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Donald Rumsfeld looked skeptically across his White House desk at the graduate student and congressional fellow from Wyoming. It wasand Rumsfeld was the newly appointed head of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and a close adviser to President Richard Nixon. When Rumsfeld was a congressman from Illinois, he had flatly rejected this fellow when he came looking for a legislative aide job.
And McKay, who both wrote the screenplay and directed the film, never lets viewers forget for a moment that his protagonist has a loving family and a beating heart—even if by the end of the story after transplant surgery that heart is no longer his own. Then as now, the gap between his Darth Vader image and the Ward Cleaver vibe he gives off in person is hard to reconcile, but McKay does his damnedest. A story of a guy who had a bumpy beginning, wanted to make his way, wanted to make his wife proud, wanted to climb the ladder.
He reigns, in the popular liberal imagination, as the Lord Voldemort of the world stage: he whose location m ust not be named, a dark, didactic, unyielding presence who shoots first and asks questions later, and who answers to no one, not even the president he supposedly serves. But there is a dwindling corps of old Washington hands who remember when Dick Cheney was not the Dark Lord, but the bright young wizard from Wyoming who ran the Ford White House at age 34, the youngest presidential chief of staff in American history. They remember when the curled-lip expression now assumed to be a malevolent sneer was only a lopsided smile.
On the evening of the presidential election, as the vote counting stretched late into the night, a weary Dick Cheney slipped into his hotel room in Austin to lie down. But his rest was soon interrupted when word arrived that Al Gore had just conceded. Cheney was awakened and told, albeit prematurely, that he had just been elected vice president.
Having ensured the continued flow of cheap oil from the Gulf by waging a war with Iraq, and after his boss, George Bush's ouster from office by Clinton inDick Cheney turned his attention to the corporate world. In he joined the American Enterprise Institute in Washington as a senior fellow. In October of he became president and chief executive officer of the Halliburton Company in Dallas, Texas. Halliburton Co.
Christian Bale stars in "Vice. It would have been difficult to come up with another real-life figure as iconic, shadowy and Machiavellian as former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney is considered by Washington pundits as the most powerful vice president in history.