Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Laughter and Prayer 

This morning:

The White House has decided that the best way to deal with Vice President Dick Cheney's shooting accident is to joke about it.

President Bush's spokesman quipped Tuesday that the burnt orange school colors of the University of Texas championship football team that was visiting the White House shouldn't be confused for hunter's safety wear.

"The orange that they're wearing is not because they're concerned that the vice president may be there," joked White House press secretary Scott McClellan, following the lead of late-night television comedians. "That's why I'm wearing it."

The president's brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, took a similar jab after slapping an orange sticker on his chest from the Florida Farm Bureau that read, "No Farmers, No Food."

"I'm a little concerned that Dick Cheney is going to walk in," the governor cracked during an appearance in Tampa Monday.

CNN now:

Cheney prays for hunt victim

[Jane Hamsher, noting that the Times' Pickler and Elizabeth "Bulimia" Bumiller have been having a great big barrel of laughs joining in all the ha-ha, points out that according to CNN, "at the time McClellan was making his jokes he knew about Whittington's heart attack." Classy.]

[Josh Marshall has the AP screen shot of the stories "Hunter Shot By Cheney Has Heart Attack" and "White House Finds Humor In Hunting Mishap" running simultaneously.]


After watching part of the briefing on Whittington's condition, Cheney called Whittington and spoke to him, telling him "that he stood ready to assist," Cheney's office said in a written statement...

To assist with/in what? Re-shooting Whittington? Shooting him in the lower-face (ass)?


Authorities have cleared Cheney of wrongdoing in the accidental shooting of Whittington, but questions about Saturday's incident remain.

Thanks CNN, for making it clear that whatever "questions" "remain" are subordinate to the larger point that "authorities" have "cleared" Cheney of wrongdoing.


Armstrong said no one discussed informing the public about the incident until Sunday morning, when she and her mother raised the matter with Cheney.

Now the mother was involved? WTF??

And of course, near the bottom of the story:

About 8 p.m., after talking with Armstrong, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove told Bush that Cheney had shot Whittington.

Nothing to see here...


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