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This -- he spent forty years at this center of power.
From the White House insiders for call you back you asked Cheney to pick you up -- dollars first thing and it.
To secretary of defense and he didn't want -- have Bush's hands tied to one of the most controversial vice president in the history he didn't beat him up.
They've made it go maybe edit the man as you have never seen you before I quickly conclude the trainer but clash.
That's this present that happened -- -- something's gonna happen inside the war.
Vice president asked are you going to take care of those guys enough half.
They'll fight for America's future he is so radical so far over the left than Barack Obama will be a one -- Fox News report Dick Cheney -- from.
Washington DC here's -- bay this.
He came to Washington in the late sixties without a well formed ideology.
He left forty years later as one of the most uncompromising.
Conservatives in the nation.
He's someone is comfortable alone for hours in a river fishing.
As he is in Washington's high tension power place.
He suffered multiple heart attacks but that never seemed to slow his career.
And he's -- behind the scenes player who became as much as anyone the public face of the bush administration's most explosive controversies.
On August 30 Cheney will be back in the news when he releases his memoir in my time the book will cover for decades in public service.
I've spent a lot of time with him over the last decade when he became -- often said the most powerful vice president in history.
I believe you're looking at the next vice president of the United States.
Hope and -- I found my -- it's changed.
And I said well that's going to be surprised everybody I picked him because he is without a doubt fully capable.
I think the president of the United States and -- the congressman.
Chief of staff to the president and secretary of defense I'm proud to announce that Dick Cheney.
A man of great integrity.
And experience is my choice to be the next vice president of the United States.
Dick Cheney served.
Under president George W.
Bush and his father.
In congress in the Reagan and Carter years and before that under presidents Ford and Nixon.
But to really understand him you have to go back much further.
Richard Bruce Cheney was born in Lincoln Nebraska on January 30 1941.
Though he was to become one of America's best known conservatives.
It was hardly destined.
I grew up and AM.
My grandfather was ecstatic when I was born on FDR's -- my dad was a career civil service.
Worked for the the US Department of Agriculture in 1954.
The Cheney family move to Casper Wyoming we had.
Last house on the east edge of town.
It was fifty miles across the purse from there the next closest.
The sense of openness and space and that it is it becomes part of it -- grow up in this.
Amazingly optimistic setting in his had a feeling that things would be even brighter tomorrow.
Cheney's high school sweetheart was Lynn Vincent how did you all -- and junior high.
I knew she was but she's you know.
Ambulance I was in Vietnam and -- was the -- of the class -- in the brightest student and baton -- her support.
And I finally got up the nerve to ask her out and I said you're kidding.
She did but eventually we worked.
A natural leader a hard worker.
And a strong -- in young Cheney showed promise and received a scholarship to get sort of the clash of cultures I think he liked the intellectual stimulation that you -- provided.
But another ways it was so different from what he had seen and experienced the child.
In Nebraska and Wyoming.
Stephen Hayes wrote a biography of Cheney in 2007.
He focused on the social aspects of you know in addition to the studies probably more than -- studies.
Hard partying -- -- grades cost him his scholarship.
And ultimately he flunked out not once but twice.
An event that would never quite seemed to escape him.
So now we know.
If you graduate from -- you become president.
If you drop out you get to be vice president and.
When -- return to Wyoming he actually spent time -- -- -- power lines.
-- it was.
Very tough job he traveled from Tora rural town to the ground at one point -- -- -- for a while on the back some guys.
For a young man who not so long ago had unlimited prospects.
This gave him plenty of time to think.
And plenty of time to drink in hand it caught up with -- when he was arrested.
For drunk driving actually twice and it was a moment where he had to decide what direction his life was going to go in.
Some men dig a hole for themselves and never managed to climb out.
But as he sat in jail 22 year old Dick Cheney resolved.
To turn his life around still with no money no degree and no connections.
Cheney couldn't see where he'd end up in just a little more than a decade.
In the White House chief of staff to the president of the United States.
Dick Cheney is amazing -- When we return.
It was 1963.
And Dick Cheney 822 year old college drop out with two DW -- arrests on his record had few prospects.
Even his girlfriend Lynn threatened to dump him unless he shaped up.
So Cheney stopped his hard partying and applied to the University of Wyoming.
He eventually earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in political science.
Those academic credentials however didn't mean he had a well formed political philosophy.
The future vice president was less of a staunch conservative.
Than a blank slate.
My first political job.
Was -- intern in the Wyoming state senate.
