Skip to main content

This is an impressive crowd: The "Haves" and the "Have Mores." Some people call you "The Elite." I call you "My Base." -- Former President George W. Bush, October 19th, 2000
I can’t think of a time when I felt it was more important for us to defeat an incumbent president today with respect to Barack Obama. I think he has been an unmitigated disaster to the country. -- Former Vice-President Dick Cheney, April 14th, 2012
Richard Bruce Cheney pronounces the Obama Administration an "unmitigated disaster"...


No president is perfect, but President Obama an "unmitigated disaster"?!

Mister Cheney: I do not think that phrase means what you think it means. You want "unmitigated disaster"? I'll give you "unmitigated disaster."

The partial tally of what this nation lost under President Bush so far:

• The World Trade Center
• A piece of the Pentagon
• Five or six trillion dollars--again, so far
• A doubled national debt
• Over six-thousand dead American soldiers and over forty-seven-thousand wounded (not to mention billions of dollars in weapons, supplies, and equipment blown up, wasted, or stolen)
• Untold numbers of Iraqis, Afghanis, and Pakistanis dead and wounded, and thousands of refugees
• The sympathy and the cooperation of almost every nation on the planet
• A big chunk of New Orleans
• The housing market
• Every amendment in the Bill Of Rights except the second
• A valuable CIA agent specializing in nuclear counter-proliferation
• Safe airline travel
• Safe food
• Safe water
• Safe, regulated exploration for and extraction of coal, oil, and gas
• Impartial climate science
• The integrity of the Justice and Interior departments
• Years of government research on climate change
• Eight years of stem cell research
• The nation's moral standing on war crimes and torture
• Two million jobs
• Fair elections
• The integrity of the private property system
• Trillions of dollars swindled from Americans by banks you refused to regulate
• The Kyoto Treaty
• Three-thousand points off the Dow

(I would list the American automobile industry but President Obama mitigated that one…)

You two--entrusted with all of the might and with the unalloyed support of the most powerful nation on earth--failed to send enough troops into Afghanistan to kill Osama bin Laden in December of 2001 which has allowed death and destruction to metastasize throughout that region in a war that has yet to end ten years later. You have caused those brave men and women to be re-deployed again and again, leaving them and their families strained under the weight of duty.

That is just the partial tally, Mr. Cheney. But the biggest blow? I include President Bush's quote above because it foreshadows your most egregious sin: It is illegal for citizens to plot the overthrow of the government, but what are we to do when a government overthrows its people? You were a disaster for almost everyone else, but you guys delivered big-time for your base. Sixty-five percent of the American economy's growth during your tenure went to your base. As the banking and financial sectors were cleaning out the Treasury at the end of your administration (had to cover those bad bets they made in Iraq and Afghanistan (.pdf) and the housing market and unregulated financial products while there was still time), the Supreme Court undertook one final insult on your behalf: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. We went from government "of the people, by the people, for the people," to "corporations are the people."

You and President Bush broke faith with the most basic tenets of our nation. You failed to uphold your oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution Of The United States." You paved the way for the subversion of our electoral system by and for "your base." The American People are saddled with the shame of a president and a vice-president who dare not travel to certain countries for fear of arrest for war crimes. You created a presidency that can declare itself judge, jury, and executioner of American citizens in foreign lands just on the president's say-so. You left this nation poverty-stricken, fractured, and rudderless.

"Unmitigated disaster"?

