Cheney: Obama Wanted To Take U.S. ‘Down A Peg’ (VIDEO)

Slamming President Obama’s “fundamentally different” worldview, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview that aired Tuesday that Obama entered office with the intention of reducing the United States’ influence around the world and bringing the country “down a peg.”

Asked by Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” if the Obama administration could make a case that the U.S. was nursing a weak reputation abroad when Cheney and former President George W. Bush left office, the former powerful vice president was dismissive. 

“I think the President came to power with a worldview that’s fundamentally different than mine,” Cheney said. “The sense that he wanted to reduce U.S. influence in the world. He wanted to take us down a peg.” 

When Rose contended that Obama has never explicitly called for a smaller American influence, Cheney snarked.

“You never heard him call himself a liberal before the election,” Cheney said.




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