"When President Obama makes wise decisions," Cheney will say, "he deserves our support. When he mischaracterizes the decisions we made, he deserves an answer."
"The responsibilities we carried belong to others now. And though I'm not here to speak for George W. Bush, I am certain that no one wishes the current administration more success in defending the country than we do. We understand the complexities of national security decisions. We understand the pressures that confront a president and his advisers..."
"Right now there is considerable debate in this city about the measures our administration took to defend the American people -- and especially about our methods of gathering intelligence. What I want to do today is set forth the strategic thinking that drove our policies..."
But all I hear is:
In all seriousness, the idea that Obama and Cheney are somehow debating one another today, that the President of the United States and the widely loathed, completely discredited national crazy uncle who lives in our national attic and occasionally screams downstairs for his pudding are on some equivalent policy footing is a construct so silly it could only amuse the Washington press corps.