Cheney calls Obama election 'historic'

Jan. 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney says he, like many, is excited about the impending inauguration of Democratic President-elect Barack Obama.

Cheney, a white conservative who voted for John McCain as president, said the election of Obama, a black liberal, shows the nation's dramatic progress, CNN reported Saturday.

"When I came to town in 1968, we'd had the Martin Luther King assassination, Bobby Kennedy assassination, riots in the cities, major, major disturbances, a lot of it racially motivated around the country," Cheney said.

"And in fact, things have changed so dramatically, that we're now about to swear in Barack Obama as president of the United States. That's really a remarkable story and I think a record of tremendous success and progress for the United States," Cheney said on CNN's "Late Edition."

Cheney, on other topics, had advice for his successor, Joe Biden, who has described Cheney as the worst vice president in the history of the country, Politico reported.

"The most important thing that any vice president needs to know is to understand what it is the president he works for wants him to do," Cheney said.

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