Why is Cheney so vocal? Gettysburg College prof offers answer

The San Francisco Chronicle turned to a Gettysburg College professor for analysis of former Vice-president Dick Cheney’s very public defense of the Bush administration’s national security record.

June 3’s Chronicle included a piece by political science Prof. Shirley Anne Warshaw, an authority on the presidency who often lends her expertise the media, including PBS's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," CNN and National Public Radio.

Warshaw’s article examines why Cheney has recently felt “compelled” to defend the Bush administration’s legacy. “It's important to keep in mind that the policies in question are his policies,” Warshaw writes. “They are not Bush policies; they are Cheney-developed and Cheney-orchestrated.” The article appeared in the Chronicle’s Open Forum column.

Warshaw’s books on the presidency include her newest, The Copresidency of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (2009, Stanford University Press), as well as Powersharing: White House-Cabinet Relations in the Modern Presidency, The Eisenhower Legacy: Re-examining the Eisenhower Presidency, and The Domestic Presidency. In a video, she discusses her book The Keys to Power: Managing the Presidency.

Warshaw has been a consultant to the White House under three administrations and a consultant to the Public Broadcasting System. She has also been involved with presidential debates and serves on the National Advisory Council for the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Warshaw also serves on the Advisory Council of Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute.

Before joining Gettysburg College political science faculty, Warshaw worked in the Pennsylvania Governor’s office during two different administrations. She has been awarded research grants for work conducted in the presidential archives of Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. She serves on the National Board of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from Wharton School of Business, and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Thu, 4 Jun 2009

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