115. DMAC/Post Falls, ID

    Sure let him go. I don't know how much more damage they can do. He and Bush have made such a fiasco of this whole thing.
    Everyone knows he will be checking out how he still rates with Halliburton and to make sure they can stay there after the election. God knows that there is so much work to be done there because of the mismanagement of this war by Bush and Chaney. And it does not look like the Iraqis are going to step up to the plate to rebuild or really govern for themselves. We attacked them and they are just going to sit back and keep using us. They have no guts. So-– yes --let him go. He should get along great with these people.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  116. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    You've got to remember this is George Bush being the deciderer. This makes as much sense to him as thinking Brownie was doing a bang-up job with the Katrina relief effort, or commending George Tenet for his outstanding role in preventing 9/11, or promoting Condi Rice for her role in preventing 9/11, or relying on Paul Wolfowitz to plan the Iraq War. In Bush's world, Dick Cheney is the perfect person to bring down oil prices.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  117. Jeff in MD

    Jack, this is a tough one. On one hand, we know Bush recently tried to do the same thing with OPEC & Saudia Arbia laughing at him. I have to assume Cheney is the better negotiator and will probably threaten OPEC, problem is, will this lead us into another "situation"?

    On second thought, I don't trust him even more.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  118. Terry from: Fayetteville NC

    They should send Ralph Nader. He is the one that can give Sultan Bush and Sultan Cheney a third term.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  119. Lori

    This coot has held this country hostage for 7 years in every way possible so he could load his buddies pockets and his own. He has no credibility on the world stage or at home. The only thing I want him in charge of is whether he wears stripes or a bright orange jumpsuit with the letters FED PRISON neatly printed for all to see!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  120. Bill

    Another empty gesture by our administration.

    If you want to lower the cost of oil, start by finding a way to increase the value of the US dollar. As long as the dollar continues to decline, the cost of oil will rise.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  121. Brian, Devon PA

    The rise in oil prices over the past few years were, in large part, a pay-off to the Saudis for keeping quiet on Iraq. The more recent rise is due to speculation-most likely the Cheney fans in the oil business trying to make even more obscene profits. So do really think Cheney is doing more than PR?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  122. Les Young Oklahoma

    Jack this has got to be the best one yet.Its like letting the fox guard the hen house. This guy is the reason we have the gas prices we have.He and his oil buddies don't care what the price of oil is they will just control the refinining of the oil to gas put in a big porfit for them selfs. The only thing they worry about is the supply not the price.they like some of the other major company have found a way around the free market. system.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  123. Timothy

    Is the Pope Baptist?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  124. Kevin- Webster, MA

    I do not believe the problem is in the Middle East. It is on Wall St. The futures speculators are driving the price up and raking in the green doing so. They say there is plenty of oil but mention a storm or a nation at odds and it goes up. The funny thing is when the storm blows by and the nations shake hands it doesn't come down, Home heating oil has never (until now) cost more than gasoline. It is not supply and demand it is pure speculation and greed. Send someone to Wall St and hurry.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  125. Russ in PA

    What a joke... No new drilling in the US, no new processing plants in the US, no realistic energy or monetary policy, no public transportation, no view of the future, and a public too enamored with a welfare state. Lower oil prices? Clean house first!

    Oh, wait, except for Ron Paul, no other candidate seems to want to talk about such hard decisions, do they?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  126. Bridgett

    That we be like sending a heroin dealer to Afghanistan to get them to lower the production of poppy seed plants. That is the equivalent of sending this oil dealer who he and his friends make million and millions of dollars off of oil. That is just silly and again it goes to show you how gullable the American public is.

    They have until January too make everything that they can make of this war and the oil why would they want that to slow down.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  127. Johnny, NC

    Hahahahaha! Wow! Good one, Jack! I almost thought you were serious!

    Wait... you are joking, right?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  128. Fish from MN

    Does it matter who, in this administration, to go make such deal; I wouldn't believe they have a genuine interest to stop the sky rocketting oil prices. Dick Chenny is probably there to figure out a way to suck the last dime out of this economy and us before their term of government runs out.
    Fish

    March 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  129. Jerry

    Sure! he's the right person... that is if he's willing to take Bugs bunny and Daffy Duck with him to negotiate. "Hey" where are those two anyway. Probably advising the President.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  130. Tamara

    I'm sorry Jack, I cannot answer this question because I'm laughing so hard I feel out of my seat. Dick Cheney? Are you serious?

    Tamara
    Indianapolis

    March 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  131. Gigi in Alabama

    I would not have faith in Dick Cheney to use a devining stick to find water much less have any effect on bringing the price of oil down. If anything, he will have a reverse effect. He is big oil!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  132. Christine in Natchez, MS

    That would be the equivalent of leaving my Ben & Jerry's, with or without a spoon, in front of my husband. It's just not done Jack.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  133. Tom

    Maybe they will keep him. It seems appropriate.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  134. Alberto Alcala

    In my opnion he is going to check on his investments or some other personal business and to make sure he will be well taken care of after his term is over.

    The Bush legacy of bailing out corporations and huge contracts for friendly corporations has cost us the value of our currency and the billions in fuel prices.

