Video: Lynne Cheney

updated 11/12/2004 7:05:24 PM ET 2004-11-13T00:05:24

If you‘d just spent the last year pounding the pavement to get your husband elected vice president, most people would take a long vacation. 

Not Lynne Cheney. 

The wife of Vice President Dick Cheney not only criss-crossed the nation in support of the Republican ticket, but she also penned her third children‘s book, "When Washington Crossed the Delaware".

Writing a book alone takes an immense amount of energy.  In between the stress of campaigning in a highly competitive race and facing the daily heat of negative political ads, it can take it toll on most people.

For Lynne Cheney, it’s “thrilling.”

If things got under her skin, Cheney tried to stay positive and not get “bogged down” by anything negative.

“You learn to put that behind pretty quickly because you don‘t want that to absorb your energy.  You want to spend your energy on moving ahead, being positive, getting out your message,” says Cheney.

Getting out their message is an understatement.  President Bush and Vice President Cheney won re-election in both the Electoral College and the popular vote.

Cheney said that exit poll results pointed toward the security issue as the biggest factor for voters. 

She said values were also important, particularly as a grandmother.

“I sometimes sit in the living room and just cringe at the ads that are coming over the television set or at things that are being shown,” says Cheney.  “I think that a lot of people are worried about the coarsening of the culture.”

Cheney says she’s “happy to be judgmental.”  However, don’t confuse that with being overly critical.

“What I don‘t want to be is censorious,” said Cheney.  “We live in a society where the government should be, should not be involved in censorship in any way.  I think judgmental is great, and I think that if more parents were judgmental in terms of turning it off, changing the channel, not taking their kids to movies that are doubtful, perhaps not even going to movies yourself that are doubtful, that we could each of us help improve the level of the culture.”

Lynne Cheney does her part with her new book. The book aims to teach children the true story of courage and patriotism that led to the founding of our nation—an important message to the vice president’s wife.

She wants children to learn the difficulties it took to achieve freedom in the first place and the struggles to maintain a free society.

“Knowing how fortunate we are is a very good place to start.  We‘ve kind of gone through a phase where we looked at the dark and gloomy parts of our national story,” said Cheney.  “There‘s so much that‘s positive here.”

In “Washington", Cheney focuses on George Washington at a time, she describes, “when our nation was losing the Revolutionary War, at a time when it looked as though like we might be an English colony forever, at a time when his soldiers had been driven back and back.”

To Cheney, this history lesson translates into current events with the war in Iraq.

“It is also not inevitable that our own democracy will continue if we don‘t fight for it and stand up for it at every turn.  The brave men and women who are fighting in Iraq are doing something quite wonderful in terms of helping the Iraqi people realize God’s gift to all of us, as the president likes to talk about it, which is freedom and liberty,” said Cheney.  

In her books, Cheney aims to make that clear to kids.  According to Cheney, “We are just amazingly fortunate and should be so proud.” 

Aside from the election results, Lynne Cheney is very proud of something else: a new addition to her family, a baby grandson. 

“He was so smart,” said the beaming grandmother.  “He was born just in time to get it dedicated to him.”

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