Washington, Nov 17 (ANI): Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney shared a stage together Tuesday for the first time since the two left office in 2008, with Cheney claiming that the faith Bush had in "history's judgment is beginning to come around."
he two men united for the groundbreaking of the 300 million dollars Bush Presidential Library on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas. Hundreds of Bush administration alumni, including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and first lady Laura Bush, also attended.
Bush has said the library and affiliated George W. Bush Policy Institute will be "the focus of our attention and forum for our public service" for the rest of his life.
The library and institute are also largely seen as vehicles through which Bush can continue to shape his presidential legacy, ABC News reports. Two years after your tour at the White House ended," Cheney said to Bush, "judgments are a little more measured than they were. When times have been tough and the critics have been loud, you've always said you had faith in history's judgment. And history is beginning to come around."
Cheney, who has been one of the most ardent and outspoken defenders of the administration, appeared thin and frail in what was a rare public appearance since having heart surgery in July.
It was also the first time the men appeared together since the release of Bush's new memoir, "Decision Points", in which the former president writes that he considered replacing Cheney as his running mate during the 2004 re-election bid. (ANI)