I made the decision to shoot down the plane, says George W. Bush in his memoir. I told the president to shoot down the plane, says Dick Cheney in his memoir. I turned to the team gathered in the Oval Office and said lets go, says W. Bush on decision for unjust 2003 invasion of Iraq. The president cleared out the office, looked at me and said Dick, what do you think we ought to do? says Cheney about decision to invade Iraq in 2003. After firing (my buddy) Donald Rumsfeld without informing me, he came and informed me and then quickly walked out, reports Cheney. Dick Cheney during interview with Dateline on August 29, 2011: Dateline: Its a very different picture. Cheney: Thats the way I recall it. I was giving advice; I wasnt making the decision. He was making the decision. Dateline: Dont you think it will embarrass him that you point out the difference? Cheney: I didnt set out to embarrass the president or not embarrass the president. Dateline: You make it sound like the president was afraid of you when you say he came and informed me (about firing Rumsfeld) and then quickly walked out. Cheney: There had been growth. I thought the vice president is supposed to be the assistant of the president; working alongside the president, but without overshadowing the president. I heard Cheney yesterday and Cheney seem to be bent on crediting himself for decisions made by president he gave advice to and of telling everyone he, Cheney, was in charge. While this may or may not be completely true, it does not paint a good picture of relationship between Cheney and W. Bush.