He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger , eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations. He served as White House chief of staff from to In , he was elected to the U.
When a prospective member of George W. Bush's cabinet drew up a list of reasons why he was not right for the job, the incoming vice president interjected: "I had a list just like yours, except I had three heart attacks on mine. Besides his heart problems, he had been out of elective politics for over a decade, resided in the same state as Bush, and matched his ideological leanings so closely that he provided little balance for the ticket. Cheney instead offered experience and gravity to an unseasoned presidential candidate. Unique among vice presidents, he claimed no presidential ambitions and would make no effort to campaign for the highest office in his own right. This detachment seemed to make him appear impervious to public opinion.
Back in January, when the House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump for the second time , for his role in inciting the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, all House Democrats voted in favor, while ten Republicans broke from GOP ranks to join the effort. Included among them was Liz Cheney, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House and the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President.
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