Four Things You Might Not Know About Dick Cheney

Jun 20, 2014 9:57am

This Sunday, former Vice President Dick Cheney will be interviewed on “This Week” by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

Cheney is no stranger to “This Week.” His appearances date back to at least Aug. 19, 1990, when he was interviewed by Barbara Walters, who was substituting for David Brinkley. He was most recently interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” about his book, “Heart,” last fall

On Tuesday evening, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by the former vice president and his daughter, Liz, that lambasted President Obama for his foreign policy. The two also released the video below announcing the launch of a new organization, The Alliance for a Strong America.

 

 

Before the interview on Sunday, here are four things you might not know about the former vice president.

1) HIS EARLY LIFE:

Richard B. Cheney (his middle name is “Bruce”) was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1941. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Wyoming after failing out of Yale University, which is the same school where former President George W. Bush received his undergraduate degree. Cheney is married to Lynne Cheney and the couple have two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. “Liz” has led a much more public life, making a brief bid for Senate last year and making television appearances on shows such as “GMA” and “This Week.” Mary, who is openly gay, generally kept a much lower profile until this past fall when she publicly rebuked Liz Cheney on Facebook for her comments on gay marriage [see below]. Dick Cheney has expressed support for gay marriage, which very few high-profile Republicans have done.

2) HIS CAREER:

Cheney has had a very long career in politics. In fact, he worked in the administrations of four different presidents: Nixon, Ford and both Bushes. Among the jobs he has held: White House chief of staff, secretary of defense and, finally, vice president. His life and career were chronicled in the 2013 documentary, “The World According to Dick Cheney.”

READ: An Excerpt of Dick Cheney’s Book “Heart.”

3) HIS CONNECTION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA:

Talk about a family feud. Believe it or not, the former vice president is reportedly related – albeit distantly – to President Obama. In 2007, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the president is a 9th cousin, once removed, from Cheney. The former vice president’s wife, Lynne, also cited the link during a television appearance, but said the two were 8th cousins.

4) HIS HEALTH:

Cheney suffered five heart attacks before receiving a heart transplant in 2012. He wrote about his experience, along with his cardiologist,  in the book, “Heart,” and also spoke to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on This Week” about his experience in October.

READ: Six Memorable Quotes From Dick Cheney

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