by Pam Zubeck
Former President George W. Bush and his veep sidekick, Dick Cheney, will bask in the luxury of The Broadmoor next week, and probably collect handsome speaker fees while they're at it.
The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers have lined up the duo for the 97th Annual Insurance Leadership Forum to be held here Saturday through Tuesday.
Cheney will take the stage Monday, followed by Bush on Tuesday, with both slated to speak during morning sessions from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Sgt. Steve Noblitt says the Colorado Springs Police Department will provide security for Bush, but Cheney will bring his own security team and possibly supplement with locally hired security guards. The city won't be reimbursed for the officers working on the Bush detail, he says.
Given Cheney's iffy health condition of late, the program notes:
Amid reports of continuing health issues for former Vice President Dick Cheney, Council members have inquired as to whether he still plans to attend our fall meeting. Through his representatives, Cheney has indicated that he intends to keep his scheduled appearances this fall and is looking forward to speaking at our meeting in October.
Another speaker listed on the program is Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, who was yanked from his command by President Obama after McChrystal made unflattering comments about Vice President Joe Biden and other administration officials in a magazine article.
But word is that McChrystal might not be coming after all.