    Everything they do is bad for us and good for them and their buddies. Why would this trip be anything different. Like some one else said, he is probably going to go hang out with Ken Lay in Dubai. LOL

    March 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  135. Paul from Michigan

    Cheney has a great share of the responsiblity for the great rise in oil and gas prices but it became out of control. Therefore he is now being forced to get back the control. He is only going to the Middle East for show while have secret meetings with his Big Oil company buddies which will once again be found out and investgated. Dick and George will then once again claim Presidential Privelage for the 9th time so nobody can find out what is really going on.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  136. Les Young Oklahoma

    One more thought I hope he don't go bird hunting with any of the oil sheks.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  137. Ann from Texas

    Give me a break. Dick Cheney is NOT the right person to do anything !!! We're talking about a man that not only shoots at people when he hunts, but a man that said yes to George Bush in 2000, when he accepted the offer Vice -Pres. After two goof ups like those, nobody in their right mind would send him to carry out the garbage. You need a vacation Jack if this is all you can come up with to discuss.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  138. Sandi

    Jack:

    Putting Cheney out there to fight rising oil prices is like putting an embezzler in as bank president! Yeah, give him the combination to the oil safe. Maybe he thinks this is his pension fund!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  139. Nicole

    Well, he does know the business....

    and this is just a bad dream anyway... right.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  140. Michael

    HA Ha Ha! Only place Dick Cheney should be is in a Iraq prison cell sitting next to the other moron waiting for there trial to begin for crimes against humanity.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  141. Rebecca from Michigan

    Yes, Cheney can help to lower oil and gas prices just like he helped to raise them. But going to the Middle East won't help because they can't do anything about it. This will be just a ploy to lay blame on the Middle East while the real problem lies right in our own front yard, the Big Oil Companies right here in America who are making more profits than the Federal Printing Press printing off new U.S. money.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  142. Irving R. Irvine CA

    Oh, this is funny alright. Nearly every other comment mocked the irony and backwardness of this action. However, the last person to be laughing will be Dick Cheney. The real question to be asking is: how much money, stolen through conniving tactics such as this, is enough?
    I quess these republicans really do love Reagan and his middle-class destroying ways. Politicians are not cut from a finer cloth than the populace they represent. They are taken and elected from the populace direct. We should be ashamed that this man is not doing a life sentence in levenworth prison. It also exemplifies the point that American career politicians are the real enemy to America and not Al-Quada.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  143. Rolando DePuy

    Cheney is only for the money.. What he or Bush has done for the country since this problem began. Nothing. . Cheney is a man of no country, same with Bush their country is MONEY

    March 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  144. Bernie

    Cheney will bring oil prices down two weeks before the November elections and then after the elections are over, up goes the prices again.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  145. Kris Koliwad

    Jack,
    Cheney is going there to give Saudis his and his buddies' secret bank account numbers. Sending that by e-mail or by phone is risky given the patriot act eves dropping! You know, after Januray 2009 the new numbers will change.

    Kris, CA

    March 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  146. Harry

    Cheney going to the middle east will not help.

    The high cost of Gas, is not a supply and demand issue as evidenced by our economic growth slowing substantially, as impacting the overall world growth.

    As our economy is slowing the refining capacity issue is sort of suspect as the cause.

    It is not so much a cheap dollar issue, as that argument falls about $30 bucks a barrel short.

    That leaves only one thing... the unbridled, unregulated oil speculation industry. Oil is the new bubble... (tech stock,/ subprime/ gold), it has taken on a life of it's own. Supply and demand are irrelevant, as greed has overtaken it.

    When you start seeing infomercials about getting rich in oil, the end of $100+ oil is near. Even capitalists need regulation.

    Harry
    Carlisle, Ky.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  147. Rodney

    Dear Jac,k, If you haven't noticed, it's getting ugly in here! Ditto to the 80 or 90 comments before me.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  148. Dori Brewer

    I thought this might be a trick question since the answer to everyone seems obcious. No,Cheney is not the one to help.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  149. Bernadette from Chicago

    America was paying $1.28 per gallon when Clinton left office. We are now at $3.28 per gallon. If a family uses 20 gallons of gasoline per car per week and has two cars, they would have already paid an additional $30,000 in increased gasoline costs. With the oil companies making record profits and donating over $300 million dollars to the Republican Party, I doubt we will see a drop in oil prices with the exception of a two-week period prior to the November election.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  150. Joe

    ha ha ha real funny, good one Jack! 🙂

    March 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  151. Ralph Taliercio - Long Island, NY

    Only if there is worldwide release of his itinery, arrival times, and travel route.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  152. Tim L. from Port Neches, Tx

    If they send him as a messenger with plans already made up for how he'll negotiate and not allow him to deviate from those plans, then sure. At the very least he'll be occupied so he can't mess up anything else here.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  153. Martha Lamberth

    The complete mismanagement of the economy is now impacting the Cheney /Bush profits. The Bush family investment company is feeling an impact. Now the economy is beginning to matter!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  154. Ginger Colorado

    Is Cheney taking them hunting before or after negotiations?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  155. Nathan Klintworth

    We need to focus on new energy resources. That way we can stick it to OPEC. We all know OPEC can pump enough oil so that the price of gas is $1.00 a gallon but the problem is they won't because they are greedy. If we had a new resource that replaced oil, then we can push OPEC aside and let them drown in their pool of black oil.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  156. melvin

    He sure should be, since he has been in bed with them for years.
    However, I will not bet the family farm they come down.
    Melvin
    La Junta,Co

    March 11, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  157. Jessica from Otis, Kansas

    That would be the equivalent of taking whiz on a raging house fire. Why now? Oil prices have been out of control for a while now!!! We are in a recession because of these two idiots and I wish they would both just take a vacation till their term is over so they don't screw the American people anymore than they already have!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  158. Ginger Colorado

