Cheney said President Bush wanted to be there but had another obligation — a book club meeting. Bush was actually meeting with the president of Brazil at Camp David.
Cheney also took a few jabs at global warming activist and former Vice President Al Gore, noting the above-average energy use at Gore's house. Said Cheney, "Many argue that global warming is manmade, and it looks like they found the man."
Describing Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as a pro-choice governor from Massachusetts now running as a pro-life candidate from Michigan, Democratic Congressman Rahm Emanuel suggested Romney, a Mormon, was confused: "It's multiple wives, not multiple lives."
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