Do New Images Show Dick Cheney a Bit Too Relaxed on September 11th, 2001?

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you weren’t old enough to vote when the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were struck down on September 11th, 2001. An event that caused a tectonic shift in US foreign policy and led to two US engagements in the Middle East (Iraq and Afghanistan) – followed by proxy wars in countries like Syria, Libya, Iraq.

It was a horrific day to be an American. Some of us were in high school, watching on television, wondering why school hadn’t been let out. The logic was that we don’t bend to the will of terrorism, rather, it bends to our will. Except if you look at the blood and treasure expended by the Bush Administration, it seems that the US very much does do as the terrorists want them to do.

The US National Archive recently released photographs of national leaders from the day. The one we center on is too interesting to ignore: Dick Cheney, leaned back in his chair, seemingly casual about what’s going on.

US National Archives

In another, below, he’s at the beginning or end of a smile while President George W. Bush has a genuine look of distress on his face, perhaps on the precipice of tears.

US National Archives

According to Forbes, body language is everything. Leaning back is a sign of disinterest, whereas leaning in is a sign of keen interest.

Conspiracy theorists have long charged a few things about Dick Cheney, chief among them that he was the one calling the shots during George W. Bush’s presidency. In 2013, it was revealed that Dick Cheney had previously been dishonest about the events of 9/11.

If nothing else, the newly released photos will strengthen conspiracy theories and potentially create new ones. One thing is for certain: the way that Dick Cheney is reacting in these photos is diametrically opposed to the way that most Americans reacted. More from that period can be found here.

Featured image from Albert H. Teich /



P. H. Madore has covered the cryptocurrency beat over the course of hundreds of articles for Hacked's sister site, CryptoCoinsNews, as well as some of her competitors. He is a major contributing developer to the Woodcoin project, and has made technical contributions on a number of other cryptocurrency projects. In spare time, he recently began a more personalized, weekly newsletter at