Web Extra: Peter Baker's 'Days of Fire'

New York Times Chief White House Correspondent on his new book on the Bush-Cheney administration.
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Transcript for Web Extra: Peter Baker's 'Days of Fire'
Hello I'm Martha Raddatz ABC news chief global affairs correspondent. And I am joined today by New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker. Author of the new book days of fire bush and Cheney in the White House. Welcome Peter thank you for joining us and because we believe our politics is social at this week and -- -- going to ask Peter some of the questions. That our FaceBook readers and others submitted on FaceBook. First of all I get asked that first question what to -- this book at this time is important time actually write this book look we are still. Living with and debating. The legacy of President Bush and Vice President Cheney and will for a lot of years and I wanted to go back and find out what was really like going on there and would it was always surprising me as a journalist -- you know this. We get about 510% maybe what's really going on. Have -- back five years later discover is everything you thought it was and one of the most important things. About this was how different the relationship and partnership between President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Really was compared an apology that we that was created out there the first question comes from RL a stroller who asked was Dick Cheney. Really calling the shots I think we try to burst that overly cartoonish version of their relationship to Dick -- call the shots now. Was he very influential yes particularly in the beginning had. A -- dominant force in the White House but what he wasn't -- dominant force even in the beginning it was George W Bush's White House. He followed. A lot of what Cheney recommended to him because he was already inclined to go those directions. What you have change -- engineers did that President Bush. -- -- way more. They did it change actually rather drastically by the second term by up -- -- be drifting apart the the president is upset with what's going on Iraq he's upset. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And he begins going in different direction and they in the -- apart on all sorts of issues not just. Iran and Syria have been things like Lebanon gay rights gun rights climate change. -- whole panoply of issues in which. They are seen. Things not -- either way they did the early days. Burney Laura -- ask what is the worst falsehood about the bush Cheney relationship that was promulgated by. The mainstream media well I do think that we oversimplified it I think we you know we took what was a fair. Thing to say which is to say that. Dick Cheney is unlike any vice president before him. In his stature right toss -- influence in that White House in the early years in particular. And we magnify that to be -- hot he's the puppet master. He's really running things I don't think that's true of anybody -- in that White House. A day to day thought that was. You know what they saw in those meetings. Did some people have great. Fights -- Dick Cheney absolutely he was on -- different point of view than a lot of people like home -- Richard Armitage and so forth. But in the end of the day George W. Bush I did a lot of interviews about 400 interviews this book I thought anybody who said that George W. Bush ever told them. The Dick Cheney made him do something he did wanted to. Sarah -- west endure if asked -- bush and Cheney. However. Gripes about getting us into the war and no there were certainly regrets about the direction it was taking I think it's in now I think that -- -- -- -- not -- that anyone I've talked to I did interview Vice President -- couple times he does not have regrets about that he believes it was important take out Saddam Hussein even though the weapons turned out not to be there. They do have regrets at least certainly President Bush does about the way it went about that did the planning wasn't as Foley realizes ought to have been. They didn't move quicker when when Iraq went bad to try to turn things around. They did agree on the surge but but it would but Vice President Cheney was not. A major player in the surge initially because his best friend is very good friend Donald Rumsfeld still pentagon. Who's responsible for the -- strategy did not agree with a -- first. And I think Cheney until wanted to get rid of -- exactly what you're Rumsfeld and it was only after Rumsfeld is it resigns at the end of 2006 elections as Cheney begin become more and advocate for a surge. OK Peter this is what we Carlo. The lightning round each hit which web -- do you visit every day but tried -- New York Times dot com ABC news of course of course absolutely -- that's true and I and I edited by have a long list actually I really do I -- -- and I tried everything from. Foreign policy dot com two. Two. Having imposed daily caller -- whole gamut of things because that's a great thing about the web's most difficult part. Of covering the White House I'll keep my mouth -- here. I think the hard part -- -- in the White House is. Trying to actually find out what really goes on there it's -- really closed place even at the best of times and there are very few people. Who are. Are available you'd be sources that you'd like to know more one piece of advice for young journalists don't take no for an answer that was the advice I was given -- -- high school journalism teacher. What 2530 years ago when and I think it's been devised. It's great advice thank you for joining us Peter Baker and thank you to everyone who submitted their questions you can read an exert of Peter's book at our web site. And be sure to follow this week on Twitter at this week ABC and like us on FaceBook. At FaceBook dot com slash. This week. Have -- today.

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