MSNBC/Newsweek - Who Was Really In Charge? After the 9-11 attacks, Cheney sent Bush away and took control of the US response to the attacks. He essentially staged a coup, taking over as "commander in chief". This information was contained in a draft report from the 9-11 Commission. This is startling information. The vice president ordered the president sent away and took control of the government. There is no other word for this than "coup". There was a reason Cheney didn't want Bush testifying to the commission by himself. The initial report flat out accused Cheney of lying, but that has since been taken out after a fierce lobbying effort by the White House -- a rare victory by a White House that may see its entire 9-11 fiction exposed to voters right before the election.