President Obama has a long way to go to match your record, Mr. Cheney. George W. Bush is the worst president in United States history, and your role in that obscenity is indelible.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, Sharoney, Jill, Pat K California, Velocity, Alumbrados, Ed in Montana, Angie in WA State, buffalo soldier, ljb, Sylv, easong, DeminNewJ, TXdem, hannah, filkertom, lapin, Catsy, samizdat, RW, copymark, Trendar, Better Days, AaronInSanDiego, glitterscale, daninoah, Geenius at Wrok, Nina Katarina, NYmom, Dave the Wave, bosdcla14, Avila, TechBob, TheGreatLeapForward, Shockwave, just another vet, donna in evanston, Wintermute, cotterperson, SanJoseLady, hyperstation, Charles CurtisStanley, eeff, figdish, WI Deadhead, frisco, dash888, windwardguy46, Sandia Blanca, bookbear, davelf2, dweb8231, regis, Heart of the Rockies, rasbobbo, opinionated, Mr Teem, Babsnc, TracieLynn, DickCheneyBeforeHeDicksYou, CanadaGoose, fugwb, parker parrot, Wee Mama, annrose, pucklady, susakinovember, djMikulec, CoolOnion, bluesteel, KMc, PBnJ, Malixe, mkfarkus, farmerhunt, roses, JuliaAnn, Fe, jennifree2bme, TampaCPA, oceanview, fumie, Glinda, Cedwyn, artebella, sidnora, nio, Quege, Lilyvt, Texknight, SneakySnu, beemerr90s, sockpuppet, TexDem, Lawrence, solliges, dmsmith, roseeriter, exiledfromTN, cosette, JimWilson, Bulldawg, texasmom, laughingriver, mnguitar, NYFM, flatford39, manwithlantern, Chirons apprentice, hoof32, chickeee, raster44, Timbuk3, Idaho Guy, outragedinSF, Bendra, Diana in NoVa, Matt Esler, peterj911, zett, zerelda, ybruti, Sembtex, Luftmensch, Hillbilly Dem, KayCeSF, tomjones, Little Red Hen, solesse413, xxdr zombiexx, llellet, hissyspit, Armand451, Frank Vyan Walton, p a roberson, Dirk McQuigley, ExStr8, bloomer 101, historys mysteries, Bluesee, radarlady, NoMoreLies, blueyedace2, gerard w, rimstalker, revbludge, subtropolis, SherwoodB, PBen, Jersey Girl, JohnB47, one of 8, Blue Jean, ccasas, triciawyse, kefauver, sigmarthebad, dewtx, stagemom, Gary Norton, FutureNow, eru, lennysfo, bleeding blue, majcmb1, Inland, GreyHawk, rlochow, Kayakbiker, skyounkin, peteri2, Little Lulu, blue jersey mom, jane123, sunbro, Isara, SBandini, minidriver, LostLibertarian, The Raven, joeotter, Shotput8, Ginny in CO, FindingMyVoice, coolbreeze, churchlady, sillia, Ekaterin, flem snopes, JanF, zozie, kathny, noweasels, Jim R, CJnyc, abbyOH, begone, Reality Bites Back, Mother Mags, third Party please, Knucklehead, Sanuk, gwilson, chicagoblueohio, Orinoco, tarheelblue, Pacifist, Debbie in ME, breecat, myboo, Kingsmeg, sherlyle, cybersaur, 417els, BlueInARedState, BeadLady, Russgirl, Yellow Canary, cookseytalbott, liberalconservative, Dvalkure, ruleoflaw, smokeymonkey, sleipner, The Wizard, deha, fromer, jenthor, bluebrain, arlene, luckydog, blueoasis, NBBooks, wild hair, The Hindsight Times, gatorcog, Libby Shaw, Crashing Vor, paul2port, katrinka, happy camper, CTLiberal, Preston S, ZombyWoof, myrealname, ER Doc, Unitary Moonbat, mangusta, middleagedhousewife, AllDemsOnBoard, hlsmlane, onionjim, Unknown Quantity, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, Lovo, Stripe, WarrenS, kurt, Tom Anderson, matx, Friend of the court, ms badger, kml, AllanTBG, jobird, NonnyO, cpresley, One Pissed Off Liberal, tonyfv, Sapere aude, bluicebank, BeninSC, Polacolor, hooper, dotsright, Evil Genius, Mom to Miss M, Loudoun County Dem, camlbacker, Deadicated Marxist, milkbone, Debs2, devis1, Dartagnan, ColoTim, offgrid, gloriana, linkage, threegoal, Msinformed, Wino, blue71340, LillithMc, Matt