President George W. Bush and Former V.P. Dick Cheney were a power couple that will be remember in future history books. Their relationship would forever change American history and the relationship between a President and a VP. Below is a special little video commemorating their love for each other.
The George W. Bush and Dick Cheney love story officially began in 2000 when Cheney was asked by Bush to be his running mate in the 2000 U.S. Elections. Cheney had previously served under GW’s father, Bush senior as the secretary of defense and had been long time friend of his family. Cheney was definitely not a stranger to the White house or the Bush family. He was always a Bush man.
Bush’s choice for vice president came as a surprise to the public, since Cheney had been serving as an adviser to the group looking for a VP running mate. Cheney held the position as CEO of Haliburton, a private security firm during his appointment but later settled for $20 million retirement package to join Bush during the election. As history tells it, they would go on to win the 2000 US Election marking the start of an intense 8 year relationship.
On September, 11th, 2001 their relationship would face its first strain during one of Americas worst terrorist attacks. As security protocol dictates, the president must be separated from the vice president during any imminent threat. The two were separated for quite some time, and carried on a long distance relationship. Cheney would actually stay out of public eye until morning of June 29, 2002, when Cheney served as Acting President of the United States under the terms of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, while Bush was undergoing a colonoscopy. Cheney acted as President from 11:09 UTC that day until Bush resumed the powers of the presidency at 13:24 UTC.
Following 9/11, Cheney helped shape Bush’s approach to the “War on Terrorism”. He saw Bush was weak and someone else needed to wear the pants in this relationship. Despite contrary claims from The Pentagon, Cheney continued to assert a connection between Al-Qaeda and Iraq prior to the Iraq War in several public speeches. He also made numerous public statements regarding Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, and made repeated personal visits to CIA headquarters, where he questioned mid-level agency analysts on their WMD conclusions. Bush continued to support his man as the USA marched forward into Afghanistan and finally into Iraq.
Well we all know what happened in Iraq; no WMDs were found and Cheney pretty much made Bush look even more foolish than usual. He pushed for Bush to invade Iraq and helped lead the charge into the middle east. Some how in 2004, the Bush Cheney ticket won re-election and took their place back in the white house.
There second term together wasn’t as much as a honeymoon as the first term. A new book on Cheney by Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman reports that the vice president turned down a request from President Bush to take charge of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, shortly after that devastating storm made landfall in August 2005. Recent comments by Cheney showed the relationship started to deteriorate around this point, during Bush’s second term he started to listen to less of his advice. With advice like that, it would seem that Cheney was out to hurt his man.
In 2007, Cheney’s former chief of staff is convicted on for four felonies. He would go on to tell investigators that higher ups including Cheney authorized him to release information on Iraq’s weapons intelligence to the media. Bush, had been in a controlling relationship and was being led around the entire time. As we progressed in to 2009, the Bush Cheney relationship would begin its decline.
Cheney would go on to ask Bush for one last favor (after controlling him for years) and pardon is chief of staff who had been convicted of four felonies, Bush declined and this infuriated Cheney. In recent press releases, he has begun to bash Bush in the media and slowly secrets of their private relationship are coming out. But these love birds will be remember forever.