2009 February 17 Tuesday
Even Bush Got Sick Of Cheney

Cheney annoyed Bush with a big push for a complete pardon for Lewis Libby.

WASHINGTON - In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge.

It wasn't enough that Bush commuted Libby's 30 month prison sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice. Cheney wanted more. But even Bush is capable of learning.

About the same time, however, an official who has worked closely with both men mused that the relationship "isn't what it was" when Bush tapped Cheney as his running mate in 2000.

"It's been a long, long time since I've heard the President say, 'Run that by the vice president's office.' You used to hear that all the time."

I wonder if Bush decided that Libby pushed disastrous policies and lost sympathy for him.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 February 17 11:52 PM  Politics American Presidency

The Undiscovered Jew said at February 18, 2009 2:33 PM:

Cheney was clearly nuts on foreign policy.

However, I do wonder sometimes if Cheney might have closed the borders and deported the illegals had he been president.

During the amnesty battles of 2006/2007, I did not see Cheney leading the charge for infinite immigration. Nor did I ever see him get misty eyed the way Bush did talking about Mexicans, or any other minorties and rant about how "racist" the GOP base was for opposing amnesty.

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