They’re creepy and they’re kooky….

Mysterious and spooky,
They’re altogether ooky,
The Cheney Family.

From The Lede at The New York Times:

As it turns out, even the lighter side of Dick Cheney can prompt major disapproval. As Sheryl Stolberg reported this morning, the vice president elicited a wave of laughter from the National Press Club on Monday by cracking a joke about his extended family, which includes a tie to Senator Barack Obama:

“So we had Cheneys on both sides of the family — and we don’t even live in West Virginia,” the vice president deadpanned […] “You can say these things when you’re not running for re-election.”

Well, kids. Your intrepid reporter (that would be me) has scoured the records and uncovered an old Cheney family portrait. Now, I’m no expert, but it doesn’t look like West Virginia to me!

Original DVD cover.

The joke was so surprising that it turned into news. Unfortunately, the state of West Virginia wasn’t laughing along. In rebuke after rebuke, public officials railed against Mr. Cheney’s stab at comedy.

“I truly cannot believe that any vice president of the United States, regardless of their political affiliation, would make such a derogatory statement about my state or any state, for that matter,” Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, said, according to The Charleston Gazette.

Senator Robert C. Byrd, likewise a Democrat and a frequent critic of the Bush administration, offered another few words hours before heading to the hospital because of a fever. “This pitiful comment is not entirely surprising when you consider the source,” he said. Two of the state’s representatives in the House, one from each party, were just as offended.

The Vice Preznit’s office responded with their usual insincere bull$hit a heartfelt apology:

The Vice President’s offhand comment was not meant to hurt anyone. On reflection, he concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made. The Vice President apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark.

Then he shot the state in the face.

But the comedy did inspire one more zinger from Representative Nick J. Rahall, Democrat of West Virginia: “We may owe the vice president a debt of gratitude for yet another great West Virginia slogan: ‘Dick Cheney is not from here.’ ”

Allow me, Congressman Rahall!

19 Comments

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19 responses to “They’re creepy and they’re kooky….

  1. Got a Grip

    The Cheney Clan, family from Hell (but not West Virginia)…. ;-)

  2. they hold their family reunions in an open fiery pit. that explains why halliburton is buying up all the marshmallow companies.

  3. Laughed my ass off!

  4. oh no! without an ass, what will counterbalance the girls and keep you from falling over, dcup? :shock:

  5. nightowl724

    So?

    (Hilarious, nonnie! Absolutely hilarious!)

  6. nightowl,
    i was just thinking about that a little while ago. SO should be on the family crest.

  7. nightowl724

    Ha-ha!

    nonnie and gotta, see my comment at the end of yesterday’s post…

  8. Awesome pictures. I want one of those T-shirts.

  9. carnacki!!!! :D
    so glad you stopped by! i think this is my first west virginia post, and i thought of you while i was working on it. maybe i should put those t-shirts on cafepress. think they will sell in wv? :wink:

  10. nightowl724

    West Virginia is for lovers! {{{hearts}}}

  11. then the cheneys are definitely not from wv!

  12. jlms qkw - jenn

    oh nonnie! my fav is the horizontal stripes!

    thanks so much – i can almost smile again after this morning’s root canal.

  13. poor jenn!!!
    i hope you are all done with the dentist.
    smile gently, hon, we don’t want it to hurt.

  14. jlms qkw - jenn

    nonnie – i wasn’t not smiling ’cause of the pain – it was well taken care of ;-)

    it was the 12-hour numbing shot – i could only half-smile all day.

  15. jeb

    OK Wyoming, you have to take him back. No one wants him. Baby Doc, Mobutu, Idi Amin; they could all eventually find someone willing to hold their noses and take them (and their money) but not this guy.

  16. oh, poor jenn! isn’t novacaine fun? half-smiles and especially liquid running all over your face and clothes whenever you try to drink something.

  17. jeb!!!! :D
    i was thinking about you! the other night, i went back to the diary that would not die (the one that lasted 15 days over at dk!), and i was reading the comments and laughing. so much fun. i was wondering how you have been and hoping that you would visit again.
    mmwwwaaahhhh!!!
    p.s. maybe deadeye dick can move in with the guy he shot in the face. after all, the guy probably still feels guilty for getting his face in the way of deadeye’s buckshot and would do penance by allowing deadeye to live with him.

  18. jeb

    Yeah, I can’t believe dkos shut down our party. Heck, I think we were on our way to a record then. Ah, to be young and crazy again.

  19. jeb,
    dadanation and i were discussing that marathon diary yesterday and how much fun it was. what a shame that dkos is not much fun anymore, since it turned into an echo chamber.
    and no worries, jeb. you may not be young, but you’re still crazy! :wink:

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