May 11th, 2009
12:10 PM ET

Former VP Cheney does have fans

Greg Clary

Who says nobody likes former Vice President Dick Cheney? The ex-number two man in the White House left office with a 30 percent approval rating, but he still had quite a few fans waiting outside for him Sunday at CBS’ Washington, D.C. studios.

Cheney was a guest on CBS’ 'Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer,' where he continued to defend the Bush Administration’s use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. About a dozen people waited for him to come outside after his appearance.

Once Cheney exited the studios, he obliged one person in the crowd by signing a baseball. There’s no word on exactly why the fan wanted Cheney to sign a baseball.

If you remember, the former VP was booed loudly when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals’ home opener back in 2006.

After Cheney greeted the onlookers, he hurried back to his car but not before a CNN Radio producer could ask him why he is the one left to defend the Bush Administration. Cheney replied simply, “Because that’s what Vice Presidents do.”

Signing a baseball and defending the legacy of a Presidency; all in a day’s work for the now retired Dick Cheney.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Dick Cheney
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. blythe Patton

    VP Cheney should just relax and enjoy retirement. Because he has been so silent for 8 years makes it hard for anyone to accept the new 'chatter' When we think of him, we are reminded of Scooter, CIA Agents uncovered, Haliburton and the billions it has made and taken its tax vacation to a muslim state, so even though most people don't agree with his talking points, he is a reminder of the criminal aspects of the past administration, and making most feel better about the change we have now.

    May 11, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Somebody needs to tell Cheney that he isn't vice president anymore. He can go home and enjoy himself.

    May 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  3. earle,florida

    Mr. Cheney's xenophobia delusional republican party is shrouded by self-inflicted,and ironically annointed aristocracy. Your-Highness (Tricky-Dick Sequel #2) has over-exposed his demonic atrophy for his adversarial nemesis, known only as the, "dark democratic party"! Cheney's psyche is on a journey of futility,shackled to a destructive venture brought on by his aromatic stinch of un-apologetic hubris. His pathetic tale is somewhat analogous to a "Pyrrhic victory",that has a beaten man throwing a match into a blazing forest fire,hopelessly trying to fire-up the base. Unfortunately he recruits only the unrealistic,and radical hard-core believers to follow him into the carnage of ashes! The plurality of the well-connected,and well-to-do have abandoned the smoldering mind of a man that thought it was his world to command?

    May 11, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  4. Vickie Show Me State

    "Christians" do not "torture" any one. For, any reason!!!!!!! Do not use God's name to justify your manly action's! Do not claim to be a Christian. Period!!

    May 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  5. Lisa in CA

    Friends ... or fans? Charles Manson and a few others on Death Row have their friends/fans as well. Just sayin' ...

    As to why he is defending the former president's policies, well he is the one who wrote and enforced them – he should be defending them. I honestly don't think Bush understood what he was approving.

    May 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  6. ronvan

    The most despicable, non-american, fanatic, loony bin policican in centuries! To offer him ANY speaking event is sickening.

    May 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  7. becky

    Oh I believe that Cheney speaks out as he does, question is, wny now? When he was silent for so long. Something not right about that administration. Bob Woodward, where are you?

    May 11, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  8. jenny

    Hey Bin Laden hads fans too.

    May 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  9. Barry E.-Laredo,TX

    Why does the media give a self-proclaimed lawbreaker a venure to brag about his criminal activities, along with that of the rest of the Bush administration cabal? If Dick Cheney wants to flaunt his phony bravado and macho exploits, then perhaps some member of either the Senate or the House should give him the opportunity to do so in front of a Congressional committee. As a former career Marine and infantry combat veteran, the disrespectful rhetoric and shameless disdain for the laws of the United States by Dick Cheney serve only to diminish our values and credibility around the world. Mr. Cheney is no more than an outstanding example of "The Ugly American." He definately does not deserve free airtime to put the members of our Armed Forces in jeopardy, due to his demented philosopy.

    May 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm |

    I am not particluarly a fan of Dick Cheney. However, if I had a choice between Joe Biden, Barack Hussein Obama and Cheney, I definitely would choose Cheney. If I was to compare the 3, Cheney would come out looking like George Washington and Obama like John Wilkes Boothe. Cheney has sounded the alarm that we are less secure than under George W Bush and I agree with him.

    May 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  11. Ilona, Tempe, AZ

    What a joke... and old, sick and disgruntled # 2 man trying to turn back the clock. He's obvioulsy too full of himself to realize folks don't give a hoot about him and hate monger Limbaugh.
    It's over (thank God)!!!

    May 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  12. Tamra

    Hitler had fans too, and still does. So STILL not impressed.

    May 11, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Heidi Ann Berg

    I am sure there is allot of Hitler fans out there to

    May 11, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  14. Bill Smith

    By going out on the attack like this does Cheney think he is helping the Republican Party? From all indications I would say no but he certainly is helping the Democratic Party. I say let him keep up with his rants – he'll only help to bring down the old school Republican Party to make room for a more moderate/reformed party. I believe that younger generation Republican's are tired of the ultra conservative party.

    May 11, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  15. Arachnae

    It's all fun and games until someone gets shot in the face.

    May 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  16. Koral Mae from Shelton, WA

    Oh, yeah, Cheney has fans. Afterall 25% of the American electorate sees politcs from the hard right. And I for one would like to keep it that way so that someone associated with his hardline ideology will never step foot in office again (at least not on the national stage). I'm quite comfortable with the GOPs regional status as of late, and I guess they are too since they keep sending Cheney & Rush out to speak on their behalf, continuing to further alienate the educated & reasonable.

    May 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  17. Lunte23

    Wow thats ironic, signing a baseball when he had been booed throwing a pitch hehe!

    May 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  18. Michael C. McHugh

    When is our illustrious former VP going to just fade away, like most of the other former VPs have? Let him just write his memoirs, sit on the boards of corporations like a good Republican, and leave politics to the younger generations?

    May 11, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Ok 12 fans and one signed baseball maybe it should of been a basketball then I could believe that he could start a team

    May 11, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  20. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Former VP Cheney does have fans. Wow, that IS news!

    May 11, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  21. Dean Sparks

    Wonder if I'll be able to buy that baseball on
    E-Bay someday ....what a treat.....an autographed
    "Cheney Death Ball" I would call it.....

    May 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  22. Rodney W

    sure! cheney has friends; but the question is "what kind" of friends. for him to come out as an antagonist from such a respectable office is literally unbelievable.

    May 11, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  23. Melissa

    Yes, of course he does. The far right wingers that would like to destroy everyone that isn't a Christian white born American with alot of money or a woman that agrees that these Christian white born American males should rule the world.

    The man, and his zealot followers, are a danger to society and to the world.

    He is irrelevant and he doesn't like it. Any intelligent person can tell him that he needs to shut up. If for no other reason than to save his party from Oblivion. He's making things worse, not better, and showing himself and his cronies to be a laughing stock.

    May 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm |