Dick Cheney is not a big fan of President Obama (and vice-versa).
In an interview published in Playboy, Cheney called Obama “the worst president in my lifetime,” and that his damaging legacy will endure.
“I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter,” said the former Republican vice president. “But compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nation — it’s a tragedy, a real tragedy, and we are going to pay a hell of a price just trying to dig out from under his presidency.”
Cheney attacked Obama’s foreign policy, including a “precipitous withdrawal” and the status of the U.S. military.
“The way Obama is functioning now, he’s crippling the capacity of future presidents to deal with future crises,” Cheney told Playboy. “It takes a long time to build up that military force. And I am absolutely convinced there will be a future president — two or three times down the road, perhaps — who will be faced with a major crisis and will not have the military capability he needs to deal with it.”
Obama and aides have said that Cheney and President George W. Bush undermined military strength with an unnecessary 2003 invasion of Iraq, and damaged U.S. relations with allies in the process.