Bush considered ditching 'Darth Vader' Cheney
Thursday 04 November 2010
President George W Bush considered dropping Vice President Dick Cheney from his 2004 presidential campaign to "demonstrate I was in charge," the former president says in a new memoir.
Ironically, and perhaps predictably, it was in fact Mr Cheney's idea. The vice president offered to drop out of the race in mid-2003.
"I did consider the offer," Bush writes in Decision Points, to be published next week. He says he spent several weeks exploring the possibility of replacing Cheney with Senator Bill Frist, then the Senate majority leader.
"While Dick helped with important parts of our base, he had become a lightning rod for criticism from the media and the left," Bush writes. "He was seen as dark and heartless – the Darth Vader of the administration."
He also discloses that the lowest moment of his presidency came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when Kanye West, a rapper, said: "George Bush doesn't care about black people."
Mr Bush writes that he was "disgusted" by the accusation, later telling his wife it was the lowest point of his eight years in charge. He does however admit mistakes during the crisis, saying he "should have intervened faster".
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 Sussex couple die in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact'
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...