Bush on once-strained relationship with Cheney: ‘It’s been cordial’

April 24, 2013

In an interview airing Thursday, former president George W. Bush offers a somewhat tepid response to a question from CSPAN about his relationship with his vice president, Dick Cheney.

Asked by CSPAN's Steve Scully what their relationship is like these days, Bush noted that the two don't see each other much and used the somewhat nebulous term "cordial."

"You know, it's been cordial," Bush began. "But he lives in Washington and we live in Dallas. And one of the saddest things about departing Washington is that you miss your pals. A lot of people were there for all eight years, and I became good friends with them, like Vice President Cheney. And you know, I just don't seem them much. And I don't see many of the people I worked with much. And it's kind of sad."

In a recently released documentary, Cheney says there was considerable friction between the two of them through much of Bush's second term -- mostly emanating from Bush's refusal to pardon form Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby. In his 2011 memoir, Cheney praised Bush as a good leader but detailed clashes with several key members of the administration.

The full interview with Bush and former first lady Laura Bush airs on CSPAN on Thursday at 6:20 a.m. That same day, Bush's presidential library will be dedicated in Dallas.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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