Mr. Cheney served in a variety of government positions including a United States Congressman and Secretary of the Defense before becoming Vice President.
George W. Bush was a successful Governor from the state of Texas whose father was George H.W. Bush, former President of the United States. Mr. Bush graduated from Yale and enjoyed a successful stint in the military as a fighter pilot. He possessed the intellect, reasoning ability and character to assume the role as leader of the free world.
However, Mr. Bush lacked one critical criterion; Gravitas.
George Bush is an open, friendly and casual individual whose appearance and accent was that of a Texas cowboy, not as the political leader of the free world.
To complete a solid Republican ticket, Mr. Bush’s team approached Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense for his father, George H. W. Bush.
The choice of Mr. Cheney was based on his qualifications and the experience gained in over 40 years of Government service.
The driving reason was simple; Mr. Cheney possesses Gravitas. The ancient Romans used this term, a derivative of the Latin word meaning “weight or heavy.” Gravitas is defined as “the quality that renders a man’s acts and judgments significant.
Dick Cheney demands attention anytime he enters a room or sits at a conference table. He moves slowly and surely, is never hurried and speaks thoughtfully and carefully, regardless of how agitated those around him might be. People give Cheney their complete attention when he looks into their eyes or even into a television camera. When he speaks, people not only listen, they hear. He has Gravitas.
The Gravitas that Cheney projected was part of the reason President Bush was elected in the first term. Ironically, the left attempted to use Cheney’s gravitas to charge that Mr. Bush actually took his orders from his Vice President.
Either you have it or you don’t.