I have heard that in private Dick Cheney is a very funny, frank, direct, and politically incorrect guy. He is also very funny, frank, direct, and politically incorrect in public.
Watch as Cheney offers a dose of truth to CNN’s Barbara Starr who is interviewing Cheney and Leon Panetta on the challenges ahead for Donald Trump.
Starr attempts to poke Trump in the eye by making fun of his near-constant use of social media, especially Twitter, to speak directly to the American people, where his words stood on their own, uncensored and not subject to the biased interpretation of liberal talking heads, often intentionally taking his remarks out of context to paint a prejudiced and dishonest picture.
Starr, who I suppose is an expert on foreign policy (yeah, right), looking down her nose at Dick Cheney, who happens to actually be an expert on foreign policy, warns of the rude awakening President-elect Trump is in for, as she declares, “The language of tweets is not necessarily as nuanced and contextual as U.S. foreign policy is.”
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Newsflash, Barbara! Twitter can be “as nuanced and contextual” as the author cares to make it in 140 character spaces or less. Brevity is the soul of wit and the heart of clear communication (he says as he writes a 500-word intro to a video).
Trump’s reliance upon social media demonstrates his simple genius. He used Twitter as a tool when he needed it. He may continue to use it to get around the prejudice of the mainstream media, which has been no friend to The Donald. I look for his Press Secretary to take no crap from reporters like Starr during White House press briefings. He may ban reporters altogether who demonstrate clear bias against the Trump administration, putting the mainstream media on notice that they are invited to the White House at the President’s pleasure, and as surely as he invited them he can uninvite them, so their reporting had better be fair and objective.
Following is the transcript of the video segment from Real Clear Politics. The video will start at the appropriate mark. Just click and enjoy as Cheney tells Starr frankly and honestly, “He (Trump) is at the point where we don’t need you guys anymore.” BOOM!
Starr: So, c’mon, let’s hear it. What are you — what is your, you know, you hear this casual language. And when I say that don’t go out tweeting that I am anti-this or anti-that. The language of tweets is not necessarily as nuanced and contextual as U.S. foreign policy is. I think that is something that we can all agree on. So when you see this, seriously, what concerns does it cause you? If you were sitting with him and could give him some advice about all of this — about language, about meaning of words — what would you say? What would your advice be?
CHENEY: Well, I, first of all, am not sitting with him.
STARR: Would you if asked?
CHENEY: Would if I asked?
STARR: Would you?
CHENEY: Certainly, if the President of the United States asks for advice. I would have been happy to advise Barack Obama but he never asked me.[Laughter]
STARR: So, again, language and words.[Laughter]
STARR: You see, the man never says anything casual.
CHENEY: I think he needs to be careful but he’ll learn as he goes along. I think he is bringing some brains and good people with him. I am a big fan of Mike Pence. I know Mike well from his 12 years in the House and I think he’s a great choice as Vice President. He’s going to play a major role. I think Mr. Trump is taking very, very seriously the job that he has gotten now. Staffing up the administration.
I think one of the reasons people get so concerned about the tweets is it is sort of a way around the press. He doesn’t have to rely upon, uh, rely upon — this is the modern era, modern technology. He’s at the point where we don’t need you guys anymore.[Laughter]
CHENEY: I apologize.[Laughter]