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I Can't Resist

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday accepted full blame for shooting a fellow hunter and defended his decision to not publicly disclose the accident until the following day. He called it "one of the worst days of my life."

"I'm the guy who pulled the trigger that fired the round that hit Harry," Cheney told Fox News Channel in his first public comments since the shooting Saturday in south Texas.

Cheney described seeing 78-year-old Harry Whittington fall to the ground after he pulled the trigger while aiming at a covey of quail.

"The image of him falling is something I'll never ever be able to get out of my mind," Cheney said. "I fired, and there's Harry falling. It was, I'd have to say, one of the worst days of my life at that moment."

Cheney was soft-spoken and somber during the interview with Fox's Brit Hume.

"You can talk about all of the other conditions that exist at the time but that's the bottom line and — it was not Harry's fault," he said. "You can't blame anybody else. I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend."


Bravo, Dick.

I have to say that, although mildly entertaining, leave the guy alone. I am not a fan of his particularly, but he shot his friend in an accident while doing something together that they both loved - he is clearly not happy about it, nor did he mean to "deceive the American people." Let the guy feel bad and move on.

As much as we bitch about the gov't and Bush's Administration not worrying about what is important, and wasting money and time, etc., that is exactly what the media is doing here. Come on guys, it is surely a news item, but not 3 days worth. Let's try to concentrate on what is happening, like half of Iran burning down embassies, for example, or maybe the gynormous defecit that is going to make us all wish we were Mr. Whittington soon enough.

On that note...interesting piece here:


Anonymous Doctor Barnett said...

Would he have taken responsibility at all if not for the three days of criticism? I mean, I wasn't terribly surprised that someone from his office blamed the victim, but you can't just let something like that go.


Blogger KOB said...

I'll bet he meant to do it, cold blooded bastard.


Anonymous gerd said...

The media is out of control, as always. Instead of reporting on a "story" they must make conflict where there is very little.

What is troubling is the delay in its report and the Republican double standard. The delay in its report just parallels other hidden information and the many lies to the public that this administration has made.

Though I agree with Doctor Barnett, Cheney tried to blame the person HE shot.


Blogger A. K. Brown said...

HA HA HA!!!! Nice KOB.

And I don't think that this was a parallel to secret wire tapping or anything like that - I think THAT is how the media "turns" something into a story; by making ridiculous connections (not unlike linking Saddam to Al Quaida).

I think it was someone who made a mistake, albeit a big one. Yes, there was a delay in reporting, and yes, that is typical of the administration, but we have to be pragmatic here. I never heard Cheney blame the guy...I only heard Scott McLellan, puppet to the puppet, make those suggestions.

In my opinion, aside from the delay (which when you are VP and shoot someone in the face there is an onus to report), I think that Dick has been nothing but forthcoming in his interview and his reaction. I think the most suprising part is that Bush didn't even know until the next day.


Blogger KOB said...

Was he supposed to call Dan Rather immediately? Report to whom? The secret service ARE police and they were on the scene. They are the ones that reported it to the county sheriff and set the meeting for the completion of the report. What delay?


Blogger A. K. Brown said...

I mean telling the public, Dr. Obvious.



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