“I look at this White House and I ask myself, how did they get so many draft dodgers in one place? The President; Dick Cheney, five deferments; John Ashcroft, six deferments. Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Tom DeLay, Dennis Hassert, Rush Limbaugh – well, you know, there are a lot of people who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War. Most of them did it because they had moral qualms about that war. But not these people. These people loved the war; they just wanted somebody else to fight it.”
– Robert Kennedy Jr.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney, the 46th Vice President of the United States, played football as a youth and was senior class president at his Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming. His sweetheart and future wife, however, was more popular – she was a state-champion baton twirler and was voted Mustang Queen her senior year. When Lynne Vincent performed her famous flaming baton twirl at public gatherings, it was quiet Dick who put the fire out backstage while she basked in the applause of center stage.
Cheney earned a scholarship to Yale University and went East for the first time, but he was asked to leave after one year because of “poor academic performance,” the university’s polite way of saying that he flunked out. He re-enrolled two more times before dropping out for good, according to Yale’s enrollment records. Jacob Plotkin, a retired MSU mathematics professor, was Cheney’s college roommate during his freshman year.