January 18th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Cheney: Obama a one-term president

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

He's ba-aaack.

In his first interview since heart surgery last summer, Dick Cheney says he thinks President Obama will be a one-term president.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/01/18/art.cheney.jpg caption="Former Vice President Dick Cheney"]
The former vice president - who hasn't exactly been shy about his opinions since leaving office - tells NBC News that Mr. Obama chose a course of action that didn't have as much support as he thought it did.

Cheney points specifically to lack of job creation, deficit spending and big government programs, including health care. He insists there's a lot of support for repealing the health care law.

Cheney also suggests that President Obama has taken lessons from the wisdom of the Bush Administration. He says the president has "learned from experience" that some of his predecessor's decisions on terrorism were necessary. The former veep believes Mr. Obama has changed his tune on a lot of this stuff since he was a candidate.

Things like not being able to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison camp. Also, Cheney cites the Obama administration's expanded use of drones in Pakistan. He believes now that he's president, Mr. Obama "found it necessary to be more sympathetic to the kinds of things we did."

So how about Cheney's prediction that President Obama won't get a second term?

A new poll out shows the president's approval rating is up five points since December - and that more Americans think he's a strong leader who can handle a crisis.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll puts Mr. Obama's approval at 53 percent. And what might be most significant here is that the increase comes from the ever-important independent voters.

Also, President Obama's rating at the start of his third year is six points higher than Bill Clinton's was, and a whopping 16 points higher than Ronald Reagan's.

Here’s my question to you: Dick Cheney says President Obama will be a one-term president. Is he right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Cheney • Dick Cheney • President Barack Obama
January 22nd, 2008
07:14 PM ET

U.S. ready for woman or black president?

 Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama exchange words during the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama exchange words during the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush is desperate for a legacy. Oh, he'll be remembered, but for all the wrong reasons: an economy headed into recession, trillions of dollars of additional debt for somebody else to worry about, the illegal invasion of Iraq, Katrina, the destruction of our reputation worldwide, the failure to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, and countless investigations into the shadiest, if not the most outright corrupt, administration in memory.

But all is not lost. Perhaps President Bush will be remembered as the last white male to be allowed to serve as president for a good long while.

Think about it. The Republican presidential field is wide open, and whoever gets the nomination will have to run against the stuff mentioned above. No easy task. 70% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

That leaves the Democrats. They're down to three candidates, and it doesn't look like John Edwards will be around much longer. So unless things change, it looks increasingly like the country will be called upon to elect either an African-American or a woman…something we've never done before.

And despite the tide running against another Republican occupying the White House, there are real questions about whether either can win. In the privacy of the voting booth, will the country make history?

Here’s my question to you: Is the U.S. more ready for a woman president or a black president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Cheney • Hillary Clinton
December 6th, 2007
01:35 PM ET

Cheney upbeat on Iraq?

Vice President Dick Cheney

NEW YORK (CNN) - Vice President Cheney is out with another upbeat assessment on the war in Iraq.

In an interview with “The Politico”, Cheney predicts that when he and President Bush leave office in January 2009, it will be clear that:

“We have in fact achieved our objective in terms of having a self-governing Iraq that’s capable for the most part of defending themselves, a democracy in the heart of the Middle East, a nation that will be a positive force in influencing the world around it in the future.”

Before you start picking out a home site in Baghdad remember this is coming from the same man who before the war started said the U.S. Would be “greeted as liberators” and the fight would possibly last “weeks rather than months” . And then in June of 2005 said the insurgency in Iraq was “in the last throes”.

In the Politico interview, Cheney also says he’s been surprised by the weakness of the Democratic Congress, particularly senior leaders like Congressmen John Dingell and John Murtha. He says they “march to the tune of (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi” to an extreme degree. When asked if these men had lost their spines, Cheney said quote “they are not carrying the big sticks I would have expected.”

Pelosi dismissed the comments and called on the White House to spend its time compromising with Congress.

Here’s my question to you: Is Vice President Cheney right to predict that when he and President Bush leave office a self-governing democracy will be firmly established in Iraq?

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Filed under: Cheney • Iraq