There were two of us with internships.
Yet again it was a very active and -- a young Democrat and sort of neutral coloration Republicans were running to take me.
Then -- that was the beginning.
Now -- was willing to take him as well they married in 1964.
And had two daughters Elizabeth and Mary.
Cheney went on to start work on a Ph.D.
at the University of Wisconsin.
During the sixties while Vietnam raged.
He received five draft deferments.
Something later detractors were quick to note.
Back in school his academic research focused on the mechanics of elections and voting patterns.
But he also began thinking about the proper role of government as well.
I work for the governor of Wisconsin.
And my exposure to misguided attempts of government to do good -- that's what really.
Got me started thinking in terms of what government to -- -- -- the it is.
In 1968 Cheney moved his family to Washington DC I want -- congressional fellowship spent a year on the hill.
And through that process get hooked up with a guy named Don Rumsfeld.
Cheney interviewed with Rumsfeld who was then -- 36 year old representative from Illinois.
The job offer however didn't come for another nine months.
When Rumsfeld left congress to run the Office of Economic Opportunity or oh we -- president Richard Nixon.
It was the beginning of a decades long political partnership.
Rumsfeld a stalwart advocate of free market economics.
Was tasked with running a program he opposed the Nixon administration's wage and price control program.
Cheney went with him.
You could not substitute successfully.
The decision making processes and a few bureaucrats and officeholders in Washington.
President genius of Americans all over the country.
In 1972 Cheney left the administration to join a consulting firm.
Rumsfeld moved to Brussels as ambassador to NATO soon after the Nixon administration implode it.
And neither Cheney nor Rumsfeld were tainted by the Watergate scandal.
When Nixon resigned.
New president Gerald Ford called Rumsfeld back to Washington.
US Cheney to pick you up -- Dallas first thing I didn't know when I have more confidence there.
And so he met at the airport that had to be an interesting ride back to -- It it was interesting he in turn ask me if I can -- free of my job for a few weeks and help out.
Nice that your one and we rode back in into the White House president I think you've been president for less than an hour.
Ford asked Rumsfeld to run the transition.
And later appointed him chief of staff -- was his deputy.
One night in a Washington restaurant came his next big lesson in economics.
That's one of former Yale classmate economist Arthur Laffer famously sketched what would become known as the Laffer Curve.
On a dinner -- -- I had.
Dinner -- Don Rumsfeld probably one so -- couple times.
We invited guests with us and he invited his deputy -- asked me to change they were trying to explain how you could raise more revenue if you cut rates and so.
And laugher whipped -- -- white linen napkin there so you know those moves good high quality napkin as one old paper and mutilated out on the table when he drew out the Laffer Curve -- about -- black.
Kinda plan that used -- And I'm told that's the first time the Laffer Curve who's ever drawn.
Described in that fashion.
It's absolutely -- mean that the truth is.
At zero tax rate you get zero revenues and at a 100% tax rate you'll also get -- revenues and somewhere.
In that curve you can optimize the revenue without just waiting and discouraging.
Entrepreneurial activity and investment and the kinds of things that create the jobs in the products for this wonderful country.
I became a believer you fast forward in 2003.
Where we cut capital gains rate the rate on interest.
Did the across the board cuts in the income tax.
And -- passed by a single vote my vote this is what thirty years later.
Fourteen months into the Ford administration.
Cheney got a huge promotion.
Ford moved Rumsfeld to Defense Secretary.
An elevated Cheney to his chief of staff feel a certain pride in America myself.
Cheney was only 34 years old -- the nation.
Is able to find unidentified.
Man like Gerald Ford do you think that that you had the experience to do that job that time.
I was so busy had enough time for her about it he gave job to do you when did it I -- do.
Very positive view trendy and those -- use.
Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger says the man who would become known for his strong views on America's place in the world.
Had little to say on such matters in the Ford administration.
I don't remember an -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It did I thought you -- -- helpful but it it it.
While the Secret Service gave Cheney the code name back seat president Ford made Cheney campaign manager of his 1976.
-- But they would not be Jimmy Carter.
After Ford loses to Carter the rumsfeld's go on vacation with the change right.
-- -- talk about that well we both of us were unemployed.
And we went down and we.
Played little -- And accept the -- and talked about the future and it was pretty clear that Dick was thinking about.
Going back to Wyoming in an interest in himself and politics.
Cheney did go back to Wyoming and ran for congress in 1978.
