Dick Cheney finds it funny that Bill Clinton thinks he is "unseemly."
The former vice president was asked by a local paper on Wednesday about Clinton calling him "unseemly" for his recent attacks on President Barack Obama. Cheney stepped up the tit-for-tat by needling Clinton for some of his more famous improprieties.
"If there's somebody who knows something about unseemly, it's Bill Clinton," Cheney told The Billings Gazette with a laugh.
Earlier this week, Bill Clinton was asked about the fact that Dick Cheney, the vice president during the start of the Iraq war, was attacking Obama for not doing more to stop an Islamists resurgence in Iraq.
"I believe if they [the Bush administration, Cheney] hadn't gone to war in Iraq none of this would be happening," Clinton said during an interview with NBC's David Gregory. "Mr. Cheney has been incredibly adroit for the last six years or so, attacking the administration for not doing an adequate job of cleaning up the mess that he made and I think it is unseemly."
Cheney, who as vice president was a primary player in the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq, has been very vocal with his criticism of Obama's handling of the resurgence of Islamists in the country.
Earlier this month, Cheney wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion editorial that "rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many."
Cheney went on to write that by Obama pulling out of Iraq, he "abandoned" the country "and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory."
Democrats have seized on the comments, primarily because it was the Bush administration who negotiated the withdrawal of troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, not Obama.
"Of all the former Bush administration officials who have emerged in the last few days to blame the deteriorating situation in Iraq on Barack Obama, one might think Cheney would be among the last," wrote Paul Waldman in a CNN opinion piece titled "Dick Cheney's amazing chutzpah on Iraq."
"Cheney was the war's chief propagandist, who told the American public more spectacular falsehoods than anyone, including Bush himself."
Cheney's comment to the Billings Gazette came during an energy trade show in his home state of Wyoming, where the former vice president continued his stepped up attacks on Obama during his remarks to the audience.
"Now we're in a situation where the administration has chosen in effect not to recognize the extent of the problem," Cheney said.