    And while he is there we could send him to Israel to broker a peace deal! And all around the world as a peacekeeper LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  159. Jan

    No he's not the best one to be sent to the middle east. As he is and oil man and why would he want to have the price lowered it would cut into his Profits . We can't have that. we will always have to pay high prices for our oil. it is $3.45 a gallon here in michigan. So these oil people can live high on the hog

    March 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  160. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    Sure? When he came into office oil was $30.00,it is now $110.00, we paid $1.50 now it is moving on $4.00. It would seem he has been doing a great job, just not for us poor consumers. It sure has worked for him and King George
    I think this ranks as high crimes and misdeameaners. When will the trials start? Good luck.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  161. corrice

    I do believe in Mermaids, I do beleive in Mermaids. If I can convience myself that Mermaids are real. Why can't iconvience myself that Dick Cheney is the right person to send to Negotiate oil prices?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  162. Cindy H.

    His visit is all "show". We all know that the Administration is allowing the rising costs so the 'ol boys back home in Texas and their counterparts in Saudi Arabia can make as much money as they can before the November election, because IF a Democrat is elected they WILL go after the oil companies, the Pubs gotta get it while they can!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  163. Ed in Connecticut

    Cheney might be able to bring down a brace of quail (probably of an endangered species), a hunting partner, a few democratic congress people on a fact-finding junket, America's standing in the region (if we have one) and the government of any Arab state that appears to be the least bit friendly to him. But the price of oil?? No way! I do wonder how many Haliburton contracts are going to pop up in the region in the lad's wake.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  164. Leah J, CA

    Cheney and Bush both have "oil" in their background. I doubt either sold off their interests when they took office in 2000..they have been raking in the windfall. Why would he want to bring the prices down?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  165. Kevin Hemp

    Sure it is Jack. This is the same snake that said, of the tax break the his lot got "..is their due".

    When he gets there he should fit in the the rest of those money grabbing basterds who are saying "thanks for getting your boys killed here tio liberate out little oil rich nation. Now here is how we repay you.
    Hell he should fit in with the with akll those dudes.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  166. Dee from Canada

    Bush & Cheney are both morons. Neither have any respect from other countries. Cheney should not be negotiating anything. Hillary could probably get the job done but why not send Obama and lets see what what all the talk is about.
    Dee from Canada

    March 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  167. thelma

    lordy..lordy jack i wouldn't trust this man in a whore house. with oil prices thats a laugh............thelma ....ky.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  168. Wayne

    Absolutlely he is the right person. He is the right person for ending the Iraq fiasco too. The vice president should be sent to Bagdad immediately. He should not be allowed to return to U.S. soil until oil prices have improved and the Iraq war ended -or- until hell freezes over. Which ever occurs first.

    Wayne
    Georgetown, TX

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  169. Brett Milam

    That's like asking Charles Manson to take a stand on crime.

    -Brett Milam
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  170. Louis Hinojos El Paso, Texas

    "DICK" Cheney ? What a joke!
    OPEC has nothing to do with our gas prices, Congress needs to investigate Exon-Mobil and her sisters. They are the ones who keep the gas prices up by holding back refining production. The American people need to know that it takes less than $5.00 to refine a barrel of oil. How much profit is enough?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  171. Rodney

    Hmm, maybe he's really going there to pick up his big bonus check from the oil Kings? Maybe the media can get some photos of him kissing them all in the mouth!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  172. JJ Georgia

    Jack, this was a LOL one for sure!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  173. Dave

    Hillary may have answered the phone at 3 am, but i dont think her response of "Bill – its for you", counts as experience.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  174. earl illingsworth

    God Bless the Cheney Administration for there unselfish service to this great company of ours the, "United Haliburton Subsidiary's of America", and their expedient reaction to rising revenue profits? Earl, Provincetown,Mass.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  175. Chuck Hanks

    Cheney cant do it, what needs to be done is Congress either needs to do away with futures or oil regulated.You cant tell me the oil companies are paying 100 dollars a barrel,attornety general should be filing price gauging charges on them.A regular person who raises prices on a generator during a power outage would be in trouble why not the oil companies.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  176. Ron

    We have single mothers in the town I live in struggling to make ends meet and gas just hit $3.50 a gallon here. It is coming down to whether a mother feeds her family or fills the gas tank so she can go to work. It is quite obvious our President and Vice President do not care about those struggling mothers, especially since they own billions in stock in the oil industry. Sending Cheney would be complete a waste of time and money.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  177. Jay, Canada

    The sad thing about this is not that it is the same as putting Pablo Escobar in charge of drug policy, but that The Administration is so disconnected from the public that they don't understand that regular folks will see this as a crock from day one. Please, please, stop electing these corporate criminals just because they claim to be 'pro life' or whatever...it is all a greedy, money grubbing scam, period.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  178. Ron

    Are we sure Cheney is going there to ask for lower pricing and not hold a secret meeting regarding the next price increase?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  179. Allan in Harrisburg, PA

    Of course not! Why would anyone think that an apologetic oil man who still has a vested interest in record quarterly profits for oil companies want to do anything to cut into the corporate and personal profits for him and his cronies is beyond me. VP Dick will probably spend his time in the Middle East kissing the fat rear-ends of Saudi sheiks just like everyone in this and administration (not to mention the last 5 administrations) has done all along. Don't hold your breath...and buy a hybrid.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  180. Sue, Cuba NY

    What is this supposed to be? His last grand stand?? Gosh, I just can't wait for both the Bush and Clinton legacies (along with all of their cohorts) to end!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  181. Barry

    Yes he is. I have no doubt that he will be successful. It will not be immediate but the price probably will drop substantially sometime near the republican convention............

