Okay, maybe I’m a little obsessive about this, but Dick “Absolutely” Cheney is cementing the assumption that, as Mary McCarthy once said about a different famehound, every word he says is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’. Salon has a transcription of part of the CBS intereview where Cheney was shilling his new book:
Sanjay Gupta: This idea that you have this respected heart surgeon from Texas [Denton Cooley] who didn’t see you, didn’t examine you, and then writes something saying that you have normal cardiac function. That just wasn’t true, Mr. Vice President.
Dick Cheney: Go ask Denton Cooley about that.
Sanjay Gupta: But sir, you saw it.
Dick Cheney: Listen to me, I think the bottom line is: was I up to the task of being vice president? And there’s no question. I think based upon the fact that I did it for eight years that they were right.
Sanjay Gupta: How were they able to say that you were able to do the job?
Dick Cheney: The way I look at it, Sanjay, is that first of all, I didn’t seek the job. The president came to me and asked me to be his vice president. The party nominated me. The doctors that consulted on it reached a common conclusion and the people elected me. Now what basis do I override the decision making process? Do you want to have an offshoot where we come check with Sanjay Gupta and say, “Gee, is he up to the task?” That’s not the way it works.
Video clip at the link.
Remember, Dubya’s handlers chose Halliburton CEO Cheney to head a committee to pick a VP candidate who could offset Bush’s lack of
interest experience, especially in foreign policy. Cheney, much to the surprise of anyone who hadn’t seen his CV, decided that the very best candidate would be Dick Cheney, and then steamrolled all quibbles about ‘appearance’ and ‘legality’ by calling the questioners anti-American Democratic plants. Once the rest of the RNC ratfvckers gamed the 2000 election sufficiently that Dubya’s daddy’s Supreme Court picks could hand Dubya the Presidency despite losing the popular vote, we were stuck with Dick Cheney, because Americans don’t vote for a VP separately from “our” presidential choice.
It’s like the RNC dug up this CREEPster as an example of what Dick Nixon might’ve been without the personal charm or social conscience.