SEOUL, South Korea – Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney (search), faced some tough grilling Friday when she met American and South Korean third graders on a tour of a U.S. military base in Seoul.
Among the questions: "Do you like America or Korea?" and "Did your husband ever fight in a war?"
Mrs. Cheney stopped in at the Seoul American Elementary School on the sprawling Yongsan Army Garrison in the South Korean capital to give a short history lesson from her 2002 book "America: A Patriotic Primer."
The visit, in which she talked about George Washington (search) and the women's suffrage movement, was video-conferenced to other classrooms in the South Korean cities of Busan and Taegu.
During the brief question and answer session, Cheney replied that Korea was a "wonderful country" but that "America is my country. I think there is something in all of us that loves our home."
As for her husband's military record, she said: "He was in college, so he did not fight in a war."
But she was quick to add that the 63-year-old vice president, who got his bachelor's degree in 1965 and master's the following year, served as U.S. defense secretary and that "he and I are both proud." Cheney served in that role from 1989 to 1993, directing the Gulf War (search).
The Cheneys were in South Korea on the last leg of an Asian tour with stops in Japan and China. They visited as South Koreans voted in parliamentary elections that produced a victory for impeached President Roh Moo-hyun. The U.S. vice president said the polls showed "democracy is strong in the Republic of Korea."
The United States keeps about 37,000 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War (search).