The Ascendancy of Vice President Dick Cheney

  • Jack Lechelt


Vice President Cheney serves President Bush in many ways. He is a policy advisor, an ambassador at large, a foreign policy advocate, a major public spokesman, and does liaison work with the U.S. Congress. He is also a major policy advocate, acting as an anchor for the vulcans in the administration. This influence is partly a reflection of the office he inherited. Ever since the Carter/Mondale administration, precedents were set to increase the role of this number two man. The “institutional” aspects of the contemporary presidency, and the complexity of the president’s job practically mandates that the president make prime use of his vice president. But Cheney’s influence in the Bush administration also reflects George W. Bush’s personal preferences. A president inexperienced in foreign affairs would need someone with Cheney’s long credentials in that area to aid him in his thinking about and making of foreign and defense policy. The precedents and arrangements that have led the vice president’s active role in the policy process are touched upon in this chapter, as well as the problems that Cheney’s particular involvements may come to pose for the president.


Foreign Policy National Security Security Council Chief Executive Officer Vice President 
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