Dick Cheney: The Thin Man

November 16, 2010

I almost didn’t recognize him.

Watching Dick Cheney, one of the most recognizable political figures of the decade, on television speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, I did a double-take.

USA-BUSH/LIBRARYHe is about 30 pounds lighter, after being in the hospital for five weeks this summer for a procedure to improve his heart function, according to someone close to him.

The former vice president  and president appear to have moved beyond the end-of-term friction over Bush’s decision not to pardon Cheney’s chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Cheney in a television interview last year, and Bush in his newly released book, both said they hadn’t seen eye-to-eye on the former president’s decision to commute Libby’s sentence but not pardon him. Bush also wrote in his memoir “Decision Points” that he once had considered replacing Cheney as vice president.

But in a rare public appearance together since they left office, both seemed to have left past disagreements in the past.

Cheney praised Bush for being a president who did not “put on airs,” and said that ”history is beginning to come around.”

Bush said while ”trying to peddle my book” he gets asked about Cheney and offers the following reply: ”Dick Cheney was the right pick in the year 2000 and as I stand here there is no doubt in my mind he was the right pick then, he was a great vice president of the United States, and I’m proud to call him friend.”

Cheney is still the one willing to take jabs at President Barack Obama, while Bush has decided to steer clear of criticizing his successor.

“This may be the only shovel-ready project in America,” Cheney said about the Bush library, in a comment that was clearly a dig at Obama’s initial insistence that the stimulus package would go to “shovel-ready” projects.

Back at home, Cheney, we are told, is spending most of his time hanging out with his grandkids and working on his own book. Are there more surprises to come about the Bush-Cheney years?

Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Stone (Cheney and Bush at goundbreaking ceremony for presidential library in Dallas)

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this thin man should be in prison. I wonder how the man sleeps at night.

Posted by fromthecenter | Report as abusive

Dick Cheney did not look like someone who had “slimmed down” to a healthier weight. He looked like a man on a death’s door.

Posted by LarkinVonalt | Report as abusive

Cheney criticizes Obama but Obama never started an unnecessary war. The real coalition was doing fine with two-No Fly and two No Drive Zones in keeping Sadaam in check. Bush and his cronies (Cheney) fraudulently claimed we were all going to disappear in a mushroom cloud. Fear mongering which also lead to Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Posted by Wellsoup | Report as abusive

[...] dimagritissimo Dick Cheney, quasi irriconoscibile, presenta George W. Bush al varo della fondazione presidenziale [...]

One of the great men to ever serve as Vice President, or, for that matter, to serve our country in Washington DC. The fact that, for a variety of reasons – not the least of which is simple political partisanship, this patriot will be attacked beyond the grave does not change the fact that he is truly an American hero.

Posted by Missourimule | Report as abusive

Missourimule; You have to be kidding, right??

American Hero?? What did Cheney ever do that was Heroic? He has never served in the Militaty, He has never done anything that would remotely be called Heroic, unless you count his shooting of his “friend” and then waiting until after supper to even check on his condition.

Someone in Cheney’s Office outted a Covert CIA Operative during a time of war. Unless the defination of treason has changed dramatically “Giving aid and comfort to the enemy during a time of war” is still defined as treason.

The fact thst Scooter Libby was the fall guy for this does not change the fact. Cheney should have been brought up on charges over this crime.

Posted by Robert76 | Report as abusive