We knew that Vice President Dick Cheney had left Yale under less than honorable terms – “by mutual agreement,” as he put it today — but maybe we had forgotten, until today, that he also was kicked out of Kindergarten.
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That’s what the vice president told radio’s Chaz and A.J. in the Morning Show, in an interview with the Connecticut broadcasters conducted today in the Senate office of Sen. Joe Lieberman […]
Here’s part of the transcript:
Q And you went to Calvert Elementary School?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I guess that’s right.
Q Have you ever gone back there just to walk back through, hey, I’m the Vice President?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: I did. A couple of years ago I was in Lincoln, Nebraska where I was born. I was there for a political event, and the candidate I was there to speak for arranged for my two kindergarten teachers to come visit me. This, of course, I was a lot older than I had been when I was in kindergarten. But they found them both. They were both still alive; and you might ask why I had two kindergarten teachers.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: I got kicked out of one school and had to go to the other one. (Laughter.)
Q Did you stay back?
Q Well, you showed them, huh? (Laughter.)
Q And you went to Yale? And you know we’re a Connecticut radio station so they’re listening now. Is there anything you’d like to say to Yale University?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, it’s funny. I went back years ago when I was Secretary of Defense. I was invited to come back and give a speech there in the commons. Joe knows it. Thousands of people, alums, and so forth. And I gave a speech and it was well received and so forth; and I was convinced that they never knew, when they invited me, that they had kicked me out 30 years before. (Laughter.)
So, no, I did two years at Yale and then left by mutual agreement. (Laughter.) But it wasn’t Yale’s fault. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I went out and worked for awhile and then got serious about getting an education and went back to school.
SENATOR LIEBERMAN: So this is an encouragement for anybody who’s ever been kicked out of college.
Q You could become the Vice President.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I don’t know what — the President went up there right after we were elected. Of course he was a graduate of Yale, I think, with a ‘C’ average, and he said to the student body that day, the graduating class, he said, you know if you graduate from Yale with a ‘C’ average you can be President of the United States. He said, of course if you kicked out you can be Vice President. (Laughter.) So he reminds me of that periodically.
I’m sure the American children are inspired.