February 25th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
12 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."

Filed under: Dick Cheney • George W. Bush
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Indy

    The former President invites Bush over for tea, how evil that room must have felt, chilling !

    February 25, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    I don't blame Bush for not wanting to be around Cheney, who is an absolutely despicable, evil person. Bush has probably spent the last year coming down after 8 years of being controlled by that man.

    February 25, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Otto

    This is the second in a year I have seen X VP in a chair. Poor guy, yet he still has fire in him.
    The first time I thought he used it because he felt he should not get up (Presidential Inauguration) and now with his X boss. Hmmm... does he feel like a little man who has to shout when he gets angry?

    February 25, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. hongli

    This sounds like a RIP meeting and goodbye to Cheney.

    February 25, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Michael from Ventura

    Ugh. Thanks for showing that picture. Maybe it will bring back some of these people's memories how bad the situation was on January 20, 2009 because of these two nut jobs.

    February 25, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Shelly

    Perhaps President Bush can tell Cheney to restrain himself from his perpetual yakking and let President Obama work for the country......remember the American people voted for him, Dick.

    February 25, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. John

    Bush, Cheney meet for first time since 2009 inauguration

    The urge to make some wisecrack about these two is strong.

    But its just better that they're gone.

    February 25, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Julie Thomas

    Do you think tax payers money, paid for the wheel chair he is sitting in?

    February 25, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Mesa Mick

    The Bush Cheney Alumni Association better known as...

    "A Gathering of War Criminals" by other American Brown Shirts.

    February 25, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Total BS

    Dumb and Dumber !!

    February 25, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. Brian

    They can muse over how they nearly destroyed our country. I hope Bush explains to Cheney that, in light of their dismal performance, it is best to disappear.

    February 25, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Andy

    Well I guess the GOP/Tea Party Haters will have their usual negative comments on this,like they wished Cheney had died from his heart attack.Most of you morons could not run a kool-aid stand in the desert,with a owner's manual.The only way to elevate yourself is to put someone else down.Most of you are hardcore loosers,complete failures at everything you tried.

    February 25, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. They call me "tater salad"

    Maybe we'll all get lucky and they'll both go down to Crawford and do a little hunting with high caliber, hollow-point rounds!

    February 25, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. John

    We've never totally resolved whether Cheney is a Monster or a Lizard, either.

    I suggest both.

    February 25, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. IKHAN

    what can one say.
    We hang our heads in shame to have elected them to lead us and for the fact that we havn't held them to account for thousands of precious American lives lost & a trillion dollar fiasco.
    This nation still suffers from their follies & we'll continue to see the repercussions for we do not know how long.

    February 25, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. M F

    Who cares....

    February 25, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Jorgor Barrie

    Its GOOD and a BLESSING that they are now both out of the way and out of the scene. If I have power, I will try them both for war-crimes because they are both WAR CRIMINALS!

    February 25, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. SusanH

    TwiddleDee and twiddle DUMB

    February 25, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. SusanH

    nice to see two respectable honest men having coffee

    February 25, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. terry,va.

    Looking good GW and Chaney. I really miss you patriots!!!! We have a bower in chief now. What a disgrace to the office.

    February 25, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. jules sand-perkins

    How wonderful and inspiring to see these two great patriots still enjoying their friendship!

    February 25, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. leonardofru

    W is looking better every day. I puke my guts up every time I hear the words Barack Hussien Obama.

    February 25, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Jeff C., Omaha

    Good to see G.W. is still out there, I'd take them both back over what we have now.

    February 25, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Ruth

    Mutt and Jeff. What a pair.

    February 25, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Mike

    Oh Good!! Get them both together in one place and them Blow them the Hell Off The Earth!!!!

    February 25, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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