In that first campaign Cheney 837 year old three pack a day man with a family history of corn -- disease suffered his first heart attack.
Haven't had a mild heart attack.
Let me -- upon reflection.
And -- reflexively -- that we didn't back wanna continue to campaign.
His wife Lynn stood informed.
To enable Cheney to take some time off to get better.
And to return to the campaign trail and ultimately win a congressional.
Cheney would be reelected six times.
While in congress he had two more heart attacks in 1984.
They wouldn't stop -- rise he became minority whip the second in command among house Republicans.
And even though he was now a leader in the legislative branch he remained a forceful supporter of executive power.
Speaking out in favor of President Reagan during the Iran Contra scandal.
I think what the president was guilty was making unwise decisions such as sending arms -- not -- I -- -- the legal authority to do that.
I think he had the legal authority to -- funds from third countries to support the conference I think he had the legal authority to withhold notification from congress -- -- -- Ironically back then Cheney was one of the most popular Republicans with the media all -- 1989.
President George H.
Asked him to serve in the executive branch again.
This time as secretary of defense.
I was the special assistant for Soviet affairs.
And her temper.
And then secretary of defense Cheney with someone who was able to debate and talk with even somebody as -- juniors I was at that time.
When plans were made to repel Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.
Cheney argued behind closed doors.
On behalf of a powerful presidency he didn't want President Bush to go to congress didn't want to go to the United Nations either because he didn't want -- -- Bush's hands tied.
Bush did vote.
And got their endorsements.
Seems to me there's only going to be one outcome.
That's -- because defeat desert storm was perhaps the most successful military operation in modern history.
-- the coalition left Saddam Hussein in power Cheney defended that controversial decision.
Bottom line question for me was how many additional American lives the Saddam Hussein were.
-- -- -- -- -- President George H.
Bush had sky high approval ratings following the gulf war.
But a sluggish economy made those numbers plummet when the time he started his reelection campaign.
Bush's son thought he would have a better chance against Democrat Bill Clinton.
If his dad changed the bottom of the ticket.
You suggested to your dad that he replace.
Dan Quayle with Cheney for VP for the real thought he needed to make any big change -- changed -- Dynamics of what look like they -- it very difficult.
So one suggestion was that maybe nothing had changed it dismissed.
And George H.
Bush lost to Bill Clinton.
For the third time in -- career his boss was forced from office.
What next -- Cheney was starting to see himself as presidential timber.
That story when we come back.
By his early fifties Dick Cheney had had a remarkable career wrong.
Nixon a Ford chief of staff congressmen and George HW Bush's Defense Secretary.
Then in 1993.
Cheney was out of government.
He joined a conservative think tank here in Washington DC but Cheney had bigger plans.
To run for president himself.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- See people give speeches -- and so forth.
Cheney asked David adding him to set up his political action committee and that keeps you go public keeps you.
In good graces of other folks in part.
It about a 160 campaigns.
Concluded after that exercise that I was not going to be president that I didn't do those things of -- of the candidate forward.
And so Cheney left Washington moved to Texas and became very rich and CEO of the Halliburton corporation.
An oil field services company and big government contractor Cheney pocketed more than twenty million dollars between 1995.
That's when Texas governor and GOP presidential nominee George W.
-- -- to help him find a running back.
After an extensive search bush picked.
Dick Cheney brings a lot of stature point.
The process but a lot of judgment as well.
How concerned were you about the perception about getting some of your father's.
Cabinet members and going back to his.
Defense wasn't that worried about kind of following in daddy's footsteps and drug addictions are reluctant.
Person which may mean even more attractive when he asked me to sign on these anyone in me to be part of that team.
He wanted me to be there with him to work with him on the issues of the day.
He's kept his word was there are an early agreement that this would be a different vice presidency not.
-- didn't expect the truth matters of vice president is a key advisor.
And what makes him different courses that he actually campaign but no there was no no preconceived plan about his role.
The choice looked good when Cheney performed well in national debates I'm pleased to see -- from the newspapers that you're better off -- you worried years ago to most of the.
And I can tell you -- that the government had absolutely nothing to let -- -- this.
I can see my wife and I think she's sinking ship was she would go -- -- the private citizen and Obama to try to help you do that -- The 2000 election turned out to close to call bush tapped Cheney to run the transition in the event they want.
It was during this time Cheney suffered his fourth heart attack he was a minor one.
But a bump in the road for an already tumultuous transition.
Bush and Cheney had lost the popular vote.
But won the electoral college and the presidency.
