Tuesday, June 3

West Virginian's Fired Up Over Cheney's Verbal Insult

Vice president Dick Cheney found out yesterday that he probably won't make it as a stand up comedian at least not as far as West Virginians are concerned. Cheney was talking about how he and Barack Obama were related and that Obama had Cheney's on both sides of the family.
He then said, "And we don't even live in West Virginia."
"You can say those kind of things when your not running for re-election," he further stated.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin was angry and asked Cheney to immediately apologize.

Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia blasted Cheney stating, "a vice president to openly display such contempt and astounding ignorance toward his own countrymen" was an insult to all Americans.
"Now that he or the administration he represents no longer needs their vote, Mr. Cheney apparently feels that he is now free to mock and belittle the people of West Virginia," Byrd said.
Cheney immediately apologized for his comments .


Deep Thought said...

Hey, lighten up. At least he didn't shoot anybody.

Where were all these critics when movies like "The Hills Have Eyes" came out? I mean, there are some of us who "get" this kind of humor. Thinking people know we're not all a bunch of inbred hicks--at least no more than in other parts of the country. And there are worse things to lift up to the light than this. Those Texas kids come to mind--you know, the ones who have so many fathers in common it would make a West Virginian blush. Ol' Dick himself has probably had to put up with hearing many more widespread jokes in the media about his own first name. You don't hear him whining about feeling insulted.

Now, what part of Texas was Bush from?

Too bad Cheney made this comment RIGHT THERE in West Virginia. Too bad he happened to be VICE PRESIDENT at the moment when he said it. There's a kind of dark, masculine side in me that thinks he just might be the kind of guy you'd enjoy encountering at the neighboring urinal in the men's room. I bet he has more jokes where that came from. Still, it's good that he apologized. He should represent SOME kind of moral standard, dammit.

Even here in the cultural backwater of Asheville, NC, I have heard jokes about our neighbors in the county just north of us. "What's the definiton of 'virgin' in Madison County?" (That's a very, very rural area.) The answer? "Any girl who can run faster than her brothers."

How easy it is to take offense and express outrage when you're a public figure; it's a great opportunity for political mileage. Ordinary folks share this kind of humor all the time and don't blink an eye. And it is so comforting to know that, if you work hard, make a lot of money, and shoot an occasional hunting buddy, ANYONE can become Vice President of America.

Or even President, for that matter.

DONNA said...

Amen deep thought Amen! Enjoyed your post.