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Cheney Skips White House Holiday Bash To Hunt

Missing from Monday night's black-tie White House holiday ball for all three branches of government was one very prominent official of the executive branch: Vice President Dick Cheney. He was away on a life-threatening mission - at least for the brave souls who joined him.

Members of Congress flocked to the White House in their tuxedos and gowns for well-spiked eggnog, gourmet nosh (the crab cakes and chicken fingers were big hits) and photos with President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. And some of them noticed that while the Bushes stood for hours on end saying "cheese" with hundreds of lawmakers, justices, Cabinet officials and select staffers - Cheney was nowhere to be found.

Was Cheney being a Scrooge, or what? Or maybe he was just taking it easy after having electrical shock therapy for his irregular heart beat.

Some wondered if he was off sulking about a new National Intelligence Estimate that contradicted the administration's campaign to depict Iran's nuclear development as a grave threat.

But no. It turns out Cheney was off enjoying his favorite pastime: hunting.
Asked why Cheney skipped the White House bash, the vice president's spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, told us he was in Arkansas.

Doing what? "He was hunting," she said. (Woo-hoo! A Cheney hunting story!) And who dared go with him? we asked, thinking of poor Harry Whittington, the lawyer who Cheney shot in the face last year. (We knew Cheney wasn't with his hunting pal Antonin Scalia, because Scalia and several other Supreme Court justices were spotted in the long line to have their photos taken with POTUS and FLOTUS Monday night.)

"Personal friends, I didn't ask," McBride told us.

Cheney went duck hunting in Arkansas just last month when he served as guest of honor at a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Arkansas. (No casualties were reported.) Unlike the free photos with President and Mrs. Bush at the White House Christmas party, it cost $1,000 per person to have a photo taken with Cheney at the Arkansas GOP event.

Well, if the hunt for a nuclear weapons program has been set back, at least Cheney has ducks to hunt.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 4, 2007; 4:44 PM ET
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Please, oh please let Hillary go hunting with dead-eye Dick ........

Posted by: BubbaHotep | December 4, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Why does this guy like to kill things? Seems like he's always killing something.

Posted by: smokinmike | December 4, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

What was it, three deferments - he's afraid to go to war himself, but not afraid to send others. Plays the part of a macho hunter, get real! What a chicken hawk.

Posted by: FoggyBottom | December 4, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

So what? I would rather hunt ducks than be around a bunch of fawning imbeciles myself.

You guys sure get a lot of mileage over a simple hunting accident. At least he didn't kill the guy and leave him to bleed out while he sobered up and attempted to create an alibi..... But then, he's not from Massachusetts...

Posted by: anon | December 4, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Except he wasn't hunting ducks, he was hunting poor immigrant children.

Posted by: F&B | December 4, 2007 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Just because Iran has put their nuclear weapons program on hold since they found out that the US will invade when it says it will, doesn't make Iran any lesser of a threat.
I think it odd that the Press is jumping all over this NIE, and finding it very credible, when they refused to believe the previous NIE, that stated the opposite. Is this what they mean by "cherry picking" the evidence?

Posted by: Sternberg | December 4, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse


This is without a doubt the most infantile article I have had the displeasure of reading all the way through... It's time I'll never get back.

Gad... when will you libs get over hating this President? Here's a bit of good advice, come to grips with it because it looks like you are about to get another 8 years of a GOP in the White House... thanks again to the Clintons the gift that just keeps on giving.


Posted by: BERT CONVY | December 4, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Taking some of the steam off I take it(and taking it out on defenseless animals of course). Well, if Shooter likes guns so much, why doesn't he take a stroll on the streets of Bagdhad for a while...

Posted by: YA | December 4, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority: Dick is really PO'd about the NIE report, and about life in general - as a diabolical, paranoid NEOCON who seemingly cannot gain traction with anyone except for his pen pal, George Bush.(Bush won't go into the weeds with Chaney - no way!)
HERE IT IS: He is actually hunting BY HIMSELF! The assigned hunting guide, upon learning that it was Dickie Boy the Lawyer Shooter who was his client - HE QUIT!
Dick went through a list of 210 congressmen, women, and finally, Dan Quayle, the ex GOP VP., asking them to join him for a "little shooting". Quayle was quoted as saying: "What, me, go hunting for quail, with Mr. Chaney, ON A QUAIL HUNT??????????????

Posted by: Iconoclast | December 4, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse


It's rightwingers that hate people.
Liberals hate behavior, like invading countries based on lies and ignoring the tens of thousands of wounded vets until yet another scandal erupts about their (lack of) treatment.

Posted by: locust | December 4, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't consider voting for either Rudy or Hillary. They were both picked and hosted by Rupert Murdoch who isn't even American. It's my guess that Murdoch hosted Hillary, the corporate Democrat, because he knows she can't win (many women hate her), and America would be stuck with Rudy, who did nothing to prevent the attack of 9-11, and nothing to insure that the first responders were adequately outfitted to respond to the attack.
Hillary was a Young Republican. She's a Pseudo-Democrat, a female Joe Lieberman if you will. If she wins the nomination, I'd ask that they do it one more time as I don't believe in my heart that America needs another 10 years in Iraq. We need our troops home in America where they are so much loved.
Claire :)

Posted by: CD | December 4, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

The reason he did not attend was that he can't eat crab, it would be too much like cannibalism.

