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.

By Amanda Robb
Liz Cheney, Dick Cheney, In My Time book jacket
Photograph: Illustration by QuickHoney

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.

Click to buy In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir.

AMANDA ROBB is a frequent contributor to MORE.

Originally published in the September 2011 issue of MORE.

First Published August 31, 2011

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Sorry but the idiot we have for VP now is the worst. Biden is a buffoon and an embarrassment. And thanks to his inept boss we have lost 2 millions jobs, not one created in August, and we are trillions in debt with no productive future in sight.
Would the "author" ask someone from the Clinton admin. if her ideas evolved. How insulting. In the first paragraph she manages to get in hard core conservative ( ever hear the liberal media refer to someone as hard core liberal?)Fox news, terrorist and George Bush. Must be a record.

Reece Brown09.01.2011

By golly that old adage about daughters loving their dads has just entered the building.Dragging sentiment along with it. I suppose if I weren't distracted by the first question and imagining that it was Sasha or Malia being asked it that I might be persuaded to entertain sentiment for Dick Cheney. Well I feel more compassion for the poverty level working family who can't get a tax break.

C CA09.01.2011

Is anyone surprised that daughter Liz defends daddy Dick? Dan Quayle was inept, but innocuous. Dick Cheney was adept and a disaster. Now Mr. Cheney is uncomfortable with his popularity numbers? Thousands are dead because of him. You can't have it all, Mr. Vice-President - wreaking havoc will cost you some popularity points in the polls. Live with it.


I am not impressed by this defence of her father and PR for his book We are all socialized by our parents and community to accept the mores of our family so I guess this blind devotion is to be expected but this man did some serios damage to our country at the expense of many lives and to try to spin it now is just wrong. Let it go Dick and daughter...if history proves you right let history prove you right don't do the FOX spin. The wrongs this man put into place (halliburton excesses, civil rights violations, breaks for the wealthy, extreme debt for the country and not for the direct benefit of citizens are all criminal.). While i understand her desire to stand up for dad, i don't really get why More provided the forum for such nonsense.

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