Pres. BUSH: I did. Scooter is a loyal American who worked for Vice President Cheney who gotcaught up in a -- in this Valerie Plame case and was indicted and convicted. And I chose tocommute his sentence. I felt he had paid enough of a penalty.LAUER: Critics immediately said, you know, if you're loyal to Bush , you don't have to go toprison. So you -- so it didn't come without a price.Pres. BUSH: That's right .LAUER: And yet Vice President Cheney wanted more.Pres. BUSH: He did. He wanted me to pardon him. And this is a decision that was -- it was thelast decision of the presidency, really. And I chose to let the jury verdict stand after some seriousdeliberation. And it -- the vice president was angry and...LAUER: Yeah. When you went to him and you told him, you said he was furious. He said, 'Ican't believe you're going to leave a soldier on the battleﬁeld.'Pres. BUSH: Yeah, he did.LAUER: Has your relationship with Dick Cheney ever recovered from failing to give thepardon?Pres. BUSH: It has. I'm pleased -- I'm pleased to report it has.LAUER: You're friends today?Pres. BUSH: We are friends today and he gave a very gracious speech on the way out of townthere, at Andrews Air Force Base , and yeah, we are friends. I went by to see him, I've seen himsince and talked to him and I'm pleased to report we are. I was a little concerned at one time, but,no, it was a hard decision to make. But that's what you do when you're president, you make harddecisions.LAUER: President Bush also took me to the church where he married his wife , Laura , and hetalked about he called the most important decision of his life, his decision to quit drinking yearsago. In the book, you say, you know, faith is a walk.Pres. BUSH: Yeah, it is.LAUER: It's a journey and -- toward greater understanding. You said you can't prove that Godexists , but that shouldn't be the standard of belief because you also can't prove that God doesn'texist.Pres. BUSH: Yeah. Exactly.LAUER: What was it in your life, President Bush , that made you re-examine your own faith andtake a deeper look at it? Please, have a seat.
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