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Aug 10th, 2009

Summary: On August 10, 2009, the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics released the results of a psychological assessment of former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney. The key finding of the study is that Vice President Cheney’s most prominent personality patterns (or traits) are high levels of Conscientiousness and Dominance. The study sheds light on the extraordinary degree of power and influence Vice President Cheney exercised in the Bush administration and the former vice president’s apparent reluctance to follow the lead of former President George W. Bush to depart from the political arena upon completing his term of office. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on Sunday, August 10, 2008, the 27th day of his campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination as House of Representatives candidate in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman took a break from campaigning and featured a St. Cloud Times news report about the first leg of his 100-mile walking tour of the Sixth District from Freeport to St. Joseph, Minn.