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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: The 18-Hour Gap

“And now back to America’s Funniest Vice Presidential Bloopers, already in progress.”

“The more than 18-hour delay in news emerging that the Vice President of the United States had shot a man, sending him to an intensive care unit with his wounds, grew even more curious late Sunday. E&P has learned that the official confirmation of the shooting came about only after a local reporter in Corpus Christi, Texas, received a tip from the owner of the property where the shooting occurred and called Vice President Cheney's office for confirmation.”
-Editor and Publisher, February 13, 2006

“The White House did not inform the national media of the accident, but the vice president’s office confirmed the story after journalists called to ask about the report on the Caller-Times Web site nearly 24 hours after the shooting.”
-MSNBC, February 13, 2006

“They didn’t tell the Press.. Go figure. Oddly enough they didn’t seem to let the local authorities in on it either, as they were legally obliged to do.”

“CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer reports Texas authorities are complaining that the Secret Service barred them from speaking to Cheney after the incident. Kenedy County Texas Sheriffs Lt. Juan Guzman said deputies first learned of the shooting when an ambulance was called.”
-CBS News, February 13, 2006

“But despite the news blackout and keeping the local sheriffs in the dark, the important people all knew what was going on.”

“White House chief of staff Andrew Card told Bush about Cheney’s involvement in the shotgun accident on Saturday night.
McClellan was informed that night that someone in the Cheney hunting party was involved, but he didn’t know that Cheney was the shooter until the next morning, the spokesman said.”
-MSNBC, February 13, 2006

“Wow.. That is a lack of attention to detail. How the hell do you call up the White House spokesman to tell him that there had been a shooting in the Vice-President’s hunting party and forget to mention that the Vice-President was the one who did the shooting? Really? It wasn’t mentioned? Even in an ‘oh sh*t, you are not going to believe this!’ kind of way? Man, that would have been the first thing that I think I’d have said.”

"’The vice president was concerned,’ said Mary Matalin, a Cheney adviser who spoke with him yesterday morning. ‘He felt badly, obviously. On the other hand, he was not careless or incautious or violate any of the [rules]. He didn't do anything he wasn't supposed to do.’"
-Washington Post, February 13, 2006

“Hey, I’m not much of a hunter (I have trouble killing spiders much less innocent animals in the wild), but I think that there was one thing Cheney did that he wasn’t supposed to do. See if you can follow me on this one.. HE SHOT A HUMAN BEING. As far as I know that is something that you are not supposed to do, unless he’d like to claim that he was authorized by Congress. Any hunters out there might want to correct me, but I’m guessing that is you aren’t careless on incautious you don’t end up shooting people. If Cheney wasn’t to blame though, who was?”

“The White House blamed the 78-year-old man whom Vice President Dick Cheney shot during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas for the incident, as officials struggled Monday to explain why they waited nearly 24 hours before making the news public.
White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan tried to absolve Cheney of blame for shooting wealthy Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, saying that hunting ‘protocol was not followed by Mr. Whittington when it came to notifying others that he was there. And so, you know, unfortunately, these types of hunting accidents happen from time to time.’”
-Knight-Ridder News Service, February 14, 2006

“Now say something funny that will make this all seem ok..”

“Harry Whittington, the 78-year-old lawyer shot by Cheney, suffered a mild heart attack after a shotgun pellet in his chest traveled to his heart, hospital officials said.
Whittington was moved back to the intensive care unit and will be watched for a week to make sure more of the metal pellets do not move to other vital organs. He was reported in stable condition.”
-Chicago Sun-Times, February 15, 2006

“No, no, no! That isn’t funny! That is tragic. Jeez… The old guy was shot in the face and had a heart attack. The guy is in ICU. That’s serious stuff. You don’t make light of that kind of stuff. Show some tact.”

“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.”
-Associated Press, February 14, 2006

“Ha ha! Funny! Almost as funny as when Bush mocked a woman that he had put to death in Texas or when he made fun of trying to find weapons of mass destruction under the couch at the Press banquet. Our Administration has such a great sense of humor about shooting people.”


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