During an interview on July 30 on ABC's Good Morning America, former Vice President Dick Cheney stated that President Barack Obama is "one of our weakest presidents" and said he was worse than Jimmy Carter.
Cheney, who left office in 2009 with a 13 percent approval rating, made sure to take some of the credit for the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan saying "I wouldn't say he's been soft on terror, but I think he's made a number of mistakes," he said. "Bin Laden, fine. A lot of that intelligence that laid the groundwork for what ultimately led to the capture of bin Laden was a result of programs we had in place in the Bush administration."
The former Vice President didn't say anything about President Obama as a person, he didn't make any baseless claims, and he didn't even say that what the President has done is wrong. Despite all the things that Cheney refrained from doing, the irony of the Vice President of an administration that still claims historians will view them favorably telling a sitting President that he is "weak" is ridiculous.
Regardless of your political ideology the Bush administration was an unmitigated disaster for a multitude of reasons. The failure to properly respond to reports that Osama bin Laden was planning on attacking America, the misleading information given before the invasion of Iraq, the tax cuts America couldn't really afford, and massive spending increases leave something for people across all political persuasions to dislike.
So why are the former Vice President's comment ridiculous? Because a man who knows how difficult it is to balance public perception, political forces, and practical policy would have an appreciation for the difficulties of fixing the giant catastrophe that his administration handed down. Nothing that Cheney said was wrong or even unfair, but when comments like these come from someone in an administration that continually asserted that it was un-American to oppose to question the leadership of the commander-in-chief during wartime it makes one wonder if Cheney believes the American people have suffered massive collective memory loss.