- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has already pegged Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party, so who does that make No. 2 in the GOP? Why, Dick Cheney, of course.

That was the essence of the sarcastic remark President Barack Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, offered Monday when he was asked to respond to criticism from the former vice president.

Cheney, interviewed Sunday on CNN, said Obama was making the U.S. less safe by reversing Bush administration policies toward terror suspects.

“Well, I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy,” Gibbs said to laughter during his daily briefing with reporters. “So they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal.”

Gibbs said Obama is keeping the nation safe and dealing with problems George W. Bush’s administration did not.

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