Monday, February 13, 2006

Cheney's Got a Gun

I always loved that Aerosmith hit song "Janie's Got a Gun." Now that Vice President Cheney accidentally shot a friend while quail hunting over the weekend, I get to hear it parodied a lot. Okay, it's a serious thing that the vice president shot someone with bird shot while hunting. But, you just KNOW Jay Leno, David Latterman, and Jon Stewart are going to have a field day with this story. Heck, they're gonna have a field week!

The only thing funnier than jokes about the story (don't worry; Harry Whittington, the shooting victim, is recovering nicely) is the way the Washington press corps is reacting to it. Apparently, the D.C. press is incredulous that the White House took nearly 24 hours to tell them about the story. "Why is it that it took so long for the president, for you, for anybody else to know that the vice president accidentally shot somebody?" a reporter asked White House spokesman, Scott McClellan. Another reporter actually asked if Mr. Cheney had handed in his resignation or was considering it.

Note to the the Washington press corps: It was an accident, people! Get a grip! Hunting accidents happen. It's part of the risk you take when going hunting (and one of the reasons I don't hunt). If anyone in the D.C. press was an avid hunter, they would understand this. I agree the vice president's office should have gotten the story out sooner but COME ON! It's not like the shooting was intentional. Am I wrong to have this opinion? Is their possibly more to this story than I'm making of it? If so, I'd love to hear what that is.

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