Report: Cheney slammed Obama to Israelis

While still in office, the former vice president reportedly said the then-president-elect would "never make it in the major leagues."

Published March 30, 2009 4:45PM (EDT)

Ever get the feeling that former Vice President Dick Cheney might not be the nicest,  most magnanimous, person in the world? I know, it's hard to believe someone so cuddly-looking might not be sugar, spice and everything nice, but that might just be the case.

For evidence, see Seymour Hersh's latest article for the New Yorker, about the changes the Obama administration is making regarding U.S. policy towards Syria. Buried in there is this nugget about the former veep, who was still in office during the events Hersh describes:

According to the former senior intelligence official, who has access to sensitive information, “Cheney began getting messages from the Israelis about pressure from Obama” when he was President-elect. Cheney, who worked closely with the Israeli leadership in the lead-up to the Gaza war, portrayed Obama to the Israelis as a “pro-Palestinian,” who would not support their efforts (and, in private, disparaged Obama, referring to him at one point as someone who would “never make it in the major leagues”).

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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