Former Vice President Cheney Lauds Bush, Rips Obama At Library Groundbreaking

(NYPOST)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday described former President George W. Bush as “courteous, fair-minded and kind” and said he believed “history is beginning to come around” on judging Bush’s presidency.

In a glowing introduction for Bush at the ground breaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Cheney said one of Bush’s attributes that struck him from the beginning was his “refusal to put on airs.”

“It’s a happy experience, and a rare one, to find the most powerful person you know is also among the least pretentious,” Cheney told the crowd of 2,500 invitees, calling Bush’s attitude “a classy way to operate, very American, and wonderful to see in the Oval Office.”

Cheney said to cheers and applause that the library “may be the only shovel-ready project in America,” a dig at President Barack Obama’s claims about the economic stimulus package.

But the former president declined to offer a similar rebuke of Obama, reiterating his belief that the president “deserves to make [decisions] without criticism from me.”

“But staying out of current affairs and politics does not mean staying out of policy,” Bush added. He said the center’s Bush Institute “will be a dynamic hub of ideas and actions based on timeless principles” and a “continuation of a journey that began many years ago.”