How Will America Remember Dick Cheney?

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir created quite a stir when it came out in book stores Tuesday.

Cheney admitted on Tuesday he was a lightning rod for criticism of the Bush administration.

However, he stands by his support for controversial decisions, including the waterboarding of terror suspects.

Dr. Paul Bonicelli, who was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Agency for International Development, now serves as the executive vice president for Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.

Bonicelli told CBN News people have been waiting for the former vice president's memoir to be released because it tells the plain truth and Americans appreciate that.

"I think he'll be remembered the way Harry Truman was. Americans tend to like tough politicians, men or women. They like them to have their convictions, to be transparent, to be bold about it. Americans admire that," he said.

"I think the criticisms of Cheney is the elite, and it's a surface feeling for Americans who haven't really gotten to know him. In the long run, they're going to say this is a man who stood for our freedoms, defended us, protected us," Bonicelli added.

Click to watch Bonicelli's entire interview with CBN News on the former vice president.

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