    March 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  182. Nuwan Samaranayake

    He may be in a mission to "damage control" before things really explode in their(Republicans) face. He has earned enough for himself and for his friends through his underhand policies. Now, he may be trying to control the explosion of anger from American people.

    Nuwan from Houston, Texas

    March 11, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  183. Bob S Philadelphia, PA

    Jack,
    Are you kidding me! No new oil refineries built in this country in 33 years, the only way Cheney will help us with oil prices is if Halliburton gets contracts to build the refineries.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  184. independent indy

    Is anyone from the current adminstration the right choice? I suppose if this is his mess, he should be a good little boy and go attempt to clean it up. Doubtful he can accomplish much more than a temporary fix.

    -Jason
    indianapolis

    March 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  185. Tim

    Of couse he is. And the fox is the right one to send to the chicken coop to check on the chickens!

    Tim
    Nocona, Texas

    March 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  186. John in Seattle

    Well, not voting for McCain because he has no clue about our economic situation. The Politians in office over the past 30 years have sold our future, so when a Politition that admits he has no clue, why would you vote for him.

    Our economic situation is worse than any terrorist attack, citizens need to stand up and oust anyone that supports jobs going overseas.

    McCain has sent the production of Military equipment to Foriegn Countries the peace of sh*t.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  187. James S. Lenon - TN

    Cheney is not the person to send to bring down oil prices. But we all know that is not the goal of the Bush-Cheney administration. Oil prices won't come down until the oil executives are presented with legislation to nationalize all fossil fuel resources in North America. That, as a side effect, will also cause former VP Cheney's pacemaker to melt down.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  188. Lee Anne

    I'd write a comment but I am laughing so hard I can barely see hte keyboard.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  189. Edwin - Northern Illinois

    Dick Cheney is Guilty of TREASON. Who are you kidding.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  190. Daniel

    The only thing Cheney can do is to invite them hunting, that'll show 'em!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  191. Anthony Banks

    Are you kidding? Again the details of the meeting will be kept secret from the general public, and again will result in yet another increase in gas prices and probably and increase in Cheney's wallet as well.

    Anthony Banks
    Cadiz, Ohio

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  192. Thomas Edward Fairbairn

    I would not send the VP anywhere but Jail

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  193. Becky

    No Cheney is old and senile ,he can't find his way to the bathroom by himself ,. I suppose he could take MCain with him,wait that wont work because , MCcain is old and senile too.....I think they shoulld send Nancy Pelosie...after all she thinks she knows it all,and things can't get much worse,,,or can they....

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  194. Angela

    ROFLMAO & PMP!!!!!!!

    In case you don't speak IM that means:
    rolling on floor laughing my *arse* off and peeing my panties!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  195. Mike in Nova Scotia

    Set a thief to catch a thief.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  196. Derrick

    Well I hope he's good for something.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  197. Stephen from Boca Raton, Florida

    Jack, I would not be surprised if Cheney empathized with them and told them to keep up the good work! Let's send someone who really cares about the plight of the people who are really affected by these oil prices.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  198. Dan

    Cheney to try to bring down oil prices? Thats like sending the fox to watch over the henhouse...

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  199. Eric Platt

    This is how the president is goin to solve the mortage crisis.

    All of his buddies at the banks are going to buy oil futures and make back all their losses.

    The only losers are the rest of us.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  200. Emmanuel

    Are playing!!! He actually went to make sure that the price doesn't come down when they leave the whitehouse.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  201. will

    Just as smart as sending Bush to go teach a English class.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  202. ben conrad

    Only if the roadside bombers are out in full force!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  203. Janet; Phoenix, Arizona

    We ought to send 50 citizens over and let them represent the United States/government; one person from each state. No politicians, period. The citizens are the ones who are suffering; not those fat cats in D.C.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  204. Kenn stransky

    Wait for the laughter to stop? Ha! Ship out the Depends undergarments because all of America is currently peeing in our pants while laughing at the thought of Dick Cheeney lowering gas/oil prices.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  205. Janet Kennedy

    I didn't know you were a stand-up comedian!?!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  206. Daniel Beal

    This administration is the biggest joke the United States has ever seen. The fact that they think the American people are stupid enough to accept Dick Cheney as the diplomat to bring down oil prices is laughable. I'm counting the days that these crooks have left in office.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  207. Dorothy

    I'm sorry Jack, I actually CAN'T stop laughing!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  208. sean b

    I can not believe that he is seriously going to the middle east to discuss oil costs. He is partly due to the fact that we pay what we pay right now, now he wants to be the savior? Your typical politician. This administration has to have other countries laughing.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  209. Melissa Witul

    Hi Jack,

    I couldn't resist this one..

    Cheney is the right person to go ONLY if it is guaranteed he will stay there.

    Melissa

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  210. Ian from Idaho

    Not a chance Jack. Sending Cheney to the Middle East to bring down oil prices is like putting gasoline on a fire. It is just going to make it worse. I see prices going up even higher cause of him.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  211. Mike

    Make sure you give all Saudis an orange hunting vest first !!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  212. Torey

    Duh. What do you expect when you elect two oil men to run the country (into the ground).

