Although No. 1's close personal friend, Prime Minister John Howard, will undoubtedly show Mr Cheney a good time at the weekend, he cannot meet him beforehand as he will be in WA tomorrow and at Friday's water summit in Canberra. It was wise for Mr Howard to stick to his original arrangements.
The author says Cheney's rumoured CIA nickname is Edgar, which "comes from the late ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, and George W. Bush is seen as his doll, Charlie McCarthy". Apparently Cheney has "a preordained interview with a Bush-friendly paper", which I guess would be a reference to the The Murdoch Australian.