Former President George W. Bush and his former vice president, Dick Cheney, got together Thursday for the first time since they left office in January 2009.
The meeting took place at Cheney’s house in McLean, Virginia, just three days after the former vice president suffered a mild heart attack and was hospitalized overnight. An ABC News camera captured the moment.
“Mr. President, welcome,” Cheney said as Bush stepped from the back of a sport utility vehicle.
“Looking good,” Bush said.
“Holding up alright,” Cheney replied.
“Looking good,” the former president said again as the two shook hands warmly.
“Could be worse,” Cheney said.
The meeting came on the eve of a gathering of Bush administration alumni in Washington.
Both men had been scheduled to attend the session, but Cheney, 69, had to withdraw because of the heart attack, his fifth since age 37 and his first since shortly before becoming vice president in 2001.