I gave the commencement address at my law school alma mater [the University of Virginia], and I looked out at the students, and two things crossed my mind. Number one: Had it really been 24 years since I was sitting there? And number two: I just had a palpable sense that, in what would seem like tomorrow, my [twin] boys would be sitting there. Your kids only grow up once. So I want to be involved with their lives for as long as I can because I know the day will come when they'll have other interests.

Their little third-grade class project, they had to create a piece of legislation. I don't know what -- Beau's had something to do with protecting the trees. Nick was supposed to have an extra period of PE. So they had to get it passed through the "Congress," and they had to get it approved by the teacher, and then it went up to the principal. The children had to be a senator from a state, so each of my sons said they wanted to be a senator from Indiana. I said, "Oh, my gosh, life is repeating itself here." But they're only 9, so the Constitution keeps them from thinking about that for a while.

There's a picture with Vice President Cheney that's in the chambers where you get your picture taken after you're sworn in. My son Nicholas is on my side there; he made a comment about one of these laser-tag birthday parties. The vice president is smiling because, just the moment before, I said: "Mr. Vice President, if anyone asks what you were doing in Gaithersburg at the laser-tag facility, you should know when one of my boys was asked for his laser-tag combat name, he said, 'Dick Cheney.' And what's more, sir, you should know Dick Cheney won."

-- Interview by Julia Wilkinson