Trouble in paradise. The NYT reports that the relationship between former President George W. Bush and former VP Richard Cheney soured near the end of the administration and continues to be strained. The Bush 43 gang is scheduled to meet this week to discuss the future of the George W. Bush Policy Institute, the Bush library, and legacy. Noticeably absent from the attendee list is the former Veep. Explains the NYT:
"Not coming to next week’s session is former Vice President Dick Cheney, who in the final days of the administration argued with Mr. Bush about his refusal to pardon Mr. Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., who was convicted of perjury for his role in the leak of Valerie Wilson’s employment with the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Cheney later went on television to air his grievances with Mr. Bush, while also accusing Mr. Obama of endangering the country. That is an approach Mr. Bush has rejected."
This is the second administration in a row in which the relationship between the outgoing president and vice president deteriorated. The relationship between Bill Clinton and Al Gore followed a similar trajectory, though it has improved in recent years. It will be interesting to observe the Bush-Cheney relationship evolve, especially outside the glare of the Klieg lights.