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Dick Cheney on George H.W. Bush: ‘He was just one of the most thoughtful people I ever knew’

December 3, 2018

Former Vice President Dick Cheney reflected Monday on the late President George H.W. Bush’s “amazing ability” for “the personal touch.”

During an interview on NBC’s “Today show,” Mr. Cheney recounted a moment during the 2004 presidential election night when Mr. Bush spent “a long time” simply chatting with the vice president’s granddaughter.

“He walked over to her and said ‘You’re the youngest person here, and I’m the oldest. Let’s chat,’ ” Mr. Cheney said, reminiscing. “She’s never forgotten about that.”

Mr. Cheney first served as the Bush patriarch’s secretary of defense before becoming his son’s running mate in 2000.

Mr. Bush died Friday at age 94, just months after his wife Barbra Bush passed away.

“There was no gesture too small or insignificant in terms of what he was willing to do to make people feel comfortable,” Mr. Cheney said. “He was just one of the most thoughtful people I ever knew.”

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