Posted by: pdech | December 4, 2007 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping Cheney's "personal friends" (does he have any, really?) are drinking beer and carrying on, and that what goes around comes around.....

Posted by: Bon | December 4, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse

How much alcohol does the Vice President consume?

Posted by: pv | December 4, 2007 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Why would anybody in their right mind choose between a party celebrating the birth of Christ and killing something?

Posted by: chickieboy | December 4, 2007 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the sour grapes of our VP!

Doesn't like the NIE report because it shows his Neocon lies. And BTW, the "press" isn't jumping all over it as some here are trying to spin. Our own POTUS released the info in a press conference and believes it, even though he tried to spin it a bit.

And Bill O'Reilly had our previous Neocon temp UN Ambassador on tonight and even Bill wouldn't buy his Neocon spin, and said he thinks the POTUS must believe the NIE report.

So let our Chickenhawk VP go hunting for defenseless birds - seems he sulks when anyone stands up to him.

Posted by: nabrum | December 5, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Please, Please Dear God, Take him ..... Now.

Posted by: Baby Seal | December 5, 2007 12:21 AM | Report abuse

re: "I wouldn't consider voting for either Rudy or Hillary."

Why does anyone think we care who someone ISN'T considering voting for?

I've voting for Hillary.
Hey, guess what?
That means I'm NOT considering voting for RUDY!

Oh, please, oh, please, oh, please...
Oh, please let us know who else you are NOT voting for. We're all in a just absolute tizzy waiting to find out.

Posted by: Jan | December 5, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

i love the fact that he was too big a coward to go to vietnam, but will gladly asasisnate birds

Posted by: red skelton | December 5, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Kidding about hunting aside, to me this just once more shows his total lack of respect for the other branches of government. Maybe all those jokes ages ago about living in a cave were more true than fiction since it seems he lacks the skills to perhaps meet with people other than diehard republicans and it's easier to snub people than be cordial for once in his life. But then, maybe the stress of having to feign politeness would be too much for his pacemaker.

Posted by: justmyvoice | December 5, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

FoggyBottom, the Mighty Warrior had five deferments:
January 1959, Cheney was at Yale, bypassed because he was a young 18, if we can imagine that;
January 1963 (1st deferment)(Casper Community College - wherever the hell that is);
July 23, 1963 (2nd deferment)(Univ. of Wyoming);
October 14, 1964 (3rd student deferment since he was somehow married);
November 1, 1965 (4th deferment as a graduate student - getting smarter); and
January 19, 1966 (5th deferment, hardship exemption because he managed to knock up his wife)

Posted by: reality tex-mex | December 5, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh, see now, you labeled him as a "very prominent official of the "executive branch."

Cheney couldn't attend because he wasn't sure whether to come as a prominent (very) executive-branch guy, or as a not-so-prominent legislative guy.

And since he can't be judge and jury at a party, as he sees himself in real life, he just took his gun and went-a-huntin'.


Posted by: Patty2 | December 5, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Cheney most likely in seclusion licking his wounds after release of the NIE report.

Posted by: GML | December 5, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

More accurate to state something like: "We were told by a spokesperson that he went hunting."

Repeating what a spokes person said is worthwhile as news but it is irresponsible to treat it exactly the same as a statement of fact.

Posted by: Allen | December 5, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

There is no reason to believe anything that current Executive Branch employees say about Cheney. The claim that he is hunting in Arkansas is worth nothing, and it can be given no credence. Claims emanating from the current executive branch on any and every subject no longer carry any credibility whatsoever.

Posted by: john nihau | December 5, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

They probably have a couple of animals tied somewhere so he can kill them.The "fat" guy can't walk with his heart' how can he hunt.

Posted by: d wentz | December 5, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Since when is shooting caged animals "hunting?"

Posted by: Thomas Mc | December 5, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Bert Convey:

"This is without a doubt the most infantile article I have had the displeasure of reading all the way through... It's time I'll never get back."

This is THE SLEUTH, what were you expecting?

Cheney is probably just out foraging for cheap food. You know how underpaid and poor he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 5, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

After two defferals from hunting the enemy, he takes great pleasure in killing animals. Some "HE" man he is.

Posted by: X Republican | December 5, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I agree with smokinmike.

Posted by: Glenn | December 5, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Getting sloshed and slaughtering hundreds of tame birds that can't get away until he is too drunk or too tired to shoot anymore is not hunting.

Anymore than bombing Iraq back to the Stone Age was about 9/11, or keeping us safe, or WMDs, or liberating oppressed people.

Cheney's a murdering sociopath, so is Bush.

The question isn't, why do we still hate Bush? The question is why do 27% still believe that warmongering cowards like Bush & Cheney are the Great White Fathers who will keep us safe??

