Former Vice President Dick Cheney (Getty Images)
Just 3 months after the end of his presidency, Dubya is getting the gang back together for a little reunion party, but there's one big holdout -- Dick Cheney
Who will be there? Former Bush staffers such as Condaleeza Rice
, Karen Hughes, Dan Bartlett and Michael Gerson are all getting together with former President Bush to talk about the direction of the George W. Bush
Policy Institute. But the New York Times reports
that Cheney is just too cool for school: Not coming to next week’s session is former Vice President Dick Cheney, who in the final days of the administration argued with Mr. Bush about his failure to pardon Mr. Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., who was convicted of perjury and other counts for his role in the leak of Valerie Wilson’s employment with the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Cheney later went on television to air his grievances with Mr. Bush, while also accusing Mr. Obama of endangering the country.
That is an approach Mr. Bush has rejected, telling aides that for now he is intent on giving his successor room to govern without criticism from him. Besides, he says, he is too busy in his own new life.
I get not wanting to go to a reunion. They can be weird and uncomfortable. You have to make conversation with people you never really liked in the first place, and hope no one gets drunk enough or honest enough to talk about how they really feel.
But come on, Dick. Don't you want to get together with your old pals and talk about how awesome George's legacy will be?