Cheney: A VP Like No Other

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Find out how Dick Cheney shaped the vice president’s role in the White House even before he joined the ticket in 2000 - and how he’s changed the job description for future administrations. Barton Gellman is the author of Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.

Barton Gellman will be speaking and signing books
Wed. Oct. 1 at 7PM
Upper West Side Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway & 82nd Street


Barton Gellman

Comments [14]


Attack from what, exactly, PJ/13?

Sep. 17 2008 01:49 PM
PJ from Westchester

VP Cheney and the admin have kept us safe from attack for 7 years.

Sep. 16 2008 08:18 PM
seth from Long Island

As Babu from Seinfeld would say, Dick Cheney is a very, very bad man who has been a very, very bad Vice President.

Sep. 16 2008 03:31 PM
mark Brown from AND

We forgot: Cheney: The Illegal President.

Sep. 16 2008 02:39 PM
chris o from new york city

"Penultimate" means next to last. SO that would mean Card would tell Bush on Mueller's next to last day? Although I think you said that Mueller was to resign THAT day.

Sep. 16 2008 12:40 PM
Hugh from Brooklyn

With regard to secrecy, Barton Gellman either has a security clearance, or he has broken the law, OR he is taking it on faith that some of the administration kept secret was justifiably kept so.

Much of Gellman's other tepid comments fly in the face of what others have reported. Who was it who reported that Cheney took the most minimal standard for justifiability? That all the US need to justify attack or secrecy or whatever was the whiff of suspicion?

Gellman sounds less like an investigative reporter than a polite biographer -- sadly, in keeping with the sad excuse for coverage that has passed for journalism at the Washington Post.

Sep. 16 2008 12:36 PM
chris o from new york city

It does seem like the war was to help us secure the Middle East, the source of so much oil. I believe there was predictions that oil would go to $10/barrel with our new Iraq partner ramping up production. Instead we've seen it go to $147 and now precipitously "down" to $93.

What supreme arrogance and absolute hubris: nice work, Cheney!

I guess he was shocked and the world awed by the Iraqi insurgency.

Sep. 16 2008 12:34 PM
Eric from B'klyn

Does your guest have any ideas on how to address or resolve the constitutional issues, some would say crisis, in the courts?

Sep. 16 2008 12:31 PM
Vera from Bedstuy

Does this book go into Haliburton's role in the war?

I agree where is the talk of oil?

Sep. 16 2008 12:25 PM
Graham from Paris

Cheney himself is a "luxury" (cough, cough) the nation cannot afford.

Why "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" instead of "Anger: The Cheney Vice Presidency" ?

To fail to hold Bush, Cheney and others legally accountable for their crimes will mean the ultimate ruination of the United States as a nation with a hope for a return to the _possibility_ to one day become free and democratically based.


Sep. 16 2008 12:25 PM
Richard Lee from Park Slope

Could Mr. Gelman comment on Cheney's view re:

whether the Vice Presidency is situated in the Executive or Legislative branch?


Sep. 16 2008 12:24 PM
chris o from new york city

The Veep? or the Creep? Quite an ominous visage. Which reminds me of a great line by Robert Pinsky as read on the Colbert Report during the awesome Meta-Free-Phor all with Sean Penn:
“Dick Cheney is a shattered visage, half-sunk in the sand whose frown and wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command tell that its sculptor well those passions read.”

For more, see -

Sep. 16 2008 12:23 PM
Betty Anne from UES

You've got to be KIDDING me! Cheney picked this war because Iraq has OIL!




Sep. 16 2008 12:12 PM
SF from NYC

I think the question should be "How Cheney shaped the presidency?"
He was vastly more experienced than Bush in every aspect of governance. Why isn't he running for president currently? Most VPs run for head office after their term has ended?......Because Cheney was our president for the last 8 years.

Sep. 16 2008 09:52 AM

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