Politico reports that in an interview with CBS radio, Vice President Cheney described himself as "warm" and "lovable":
Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that his image has gotten a bad rap in the press and that he is in fact "a warm, lovable sort."
Cheney conceded in an interview with CBS radio that he sometimes expresses himself "rather forcefully toward some of my compatriots, like Pat Leahy from Vermont" but dismissed as a caricature the idea that he is a "Darth Vader-type personality."
Cheney also disputed the notion that he really ran the White House during President Bush's two terms.
"The notion that somehow I was pulling strings or making presidential-level decisions. I was not," he said.
"There was never any question about who was in charge. It was George Bush. And that's the way we operated.
"This whole notion that somehow I exceeded my authority here, was usurping his authority, is simply not true. It's an urban legend, never happened."
Cheney told CBS that his "expectation" is to disappear completely from public life with retirement.
"I've got a lot of rivers to fish," he said. "So I don't think anybody will feel sorry for me. They shouldn't."