The Biggest Cheney Mystery
By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Tuesday, October 16, 2007; 1:53 PM
Just what is the relationship like between President Bush and Vice President Cheney? Behind closed doors, who defers to whom?
PBS’s “Frontline” documentary series tonight chronicles Cheney’s relentless, secretive and smashingly successful quest to expand executive power. While the Oval Office is traditionally the center of power, New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer notes on the show, “The strange thing about this administration is all of the most crucial decisions seem to be taking place in the vice president’s office, or even the vice president’s counsel’s office.”
In an interview for a Fox News special about Cheney that aired over the weekend, Bush insisted that he’s the decider — but even kindly disposed Fox News reporter Brett Baier noted that Bush was unusually vague in describing his relationship with the vice president.