By William T. Martin
After spending about three hours here, Vice President Dick Cheney departed Huntsville Thursday afternoon.
Cheney appeared at a private reception and fundraiser after President Bush, who had been scheduled to attend, canceled late Wednesday night.
Bush had decided to stay in Washington and consult with financial and economic advisors over the current Wall Street crisis.
Shortly after landing at around 10 a.m. Cheney presented David Knies with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Knies earned the award for being part of Mercy Flight Southeast, an organization that matches those who must travel for compassionate or medical reasons with pilots who volunteer their time and planes for flights.
After the presentation Cheney traveled to the Twickenham home of Moss and Leslie Crosby for the reception.
Reports from downtown indicated traffic was clogged throughout the visit.
The situation was worse around the Crosby home and in the Adams Street vicinity as some areas had been closed since Wednesday night.
A visit to a Waste-to-Energy facility was also scheduled but dropped at the last minute.
Bush had been scheduled to arrive shortly after 9 a.m. but Cheney did not arrive until 10.
The Vice President returned to the airport and departed, reportedly for a destination in Florida, around 1 p.m.
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