Much has been made about Dick Cheney's frail appearance at the groundbreaking of George W. Bush's presidential library yesterday at SMU. But whatever physical effects July's heart surgery might have had on the former vice president, it's clear his political chops are already back in tip-top shape. After proclaiming Bush's library "the only shovel-ready project in America," he heaped the praise on his former boss.

"Kipling rated a fine virtue, for one to walk with kings yet keep the common touch," said Cheney. "And nobody's ever done it quite like our 43rd president."

Then George W. Bush came on-stage, thanked Cheney, and proceeded not to quote Kipling.