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