How Old is Dick Cheney Now, and Where Does He Live?
Who would have thought a movie about a former vice president would have the biggest buzz going into the awards season? Thanks to his colorful character, Dick Cheney’s life as portrayed by Christian Bale has made Vice is a hit! It stars other Hollywood faves including Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife Lynne, Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld. Having opened Christmas Day, movie-goers are expected to fill theaters for weeks to come.
Vice President’s job
The VP job is normally considered boring. No one elects the VP. The individual has been chosen by the presidential candidate as a running mate. If you want to see what a boring job it can be, you only have to view the video from a recent meeting of Vice President Mike Pence sitting in on a meeting with President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Cheney’s early years
Cheney will turn 78 on January 30 and was born in Nebraska. He grew up there and spent his informative years there and in Wyoming. He attended Yale University for a short while, but flunked twice having problems adjusting, he said. Cheney went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin having studied in political science.
At the age of 21, he was convicted of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested the following year for the same problem. He then decided to correct his attitude and course in life.
Cheney entered into the political arena as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger, a Republican from Wisconsin in 1969. Later that same year he joined Donald Rumsfeld’s staff in the Office of Economic Opportunity.
From congressman to VP
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Cheney served as President Gerald Ford’s Chief of Staff. He was elected as a U.S. congressman from Wyoming in 1978 and was re-elected five times. He served up until the time President George H.W. Bush nominated him as the Secretary of Defense, in which he served from 1989-1993. He was chosen by Bush’s son, presidential nominee George W. Bush as a running mate. Following their Republican ticket win, he served as VP from 2001-2008.
He has been called the most powerful or influential American vice president in history. Respected in April 2001 when he received a 63% approval rating in a Gallup poll, by the end of his vice presidency his numbers plummeted to a 30% approval rate in March 2009.
As VP during the September 11 attacks in 2001, Cheney was kept separate from President George W. Bush for security. When visiting troops in Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan he was declared a target by a suicide bomber. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing which killing 23 and wounded an additional 20. Cheney was about half a mile away from the front-gate explosion.
One of the largest controversies of Cheney’s vice presidency came during his downtime. In 2006 while hunting in Texas Cheney shot then 78-year-old Texas attorney Harry Whittington. Whittington was flown to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital where he later had a heart attack due to at least one lead-shot pellet lodging close to his heart.
Cheney and Whittington later claimed the incident was an accident, although it has never been clear if Cheney ever apologized. The now 91-year-old Whittington anticipates seeing the movie.
The former VP’s personal life
Dick Cheney married his high-school sweetheart, Lynne, in 1964. They have two daughters, Liz and Mary. The Cheneys purchased a home in McLean, Virginia shortly before leaving the VP quarters at Number One Observatory Circle. They also have homes in Wyoming and Maryland.
Contrary to most Republicans, Cheney is in support of same-sex marriage, probably in part because of his daughter Mary’s marriage to her wife, Heather Poe.
With the aid of his other daughter, Liz, Cheney wrote and published In My Life: A Personal and Political Memoir in 2011 and Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America in 2015.
‘Vice’ the movie
Prior to its official release, Vice received Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Bale as Cheney for Best Actor, Adams as Lynne Cheney for Best Supporting Actress, and three more. For the Globes, it has been designated in the musical/comedy category. It has also been named Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy’s favorite film of the year.
The Golden Globes will air on Sunday, January 6.