Dick Cheney on 'Hannity': Who is he attacking now?(Read article summary)
Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Fox News's 'Hannity' to promote his new memoir. On the show, he took aim at President Obama and even President George W. Bush.
Ex-veep Dick Cheney has been all over the media this week promoting his new memoir â€śIn My Time.â€ť Heâ€™s hit the morning talk shows â€“ â€śToday,â€ť â€śGood Morning America,â€ť and so forth â€“ and heâ€™s had good print exposure too, including a big spread in â€śUSA Today.â€ť
Most authors can only dream of such a publicity tour. Of course, most authors donâ€™t get involved in public spats with Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, either. Nor are they the subject of televised speculation as to whether they could be tried for war crimes.
Well, given the exposure and the controversy, the book must be selling well, right?
Yes. â€śIn My Timeâ€ť has gone big time. Amazonâ€™s best-seller list puts the hardcover at No. 3 overall, just ahead of that soon-to-be-a-major-motion-picture teen novel â€śThe Hunger Games.â€ť
Mr. Cheneyâ€™s memoir ranks No. 1 in historical biography, and No. 1 in history about the United States, according to Amazon.
(Note: No, the book wonâ€™t be in Sundayâ€™s New York Times bestseller list. Thatâ€™s because it measures book store sales and lags behind. Weâ€™re pretty sure it will show up there soon, too.)
In contrast to Cheneyâ€™s book, the new memoir from ex-Delaware Senate candidate and non-witch Christine Oâ€™Donnell ranks as number 45,666 in Amazonâ€™s hardcover list. Do you think that if she was selling as well as Cheney, sheâ€™d be appearing on-stage in Iowa at that tea party gathering with Sarah Palin? She got uninvited from that, if you havenâ€™t heard. Something to ponder.
Meanwhile, Cheneyâ€™s been wrapping up the week with appearances on the friendly confines of Fox News and other conservative media outlets. With Mr. Powell and Ms. Rice out of the way, whoâ€™s he going after next?
â€śWell, Iâ€™ve never gotten around the question of her having left the governorship of Alaska midterm ... Iâ€™d like to know more about that,â€ť said Cheney.
On Sean Hannityâ€™s Fox show Thursday night Cheney opined on how he thinks the incumbent is going to have a tough time next November.
â€śI think the economy is clearly going to be a major problem for him,â€ť said Cheney.
Then Cheney took a shot at Mr. Obamaâ€™s experience, saying that, as vice president, he had traveled to Illinois to campaign for Obamaâ€™s opponent in Obamaâ€™s first Senate race. Obama won, and Cheney swore him in â€“ thatâ€™s one of the duties of the vice president.
The next thing he knew, Obama was running for president, said Cheney on â€śHannity.â€ť
â€śHe had not served very long in the US Senate ... he didnâ€™t bring into office the kind of experience I would have hoped to have seen in a new president,â€ť said Cheney.
Cheney also sounded as if he is still kind of mad at his old boss over his refusal to pardon top Cheney aide Lewis â€śScooterâ€ť Libby.
Bush commuted Libbyâ€™s jail sentence on the obstruction of justice conviction but was reluctant to grant a full pardon.
Cheney told Mr. Hannity that he thought Libby a good man who was treated badly by the system.
â€śThere was tension in the roomâ€ť when Bush told him he would not grant the pardon, Cheney said.