Cheney Wrote Resignation Letter Because of Heart Problems

Drafted letter in case he was incapacitated

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he drafted a resignation letter in 2001 in case he was incapacitated by ongoing heart problems.

In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, Cheney revealed that just 67 days after taking office, he drafted a resignation letter for President George W. Bush. Cheney took the precaution because there’s no provision in the constitution to replace a vice president who is alive but incapacitated.

“[Bush] was a little surprised, but he thought it was a good idea,” Cheney said in the interview.

Cheney’s interview was meant to promote a book called he wrote called “Heart,” which is out Tuesday and details the cardiac problems he’s had — five heart attacks and open-heart surgery before a transplant at age 71. Asked how the stress from his heart problems may have affected his performance as vice president, Cheney said:

“I simply don’t buy the notion that [stress] contributed to my heart disease,” Cheney said, noting that doctors gave him the go-ahead to serve. “I think the bottom line is, was I up to the task of being vice president? Since I did it for eight years, They were right.

“I was as good as I could be given the fact that I was 60-some years old at that point and a heart patient,” Cheney added.

5 comments
La_Randy
La_Randy

Cheney only got a heart in the physical sense, not the spiritual sense of a caring for your fellow man. So with that said he is still heartless.

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

Ever since Cheney got his heart transplant, I've had to rethink my desire to be an organ donor when I die.  I like to think my organs will go to deserving people who still have something to contribute to society.  Obviously, neither I nor my loved ones will get a say in who gets what.  I don't know if I could live with myself in eternity knowing a part of me was being used to keep a war criminal alive.  On that basis, I'm not so sure I want to be part of the program anymore.        

judgeandjury
judgeandjury

Doesn't he know "almost" is not good enough!

TyPollard
TyPollard

Who ever did the VP search did a bad job of vetting if they didn't take into account health issues...oh wait...