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  213. Danny from Gardner Kansas

    Cheney is a huge part of the problem with him going Opec we will be asured to have $120 a barrel oil and $5 a gal gas prices. He's the best Vice President money can buy.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  214. Dennis

    This makes about as much sense as sending George W. Bush to speak at a MENSA conference!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  215. Robert Schneider

    HA! Talk about sending a wolf into the hen house. Maybe Bush is expecting him to un-make some of his old deals.These jokers have raked us over the coals...GO OBAMA!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  216. jk

    I can't think of a better person to get the job done!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  217. mark l. nichols

    I think Dick Cheney should go to the Middle East and stay there. He is not a nice person.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  218. Marc in Minneapolis

    Cheney? ROTFLMAO!

    You go get 'em Jack!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  219. Rick

    Absolutely. No matter what they say he still helps controll the most powerfull clandestine organisation in the world. Halliburton. All he has to do is threaten to cut the Arabs off from Haliburton and it's a done deal.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  220. Jim Taddeo

    Dear Jack,
    I'm just a high schooler but even I know that Dick Cheney is not the right person to bring down oil prices! He is a product of corporate America, which is erroding our nation's morality. On the other hand, it might just be simpler for Dick Cheney to invite them all on a hunting trip!

    Sincerely,
    Jim Taddeo

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  221. Justin S.

    I've heard it all.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  222. Ivan

    What kind of question is this? We might as well have sent the CEO of Exxon Mobil! What a "Dick"

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  223. Edwin - Northern Illinois

    Dick Cheney was holding secret Energy Policy meetings?
    Why don't we ask him what he was doing the morning of 9/11.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  224. Alan

    Sending Cheney to the Mideast to bring down oil prices is like sending Eliot Sptizer into a brothel to shut it down.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  225. Emmanuel

    Are you playing me!!! He actually went to make sure that the price doesn’t come down when they leave the whitehouse.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  226. neil

    Cheney? Bring down oil prices? He can't bring down his own blood pressure! We're trusting him with oil prices!?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  227. Tom, Ohio

    What? Why in the world would he want to lower oil prices? He has been working so hard to get them up to where they are now. And he has to worry, he will be out of a job next year, if he can keep the oil companies' profits up, it will help them afford his compensation when they hire him next February.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  228. Maggie Hines

    Does the phrase "pillage and plunder" mean anything to anyone?
    How about impeachment? Thanks for giving us a voice....

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  229. Margaret

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  230. Steve v

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH..you gotta be kidding me,,cheny and bush both oil people,,thats why oil is so high now,,hahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahah,,,,cheny help oil go down

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  231. Dominic A. Rolla

    Jack, I have ONE question. Did Cheney bring the gun with him ??????

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  232. John, Carthage, TX

    Only if he takes his shotgun.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  233. CJ

    He is not the one to go to bring down our prices. However, he is the right person to go to bring down his prices and the Bush prices.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  234. Dee Florida

    wait a minute-- I am laughing so hard I can't type!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  235. Burt, Sun Lakes, AZ

    With Cheney doing the talking we will probably see $5.00 a gallon gas by the 4th of July. Happy Independence Day!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  236. Velma - Fort Washington, MD

    Cheney track rcord shows nothing that is to benefit the American people. His motivation is strictly personal which will be revealed once he's out of office. Please leave quickly Bush & Cheney.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  237. Matt Roark

    Sure he's the right person – that is if your making money off oil. But for people like me that are spending more and more of my paycheck on gas – i cant see him doing any good for the average american

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  238. Regena

    Jack – you are soooooooooooo funny. Can you hear me laughing all the way from Fort Wayne, Indiana? Cheney is only in China to see how he can further cover up his "behind closed doors" activities to avoid inevitable impeachment before the Democrats take office and expose his ass.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  239. John in Seattle

    Yes! We should send him to the Middle East, have hime drive in a Humvee down main street with a sign on the back that says "Aim Here! I hate Allah"

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  240. Rich B. Illinois

    If he brings his shotgun and they are allowed to use their weapons, then by all means send him with a one-way ticket!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  241. francis

    sending cheney to the middle east is like sending al capone to make sure the banks vaults are safe!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  242. Anthony Bedford,PA

    Are you crazy?? Cheney probably will have a heart attack when he gets of his flight. He couldn't bring down a camel.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  243. Tom, Raleigh NC

    I think Cheney and Bush should both go. But instead of letting them negotiate the price of oil up another 300% like they have already accomplished during their reign, give them both a hard hat, a pair of work boots and a bandana and let them work in the oil fields under that nice Middle Eastern sunshine. Maybe if they put in a real days work they will finally understand how much damage they have done to the average American and how they have robbed us of our chance for a prosperous future.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  244. William J. Daugherty, PdP

    Dick Chency has done far more harm to the United States than Osama or any other terrorist or terrorist organizations. After the unbelievably egregious failure of his secret "energy policy", it strikes me as the ultimate surrealistic dream for him to think he can now be a positive force. He should have been impeached long ago. I just hope he lives long enough out of office to see finally how wrong and detrimental his tenure has been.

    Bill
    Savannah

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  245. James

    Cheney? Bring down oil prices? What a joke. Lip service can only go so far until results are demanded. Bush and Cheney are failures and will be remembered only as such, the high oil prices and the crippled economy are only two of the uncountable screw ups this administration has created and made worse.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  246. Bill

    Jack,

    As if this were true? Why did they wait until now?! Hawaii gas prices and food prices are skyrocketing!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  247. Dennis Shakan

    Jack, Jack, Jack, Asking if Cheney is the one to bring down oil prices is like asking if Bill Clinton should head up the Spitzer Investigation into Prostitution. In both cases I can see our Govt. Taking care of us and going forward with these ideas. Thanks for the Humor today Jack.

