Bush: Cheney Was Mad at Me for Not Pardoning Scooter

In an interview that aired during this morning's "Today" show, ex-president turned memoirist George W. Bush described a livid Dick  Cheney all but bullying him about his decision not to pardon I. Scooter Libby, the Cheney Aide convicted of perjury in the case surrounding the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity to the press. The then-president only commuted Libby's sentence rather than granting him a full pardon, which apparently did not sit well with the famously bullish second-in-command.

"I can't believe you're going to leave a soldier on the battlefield." Cheney allegedly told Bush, according to Bush's interview this morning. Bush told the hosts and audience that he was worried at the time that this rather heated disagreement would cause a rift in their friendship -- but don't worry, they're still buddies. W's appearance this morning was to promote his new memoir, Decision Points.

This kind of anecdote is not going to do a lot to disprove the popular caricature of Cheney as puppetmaster and Bush as petulant child.

Read more at the AP.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 8, 2010, 4:34am

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