Sunday, February 12, 2006

Cheney shoots Texas millionaire: Are politics getting rougher?

It took more than 24-hours for the White House to acknowledge, but it is now clear that Vice President shot Harry Whittington while they were "quail hunting."From CNN and the Associated Press:

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.
The VP can't get someone else to knock off Americans in America? But the President, he can get someone else to do the deed, right? It's sad the VP has to do his own.

Perhaps I'm off base. If I am, I ask this: Has the VP taken a firearms course recently? Doesn't his Secret Service detail run him through a safety brief before hitting the woods & fields?

An observation: If I were the President, I don't think I'd go quail hunting with the VP...

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