The ceremony featured former vice president Dick Cheney, who made one of his first public appearances since heart surgery this year -- and who, in contrast to his former boss, couldn't resist taking a shot at Obama.H/T Spitfire Murphy, via Mark Knoller.
Citing the construction schedule of the library, Cheney said, "This may be the only shovel-ready project in America," using a phrase Obama used to describe stimulus bill items but later discarded.
Cheney, looking thinner, cited some of the positive reviews of Bush's book and said critical assessments of his presidency may be starting to change.
"History is beginning to come around," Cheney said.
Bush joked about the overtime 2000 election with Al Gore. He noted it was just over a decade ago that voters went to the polls -- and, "just under a decade ago, we just figured out the result." He said he's the only candidate "who won the same election five times."
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