    Dennis

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  248. Jim

    Cheney in charge of oil prices is like a kid in a candy store but I would trust the kids judgement over Dick Cheney's.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  249. Joan

    Hell No! Is there anything we can do stop this guy from totaling ruining this country?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  250. Susan Kupersmith

    Sending Cheney to the Middle East to get oil prices down is like sending the fox into the henhouse to regulate egg production.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  251. Frank M

    Jack,
    Only if he is flying a B-52 and we are ready to implement the homestead act immediately following the visit. Time to buy electric.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  252. J Bergen

    Cheny is the right man to send to the Middle East during a time of $100+ oil only if the job description is "bagman."
    JB, La Canada, CA

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  253. Phyllis Mills

    Oh my! What a joke. One of the Big Rats is now in charge of the cheese again. Hope whoever aims at whatever, hits it!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  254. Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

    You are missing the correct question. Why has the President not signed an Eecutive Order limiting the price for US originated oil to $40.00 a barrel? Congress can pass a law tomorrow with the same result. The Truman era provides the related case law.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  255. Roz

    Dick Cheney is not the right person to lead a discussion on kitty litter. He and Bushy should climb out of their ivory tower for two seconds and smell the roses...rotten as they are in the rose garden. I am past 70 years young and am embarrassed by the entire administration. :Let Cheney stay home with Bushy and count money....all tainted in the blood of the United States Armed Forces. and the weight of their schemes on the entire county.. Shame on them for everything they have done.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  256. Jack D. Blythe

    Are you kidding me? Would you let a fox guard the chicken coop? He and George Bush Juinor who have gotten us into this mess. They have so much oil money in their pockets that they don't care how high oil orices go. They just keep lining their pockets with our cash.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  257. murray

    Not only is he the right person to send to the middle east but we should leave him in the middle east; preferably in downtown
    Baghdad.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  258. onenibble

    Yes, he was chosen by the vote. We will "hope" he will prevail.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  259. Kate Mucci

    The last person we should trust to make anything better for Americans is Dick Cheney. He doesn't know how to tell the truth on anything, and is a dark force bent on making deals with the devil in the form of big business, especially his old cronies.

    Not only should Dick Cheney not be entrusted with anything to do with oil, he should be impeached and indicted for war crimes.

    That's how I really feel.

    Las Vegas, NV

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  260. Mike Friedman

    Who better than Dick Cheney, since he and his secret energy meetings was probably the catalyst for the recent oil prices.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  261. Laura

    The only job that Cheney is the right person for is to be a vortex of despair (to borrow from Jon Stewart).

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  262. Tony

    Jack:
    You are so true. I'm biting my lip not to laugh! Chaney and Bush sold out this country and we all know it. How could we vote for Bush and his VP. Wait a minute I didn't. Maybe people voted for these two because they had experiance

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  263. Bill Wilke Dawsonville GA

    All I'd like to know is Bush and Cheney's net worth in 2000 and in 2008, that should tell the story

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  264. Amy

    I wouldn't trust Cheney to help fix the oil problem any more than I would trust Hillary to fix the mortgage crisis, in light of her shady Whitewater dealings. Both are equally hilarious scenarios!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  265. Tim

    This is another example of how this administration think we are a bunch of retards in this country. Dick Chenney is going to the middle east to bring down prices. Sounds good for a PR stunt. But if you consider that the man is hated by anyone outside of his gang, I can't help but wonder why him. I am tempted to believe all the administration want is to tell us they tried and have sent the only man who is sure to screw it up. For that he is the right man alright.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  266. Matt, Silverdale, WA

    This administration is so intimate with the oil industry that anything they say in regards to the subject is suspect. Everything they have done during this administration has been to promote and encourage higher profits for the oil tycoons while letting the everyday man suffer the consequences.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  267. Nita

    Sending Cheney is like having the fox guard the hen house.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  268. Gregory G

    Cheney to the middle east to bring down oil prices? Thats rediculous. Why in the world would any politician try to reduce the net worth of his biggest financial donor ? That's like sending Eliot Spitzer's to fight against prostitution. God help us.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  269. Rita Fidis

    If you want the fox guarding the hen house send this wily character!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  270. Mary Petrou

    Are you kidding!!

    Chenney's over there right now high five-ing all the oil gurus. This could'nt have worked out better for our president and his evil side kick.

    $$$$$

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  271. Ellen Murphy

    Sure...send Cheney into the Middle East to negotiate the oil price. He'll head home after the price of oil is 150.00 a barrel, he'll have a summer home in Saudi and an entire harem...why not...this can't get funnier for Republicans or more pathetic for the American Public.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  272. Kerry in Fort Worth, Texas

    Sure, if you don't mind the crime wave attributable to this administration.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  273. Lori

    First, ROTFLMAO. Second, Dick is only going to reassure his oil buddies that he will protect all of their preciousssss oil blood money regardless if McCain or Clinton win in November. The only trouble spot would be if Obama wins – he's not owned by Big Oil. Well, at least not yet...

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  274. Jill - Albany, NY

    Sure Jack – why not? I mean – George Clooney is also going to come and ask me to marry him, right??!! Oh, and my governor (Spitzer) will remain governor, right?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  275. Chuck Hanks New york

    Cheney wont do it but what needs to be done is congress either do away with futures or regulate oil,or attorney general file price gauging charges.You cnat tell me oil companies are paying 100 dollars a barrel,a regular person jacking prices on a generator during a power outage is charged why cant the oil companies be .

