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Cheney Victim: 'It Was an Accident'
NewsMax ^ | 18 February 2006 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 02/17/2006 9:29:12 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

The hunter shot by Vice President Dick Cheney said it "was just an accident" and reassured investigators alcohol was not involved, according a county sheriff's report.

In Texas, Harry Whittington "explained foremost there was no alcohol during the hunt and everyone was wearing the proper hunting attire of blaze orange," reported Kenedy County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Gilberto San Miguel Jr.

The county sheriff's office closed its investigation without filing any charges. The department's report supported Cheney's account of the accident that injured the 78-year-old lawyer during a quail hunting trip on a private ranch in Texas.

Cheney told an investigator that he did not see his hunting partner while aiming for a bird. The report included the first public account from Whittington, interviewed from his hospital bed Monday.

Whittington was hit with shotgun pellets in the face, neck and chest. He remained in stable condition in a Corpus Christi hospital after suffering a mild heart attack caused by a shotgun pellet that traveled to his heart.

The sheriff's report said Whittington declined the deputies' request to record the interview because he said his voice was raspy. Before a nurse asked the officers to "hurry up so Mr. Whittington could rest," he repeatedly insisted the shooting "was just an accident" and expressed concern that all the media attention would give hunting in Texas a bad image, the report said.

In Washington, President Bush said critics are drawing "the wrong conclusion about a tragic accident" when they say the delayed disclosure of Cheney's hunting mishap is an indicator of an overly secretive White House.

Commenting about Saturday's accident for the first time, Bush said Thursday that Cheney handled the situation "just fine."

"I'm satisfied with the explanation he gave," Bush said, calling it "strong and powerful."

Bush described Cheney as extremely distraught since he shot Whittington.

"The vice president was involved in a terrible accident and it profoundly affected him," Bush said during a photo opportunity with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. "Yesterday when he was here in the Oval Office, I saw the deep concern he had about a person who he wounded."

Cheney planned to keep his previously scheduled speech to the Wyoming Legislature on Friday and expected to stay for the weekend at his home there.

The administration was eager to put to rest a public relations firestorm arising from Cheney's failure to disclose Saturday's accident until the next day. The episode had knocked the White House off stride and distracted attention from Bush's agenda.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada was among those who used the situation to suggest the administration needs to be less secretive.

And Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a Republican and Vietnam war veteran, told The Omaha World-Herald, "If he'd been in the military, he would have learned gun safety."

Cheney told his story in an interview Wednesday with Fox News Channel; it was his only public statement on the accident. Cheney said it was "one of the worst days of my life," while accepting full blame for the accident and defending his decision to delay the public disclosure until the next day.

Although Cheney has a penchant for doing his work outside the public spotlight, the chance that he will have to testify in the CIA leak investigation will keep a focus on the vice president's office.

Cheney raised that possibility in his Fox interview while refusing to comment about whether he authorized his former chief of staff to pass along sensitive prewar data on Iraq to reporters.

His ex-aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, is under indictment on charges of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI about disclosing the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame. Libby told a grand jury that he was authorized to leak the information by his superiors, according to court documents.


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KEYWORDS: accident; bang; banglist; cheney; dickcheney; duck; harrywhittington; quailgate; shooting
Maybe the VP should take Scooter on a shooting trip...
1 posted on 02/17/2006 9:29:15 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

I don't recall the MSM being so concerned about alcohol involvement in Ted Kennedy's case. I for one would be in favor of a full investigation of this negligent homicide.


2 posted on 02/17/2006 9:33:13 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

But you forget: Lard Ass is a Dem!


3 posted on 02/17/2006 9:36:38 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Scooter Libby is Dick Cheney's life long friend.... Not too mention that Scooter Libby is not charged with leaking anything, he is charged with Perjury for not remembering clearly, and because he didn't remember clearly, he was charged with obstruction of Justice.

The case against Scooter Libby is very very weak.

As far as Chuck Hagel's comments go, what a friggin A Hole, he sounds like just like that A Hole John Kerry.

I'll go hunting with Dick Cheney long before I would go with Hagel, Judgment is something Hagel doesn't possess

4 posted on 02/17/2006 9:42:41 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Thank you for posting the entire article J
5 posted on 02/17/2006 9:46:26 PM PST by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Please all you folks from Nebraska, swamp Hagel's office with calls telling him what a jerk he is. Then please get a good primary challenger and vote him out. Thank you.


6 posted on 02/17/2006 9:49:50 PM PST by SoCar (Rudy in 2008)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Laughs aside- and we all needed somewhat of a good laugh. This last dern week past, can jolly well go into history. What I would like to say, is that I saw Mr Whittington on T/V. I saw his face- without thinking, I said thank God, his eyesight is ok. I shuddered at my too vivid imagination.

Who are the unsung heroes? Yep, the good old medical profession- bless them. What care and skill they must have had. The gentleman is already back in circulation. Now the bad news.

