Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Cheney Makes Byrd Feverish?

Dick Cheney is apologizing for suggesting West Virginians engage in inbreeding. (In the interest of full-disclosure, I’m sure I’ve jokingly said the same thing about BOTH West Virginians AND Kentuckians, though never directly. Instead, I've traditionally hummed the music from the Deliverance porch scene when someone mentioned either).

From CNN:

Asked during a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club about the fact that a search of his family tree found he is a distant relative of Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential front-runner, Cheney said the two politicians were unlikely to hold a family reunion. He said that the Cheney line on his father's side of the family dates to 1630's, and a Cheney family line on his mother's side dates to the 1650's.

"So, I had Cheneys on both sides of the family — and we don't even live in West Virginia," Cheney cracked. After pausing for laughter from the crowd, Cheney added, "You can say those things when you're not running for re-election."

Cheney’s comments prompted an angry reply from West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd. “In a written statement, Byrd declared that Cheney showed "contempt and astounding ignorance toward his own countrymen" with the comments.

Later in the day, Senator Byrd appeared at his office for a vote on global warming, and he was still hot himself. His health provider found that the 90-year-old was feverish, and he was hospitalized for observation.

If he can't get 'em with a shotgun, he'll torment 'em to death.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cheney makes me feverish and I not quite as old as Senator Byrd.