Catch a clue; we're no safer than those penned-up ducks Dick likes to take all his surpressed rage out on. Jesus, just look at the man; he's the living embodiment of evil - why can't you guys see it?

Posted by: roooth | December 5, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Those birds are a heck of a lot safer than the idiots who are willing to go hunting with him. No one encourages him to attend a party like that because he is likely to show up in his hunting coat, armed.

Posted by: George | December 5, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Where is that damn VETO stick sir. I will VETO that too. Sir/Madam This is a must. Busier a man happier he is. He has no time to build the cobwebs in the brain and create all sorts of confusions when there is no confusion. Let me tell you one small tale George woke up one morning. Today he said to himself, "Let me relax today, No club." he was lying in his bed; Wife peeped in and saw he was still pondering. "What George, you are not going to the club". "No, Sue, today I just want t rest". "Are you feeling okay"? Yep I am great" You do not lo great" No I am fine". You look sick Let me bring you a cup of tea"," No Sue. I am fine. "Off she goes After two minutes son Patel comes,"Dad. Mom says you are not well. "Son .I am fine " "You don't look" " I am fine just leave me alone. I am fine." "Okay dad but I see you are annoyed very fast today". "Look I said I am fine. Now buzz off" After two minutes came the daughter Lisa. "Dad what are you shouting about. I was on the phone and I heard you. Are you annoyed because you are not well" "Lisa, my darling. Apple of my eyes. Ice cream of my heart. I am fine. I was just telling Patel I am fine but he just would not listen." Lisa," so dad how is you now" I am fine". Dad if you are fine why are you not going to club?" By this time George was out of bed in his gear of the golf and ready to go out away from the home. That is too much in the home at times. Firozali A Mulla MBA PhD P.O.Box 6044 Dar-Es-Salaam Tanzania East Africa

Posted by: Firozali A Mulla MBA PhD | December 5, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Dear Bert Convy
It is hard to imagine you are actually proud of your president. How can one be proud of a "C" student flunkie who stole a popular vote, lied an entire nation and two allies into war (plus a few "of the willing", is willing to destroy our environment and refuses to sign a global agreement to stem a catastrophic situation (global wraming, or is your head so stuck deep in the sand to ignore that?) and has allowed traitorous acts in outing a CIA agent and (the War), plus his moronic DOJ fiasco and his entourage of sexual hypocrite deviant GOP senators etc. to promote his programs? But, then again, you probably believe the earth is flat and there is a God.

Posted by: JAG | December 5, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"Bush is insane and Cheney is a madman" Mike Malloy 12/5/07 afer reading Chris Hedges' article in the Nation magazine.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 5, 2007 10:01 PM | Report abuse

omigod they are going to allow dick ``I cant talk or shoot straight'' cheney to have a gun in his hand again. How many lawyers can he shoot in one day? Plleeaazz keep this man off the ranch. he's no gene autry. he looks more like smiley burnett

Posted by: nbdog | December 5, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

he can drive his nascar there, too, and do some hydrogenated donuts under a toilet stall, for all we know.

shoot the sheet, man!

Posted by: bloggod | December 6, 2007 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Well JAG what would you be proud if we had elected the other "C" student flunkie who's grades were even lower? (Like it or not Bush won the election even after the recounts). You know the one who joined the Navy in a calculated effort to emulate the real JFK. Who probably like you believes that human beings are the primary force behind global warming. (The ice caps are melting on Mars, must be all the CO-2 emissions from the SUV's being driven there, not increased energy from the Sun.) And of course your boy's actions after the navy weren't traitorous even when he lied to support his position against the war. As for me, I know the world is not flat and I am an atheist. I also know that all politicians lie and spin without regard to party affiliation in their pursuit to retain the power granted to them by largely stupid, ignorant or undeducated constituencies. Don't think for a minute that those you favor are not flawed.

Posted by: actuator | December 6, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

It's actually funny the way people still make fun of Dick Cheney for his "hunting incident". It might have been an accident or may not have been. At least his out shooting ducks instead of going around shooting people in the face. It's actually a good thing that he didn't go to the White House Holiday Bash. He might have shown up with a loaded rifle and shot everyone in the face.

Posted by: Jose Hernandez | December 6, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I can understand the crab being too much like cannibalism but, given his military record, chicken fingers might set him back a step or two also.


Posted by: Karen | December 6, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Dear Actuator,

You're wrong, "(Like it or not Bush won the election even after the recounts)". No, he did not. Bush won after the Supreme Court stopped the recounts, in an absolutetly bizarre, one-time-only decision that stated that it was all so unfair to little Georgie if the votes were actually counted, so they ordered the counting stopped.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 6, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Various media went in and did their own unofficial recounts that did not include absentee ballots which overwhelmingly favored Bush. He won and the media "experts" that conducted them reluctantly conceded. Some folks will never do so and must forever live with the heartburn. Try Prilosec OTC. It's the only relief you're ever going to get.

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