Skip to comments.With New Heart Pump, Cheney Slowly Resumes Old Life
Posted on 01/04/2011 6:11:13 PM PST by kristinn
A few days before Christmas, former Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from several months of a self-imposed political sabbatical to headline a fundraiser for Maria Cino, a party operative and Bush administration official who is running to replace Michael Steele as head of the Republican National Committee.
The fundraiser for Cino, held at the Alexandria, Va., home of Cheney's former aide Mary Matalin, was his first major foray into partisan Washington political theater since receiving a mechanical heart pump in July that has, most doctors say, saved Cheney's life by taking on the task of helping to push blood through his arteries.
Cheney, as he did at several holiday receptions in Washington, chatted about his new pump. At one cocktail party, he even opened his coat jacket to show it off. While Cheney is noticeably thinner his trademark stiff, one-sided grin now shows up on a markedly leaner face he is returning, associates say, to his old life, including hunting and socializing.
But for the most part, Cheney has put aside his public role as the fiery, combative political figure of the past two years, who seemed to relish every opportunity to engage in verbal jousting with President Obama.
With President George W. Bush having decided to stay largely silent during Obama's tenure, Cheney embraced the role of public critic, accusing the new, young president of rolling back Bush-era policies and undermining the nation's security. In 2009, Cheney and Obama gave dueling speeches on the same day.
Now, however, family members and friends paint a portrait of a man less focused on the day-to-day back-and-forth in Washington and one more interested in documenting his years of service in a memoir and navigating life with his new pump.
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God Bless you Mr.Cheney.
He will go down in history as one of our finest
Just wait until he becomes bionic - there will be no stopping him.
Put that 28 Ga. Perazzi back in his hands and let’s go huntin’ traitors!
God Bless you Mr. Cheney. You Rock! Get well soon.
Best VP in my lifetime.
The makers of the current “True Grit” named their Bad Guy guess what..... Tom Cheney.
He still has to check in from time to time to get it “adjusted” and at the moment there are just a very few nurses with certification to do that ~ very few!
Nope, the author of the original book from which both movies were based, named the bad guy Chanay.
He has survived a helluva lot; the man is a tank.
I hope the Ragin’ Cajun was sent to the movies that night.
The only adult in American politics.
Here’s a better picture of it: