Cheney Calls the Rev. Wright’s Comments ‘Appalling’

Apr 10, 2008 7:30pm

ABC News’ Jon Garcia reports: Vice President Dick Cheney made a quick appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show, where he used some very strong words to condemn the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barak Obama’s former pastor.

"I thought some of the things he said were absolutely appalling," Cheney told the conservative talk show host. "And, you know, I haven’t gotten into the business of trying to judge how Sen. Obama dealt with it, or didn’t deal with it, but I really — I think, like most Americans, I was stunned at what the reverend was preaching in his church and then putting up on his Web site."

Cheney was referring to the now infamous, caught-on-tape comments Wright made during some of his sermons, including "God damn America," and the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own "terrorism."

The vice president also backed his boss, President George Bush, and his decision to attend the Beijing Olympics this summer. Bush has come under fire for pledging to attend the games, as critics say it shows support for China in the wake of its violent crackdown in Tibet. Both Democratic presidential contenders, Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, and others have called for President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies.

Cheney told Hannity that wasn’t a good move.

"Well, the president has made it clear that he’s planning on going, that he thinks this is primarily a sporting event," Cheney said. "The best way to achieve progress and change in terms of the way the Chinese operate is to talk to them quietly. And boycotting the Olympics isn’t the right way to go. That really penalizes our athletes. And so I think he certainly indicated at this point he does plan to go, and I’d be surprised if he didn’t."

The vice president spent the balance of his time talking up the administration’s moves on Iraq, the surge, and Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony this week.

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