Cheney Book Offers Rare Bits of Candor

Secretive VP admits missteps, displays humor in new bio
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2007 5:23 PM CDT
Cheney Book Offers Rare Bits of Candor
Vice President Dick Cheney addresses the National Association of Manufacturers breakfast in Washington in this, Feb. 14, 2007, file photo. Cheney, who thrives on secrecy while pulling the levers of power, is getting caught in the glare of an unwelcome spotlight. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)   (Associated Press)

Dick Cheney makes jokes about his own penchant for secrecy in a new biography due out tomorrow by journalist Stephen Hayes, Raw Story reports. The veep makes a rare admission of error, confessing to Hayes that the appointment of the Coalition Provisional Authority in the early stages of the war, rather than a provisional government of Iraqis, might have been a mistake.

Hayes, who spent 30 hours with his subject, writes that Cheney once called the vice presidency a "cruddy job" before he become the most influential VP in modern American politics, Reuters notes. And there are even a few embarrassing anecdotes in the generally sympathetic tome, such as the time he confused Jessica Simpson and Jessica Lynch, adds Politico. (More biography stories.)

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