Senator from Illinois, Presidential candidate. No to impeachment, yes to investigations after he is sworn in. (see 2008 Elections).
In North Country, Obama receives a warm welcome, May 29, 2007
One woman shouted out "Cheney! Impeach Cheney!" at the Conway event, to which Obama responded "Well, that's a suggestion, too."
Obama: Impeachment is not acceptable,Associated Press, 2007-06-28
"You know, I often get questions about impeachment at town hall meetings and I’ve said that is not something I think would be fruitful to pursue because I think that impeachment is something that should be reserved for exceptional circumstances."
Obama Says Iraq Has 'Distracted' Us, July 20, 2007
One attendee asked Obama why he won't impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
"No," Obama said over audience chuckles. "And the reason is that I think it's very important for us not to get into the habit as a political culture that we impeach every President, it's supposed to be a rare occurrence and I think it'd be an enormous political distraction. What I want to do is undo much of what this Administration's done."
Obama urges local voters to 'See America as it can be', July 21, 2007
The crowd, including numerous local legislators, released a prolonged cheer when an audience member asked if Obama would do something to impeach President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, but Obama resisted the red meat.
"No," he said, "and the reason is that I think it's very important for us not to get in the habit, as a political culture, that we impeach every president. It's supposed to be a rare occurrence, and I think it will be an enormous political distraction. What I want to do is undo many of the encroachments on our civil liberties that we've seen out of this White House."
Candorville cartoon, Aug. 12, 2007. Obama on Impeachment, with James Madison
Obama said that as president he would indeed ask his new Attorney General and his deputies to "immediately review the information that's already there" and determine if an inquiry is warranted -- but he also tread carefully on the issue, in line with his reputation for seeking to bridge the partisan divide. He worried that such a probe could be spun as "a partisan witch hunt." However, he said that equation changes if there was willful criminality, because "nobody is above the law."