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  276. Allen

    Jack,

    Dick Cheney is actually the PERFECT person to send to the Middle East to lower prices. He can take all those Saudi oil magnates out on a hunting trip, shoot them all in the face, then get THEM to apologize to HIM on international television - maybe even CNN!

    That ought to tug on their dry, oil-rich little heartstrings.

    Allen
    Honolulu, HI

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  277. Ross

    Jack, I doubt that is the reason. It's more likely he is going to try and stop them from dumping the dollar for euros, or a basket of currencies. And making sure they are lending back to the USA all the oil profits. He is selling America to the big lenders.

    Ross in Nova Scotia

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  278. bob crawford

    he who has the most to gain why not send him, oh yeah he has a lot of money in oil so yeah send in the owner to control prices!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  279. alfredo

    Cheney is the last person we should send. Couldn't we send Sinbad instead?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  280. Frank

    With Dick Cheney going over there to negotiate with OPEC for oil prices, I suspect GAS will be a $5.00 a gallon and oil at $130 a barrel in a day ot two.

    That's like putting Darth Vader in charge of the Death Star.... oh wait, he was.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  281. Jasin From Halifax NS

    Cheney Has as much chance to bring down Oil prices, as are the chances of Cheney shooting a Quail. Both equate to someone getting hit by "friendly fire".

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  282. jp/michigan

    Dick Chaney went to the middle east to count all his money! Why would he try to decrease the price by increasing production. Both he and Bush are counting on high oil prices to pad their retirement.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  283. Jennifer

    It's a public relations ploy to make Republicans look better. Increasing oil production is not even the problem – it's speculation by investors, threats to attack Iran, lack of refineries, instability in Iraq, are valid reasons for oil stocks going high. And still the government gives subsidies to oil companies. Wny don't voters think big business practices are immoral and unethical? People like Cheney continue to influence our lives adversely and no one speaks up.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  284. Troy in Tikrit

    Of COURSE Dick Cheney is the right person to send to encourage OPEC to increase oil production! He and his oil friends are sure to benefit from lower crude oil prices.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  285. Robert (Washington State)

    Sending Dick Cheney on a mission to lower oil prices is like sending Jack the Ripper on a mission to fight crime.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  286. John Balmer

    Jack,
    A couple of things come to mind, such as letting the fox guard the hen-house or how about letting Osama bin Laden counsel the Iranian government on nuclear awareness. The arrogance of this administration continues to astound me. I am now an Independant.
    Go Jack and Lou.
    John from Yakima Wa.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  287. Ken Johnson

    Sending Cheney is a great idea! While he is in Saudi Arabia he can use his "divining rod" to find water in the middle of the Saudi Desert. I cannot decide if I should laugh or cry.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  288. Blake Messinger

    The irony of all of this Jack is that the American constituancy allowed this criminal Bush Administration to effectively sell this country and its future to not only the oil companies but also the industrial war machine. Halliburton, The Carlyle Group, Bechtel the list goes on and who are the board of directors of these companies; Bush I and Bush II cronies, and tricky Dick's friends and neighbors...

    Impeachment should have happened along time ago, its a shame no one hardly mentions it....

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  289. jimmy t

    Maybe the VP can help bring the gas prices down.... after all it looks like he helped get them higher.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  290. Bob in Hopkinsville, KY

    Jack, Dick Cheney is precisely the guy to negotiate higher oil costs. Who else could do a better job than Dick Cheney?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  291. Justin

    Jack, this must be the easiest question you've ever asked. Of course Cheney is the right person to send. He'll hold a closed door meeting and spell it out for them ... "Lower prices now or have either Clinton or Obama in the White House. Keep them lower until November, and then we'll jack 'em up again". I'm sure he'll have great impact; prices will be down to a mere $80 per barrel and the Republicans will say it's because of the surge.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  292. carrie

    Absolutely not! I don't think Cheney is the right person to do anything.
    He could care less about the American tax payers.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  293. Brian

    Yes. He understands the industry. It is better to have someone knowledgeable take this trip, than choosing a person who would not be able to conduct the meetings intelligently. I believe that the representitives of OPEC will take him seriously.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  294. Jack Kass Toledo, Ohio

    Why not let dick cheney go to Mid-east to negotiate lower oil prices.....Bush put a horse club president in charge of FEMA....and I'll bet as we speak there are rats guarding the government cheese.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  295. Kerry

    Dick Cheney is only about Dick Cheney. I bet he's made a fortune during the eight years that he's been in the White House with all of the no-bid contracts Halliburton got in Iraq; the missing $9 billion and the sky rocketing prices at the gas tank. I wouldn't doubt if it's an intensional run up at the pumps so he and his oil cronies can make as much money as they can before the Republicans are booted from the Whilte House. It's never been about oil - it's been about a shift in wealth - and the Bush administration has done a great job at that - all off of the backs of the middle class.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  296. DON

    sending chaney to negociate oil prices is like sending the wolf to guard the hen house. how much more are the american taxpayers going to take before they impeach both of them.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  297. Mike

    While i have to agree with you, it brings the questions.
    Who is really qualified? And can anyone really do anything?
    Seeing how they just love us over there!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  298. Dave

    Only if you believe a hawk would be the best protector on your chicken farm!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  299. Patty Ursomanno

    I dont believe that Cheney is the right man for ANY job, and i hope there is someone looking at the finance records of all involved in this addministration from the President on down and see just how much money they are earning off of the oil and how wealthy the have become, talk about corrupt

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  300. chris

    This is impossible. He is sort of doing the right thing in an abstract way, but he has about as much chance of succeeding as Eliot Spitzer does of staying in office and the getting reelected. If Cheney wants to get involved ni cheap energy, he should be looking towards alternative energy sources (although this would require him to think, something he is yet to do). chris from MA.

