View Full Version : Reminiscences by VP Cheney

01-05-2006, 09:43 PM
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/01/200 60104-2.html (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/01/20060104-2.html)

Let me dwell on that last point for a minute. I was in Washington in the 1970s, at a time when there was great and legitimate concern about civil liberties and about potential abuses within the executive branch. I had the honor of serving as White House Chief of Staff to President Ford, and that experience shapes my own outlook to this very day.

Serving immediately after a period of turmoil, all of us in the Ford administration worked hard to restore people's confidence in the government. We were adamant about following the law and protecting civil liberties of all Americans, and we did so. Three decades later, I work for a President who shares those same values. He has made clear from the outset, both publicly and privately, that our duty to uphold the law of the land admits no exceptions in wartime. The President himself put it best: He said, "We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them."



he country approached the 1976 election season already exhausted by a decade of war and scandal. The divisive Vietnam conflict and Richard Nixon's Watergate saga had undermined confidence in government and left public spirit at an all-time low. Traveling around the country long before other candidates began their campaigns, Carter listened, assessed the national mood, and decided it was the perfect time for an outsider like himself to run. While running essentially as a moderate to conservative Democrat, Carter emphasized his message of honesty, integrity, and character over specific issues. "I will not lie to you," he said, and he meant it. "The fact that he was unknown was part of his appeal," remembers Carter speechwriter Hendrik Hertzberg. "And he brought simple verities to the campaign trail: a promise not to lie to the American people, a promise to be good, a promise to love. And this was enough to bring him through the early primaries."

[ 01-05-2006, 09:47 PM: Message edited by: LeeG ]

01-05-2006, 09:57 PM
Cheney convinced Ford to veto the Freedom of Information Act.

Congress over-rode the veto.

Worked hard to restore people's confidence, my eye! (http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB142/)

Peter Malcolm Jardine
01-05-2006, 10:59 PM
I heard him give that speech. He's one scary guy. :(