Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Oh, You Think Just Because You're Hurt You Can't Be Hurt?

Oh man. We have a feeling this isn't going to end well.

vice president Cheney's invitation to address wounded combat veterans next month has been yanked because the group felt his security demands were Draconian and unreasonable.

Guys. You sure you've thought this through? You've already been wounded once. Dissing the Cheney is like having a live grenade fall in your foxhole. It's only a matter of time before someone gets their body parts rearranged.

Cheney's staff insisted the sick vets be sequestered for two hours before Cheney's arrival and couldn't leave until he'd finished talking. "What? These guys are all geeked up anyway," said an aide to the vice president. "It's not like they're gonna go out back and shoot some hoops while they're waiting for my boss."

"Word got back to us ... that this would be a prerequisite," said the veterans executive director, David Gorman, who noted the meeting hall doesn't have any rest rooms. "We told them it just wasn't acceptable."

"Don't they all have, like bottles and bags and stuff for that," asked the aide. "I still don't see the problem."

Many of the vets are elderly and left pieces of themselves on foreign battlefields since World War II, and others were crippled by recent service in Iraq and Afghanistan. For health reasons, many can't be stuck in a room for hours.

"Hey, if those guys don't know how to duck, that isn't the vice president's problem said Cheney Spokeswoman Megan Mitchell. "You don't see Whittington complaining he has to pee, do you? And he got shot in the face."

President Bush routinely speaks at events such as large dinners where thousands of guests freely pass back and forth through Secret Service screening portals, but the vice president's rules for speaking to groups seem more stringent than those of his boss.

"What's your point?" Mitchell asked. "Bush is Mr. Popularity compared to what people think of Cheney."

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