Cheney to be in wheelchair for inauguration ceremony


Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 8:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 8:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON Vice President Dick Cheney pulled a muscle in his back while moving boxes and will be in a wheelchair for Tuesday's inauguration ceremony.

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George W. Bush, Dick Cheney

In this Nov. 6, 2008 file photo, Vice President Dick Cheney applauds President Bush during an event at the White House in Washington. Today, Vice President Dick Cheney blamed Congress for failing to bail out the auto industry, saying President George W. Bush was forced to step in to save U.S. car companies and that the economy is in such bad shape U.S. automakers might not have survived without the $17.4 billion in emergency loans approved by Bush.

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White House press secretary Dana Perino said Cheney was helping to move into his new home outside Washington in McLean, Va., when he injured his back.

His doctor recommended that he needed a wheelchair for the next couple of days.

Perino said that Cheney is OK otherwise.

"The vice president is looking forward to being there for tomorrow's historic inaugural activities," Perino said.

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