November 16th, 2010
05:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush breaks ground as Cheney makes rare appearance

Dallas (CNN) - In a rare public appearance since his heart troubles earlier this year, former Vice President Dick Cheney was on hand as his former boss, President Bush, broke ground on his presidential library in Dallas Monday.

The former Vice President looked significantly thinner than he once was, but still showed he doesn't mind throwing around the political jabs, making a reference to President Obama's stimulus projects that this Republican-friendly audience just loved to hear.

"Of course the George W. Bush Presidential Center isn't much to look at just yet, but the workers are ready, construction will move fast after today's groundbreaking. This may be the only shovel ready project in America," said Mr. Cheney.

A spokesman attributed Cheney's weight loss as the result of his long hospital stay in the wake of his heart surgery last summer.

Meanwhile, President Bush told the crowd of about 3,000 supporters that "the decisions of governing are on another president's desk and he deserves to make them without criticism from me."

The event also served as a class reunion for hundreds of people who worked in the Bush White House. Several friends of advisers to the former President said that Mr. Bush is enjoying his life after the presidency. He's more relaxed and comfortable about the years he spent in office.

Mr. Cheney looked much different from his years in the White House. He's lost a lot of weight, looking much thinner and walked around with the help of a cane. Officials say along with Mr. Cheney's well-publicized health troubles that he's also dealing with knee troubles as well.

- CNN's Ed Lavandera contributed this report

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Walsh

    Bush is right he doesn't need to criticize Obama. More than half the country already knows Obama is the job killing President. We are happy that our hyper-partisan leftist President will be restrained the next two years. Life is good.

    November 16, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Cheney looks like he's SHRINKING!!?

    November 16, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Patty

    Who is paying For this library? Give me a break....

    November 16, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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