February 25th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
13 years ago

Bush, Cheney meet for first time since 2009 inauguration

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Washington (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney met Thursday - the first time they two had seen each other since the inauguration of President Barack Obama over a year ago, officials for the two men tell CNN.

Bush and Cheney met Thursday afternoon for about an hour over coffee at Cheney's residence outside Washington, a spokesman for the former vice president tells CNN.

Cheney is recuperating at home after suffering a mild heart attack earlier this week.

The former president is in town for a reunion breakfast of the Bush Cheney Alumni Association set for Friday morning.

Spokesmen for both men did not provide any further details of the meeting.

The two men have talked on the phone during the last year. "We talk on the telephone periodically," Cheney told ABC's "This Week" program two weeks ago.

Their first meeting had been scheduled to occur at the reunion Friday. It is unclear now if Cheney will be attending that event.

In the past year as Cheney has taken the lead in defending Bush administration actions, some differences that occurred between himself and the president have come to light.

One is Bush's decision not to pardon the vice president's former chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, after he was found guilty of lying about the leaking of the name of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame. Bush did commute Libby's prison sentence, but Cheney has made it clear he thought there should have been a presidential pardon.

In his interview a few weeks ago, Cheney also said he disagreed with some of the decisions the administration made about how to treat some terrorism detainees, saying he favored stronger measures than were ultimately endorsed.

"I can remember a meeting in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House where we had a major shootout over how this was going to be handled between the Justice Department, that advocated that approach [criminal prosecutions], and many of the rest of us, who wanted to treat it as an intelligence matter, as an act of war with military commissions," Cheney said. "We never thoroughly or totally resolved those issues."

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  1. Edward

    Looks like a meeting in the Soviet Union

    February 25, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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