Cheney to take his disagreements with Bush public

The former vice president will reportedly discuss his arguments with President Bush in his memoir

Published August 13, 2009 2:25PM (EDT)

There was a time when former Vice President Cheney despised the usual post-White House tell-all book. Now, he's reportedly writing his own, one that will detail his arguments and disappointment with his old boss, former President Bush.

Cheney has reportedly said that "the statute of limitations has expired" on much of what he knows, and according to his biographer, the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes, he's also said, "When the president made decisions that I didn't agree with, I still supported him and didn't go out and undercut him. Now we're talking about after we've left office, I have strong feelings about what happened .... And I don't have any reason not to forthrightly express those views."

The Washington Post reports Thursday that Cheney was disappointed with Bush during their second term; the paper quotes an unnamed source as saying Cheney "felt Bush was moving away from him ... [that] Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took." The former president, the source told the Post, "showed an independence that Cheney didn't see coming."

The Post also reports that Cheney has told people privately that in his memoir he will describe "heated arguments" he had with Bush over the latter man's decision not to pardon Scooter Libby.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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