WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney can't remember the last time he's cried. In fact, when asked about it on a radio interview on Monday, he was stumped.
Cheney called in to 730 AM, the Fox sports radio station in Memphis, Tenn., on Monday afternoon. The discussion focused mostly on Cheney's memoir, including the fact that he resented John Kerry and John Edwards for bringing up the sexual orientation of his daughter during the 2004 campaign, and his oft-repeated statement that he believes the country is now safer because of what he and President Bush did.
But when the host asked, "When was the last time you cried?" Cheney was taken aback.
"Hm. Well, I'd have to sit down and think about that," he replied. "I don't -- I'm sure there have been times. Most of them probably deeply personal. ... It's been some 10 years ago."
In a recent event at the American Enterprise Institute, moderator Stephen Hayes told Cheney that after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he "broke down crying." When asked if Cheney had ever had a moment like that, he replied, "not really."
In contrast, President George W. Bush was known to occasionally cry in public.
In his memoir, Cheney wrote that in 2003, Condoleezza Rice -- then serving as national security adviser -- came into his office and "tearfully admitted" he had been right in insisting that Bush shouldn't apologize for the inaccurate weapons of mass destruction claims about Iraq in his State of the Union address.
Rice replied in an interview with Reuters, stating, "And so I did say to the vice president, 'you know, you were right about the press reaction.' But I am quite certain that I didn't do it tearfully."
Later, when asked how he'd like to be remembered, Cheney jokingly replied, "as a great author." He then, however, said, "I'll let the historians worry about that."