Cheney, often cited as the most powerful vice president in American history,   ended his tenure as an unpopular figure in American politics. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger , eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations. He served as White House chief of staff from to In , he was elected to the U. House of Representatives , and represented Wyoming's at-large congressional district from —, briefly serving as House minority whip in
Dick Cheney Isn’t Helping
lamusedesgones.com - CNN's John King interviews Vice President Dick Cheney - May 8,
It was a bracing reminder of what great research and a journalist more committed to getting to the truth than to landing the big get -- and keeping the big get happy, and ensuring future big gets -- can accomplish. Each time King let Cheney get away with spouting gross inaccuracies and revisionist history, I kept thinking how different things would have been had Stewart been asking the questions. Stewart without the comedy and without the outrage -- just armed with the facts and the willingness to ask tough questions. King opened the interview by showing clips of President Obama saying that his administration had "inherited an economic crisis" and "inherited a big mess. So I think the notion that you can just sort of throw it off on the prior administration, that's interesting rhetoric but I don't think anybody really cares a lot about that. But even without Stewartesque flourishes, shouldn't King have challenged Cheney's ludicrous claim with some facts about how the fervor for financial deregulation championed by the Bush administration fueled the economic meltdown? Instead, King let Cheney off the hook: "We may get back to how we got here.
Limbaugh gets big time support from Dick Cheney
KING: We thank you for joining us this morning, sir. Your task force is finished its work. The president will unveil the report next week and the administration tries to sell a new long-term energy strategy for this country. Let's focus first on the short term. Anything the administration can do in the short term to help those people, the American people as they prepare for spring and summer vacation, as they drive to work every day?
It was Bush who did the public cheerleading for the schemes Cheney drew up behind the scenes — at least this was the image that emerged. So it seems odd that, at least in the first two months of the Bush post-presidency, the role of chief public defender of the Bush record has been handed off to, and embraced by, Dick Cheney. On the subject of the Bush-Cheney record, he was unapologetic.