Opinion: Together again: ‘Mr. President, welcome,’ says Cheney; ‘Lookin’ good,’ replies Bush
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For the first time in 13 months, the two men who worked together every day in the White House for eight years got back together quietly this afternoon in suburban Washington.
Former President George W. Bush arrived at the McLean, Va., home of former Vice President Dick Cheney, newly returned from a hospital stay from his fifth heart attack.
‘Lookin’ good,’ said Bush.
‘Holding up,’ said Cheney.
Cheney still addressed his former boss as Mr. President in the brief repartee before an ABC News camera. (See video below.) The two men spent about an hour together.
They were both scheduled to appear at a Bush-Cheney administration reunion in Washington on Friday, but Cheney has begged off for more recovery time.
The Ticket previewed the Bush-Cheney meet-up earlier today right here and reviewed what both men have been up to in the ensuing year.
Both men have been working on their memoirs in recent months. Bush has confined his observations and comments to closed exchanges with private audiences, Cheney has been considerably more outspoken in his opposition to many Obama policies as well as his support for the Democrat’s strategy in Afghanistan.
Last week in a surprise appearance at a conservative convention, Cheney predicted Obama would be a one-term president, an observation confirmed by a recent CNN / Opinion research Poll. (See links below.)
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-- Andrew Malcolm