Cheney's Hunting Accident

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    This story is a good metaphor for their entire administration. "The Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight".

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/12/cheney.ap/index.html


    Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter
    'Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good'


    Sunday, February 12, 2006; Posted: 5:58 p.m. EST (22:58 GMT)

    Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old lawyer, was in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets.

    Harry Whittington, a millionaire attorney from Austin, was "alert and doing fine" in a Corpus Christi hospital Sunday after he was shot by Cheney on a ranch in south Texas, said Katharine Armstrong, the property's owner.

    He was described as in stable condition by Yvonne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Christus Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi.

    Armstrong in an interview with The Associated Press said Whittington, 78, was mostly injured on his right side, with the pellets hitting his cheek, neck and chest during the incident which occurred late afternoon on Saturday

    She said emergency personnel traveling with Cheney tended to Whittington until the ambulance arrived.

    Cheney's spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, said the vice president was with Whittington and his wife at the hospital on Sunday.

    The shooting was first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. The vice president's office did not disclose the accident until nearly 24 hours after it happened.

    Ranch owner: Cheney was very apologetic

    Armstrong said she was watching from a car while Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of the vehicle to shoot at a covey of quail.

    Whittington shot a bird and went to look for it in the tall grass, while Cheney and the third hunter walked to another spot and discovered a second covey.

    Whittington "came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself," Armstrong said.

    "The vice president didn't see him," she continued. "The covey flushed and the vice president picked out a bird and was following it and shot. And by God, Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good."

    Whittington has been a private practice attorney in Austin since 1950 and has long been active in Texas Republican politics. He's been appointed to several state boards, including when then-Gov. George W. Bush named him to the Texas Funeral Service Commission.

    Whittington owns property in Travis County worth at least $11 million, the Austin American-Statesman reported last year, not counting a downtown block at the center of a long-running dispute with the city over a condemnation issue.

    Armstrong, owner of the Armstrong Ranch where the accident occurred, said Whittington was bleeding and Cheney was very apologetic.

    "It broke the skin," she said of the shotgun pellets. "It knocked him silly. But he was fine. He was talking. His eyes were open. It didn't get in his eyes or anything like that."

    "Fortunately, the vice president has got a lot of medical people around him and so they were right there and probably more cautious than we would have been," she said. "The vice president has got an ambulance on call, so the ambulance came."

    Cheney is an avid hunter who makes annual hunting trips to South Dakota to hunt pheasants. He also travels frequently to Arkansas to hunt ducks.

    Armstrong said Cheney is a longtime friend who comes to the ranch to hunt about once a year and is "a very safe sportsman."

    She said Whittington is a regular, too, but she thought it was the first time the two men hunted together.

    "This is something that happens from time to time. You now, I've been peppered pretty well myself," said Armstrong.

    Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
     
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    I wonder if the libs can come up with any jokes about this----I mean he should have been able to at least hit an illegal if he was in south Texas ! :cof:
     
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    He was too busy with other things to enlist in the military...just goes to show it should be a prerequesite for anyone running for President or VP for that matter to have served and learned how to shoot...How can one be a Commander in Chief and not know target aquisition?IMO :rolleyes:
     
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    Hey Archie,

    Are you saying that EVERYBODY who has served in the military is more qualified to be Commander in Chief than ANYBODY who hasn't? :poke:
     
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    Maybe old fart lawyers outta learn how to get out of the way ! :laugh:
     
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    I think its funny how that idiot woman Armstrong is trying to downplay being shot with a shotgun so it doesn't make Cheney look as bad. His friend could easily have died!

    But when your hunting with a man who is semi-delusional, you run your risks. So I mainly feel sorry for Scott McClellan. You know that ever since Katrina, he's had to spin virtually everything the Bush admin has done. This is just another drop in the bucket.
     
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    to target aquisition and shooting...well hell ya...gotta problem with that analysis...nuckie baby?
     
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    should at least learn how to shoot!I mean he dodged the draft to pursue his goal as assistant Commander in chief...the least he could have done was join the Guard...no?
     
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    Got that right! :dance: :baby4:
     
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