Dick Cheney's memoir In My Time hits stores today. Co-written with his elder daughter, Liz, Cheney goes into his early life, his major political jobs, and his role after 9/11.
The prologue, titled September 11, 2001, begins with Cheney being hustled out of his West Wing office that day after word came in that an unidentified aircraft was headed toward the White House.
Cheney goes very briefly into his early years, family history, and time at Yale. He also delves into his early political career and serving under U.S. presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
He discusses the case against his former adviser, Scooter Libby.
I believed that Scooter was innocent and should never have been indicted, much less convicted, he wrote of Libby.
Cheney briefly discusses the General Motors bailout, mostly to say that he had reservations about using bailout money to save the company, even though language in TARP legislation allowed for it.
Although I understood the reasoning, I would have preferred that the government not get involved and was disappointed-but not surprised-when the Obama administration significantly increased the government intervention in the automobile industry shortly after taking office, he wrote.
There is even a short, humorous anecdote of when Liz asked him to arrange a meeting between her three young daughters and the Jonas Brothers, who were filming a public service announcement at the White House one day.
The who? he asked.
He contacted his assistant and asked her to arrange the meeting.
And I'm going to need some bios, he told her.