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"Dick Cheney: Washington trembles at the return of 'Darth Vader'"
Guardian UK ^ | May 4, 2009 | Ewen Mac

Posted on 05/23/2009 8:26:54 PM PDT by Covenantor

Barack Obama, unlike George Bush who wanted to be in bed before 10pm, likes to work late. But even by his standards Wednesday was out of the ordinary, sitting up in a largely empty White House until 2.30am as he edited a speech an adviser later described as one of the most important of his life.

He was still nervous about it when he rose to deliver it eight hours later. Normally Mr Cool, he fluffed his opening, referring to the defence secretary, Robert Gates, as Bill, the Microsoft founder.

Part of the explanation for the bout of jitters is that Obama is struggling to contain an ever-growing row over the future of Guantánamo Bay and the security apparatus created by the Bush administration as part of its "war on terror". But there is another factor: the return of an opponent the Democrats had thought of as politically dead: Dick Cheney. The sinister, reclusive figure at the heart of the Bush administration, who attracted labels such as Darth Vader and Dr Strangelove, has returned to the heart of Washington and is causing havoc.

Obama and Cheney were billed to speak at roughly the same time, though at different Washington venues. The US media described it as the political equivalent of Ali v Frazier

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Interesting observation from across the pond.
1 posted on 05/23/2009 8:26:54 PM PDT by Covenantor
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2 posted on 05/23/2009 8:30:16 PM PDT by GOPGuide
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To: Covenantor
"Barack...I am your master!"


3 posted on 05/23/2009 8:30:33 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Covenantor

Hey Guardian, get over President Bush. He would be at his job super early while Obama sleeps in.


4 posted on 05/23/2009 8:31:00 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: Covenantor
They SHOULD be afraid.
5 posted on 05/23/2009 8:31:02 PM PDT by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: secret garden

And the most fearsome of all...Gravitas


6 posted on 05/23/2009 8:33:18 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Covenantor
"Dick Cheney: Washington trembles at the return of 'Darth Vader'"

As well it should!

VP Cheney Rules!!!!

7 posted on 05/23/2009 8:33:30 PM PDT by NordP (BHO's new book, "To Serve Man/United States" --- NO NO NO....RUN....it's a COOKBOOK!)
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To: Covenantor

obozo is the phantom menace.


8 posted on 05/23/2009 8:35:07 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Covenantor

Gosh, Why didn’t we read about Zero freaking out over having to face the truth from a GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT and HERO, Dick Cheney? Lets also remember that this same Zero picked PLUGS BIDEN as his Vice President showing great abilities in his selection processes just like sitting in the Pew of a Hate Monger for twenty some years and claiming to never hear the vile bile spewed forth all of those years.


9 posted on 05/23/2009 8:35:14 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (GOD BLESS AMERICA and Our Last Great President George W. Bush)
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To: Covenantor
The US media described it as the political equivalent of Ali v Frazier

oh brother... Obama does not EVEN rate...

10 posted on 05/23/2009 8:35:54 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Covenantor

Yoda moves too fast for the fascists.

However, since the metaphor is used, and we all know the dem-fascists use projection, let’s be clear.

Darth Vader was elected in 2008.


11 posted on 05/23/2009 8:36:03 PM PDT by combat_boots (The 5 Stages of Collapse: http://www.energybulletin.net/node/47157)
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To: secret garden

Thats funny! I love it!


12 posted on 05/23/2009 8:36:10 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: secret garden

I haven’t cracked up like that for months, that is funny as heck.


13 posted on 05/23/2009 8:36:42 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: Covenantor

[cue the Imperial March]


14 posted on 05/23/2009 8:36:56 PM PDT by RichInOC ("I have altered the agreement, President Obama. Pray I do not alter it further.")
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To: BlueAngel

Besides, 2AM nights are more conducive to COKE Binges, they just ain’t no fun at 8 PM or earlier, and the speeches make more sense seen thru Bong Eyes:-)


15 posted on 05/23/2009 8:37:58 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (GOD BLESS AMERICA and Our Last Great President George W. Bush)
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To: NordP

Obama edited his speech?

Sure anyone in public life would write and edit a speech, but he’s got the tele prompter.

I’ve noticed that in his speeches, he looks to his left, then looks to his right, all the time. He never looks right at the camera. It’s as if he shifts at precise angles to face the teleprompters on either side of him. Knowing about his teleprompter dependence, he looks so staged and stilted.

I have great respect for Sarah Palin and her speeches by contrast. At the Rep. Convention, the teleprompter broke down, so Sarah had to “wing it”. And she did a fine job. I wonder how Barack will do if his teleprompter ever malfunctions.

I heard he even takes his teleprompter equipment overseas on trips. Amazing. Amazingly sad that he has to do that.


16 posted on 05/23/2009 8:38:56 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Covenantor

Go get ‘em, Darth. We delight in their tremblings.


17 posted on 05/23/2009 8:38:58 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: combat_boots

I don’t think it’s politically correct to compare Obama to Darth Vader. Firstly, to the liberals, the Democrats are the good guys and the Republicans are evil. Secondly, Obama’s racial/ethnic background and being the dark power hits too close to home for liberal sensitivities.


18 posted on 05/23/2009 8:40:28 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: BlueAngel

Exactly - I don’t buy this whole “Obama works late” hogwash. He simply stays up late and then sleeps in like a teenager. The worst qualities of Clinton and Carter rolled into one.

We’re living in Bizarro World, in which going to bed early to begin your job early the next day is somehow wrong, while staying up late and sleeping in is a sign that you care.


19 posted on 05/23/2009 8:41:44 PM PDT by scott7278 (Obama, Klaatu barada nikto!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
It did malfunction that one time. He is a puppet. AND...I reject the premise that everyone is just accepting...that he's so brilliant. The man can read a teleprompter...so can I. Big deal.

I agree with you on Sarah Palin...funny how speaking from the heart is a more powerful that reading sentences on a screen. Palin/Cheney (Liz) 2012 ;-)

20 posted on 05/23/2009 8:47:31 PM PDT by NordP (BHO's new book, "To Serve Man/United States" --- NO NO NO....RUN....it's a COOKBOOK!)
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To: scott7278
Yes, but you see, Obama is a transcendent soul who soars above squaresville conventions like going to bed on time. Getting up early for work is so bourgeois. Our new king is beyond all that.
21 posted on 05/23/2009 8:48:40 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: GOPGuide
They call Obama “cool”, but always seem to describe his opponents using coolest movie characters... Shows you how cool they really think Obama is.
22 posted on 05/23/2009 8:48:50 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: Covenantor
Normally Mr Cool, he fluffed his opening, referring to the defence secretary, Robert Gates, as Bill, the Microsoft founder.

How could he muff the opening when it's right there in front of him on the teleprompter?

23 posted on 05/23/2009 8:52:22 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Covenantor
Normally Mr Cool, he fluffed his opening, referring to the defence secretary, Robert Gates, as Bill, the Microsoft founder.

How could he fluff the line ?

His GIFT is to read the teleprompter.


24 posted on 05/23/2009 8:52:51 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Covenantor

Here’s an interesting observation from the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/21/AR2009052103922.html?wprss=rss_politics

Note the perjorative descriptions of Dick Cheney. You have the “smiling and cerebral” Obama versus the “prodigious anger” of Cheney.

Do they actually believe the junk they spew?


25 posted on 05/23/2009 8:52:55 PM PDT by scott7278 (Obama, Klaatu barada nikto!)
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To: Covenantor

So does this make Joe Biden Jar Jar Binks?


26 posted on 05/23/2009 8:55:15 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: combat_boots
However, since the metaphor is used, and we all know the dem-fascists use projection, let’s be clear.

Darth Vader was elected in 2008.

No, let 'em hang that on Cheney... it fits well enough. What did Vader ultimately do? He destroyed the power of the evil emperor and ushered in the rebirth of the Republic.

27 posted on 05/23/2009 9:01:02 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: latina4dubya

No Ali-Frazier here. More like Tyson-Spinks.


28 posted on 05/23/2009 9:03:28 PM PDT by joejm65
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To: Covenantor

Ali v Frazier? More like Godzilla meets Bambi from SNL.


29 posted on 05/23/2009 9:06:30 PM PDT by plain talk
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Better that the world laugh at the arrival of the new VP... Joe “Jar Jar Binks” Biden


30 posted on 05/23/2009 9:08:15 PM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: Charles Martel

Yes - destroyed the Sith and brought balance to the force.


31 posted on 05/23/2009 9:11:28 PM PDT by farlander (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: secret garden

I laughed so hard I almost wet myself, nice job.


32 posted on 05/23/2009 9:13:46 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town
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To: Charles Martel

OK.

The idea is that Darth Vader is Luke’s father, and, that he ‘turned’ from righteousness. Neither fits The 0ccupant.


33 posted on 05/23/2009 9:14:56 PM PDT by combat_boots (The 5 Stages of Collapse: http://www.energybulletin.net/node/47157)
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To: Covenantor

Typical lefty Guardian spin. They’re the outfit that asked its readers to write to voters in Ohio urging them to vote for Kerry in 2004, which of course had the unintended consequence of p***ing off just about everybody, and caused the local democrat party leader to urge them to stop. Obviously they want Cheney to go fishing rather than continue to beat up their boy-messiah-leftist-marxist-hero.


34 posted on 05/23/2009 9:15:00 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: NordP

Obama's teleprompter uses Jedi mind trick on the weak-minded one.

35 posted on 05/23/2009 9:15:33 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Covenantor

What good is working overtime if half of what you do is wrong and the other half is window dressing?


36 posted on 05/23/2009 9:15:48 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, school and passport records.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I wonder how Barack will do if his teleprompter ever malfunctions.

We saw that during the campaign. He's a blithering idiot.

37 posted on 05/23/2009 9:16:58 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Covenantor

Obama is a child, Cheney a man.


38 posted on 05/23/2009 9:17:21 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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...he edited a speech an adviser later described as one of the most important of his life...Dan Henninger of the WSJ nailed this speech on the Editorial Board broadcast this afternoon on Fox as maybe the most "moralistic, self-righteous" he'd heard in years - Obama can't talk about anything he does without belittling and criticizing what Bush and his administration accomplished, and in this speech he gratitously attacked Bush something like twenty-five times - only small-minded, graceless and very insecure people have to resort to such nastiness to try to make themselves look better than they are......
39 posted on 05/23/2009 9:18:30 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: secret garden

I still have the tape of the Cheney Edwards debate.
It was great.


40 posted on 05/23/2009 9:19:14 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: anymouse

Excellent observation ;-) (see tagline)


41 posted on 05/23/2009 9:20:25 PM PDT by NordP (BHO's new book, "To Serve Man/United States" --- NO NO NO....RUN....it's a COOKBOOK!)
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To: Covenantor
sinister, reclusive figure

Huh?

42 posted on 05/23/2009 9:22:22 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I remember that night! We were at a John Thune fundraiswer in San Diego...actually Solana Beach that night...soooo fun to watch with other like minded people.


43 posted on 05/23/2009 9:23:24 PM PDT by NordP (BHO's new book, "To Serve Man/United States" --- NO NO NO....RUN....it's a COOKBOOK!)
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To: Charles Martel

Screw Vader and the Jedi Order - Palpatine was THE MAN!!! He took over the whole universe with the Jedi surrounding him. Ok, Vader helped him, but, Palps was the brain behind that brawn, at least until the very end of ROTJ.

Dick Cheney = Darth Sidious (aka Palpatine) AWESOME!!!


44 posted on 05/23/2009 9:23:30 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Where can I take 'Austrian' lessons?)
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To: Covenantor

I wish he had his health. He would make a great president.


45 posted on 05/23/2009 9:23:55 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: HereInTheHeartland

One of the best debates I’ve seen was Cheney/Leiberman. They sat at a table with a moderator, talked like adults and treated each other respectfully. You could also see that the parties had their tickets upside down.


46 posted on 05/23/2009 9:26:17 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, school and passport records.)
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47 posted on 05/23/2009 9:27:15 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (gOD)
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48 posted on 05/23/2009 9:28:01 PM PDT by odin2008 (Everything in the universe is subject to change.)
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To: Covenantor

Vice President Dick Cheney gives new meaning to the name Zer0


49 posted on 05/23/2009 9:37:39 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The Obama Administration is a blueprint for Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan; admin

What the heck? Donald Rumsfeld Fan (gOD)?

Someone’s screwing around with my tag. It should read (”Sarah Palin ...our Iron Lady of the North”)


50 posted on 05/23/2009 9:47:50 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (gOD)
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