Perhaps at some other time, I’ll offer a more complete account of the wonderful evening I had last night, sitting next to Tammy Bruce and listening to former Vice President Cheney. I could mention the good company of our readers, the multiple standing ovations for the greatest Vice President of the past 100 years, the warm welcome we received from the Claremont Institute and the good work that they do. Or that this blog was listed in the program of this conservative think tank’s annual dinner.
I will focus instead on the good man that Richard Cheney is and my brief meeting with that distinguished statesman.
Due to his health (he recently suffered a heart attack), Mr. Cheney did not do a photo op at the VIP reception. So, right after desert, I mustered my courage and with Tammy, went over to introduce myself. He was very polite, respectful. In the 45 seconds or so I had to talk to him, I knew I couldn’t say much. It would be rude to take up more of his time.
I could thank him for his steadfast commitment to our nation’s security and to conservative principles, for not backing down — or letting it get to him — when he was attacked unfairly in the media. Instead, I offered the name of our blog, told him how honored I was when I learned that his younger daughter read our web-site, then did something I am sure few gay people have done, though many should. I thanked him for publicly opposing the Federal Marriage Act in 2004 and told him how much of a hero he was to gay conservatives.
While gay activists may disagree with much that this good man has done and said, they should at least acknowledge how, he stood apart from the then-president on that one key issue. Alas that so few have acknowledged this most pro-gay Vice President in U.S. history.