Dick Cheney promised his new memoir In My Time would have heads exploding all over Washington.

A major head did explode yesterday, so to speak.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice disputed Cheney's claim that she tearfully admitted he had been right about not issuing a public apology over a statement made by then-president George Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address.

Cheney wrote: Rice realized sometime later that she had made a major mistake by issuing a public apology. She came into my office, sat down in the chair next to my desk, and tearfully admitted I had been right. Unfortunately, the damage was done.

Rice denied being tearful about this, or anything else, for that matter.

It certainly doesn't sound like me, now, does it? Rice said in an interview with Reuters. I don't remember coming to the vice president tearfully about anything in the entire eight years that I knew him.

Rice also shot down Cheney's claim that she misled Bush about nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.

I kept the president fully and completely informed about every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans, Rice told Reuters. You can talk about policy differences without suggesting that your colleague somehow misled the president. You know, I don't appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies.