December 3, 2015

To think, "old iron ass" is going to be immortalized in a statue. I know it's tradition, but is there any other Vice President as hated as Cheney?

A Dick Cheney and George W. Bush reunion was slated for Thursday's unveiling of a marble bust of the former vice president in the U.S. Capitol.

The bust, unveiled in the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall, is part of a long tradition of placing busts of ex-vice presidents in the Capitol. Vice presidents preside over the Senate, where they have a tie-breaking vote.

Bush reportedly said at the ceremony former President George H.W. Bush sent his "best regards to 'old iron ass,'" a reference to the nickname the senior Bush gave Cheney is his new biography.

Instead of a prison cell, he gets a statue. That sounds about right since nobody was convicted on Wall Street after they collapsed the world's economy.

CNN has more:

Cheney's return to Capitol Hill comes as Congress and the White House are grappling with how to fight the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, including whether to send in combat troops in the wake of the terror attacks on Paris. As lawmakers rush to find a deal to keep government funded past December 11, some Republicans are pushing for any omnibus package to include action on Syrian refugees and keeping terrorists from entering the country.

It's a familiar topic for Cheney, who helped Bush lead the nation into the war on terror after September 11, 2001, and into the Iraq War. Some critics say that war helped destabilize the region and open the door to ISIS' rise.

The Bush administration's policies are also being re-examined in the 2016 presidential race, in which Bush's brother, Jeb Bush, is a GOP candidate. The former Florida governor repeatedly dealt awkwardly with his brother's decision to enter the Iraq War, flubbing answers about whether he would have made the same decision.

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