After the Supreme Court ruled in their favor in a series of decisions on the Florida recounts.
As the new administration settled in Cheney helped get his longtime friend and mentor Donald Rumsfeld a job.
His old position as secretary of defense.
Whose enormous surprise no more.
Idea of going back into government full time and the man in the -- So January 2001 when you're sworn you're in the Oval Office with Cheney again.
Did you look at each other that's -- -- -- that he wrote that piece of paper.
And there it is Rummy who would've thought.
-- 31 years later not long after taking office the former Halliburton chief faced his first controversy.
Cheney puts together -- task force which included a lot of energy industry types and there were a series of lawsuits to have these.
Records and in the meetings and made public and Cheney resisted.
I've been around town for 34 years' time after time after time administrations -- traded away.
The authority the president and his sister we're going to do that in this administration the issue went to court.
David -- -- was now -- to the vice president.
We were very polite about it don't know what's really -- of business how the president's senior advisors formulate recommendations and give them to present.
Ultimately won that in court ten.
They chose not to appeal politically speaking it was a minor -- But it showed good or bad that Cheney was not the man to give in to public pressure.
Soon the White House and Cheney would be tested as never.
Welcome back to Fox News reporting Dick Cheney revealed.
The 9/11 attacks change the world America's response to them would define the Bush Administration.
If anyone was prepared for such -- shattering crisis.
It laws date change.
-- I was in my office west wing and at first hour.
-- radar caught sight of an airliner heading toward the White House 500 miles per hour.
Secret Service agents came into my office.
Said we had to leave now.
A few moments later I found myself fortified White House command post somewhere down below.
President Bush was away that morning in Florida promoting his education program.
That left Cheney in charge of the White House advising and dispatching orders from President Bush.
I didn't anticipate September -- eleventh.
But I did intuitively know that could be helpful to have somebody there who brought something to the table.
In regards to experience -- and Dick Cheney certainly did that.
Vice President Cheney showed -- -- that terrible day of nine elevenths that -- he was somebody of tremendous resolve tremendous home.
Tremendous focus he confronted to her gave the president the price options he was implementing your.
Orders including one to shoot down civilian planes that appeared to.
You know we were concerned that.
They were still aircraft that could do harm to our country Dick Cheney was one conveyed that to the military.
And one of my most searing memories -- that several minutes later we.
Learned that a plane had been lost from radar screen and called vice president on the phone asking the -- But you must know whether or not you engaged in civilian Erica.
And four -- a terrible 1015 minutes we thought we shot down the civilian aircraft that almost innocent citizens and.
That flight was united 93.
Where a brave group of passengers tried to take back the plane from the hijackers.
It eventually crashed near Shanksville Pennsylvania.
My wife -- and I.
Put on the helicopter and flew.
At Camp David spent the night we flew over the Pentagon and you could see that massive hole that was left after the airliner struck.
Those -- images you'll never forget I'm not emotional Lewis.
Says some people would allege.
As the reality of the attacks emerged the president and vice president agreed on one thing this was war.
And there was need for a strong response.
Regime that harbors or supports terrorists.
Will be regarded as hostile to the United States we'll do.
On October 7 the military launched operation enduring freedom.
Al-Qaeda and the -- -- regime in Afghanistan.
Before the year was down to -- -- lost control of the country but the low grade war would continue we're almost a decade.
And pose a serious challenge to America's will.
Next the administration set its sights on a rock where dangerous -- was believed to be building weapons of mass destruction.
Harboring terrorists and violating UN sanctions.
And Dick Cheney became one of the administration's strongest advocates for the war.
There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends.
Against our allies and against us.
It was a radical turn from the first gulf war when he said we should not spill American blood to force Saddam from power.
What changed that second -- when we were faced with a a different situation where all of a sudden.
What was going dominant part of the world could ultimately have an impact right here -- Iraq.
Vice President Cheney.
Said he felt that you were worrying too much about United Nations approval yes.
The vice president asks at one of your private luncheon launches.
Are you going to take care of this guy or not.
Yeah yeah where there was -- in impatience.
And I was.
And doing everything I could to avoid the use of military.
On March 20 2003.
The US invaded Iraq.
Three weeks into the war Saddam Hussein fled Baghdad.
Dramatic success on the battlefield kept the public solidly behind Bush's global war on terror.
That effort included a host of nonmilitary.
Measures to protect America from further terrorist attacks.
Eavesdropping on terrorists phone calls tracking their money.
Locking them up indefinitely at Guantanamo day.
