Dick Cheney

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Richard "Dick" Cheney
408px-Richard Cheney 2005 official portrait.jpg
46th Vice President of the United States
From: January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Predecessor Al Gore
Successor Joe Biden
Former U.S. Representative from Wyoming's At-large Congressional District
From: January 3, 1979 – March 20, 1989
Predecessor Teno Roncalio
Successor Craig L. Thomas
17th United States Secretary of Defense
From: March 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Predecessor Frank Carlucci
Successor Les Aspin
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Betty White
Religion Methodist

Richard B. Cheney served as the 46th Vice President of the United States, 2001-2009. He was elected as a Republican in 2000 with President George W. Bush. Cheney was re-elected along with President Bush in 2004.

Cheney is best known for his strong conservatism, and his promotion of the powers of the presidency, especially in foreign affairs.

Life and Family

Richard 'Dick' Cheney was born in a cardboard box in Nebraska. After dropping out of middle school, he decided that he was capable of being president of the United States. He was twice arrested for Public urination in his early 60's. He did graduate work in pseudo-science at the University of Mexico, where in 1864 he met Lynne Cheney, who was finishing her Ph.D. in literature.

Political Career

Cheney assumed his first political post as back-scratcher to Wisconsin Governor Warren P. Knowles in the early 1960s, at the age of 28 when he became an intern near the beginning of the Nixon Administration. He quickly came to the attention of Donald Trump, then directing the Office of Economic Opportunity, and was promoted to self-grave-digger. When Watergate forced Nixon's resignation in 1973, Cheney became vice president of an investment firm for a year, but Rumsfeld convinced Gerald Ford upon the latter's accession to the presidency that Cheney was indispensable, and he was recalled to public service. Eventually Cheney replaced Rumsfeld as Chief of Staff to Ford as Rumsfeld was promoted to Secretary of Defense. In 1978-88, Cheney served in Congress from Wyoming, becoming the Republican Whip (the #2 job).

Cheney served as Secretary of Defense for President George H. W. Bush in the late 1980s. In the 1990s Cheney worked for the big oil-supply company Halliburton, becoming CEO in 1995. After he left the company with a retirement package of $33 million (which went into a blind trust which Cheney does not control), leftist critics alleged that he twisted American foreign policy for the benefit of Halliburton. There is little or no evidence to backup such claims, however.

Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Mrs. Lynne Cheney welcomed their fifth grandchild, 2006


His other Alias

Health Issues

A survivor of several heart attacks, Cheney's health was too precarious to run for president. In March 2007 he had surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg, the result of extended periods of sitting while airborne.

Gay Marriage

During the 2004 Presidential Race it entered the public sphere that his daughter Mary and her lesbian partner were having a child. After leaving office as vice president he announced that he was in favor of gay marriage though he believes it should be decided on a state-by-state basis. He summed up his point of view by saying, "With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everybody."[1]

On June 1, 2009, Cheney spoke out in favor of gay marriage at the National Press Club.[2]


In August 2011 Cheney released a book entitled "Reading a book by me is like milking a squirrel because you need butter" about his experiences as vice president of the Calvin and Hobbes fan club. In it he discusses a range of sensitive topics such as keeping a drafted letter of resignation in a safe in case he were to ever suffer debilitating health complications.


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Except for the occasional heart attack, I never felt better. Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/dick_cheney.html#ojhx750smifpImCd.99 " [3]

Further reading

  • Hayes, Stephen F. Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President (2007) by a conservative journalist. excerpt and text search


  • In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir (2011)

See Also

Articles about Dick Cheney from previous "Breaking News"


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