Dick Cheney "mostly avoided addressing the media while in office," said CNN.com, but he's finally decided to speak out about his White House years. The former vice president has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster—reportedly "in excess of $2 million"—to write his memoirs, spanning his more than 40 years in government and "stretching all the way back to his roles in the Nixon and Ford administrations."
If Cheney "lets down his guard and writes frankly," said Yael T. Abouhalkah in the Kansas City Star, his memoir "could provide some excellent insights into what happened during those years in the White House." Cheney "wielded plenty of influence with Bush and his administration," so it will be interesting to hear his side of the story.
"Autobiographies are, by definition, self-serving," said Carl M. Cannon in Politics Daily, "and this one is not likely to break the mold," especially considering that "his ghost-writer is said to be his eldest daughter Liz Cheney." He's obviously going to try to improve his public image, as his reputation took "some serious hits" during the George W. Bush years.
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