Today's Political Landscape: Insights from Four Decades of Leadership
With nearly four decades of experience, from his tenure as the White House Chief of Staff under President Ford, through his leadership as the 46th Vice President of the United States, few Americans alive today can match the breadth and depth of Vice President Cheney's experience and service. As a statesman, policymaker, businessman, and politician, Cheney’s insight, experience and knowledge are unparalleled. A leader in our country at the highest levels, Vice President Cheney offers audiences a sweeping picture and unprecedented insider’s view of some of the most debated issues during his tenure, as well as insight on the current political landscape.
Vice President Cheney has lived a public life in government service and business, and while the world knew about his cardiac problems, he did not discuss them much until recently. In the 35 years since his first of five heart attacks in 1978, Vice President Cheney has personally benefited from revolutionary changes in cardiac care, including a heart transplant in 2012. Now, Vice President Cheney shares his story and how remarkable advancements in modern medicine, well-funded research and dedicated medical teams saved his life. In his newest book Heart, co-authored with his long-term cardiologist, Vice President Cheney chronicles the amazing advancements in cardiac care in the last four decades interwoven with his dramatic personal health story. The book serves as a poignant and personal case-study of how advancements in science – in any area of disease – give hope to millions struggling around the world.
Dick Cheney in the news
Sought after for his experience and insights, Dick Cheney continually appears on the nation's news and feature programs.
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Dick Cheney is a leading voice on foreign affairs
Having served at the highest levels of the U.S. Government and private sector, DICK CHENEY has participated in many of the events that have helped shape our nation for over four decades. Sought-out for his extensive business, security and policy insight, Cheney currently serves on the board of WellAware, a leading industrial Internet of Things Company that offers data analytics solutions for the oilfield industry. Since Cheney has joined the board, WellAware has made headlines for its continued growth and more recently, for its cutting-edge collaboration with Amazon web services. Heralded for his unvarnished assessment of today's political landscape and its implications for businesses across industries, Cheney recently engaged in a Q&A at a major trade association's Board Meeting, and was sought-out to deliver a keynote at the Universal Peace Federation's World Summit where his insights on negotiations with North Korea made headlines. He is also set to address 2,700 attendees at the upcoming AFPM International Petrochemical Conference. At engagements he regularly receives rave reviews such as: "I was in awe of Mr. Cheney. So generous with his time and so gracious to our guests. The conversation in the office was that there may not have been a single better or more appropriate person on the planet than the VP. So far we have not thought of anyone that could have provided what Mr. Cheney provided." (Casimir Capital L.P.)
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Dick Cheney headlines top Asia-Pacific Security Forum
Vice President DICK CHENEY met with the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen to discuss the strategic partnership between Taiwan and the United States. Tsai heralded Cheney as a long-time supporter of the Taiwan Relations Act—a Congressional act that has been fundamental to Taiwan’s security and development— and emphasized she looks forward to Cheney’s continued support as U.S.-Taiwan relations grow in the areas of trade, investment, defense and more. A trusted expert on Asia-Pacific relations, Cheney was in Taiwan to deliver a keynote at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue in Taipei. For an audience of top government officials, students and diplomats, Cheney shed light on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, regional economic integration, and Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy.
Dick Cheney makes headlines as keynote at The Economic Times Global Business Summit
Selected as the keynote for The Economic Times Global Business Summit (ETGBS) —India Inc’s largest CEO gathering that brings together thousands of visionaries, thought leaders, heads of state, policy makers and academics—Former Vice President DICK CHENEY made headlines for his frank analysis and candid insights on the state of world affairs. Chosen for his ability to “provide a ringside view of politics on the Hill,” Cheney delivered his keynote on “India and the US in the age of Trump,” diving into the most pressing issues from global security to what to expect from US.-China relations, and Russian meddling in the U.S. election. Cheney’s direct, illuminating analysis was instantly picked up by news platforms from The Washington Post to Politico. As The Economic Times wrote: “Cheney has been characterised as the most powerful and influential Vice-President in history — who better to decipher post-Trump America, its policies and what they mean to the world.”Watch Cheney's remarks at ETGBS 2017 >>
Across four decades of public life, Dick Cheney has served at the highest levels of government during some of the most critical days in modern American history.
In the post-Watergate administration of Gerald Ford, the president turned to 34-year-old Dick Cheney to lead the White House staff in the work of restoring the nation’s confidence and waging the president’s 1976 campaign.
After leaving the White House, Cheney returned to his home state of Wyoming, where he was elected in 1978 as the state’s sole member of the House of Representatives. Re-elected to office five times, Cheney served in several leadership positions and was chosen by his colleagues as the minority whip, the number two position in the House Republican leadership.
Early in Cheney’s sixth term, in 1989, he was nominated by President George Bush to serve as Secretary of Defense, and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. In his four years at the Pentagon, Cheney led American forces to victory in Operation Just Cause in Panama, and Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. In 1991, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Through most of the 1990s, Cheney worked in the private sector as chief executive officer of the Halliburton Company in Dallas, Texas. In 2000, George W. Bush asked Cheney to become his running mate and in August 2000, Cheney became the Republican vice presidential nominee. President Bush and Vice President Cheney were inaugurated for the first of two terms on January 20, 2001.
In the eight eventful years of the Bush presidency, the vice president was best known for his involvement in national security matters following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Cheney has been recognized by many as the most powerful and consequential vice president in American history, and worked side by side with George W. Bush to keep our homeland safe and protect Americans from terrorist attacks for seven and a half years following 9/11.
President Bush and Vice President Cheney left office in January 2009. Shortly thereafter, Vice President Cheney believes President Obama began to dismantle the security policies that had kept the nation safe. Vice President Cheney feels that President Obama's policy decisions have led to a reversal of the gains America made in the war on terror, in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and a weakening of America across the globe.
Vice President Cheney was born on January 30, 1941 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He and his wife, Lynne V. Cheney, live in Wyoming and have two daughters and seven grandchildren. Vice President Cheney’s memoir, In My Time, was published in 2011. His latest book, Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, was released in October 2013.