Using enhanced interrogation techniques on a few terrorist leaders to make them talk.
It added up to an extraordinary assertion of presidential powers aggressively pushed by Vice President Cheney and his stat.
-- power of commander in chief.
-- is the power win a war.
It was not and is not an unusual view Dick Cheney's view of the prisons the traditional view that the extent and it certainly has its limits.
One of the first major decisions was to try foreign terror suspects in special military tribunals.
A decision pushed by Cheney but shared with you others in the administration.
The military tribunals were authorized by the president in an order that I have not seen.
And I went to the president's that this president if that happened to can't somebody's gonna have to resign.
But change critics increasingly depicted him as a secretive schemer who was using the war as an excuse to shred the constitution.
-- them his Secret Service code name angler.
Was all too -- -- love -- they say here's the angler in more ways than one.
Is there some truth to that.
Well the Secret Service -- -- the code names.
The code name I have -- Ford administrations backseat.
In the I should go back to that.
-- as the 2004 election approached Cheney was willing to do more than take a backseat.
He was willing to step aside for a new running mate he offered to sit down to.
He did I was impressed.
That the vice president during a luncheon was today if you think you can strengthen the ticket.
I will move on no hard feelings as very noble gesture on his part every vice president -- that the -- but he -- -- course.
I thought I decided not making decent.
Cheney never really became a campaign issue in 2004.
But his daughter -- did in a presidential debate if you were to talk to.
Dick cheneys daughter.
Who is a lesbian she would tell you.
That she's being who she was Cheney was furious.
You saw a man who will say and do anything in order to get elect.
In the end voters stuck with bush and Cheney over John Kerry and John Edwards.
Though they won by a bigger margin than in 2000.
The second term would prove more difficult and divisive -- the country.
After 9/11 the global war on terror almost completely preoccupied the US military.
Meanwhile the political struggle over the war consumed Washington.
In the thick of it as often -- not vice president.
Dick Cheney and either we are serious about fighting this war where we are now.
Never -- that view we look forward to where renewal of the Patriot Act in 2006.
Because that law has done exactly what it was intended to do in this country cannot afford.
To be without its protections critics who -- Cheney is cold and calculating.
Had a field day a month later on a hunting trip in Texas he accidentally shot a friend Harry Whittington.
And then did not alert the national media.
You can't blame anybody else.
And the -- people are true for a.
Saying -- a little -- Whittington suffered a mild heart attack after the shooting but recovered.
The cracks about Cheney and the dark side didn't stop -- The vice president's motorcade pulls.
Into the capitol and Darth Vader emerges.
I asked Lynne if deep down it bugs here.
The people have taken to calling me Darth Vader.
She said not at all.
It humanize you.
-- -- He seemingly -- news.
That he didn't believe in public.
-- made him look.
Maybe out of him but it depicted his sense of Putin.
And his sense that somebody had been threatening.
Before he became vice president he was -- considered excessive who.
Could beat you to do you lose.
Do you think you've changed since you've been in this administration.
And I changed.
Well I hear that from time time for him.
Old friend say to you have the old Dick Cheney -- and now.
And people who don't sort of walk in my shoes don't sit down every morning.
And go through the the intelligence reports of the present which I do so you don't mind the characterizations.
So on and I'm not here yeah.
Polish my image by any means I'm -- to do -- job.
That job was getting tougher every day he was bad enough that US troops did not find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Even worse a bloody terrorist insurgency began killing Americans by the day.
Even dwell on -- old friends joined the ranks of his.
Of this occupation would be so incompetent.
And I was really -- with that in and I just couldn't stand the thought to myself that people are dying because of other components.
We've been coming out of the Oval Office one -- and and Cheney said there's only 800 days or something kind of just joking that the administration had a couple years left it's all.
And I fit for you not me.
In November 2006.
Voters gave Democrats control of the House of Representatives.
For the first time -- a dozen years.
The next day President Bush fired Rumsfeld Cheney strongly disagreed with the decision.
But bush asked him to deliver the news to his old friend anyway.
Don was the toughest boss I had ever had.
The most demanding.
And the most command.
I've never worked harder for boss.
And I've never learned more from one -- but even with Rumsfeld gone a growing chorus -- -- And did that Americans get out of the world at that point almost 3000 Americans had died in Iraq.
Six in ten Americans say they feel it was a mistake to war wouldn't say -- things.
We didn't elect to be -- our mission is to do everything we can.
We believe global conflict -- fundamental test.
