The Fine Print
Was Vice President Dick Cheney pulling the strings in the President George W. Bush's White House?
Bush has often been characterized as a puppet to Cheney, but a new book by Peter Baker, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” debunks that narrative.
Baker told “The Fine Print” that the two were actually on “opposite sides” on a host of issues, a rift he said began well before Bush refused to pardon Cheney adviser Scooter Libby in the closing days of their second term.
“What I'm surprised by was just how far apart President Bush and Vice President Cheney had drifted by the end of the administration,” Baker said. “They were on opposite ends by the end on so many things: Iran, North Korea, Syria, Lebanon, Russia, federal spending, the auto bailout, climate change, gun rights, [and] gay rights.”
The two had such strong differences, Baker said, that Cheney offered to step down as vice president on three separate occasions.
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