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Posted at 1:06 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Dick Cheney looking extra-slender at G.W. Bush Library groundbreaking

By The Reliable Source

Dick Cheney, before and after. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images/Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)

When does skinny look too skinny? The question popped up Tuesday after an appearance by . . . another reed-thin starlet? Nope - former vice president Dick Cheney.

A noticeably slimmer Cheney, 69, attended Tuesday's groundbreaking for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas. "The former vice president lost weight while being hospitalized last summer for heart surgery," spokesman Peter Long told our colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia. "He hopes to keep it off as it is healthier for him to do so."

Healthier, yes, but the leaner Cheney looks different (okay, older) in the pictures without those extra pounds around his face. Bill Clinton's recent weight loss thinned out his face, giving him a slightly gaunt look. Ditto for Al Gore and George W. Bush, who tend to look a wee bit tired when they lose weight.

French actress Catherine Deneuve famously said a women of a certain age has to choose her face or her body: Carry a few extra pounds and flesh out those lines, or stay thin but look older. That's true for politicians, too. Of course, there's always the discreet nip and tuck -- but Cheney just doesn't strike us as a Botox kind of guy.

By The Reliable Source  | November 18, 2010; 1:06 AM ET
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Comments

I think that should read "looking extra-frail..."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 18, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

The personification of utter evil loses body fat, is that good news? Please pass the vermin a stick of butter and slather some gravy on that pork belly.

One would think he would have the grace to just slither off some where to rot like his compadre Rummi!

Posted by: SoCali | November 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Have you ever noticed how people who are heavy are bothered more by sweating than people who are thinner? I presume Mr. Cheney is simply getting ready for the fires of Hell.

Posted by: jhpurdy | November 18, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The personification of utter evil loses body fat, is that good news? Please pass the vermin a stick of butter and slather some gravy on that pork belly.

One would think he would have the grace to just slither off some where to rot like his compadre Rummi!

Posted by: SoCali | November 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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AMEN. I know it is mean to say but I can't think of a more despicable person in politics today. Okay, maybe Karl Rove and Tom DeLay as well. Make it a trifecta.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | November 18, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"cadaverous" that's the word you are looking for. Cheney looks like a warmed over cadaver these days because, well, because that's what he is. Won't be long now.

Posted by: jrw1 | November 18, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

wow -- I'm definitely not a fan of Cheney, but I thought this article was in poor taste. He's obviously not healthy, and looked very frail. Is it really appropriate to write about how it's making him look old? And the comments people have posted are also cruel and unnecessary.

Posted by: bissens | November 19, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I think that Sarah Palin could write right now just everything and her popularity would rise any way. Democratic Party is persistently continuing its suicidal rampage. Amazingly, they are trying to censure Rangel, who didn't pay money to Federal Government, which is not the concern of the majority of voters, and WHOM NEW YORK just reelected, but still are leaving at the power Pelosi after what she has done pushing through this outrageous health reform. They, certainly, do not think about the urgent necessity to impeach Obama either. It is the obvious suicidal rampage, and the harvest is very predictable.

Posted by: aepelbaum | November 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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