Did they have civics class back when Bush and Cheney were in school?

The Raw Story | Cheney tells agency that Vice Presidents office is not part of the executive branch
The Office of Vice President Dick Cheney told an agency within the National Archives that for purposes of securing classified information, the Vice Presidents office is not an entity within the executive branch according to a letter released Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Click the link. Read the story. There is nothing more I can add except that I am shaking my head and applying for immigration to New Zealand.