Of the character.
The American people whether we're going to be able to fail us.
Performance we've ever faced.
Guess the question most Americans happens.
How much is enough.
Any casualty this can be regret that we need not the former can go home we do is -- they stripped.
So when the bipartisan Iraq study group recommended a phased withdrawal in December 2006.
Cheney thought it was a horrible idea.
He backed instead President Bush's plan to send in more troops to defeat the terrorists.
And the surge worked.
But in Bush's second term -- hardly won every argument.
The administration began a policy of engagement with hostile regimes in with Korea and Iran.
Cheney opposed that but secretary of state Condoleezza Rice prevent.
I think the vice president's been very pretty clear that he didn't agree with everything that the president decided to do toward the end the administration.
And while Cheney helped -- judicial appointments President Bush did not consult him on his ill fated choice of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court.
I would not a factor for the court that was that was pure George Bush and and I said well okay we'll do what we did.
The vice president's biggest disagreement with the president involved -- longtime friend and chief of staff Scooter Libby.
Libby got into big legal trouble over the leaked identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame.
-- was not the leaker but got two and a half years in prison for lying and obstructing a federal investigation.
The president commuted Libby sentence in 2007.
And after the 2008 election the vice president pushed his boss to grant -- a full pardon.
In one of their last meeting before president Barack Obama took office.
President Bush told Cheney he was letting the conviction stand and -- Question about it it opposite days.
And I was concerned it would -- our relationship like -- still know we face it's a wrong decision to make.
How do you see you relationship now it's fit it's I consider him very close friend and and I'm glad I picked him in 2000 I'm glad that.
Kept him on the ticket in 2004.
And I would make the same decision again.
President Bush largely stayed silent while President Obama blamed his administration.
For the country's ills.
Not so much.
Coming up after the break.
When president Barack Obama took office in January 2009.
Vice President Dick Cheney became private citizen Dick Cheney.
But a life of quiet retirement was not to -- I'm I took office.
We had a one year deficit of over one trillion dollars even after he took office -- of this result of not paying for two wars.
President Barack Obama continued to use his predecessor has a punching back.
-- 9/11 was an enormous trauma.
Four George W.
Bush remained silent but in some cases.
Let us act contrary.
-- traditions and all right Dick Cheney did not yet they've chosen a different path entire.
Giving in to the angry left.
Slandering people who did a hard job very well.
All that -- that has been directed that the interrogations it's utterly misplaced the White House let's stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger.
Cheering on Vice President Cheney when he was tell you that I was finally.
Somebody spoke up -- spoke the truth absolutely were you surprised by now.
Vigorous he was standing up for you or administrators -- -- really really wasn't personal.
He was -- vicious he was very.
Dick Cheney -- very thoughtful very measured and very logical what the Obama people are doing in effect -- -- -- we don't need those tough policies.
That we had.
And that says -- they didn't work.
Well which we know is not the case they -- work they kept us safe for seven years or that now -- amount threats gone away.
As it turned out President Obama has continued a number of bush Cheney policies that he criticized.
He's capped the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open he's increased the number of targeted assassinations of terrorists with predator drones.
He's largely followed Bush's post surge strategy in Iraq.
And he ordered a surge in Afghanistan.
Until he did set a date for troop draw down in the same speech.
But Cheney remains no big fan of President Obama as he told us in February 2010.
And I believe that to him.
Based on what's happened.
In the last a few months there's an -- it's.
Than Barack Obama -- you -- -- -- five days after this interview Cheney suffered his fifth heart attack.
Cheney had emergency surgery to install an artificial heart on it left him technically with no polls.
Nine months later the -- here and frail Cheney -- -- In his doctors are now considering your heart transplant.
Now seventy years old Cheney is in a period of reflection.
As he finishes his Nam war.
On his decades of public service -- had a great two were -- it's been the last forty years I've spent most of -- government and politics.
I've loved every minute -- The vice president who was someone.
In whom the president could trust.
To give him his best advice.
To argue with people like me and then when the president decided.
To salute at all.
There are very few people who have -- history that you to the pinnacle.
Of US power.
You reflect on that when he at the end we don't reflect we talk about the future we talk about the country.
Talk about the world he's managed -- country -- and and it well.
Today Dick Cheney is free to spend as much time as he wishes out in the wilderness.
Hunting and fishing.
But the impact he's made on the country blasts.
So does the debate over the policies he advocated an advance.
And that debate.
Is not likely do it soon.
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