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  301. Rita

    Jack, this is one of those "nod and wink" trips just for show. If Cheney helps bring down prices he's going against HIS own interest, mainly to continue to get as rich as possible, not only for himself but also for his children and grandchildren.

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  302. ELW

    Didn't get this comment in time for the last blog–but my problem still aplies:

    No, I believe Mr. Cheney is a key perpetrator of the problem. With foreign oil interest groups rapidly buying up American assets with the wealth they’ve made on their oil during the past couple of years–their assets have grown over 40% in the past 2 years, the scenario gives additional meaning and consequences to the notion of special interest groups, eh? Hummmm.
    Independence, Oregon

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  303. Bill in PA

    Jack.....NOW is the perfect time for Dick Cheney to head off to the middle east and deal with OIL issues...he will soon be out of office, Hailburton needs him on a scouting mission, he will soon be in private life, and what a better way to set the table for when he rides off into the sunset of public life..and WE THE PEOPLE can send him on his swan song bon voyage so he can make a killing in his next life.....I am all for it

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  304. Chris

    Ha! When I first heard this today I couldn't stop myself from laughing. I guess the Bush Administration is starting April Fool's day a little bit early. But the funny thing is im not laughing.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  305. Kim, Waynesboro Pa

    Having Dick Cheney as the right person to bring down oil prices would be like having George Bush research and report on the success of the Iraq war.

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  306. Charles Keefe

    Sure, Jack sending Cheney is a great idea. It's along the same lines
    as sending the chief fox to guard the henhouse. The only trouble in this scenario here is that when Cheney cpmes back Americns have once again got themselves HOSED

    Charles
    Burlington, Ontario

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  307. Nicholas R

    Jack, This is a great question for today and it astounds me that this issue has not been on headlines everyday since Bush/Cheney took office. If our wonderful government wants to do something about the economy then why dont they give us a real stimulus refund package, this time at the at the cost of the oil companies and where it helps us all the most; the gas pumps.

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  308. Herb Goertzen

    Hi Jack
    It is very interesting to me that you are all complaining about $3.00 + gallons of gas. I am a Canadian Living in BC and i just filled up my tank $40.00 at $1.18 a litre that works out to be
    $4.72 per US gallon and i hav ebeen paying over $4.00 per gallon for at least a year. What really disturbs me about your VP is that his actions are costing the whole world and Canada is a prime provider of gas and oil to your fine country. I will be glad when your present administration is long gone. I pray you do not elect another warmonger, the world could not handle it.
    Thanks Jack
    Herb Goertzen

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  309. Bob

    Dick Cheney is probably trying to get them to do the opposite - slow production - thus getting us to the $4 a gallon USA-wide by next week. When has he told the truth?

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  310. Jack Smilie

    Bush and Cheney have no interest in the needs of America's workers and their families. Watch out for Cheney, he is up to something that will benefit oil and other big business.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  311. Chip

    Oh please...Lame Duck Bush and Condi could not do anything what makes anyone think Lame Dick Cheney can do it.

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  312. Hugo

    Of course NO, Vice President might have some interested created with oil company as well as Bush family has. The person going should be someone who really wants to help United Stated specially middle class that is really suffering with this no sense prices.

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  313. Tom Higgins

    By the time Dick Cheney returns from The Mideast gasoline in the U.S. will be $5 per gallon. Only question, what's his cut?

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  314. Leticia fromFlorida

    Of course he's not he right person. Why would anyone associated with this administration suddenly do something right? I think the question should be "will he make it worse for the American people than it already is?" My guess on that is not too positive either.

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  315. Dan

    Of course! If Dick can get OPEC to hold the line on prices, the oil companies can quit worrying about the economic slowdown affecting their profit margins next month (and next quarter and next year). Even with people buying less, they can keep increasing their record profits even more! Halliburton sure got their money's worth out of that $30+ severance package, didn't they?

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  316. Jim/ Palm Springs

    Jack, I wouldn't send Cheney to the grocery store much less the Middle East. Heaven knows what he might charge me and I still wouldn't get all the groceries I wanted.

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  317. Roy

    Jack I'm still laughing! no he is not the right person to send to get the price of oil down, but look at who's sending him. I'm sure he is going over to set up a nice connection once he and his boss are out of work at the end of the year. Prices are not coming down anytime soon, if ever as the big oil company's have been running this country for some time.

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  318. Stephanie Artist

    Cheyney lowering gas prices is like Sen. Clinton expecting Obama to become her Vice President- Not gonna Happen!

    Love the Cafferty File!

    19 in Delaware

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  319. Michael Loyd

    I believe this move is a desperate attempt by the Republican Party and the Bush Administration to save face with the American People. The Kuwaitis and Saudis are both members of OPEC and we spend billions each year protect their virtually army-less countries. The reason gas prices are so high is because it benefits many in the Bush Administration. You don't have to believe in conspiracy theory's, all you have to do is look into facts. America has long has the political clout to demand that gas prices be lowered, but why would they. All you can say is OBAMA 2008

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  320. Dan Albany NY

    Should Britney Spears become a psychiatrist? What wat the question again??? Are you serious???

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