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How Dick Cheney Became the Most Powerful Vice President in History | The Nation
President George W. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, meanwhile, became unreachable after the Pentagon itself had been struck. That left Vice President Cheney, positioned in a bunker beneath the White House , in the decision-making hot seat. Vice President Dick Cheney watching the news of the attacks on the World Trade Center in his office on September 11, , before being led to the underground White House bunker. With word that radar had spotted a plane heading straight for the White House, the executive mansion was evacuated and Secret Service agents quickly hustled Cheney and a handful of other high-ranking administration officials down the basement corridors to a Cold War-era underground bunker. During the first hour there, confusion reigned as the team watched the news unfold on TV and struggled to gather reliable information about the unprecedented attack from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.
It was when Dick Cheney, then a student at Yale University, turned 18 and became eligible for the draft. Eventually, like 16 million other young men of that era, Mr. Cheney sought deferments. By the time he turned 26 in January and was no longer eligible for the draft, he had asked for and received five deferments, four because he was a student and one for being a new father. Although President Richard M.
He has been cited as the most powerful vice president in American history. Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska , and grew up in Casper, Wyoming. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A.