That’s right, the Big Dick himself himself is making an appearance at Tricky Dick’s presidential library in Yorba Linda tomorrow to do a reading of his novel…er, memoir of his year’s as President George W. Bush’s vice president. Dick Cheney himself is coming to Orange County for a lecture and a book signing. Details on the event itself can be found here. The event, however, is sold out.
But here’s what the Nixon Library people had to say: “ Told in his unmistakable voice and with an insider’s eye on history, VP Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power.
He’ll be joined in an on-stage discussion by daughter and book contributor Liz Cheney, one of the nation’s most influential and insightful public affairs commentators.”
Liz Cheney, an influential and insightful public affairs commentator? Really!!!
The best review out there on Cheney’s book, “In My Time” came from Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. From her review:
Having lost the power to heedlessly bomb the world, Cheney has turned his attention to heedlessly bombing old colleagues. Vice’s new memoir, “In My Time,” veers unpleasantly between spin, insisting he was always right, and score-settling, insisting that anyone who opposed him was wrong.
His knife-in-her-teeth daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, helped write the book. The second most famous Liz & Dick combo do such an excellent job of cherry-picking the facts, it makes the cherry-picking on the Iraq War intelligence seem picayune.
It’s easier for someone who believes that he is America incarnate to permit himself to do things that hurt America — like torture, domestic spying, pushing America into endless wars and flouting the Geneva Conventions.
Mostly, Cheney grumbles about having his power checked. It’s bad enough when the president does it, much less Congress and the courts.
A person who is always for the use of military force is as doctrinaire and irrelevant as a person who is always opposed to the use of military force.
Cheney shows contempt for Tenet, Colin Powell and Rice, whom he disparages in a sexist way for crying, and condescension for W. when he won’t be guided to the path of most destruction.
He’s churlish about President Barack Obama, who took the hunt for Osama bin Laden off the back burner and actually did what W. promised to do with his little bullhorn — catch the real villain of 9/11.
“Tracking him down was certainly one of our top priorities,” Cheney writes. “I was gratified that after years of diligent and dedicated work, our nation’s intelligence community and our special operations forces were able on May 1, 2011, to find and kill bin Laden.”
As you might imagine, Cheney’s visit is drawing protests; CODEPINK OC, OC Peace Coalition and OC Military Families Speak Out will all be there, so watch out for them. And do your part to promote Cheeny’s book. When you’re at your favorite bookstore, please pick up a copy and return it to the “True Crime” section where it rightfully belongs (next to W’s book and the one Rumsfled wrote).