Dick Cheney’s advice to Rahm Emanuel: Keep an eye on the vice president
August 30, 2011 1:41AM
This book cover image released by Threshold Editions shows "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney. The book is scheduled for release on Aug. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Threshold Editions)
Updated: November 4, 2011 5:17PM
WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney, in his new book, In My Time, revealed the advice he gave to Rahm Emanuel as he was poised to enter the White House as President Obama’s chief of staff. Cheney was part of a gathering of former chiefs of staffs hosted by Josh Bolten, who was then President George W. Bush’s chief of staff. Emanuel now is Chicago’s mayor.
Excerpt: “On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected ... [Bush chief of staff] Josh Bolten decided to host a unique session for the incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, during our last weeks in office. Josh gathered all the living former chiefs of staff, about a dozen of us. Don Rumsfeld was there, Howard Baker, Jack Watson, John Sununu, and Leon Panetta, among others, and we met around the table in the office we had all once inhabited. Josh went around and asked each of us to give Rahm our most important piece of advice. By this time, of course, there’d been years of stories about how I was the evil genius controlling the Bush administration from behind a curtain, so when it came my turn I advised Rahm, ‘Whatever you do, make sure you’ve got the vice president under control.’ It was one of my better lines.” Lynn Sweet