Liz Cheney: When Your Dad is 'Darth Vader'
What do you do when your father’s been pilloried but you’re convinced his policies will be vindicated by history? If you’re Liz Cheney, you help him write a memoir, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, in the hope of setting the record straight.
You say you’re a strong believer in “American exceptionalism.” What does that mean?
To me it means that the United States of America is the best nation that has ever existed. Our ideals, our freedom and our values are a guiding light for countries all around the world, and I don’t think an American president should be embarrassed to stand up and say so. I think that the world is safer when America leads. Nobody else will step in and do it if we don’t. My sense is that President Obama is in some instances unwilling to lead, that he is sort of embarrassed about having America in a leadership role.
Any plans to run for office yourself?
I have huge respect for people who do that. I think it’s truly noble to go out and not just talk about issues but actually put your name on the ballot. But I haven’t decided that I am actually going to do it. It has a lot to do with how to balance the demands of being a mom [of three girls and two boys, ages five through 17] and the demands of public service. I have been totally focused on the book and told myself I would make some decisions about what I am going to do once the book is out.
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AMANDA ROBB is a frequent contributor to MORE.
Originally published in the September 2011 issue of MORE.