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Cheney Dismisses "Urban Legend"

By CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller

Nearing the end of eight years as Vice President, Dick Cheney bluntly dismissed the frequent suggestion that he was the one calling the shots in the White House.

"It's an urban legend," he said. "It never happened."

In a radio interview with CBS News, Cheney decried reports to the contrary, viewing them as the biggest misimpression about his relationship with President Bush.

"This whole notion that somehow I exceeded my authority here, was usurping his authority, was simply not true."

Cheney said "there was never any question about who was in charge: it was George Bush and that's how we operated."

Asked what the biggest misimpression people have about him, Cheney cracked a smile.

"I'm actually a warm, lovable sort," he said with tongue in cheek – before conceding he'd have to give that question some additional thought.

Listen to portions of the Cheney Interview:

  • Cheney: I'll Miss Being VP
  • Cheney On Career Highlights
  • Cheney On The VP Job

    For more on Knoller's interview with Cheney, including how he feels about being left out of the presidential gathering at the White House today, Click here.