Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cheney Tells Biden: Do What President Obama Says

Dick Cheney finally gave VP-Elect Joe the Biden some advice, whether he wanted it or not.

From CNN's Late Edition:

Asked what advice he may have for his successor, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Cheney said, "The most important thing that any vice president needs to know was to understand where it is the president he works for wants him to do. That really will determine everything in terms of the kind of meetings he attends, the policy issues he gets involved in, the kind of assistance or advice he's asked for by the president and others. It's a very different kind of a job from being an executive, running a big organization, or being senator."

Cheney's advice comes a month after criticizing Biden's lack of constitutional knowledge and saying Biden had yet to ask for any advice.

Politico reported last month about Cheney and Biden taking shots at one another. At that time, Cheney had this to say about his successor.

“I think that President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president and apparently from the way they're talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role as I have had during my time,” Cheney said.

Asked if he had any advice for Biden, Cheney replied with a chill.“Well, he hasn't asked for any, so I won't go beyond where I've been,” Cheney said.

Then again, a CNN poll from last month revealed 25% of America think Cheney was the worst Vice President ever.

But Hot Air reminded us of these fine specimens.
Aaron Burr - The only VP to kill a man in office. He shot the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel after Hamilton (reportedly) deliberately shot wide. (Cheney shot a man by accident, who survived, but there’s a thin parallel for Cheney haters.) Burr had to flee to South Carolina while VP to avoid prosecution for murder in New Jersey Later, he formed his own army and by several accounts intended to rebel against the US and form his own nation in the Ohio valley.

John Calhoun - One of the men who inspired the Civil War and an outspoken proponent of slavery. He served as VP to both John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, resigning under the latter to take a seat in the Senate. He championed “nullification”, the supposed right of states to supercede federal law when they disagreed with it, and the right of secession. More than most, he amplified the bitter divisions between the South and abolitionists and set the stage for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans as well as the extension of slavery for decades.

Spiro Agnew - The only VP to resign because of criminal charges, this really shows how illiterate the CNN respondents had to be. After all, Agnew resigned just 35 years ago, and he worked for Richard Nixon, one of the most reviled presidents in history. Agnew pled guilty to a failure to report income in order to avoid charges of bribery during his tenure as VP and as governor of Maryland.

Then again, Al Gore once proclaimed: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."
--Gore said when asked to cite accomplishments that separate him from another Democratic presidential hopeful, former Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN on March 9, 1999.

Six months later, while campaigning in Pittsburgh, "Gore smiled and admitted that he, too, has trouble turning on a computer - let alone using one."

Joe the Biden's foot-in-mouth disease will likely result in many of his own bloopers and practical jokes.

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