Z, terabytes, Wendy in FL, Uwaine, bnasley, malharden, rantsposition, mbh1023, Singing Lizard, millwood, Bridge Master, gchaucer2, carpunder, Rumarhazzit, uciguy30, GeorgeXVIII, Timmethy, leonard145b, skod, Zydekos, bewild, spearfish, zorp, trueblueliberal, Vinnie Vegas, aseth, Assaf, South Park Democrat, oxon, VA Breeze, Niniane, jwinIL14, tejanablue, memofromturner, JayC, gundyj, glutz78, also mom of 5, chakadog, Johnny Nucleo, OleHippieChick, Youffraita, Foundmyvoice, bythesea, mmgth, Buckeye Nut Schell, Akonitum, jakebob, Therapy, TomFromNJ, NYmama, hwmnbn, Henruy Lopez, Missys Brother, petulans, mattc129, venger, MarkVA71, DixieDishrag, Issek, psilocynic, Old Surgeon, dmhlt 66, DavidW, enufisenuf, GrannyOPhilly, squarewheel, Fiddlegirl, 207wickedgood, maggiejean, Sun dog, Louisiana 1976, Bule Betawi, bluemoonfever, Florene, rubyclaire, Fogiv, rudewarrior, litoralis, greengemini, divineorder, lostinamerica, Domestic Elf, bobatkinson, matmak, zephyr108, Baldur, CanyonWren, Mislead, LeftOfYou, janmtairy, pvlb, DFH, Ohiodem1, shopkeeper, CamillesDad1, Cuseology, aunt blabby, MKSinSA, TheOpinionGuy, oxfdblue, uno beagle, papahaha, lastman, paintitblue, kevinpdx, Shelley99, sfarkash, Little Flower, Tortmaster, hopeward bound, angel d, Larsstephens, Lefty Ladig, BlueOak, Railfan, Amber6541, SquirmyRooter, brentbent, coppercelt, Renie57, confitesprit, rb137, Laurilei, flitedocnm, TFinSF, LaughingPlanet, eXtina, SmartRat, estreya, Tea and Strumpets, Observerinvancouver, blueyescryinintherain, jethrock, kjoftherock, secret38b, fidellio, Crabby Abbey, Lost and Found, rkthomas, Simple, TimmyB, dagnome, ATFILLINOIS, NM Ray, lasermoth, daro, gulfgal98, pixxer, ulookarmless, shel3364, Texnance, Betty Pinson, kenwards, ericlewis0, Otteray Scribe, cocinero, petesmom, science nerd, Oh Mary Oh, bluestatedem84, Quantumlogic, TexasAlien, translatorpro, praying manatheist, Maximilien Robespierre, spindr27, mrbeen38, mama jo, Quite Contrary, Mico0109, slowbutsure, sostos, implicate order, jm214, hooktool, BlueJessamine, ardyess, UtahLibrul, HiKa, Radiogabs, FarWestGirl, cleduc2, kevin k, lillyspad, SoCaliana, NormAl1792, futilitismo, molunkusmol, Texas Lefty, Haf2Read, MysteriousEast, Jasonhouse, thomask, BarackStarObama, jg67, SueM1121, floridablue, createpeace, downsouth, wintergreen8694, peregrine kate, zapus, bluedust, MinistryOfTruth, Imhotepsings, poliwrangler, bakeneko, Miggles, rscopes, stlsophos, drklassen, dawnspantry, leftykook, DRo, Mentatmark, Rashaverak, AgentOfProgress, Porterhouse, longtalldrink, mikeVA, YaNevaNo, AnnetteK, Anti Em, Noah53, anodnhajo, isabelle hayes, cwsmoke, janl1776, Mindful Nature, Siri, teachered, MikeyB33, molecularlevel, IndieGuy, David54, orpurple, barkingcat, a2nite, Deep Texan, draa, Trotskyrepublican, exatc, mclaugfj, Yonkers Boy, swedepi, This old man, Lh1695, hotheadCA, tucanaz, Syoho, reginahny, jts327, radical simplicity, BusyinCA, doroma, Buckeye54, notdarkyet, lunachickie, wxorknot, Noddy, FrY10cK, LiberalMegan, mumtaznepal, amygdalavet, Hammerhand, One Little Victory, Greatwyrm, kiga, Blue Dream, Wes Lee, Lily O Lady, Chaddiwicker, nomandates, greenheron1, Panacea Paola, desert rain, ebailey, semiAdult, Illinois IRV, The grouch, Flecked Carbon, idbecrazyif, GenXBadger, YoungArizonaLiberal, Thornrose, jbeck, Yo Bubba, parsonsbeach, libraboom, Ree Zen, helpImdrowning, Icicle68, bob152, starfu, Mikalakalaka, InfiniteThoughts, ET3117, Demeter Rising, tngirl

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site