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President Obama on Justification of Drone Program:  “I Am No Dick Cheney” (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

President Obama reportedly said he was “no Dick Cheney on drones” during his visit on Capitol Hill with House Democrats. Um, the right wing is now in freak-out mode as though Dick Cheney was ever anyone to emulate. He was proud of the interrogation techniques used by the Bush Administration, including waterboarding. He reportedly made the remark when confronted by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) over his administration’s refusal to show congressional intelligence committees memos from the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel justifying the use of lethal force against American terror suspects abroad, Politico reports.

In response to Rockefeller’s critique, Obama said he’s not involved in drafting such memos, the senators told POLITICO. He also tried to assure his former colleagues that his administration is more open to oversight than that of President George W. Bush, whom many Democratic senators attacked for secrecy and for expanding executive power in the national security realm.

“This is not Dick Cheney we’re talking about here,” he said, according to Democratic senators who asked not to be named discussing the private meeting.

Two Obama administration officials, who asked not to be named, confirmed Rockefeller raised the drone oversight issue with the president at the session. The White House had no comment on Obama’s alleged reference to the former vice president.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller was absolutely right to confront President Obama on the drone program, but the problem I have is why the Dick  Cheney remark was leaked in the first place. You see, this is the reason why I am no longer a Democrat — they don’t stick together. President Obama’s excuse is insulting on so many levels. Tit for tat, right? Come on Mr. President, you are beginning to sound a lot like Dick Cheney.  His comment makes Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster look smart.

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