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Cheney Calls Obama an 'Unmitigated Disaster' in Post-Transplant Speech

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called President Barack Obama an "unmitigated disaster" in his first post-heart transplant appearance Saturday, April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Miranda Grubbs

Less than a month after receiving a heart transplant, former Vice President Dick Cheney minced no words in his assessment of President Barack Obama: He's been an "unmitigated disaster."

"I can't think of a time when I felt it was more important for us to beat an incumbent president," Cheney said of the November election. "[Obama] has been an unmitigated disaster for the country."

According to the Associated Press, Cheney walked on stage without assistance at the Wyoming Republican Party's state convention for a speech that lasted more than an hour. His first public appearance since the surgery, he didn't appear to tire and looked markedly healthier than before the transplant, the AP reported.

Cheney said it would be a "huge disappointment" to give Obama another four years in the White House, and that the Republican Party needs to band behind Mitt Romney, whom Cheney called the "likely nominee" and said would do a "whale of a job."

"I think it's very important that we get together and gather together and gather behind our likely nominee," Cheney said. "It's Mitt Romney, I've known him for a long time, I've got a lot of confidence in him."

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