Olbermann Charges Cheney & ‘Puppet’ Bush ‘Responsible for’ Allowing 9/11 to Happen

On Wednesday’s Countdown show, as he slammed FNC commentator Liz Cheney in his "Worst Person" segment, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann charged that her father – Vice President Cheney – and President Bush were responsible for allowing the 9/11 attacks to occur. After quoting Ms. Cheney’s recent criticism of President Obama, Olbermann began his rant: "Madame, who in the hell do you think you're talking to? The negligence, dereliction of duty and nonfeasance committed by your father and his puppet, the previous President, led directly to this country having to absorb a terrorist attack."

He soon continued: "Your father and Mr. Bush, Ms. Cheney, were utter failures whose track record on terrorism will go down in infamy."

As he teased the show, Olbermann had plugged the segment: "Liz Cheney criticizes the quote attributed to the President about absorbing a terrorist attack, even though her father and his President were responsible for us having to absorb the last one."

He later plugged the segment again: "Liz Cheney's arrogant insult against the President about absorbing terrorism when it was her father who made absorbing terrorism unavoidable."

Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Wednesday, September 22, Countdown show on MSNBC:

KEITH OLBERMANN, IN OPENING TEASER: Worsts: Liz Cheney criticizes the quote attributed to the President about absorbing a terrorist attack, even though her father and his President were responsible for us having to absorb the last one.

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OLBERMANN, BEFORE COMMERCIAL BREAK: Liz Cheney’s arrogant insult against the President about absorbing terrorism when it was her father who made absorbing terrorism unavoidable.

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OLBERMANN: But our winner, Liz Cheney. I’m just going to read this. It’s self-explanatory:

"Americans expect our President to do everything possible to defend the nation from attack. We expect him to use every tool at his disposal to find, defeat, capture and kill terrorists. We expect him to deter attacks by making clear to our adversaries that an attack on the United States will carry devastating consequences. Instead, President Obama is reported to have said, ‘We can absorb a terrorist attack.’ This comment suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration. Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation."

Signed, "Liz Cheney, Chairman, Keep America Safe."

Madame, who in the hell do you think you’re talking to? The negligence, dereliction of duty and nonfeasance committed by your father and his puppet, the previous President, led directly to this country having to absorb a terrorist attack. To quote you, Ms. Cheney, your father and Mr. Bush failed to use every tool at their disposal to find, defeat, capture and kill terrorists, and were unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. Your father and Mr. Bush, Ms. Cheney, were utter failures whose track record on terrorism will go down in infamy. And worse still, your statement suggests that this country is not capable of absorbing the consequences of a terrorist attack even though it already has because it had to because your father and Mr. Bush failed to absorb the warning screamed at you by the intelligence community. America, Ms. Cheney, absorbed eight years of your father and George Bush. We have proved we can absorb anything. And the only explanation owed to the American people is by you. Is the name of your group, Keep America Safe, is that deliberately ironic? Or are you in secret agreement that your father and the last President failed utterly to do that? Liz Cheney, chairman, today’s "Worst Person in the World."