Larry King is fawning over Woodward and Bernstein. Again and again, flaming Watergate and their part in saving America. Next some pontification by these two on recent events,the VP included. I thought Cindy Sheehan was the energizer bunny- but will these men never go away? LOL

7 posted on 02/17/2006 9:50:56 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: Aussie Dasher
And Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a Republican and Vietnam war veteran, told The Omaha World-Herald, "If he'd been in the military, he would have learned gun safety." <<

I don't know his service record but if Hagel was in Viet Nam as anything other then a paper pusher, he would have learned...$hit happens!
8 posted on 02/17/2006 10:00:11 PM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: M-cubed
I don't know his service record but if Hagel was in Viet Nam as anything other then a paper pusher, he would have learned...$hit happens!

For Sure! Hagel, I am convinced is genuinely stupid...how else would he think he has a snowball's chance in Hades at the Republican Presidency?!?

9 posted on 02/17/2006 10:16:45 PM PST by top 2 toe red ("The Pres & I cannot prevent some politician's from losing their memories or their backbones." VP Ch)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
This White House is good at judging the judgers - ie. the American people. Good average people recognize the situation as an accident... We don't stop driving, despite tragic highway deaths, and we don't ban guns just because they carry risks.

Rove probably wanted the MSM to go spaztic, because Americans mostly see them as jerks anyway.

10 posted on 02/17/2006 10:35:31 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: Aussie Dasher

Who will Bush choose to replace Cheney?


11 posted on 02/17/2006 10:46:03 PM PST by noblejones (Ben Stein for President, 2008.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
If it was once suggested by the MSM when it put an X over Dick Cheney's face that he should be taken out.
They keep trying and I dont blame him for telling these slugs to stick it where the sun don't shine.

CNN Apologizes for X on Cheney's Face(CNN & the "X" over Cheney: keeping alive a lie)
AP via SFGate.com ^ | Wednesday, November 23, 2005 | no byline


Posted on 11/24/2005 1:27:02 AM EST by Greg o the Navy


CNN Apologizes for X on Cheney's Face Wednesday, November 23, 2005 (11-23) 08:55 PST New York (AP) -- CNN has apologized for a "technical malfunction" that briefly flashed a black "X" mark over the face of Vice President Dick Cheney during the network's coverage of a speech on Monday. The "X" flashed twice, on the air for a total of one-seventh of a second, CNN said Wednesday. The incident caused a brief sensation on the Web among people suspicious that it was a political commentary. But CNN said some of its machinery had a "momentary glitch" and no human operator was involved. The "X" is something used by a computer to mark a space where one visual element is to segue into another, and is normally not seen by a viewer. The network likened its appearance to a computer that inexplicably freezes. "We obviously regret that it happened and are working on the equipment to ensure it is not repeated," the network said in a statement.


(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
12 posted on 02/17/2006 10:46:11 PM PST by JUST A BARTENDER (I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than go for a ride with Ted Kennedy!)
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To: JUST A BARTENDER

When the story about Cheney shooting an attorney came out, I just couldn`t sleep til I knew what Sen. Hagle thought


13 posted on 02/17/2006 10:53:29 PM PST by bybybill (If the Rats win, we are doomed)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
I don't recall the MSM being so concerned about alcohol involvement in Ted Kennedy's case. I for one would be in favor of a full investigation of this negligent homicide.

Didn't his victim give a press conference, saying that it was only an accident and there was no alcohol involved?

14 posted on 02/17/2006 11:39:07 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Bend over and think of England.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

I don't recall the MSM being so concerned when Clinton blew Vince Foster's brains out.


15 posted on 02/18/2006 12:04:59 AM PST by iPod Shuffle
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To: Aussie Dasher

It doesn't matter that it was an accident. In America, if you are a registered Republican you are guilty no matter what the circumstances are.


16 posted on 02/18/2006 12:13:04 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: upchuck

See...you can teach an old dog new tricks!


17 posted on 02/18/2006 2:35:40 AM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
And Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a Republican and Vietnam war veteran, told The Omaha World-Herald, "If he'd been in the military, he would have learned gun safety."

Yeah, Chuck. He might have also learned the art of "fragging", like you are trying to do verbally...

18 posted on 02/18/2006 4:47:48 AM PST by LRS
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

And how about when Hillary Clinton's van ran down a police officer? No mention to the media, no apology to the injured man, nothing.


19 posted on 02/18/2006 9:05:06 AM PST by ViLaLuz (Stop the ACLU - Support the Public Expression of Religion Act 2005 - Call your congressmen.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I'd guess the Texan Anglo Aristocracy won't be asking that parvenue from Wyoming back for another hunt anytime soon.


20 posted on 02/18/2006 9:08:28 AM PST by Lessismore
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To: Peter Libra

I saw that last night. I wondered why on earth he had them on since they are such old news.


21 posted on 02/18/2006 9:10:57 AM PST by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: SteveMcKing
We don't stop driving, despite tragic highway deaths, and we don't ban guns just because they carry risks. << Good point!...If u think about it....

An Oldsmobile in the hands of a loaded liberal Senator can be more lethal then a loaded shotgun in the hands of a conservative V.P.
22 posted on 02/18/2006 9:11:56 AM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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