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Monday, September 5, 2005

Say, don't we have a vice president, too?

As I read all of this morning's New York Times and Boston Globe coverage of the ongoing disaster relief efforts along the Gulf Coast, a question started to form: Didn't we also elect a vice president? Where is Dick Cheney?

He's only been mentioned once in the Washington Post in the last week — and that's because he may be buying a $2.9 million estate in Maryland. Have you seen him in the news lately doing anything constructive? Just wondering.

Update 9.7.05: Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson reads my mind — or my blog: "Where's Dick Cheney?" (9.7.05). The President, meanwhile, has assigned Cheney to verify that the citizens of the Gulf Coast are indeed greeting U.S. troops with flowers and toppling statues of local despots; Halliburton will assist — but Mississippi gets first dibs on the congressional aid package. My confidence soars!

("Bush Taps Cheney to Assess Recovery Effort," James Gerstenzang and Mary Curtius, Los Angeles Times 9.6.05, reg req'd; "Halliburton Subsidiary Taps Contract For Repairs," Lolita C. Baldor [AP], Washington Post 9.5.05, reg req'd; "Miss. GOP Muscle May Get 1st Shot at Funding," Laurie Kellman [AP], Boston Globe 9.7.05, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 5 September 2005 at 11:28 AM

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Clyde Grubbs:

September 5, 2005 11:41 AM | Permalink for this comment

He is very ill. John Conyers says Rumsfield is in charge.


September 5, 2005 12:53 PM | Permalink for this comment

I can't find any mainstream news organization that reports anything to this effect. Can you locate a source for this?

The Times says Cheney returned from a vacation in Wyoming on Thursday (!) and stood with Karl Rove and Dan Bartlett in the Rose Garden as Bush spoke on Saturday.


September 5, 2005 01:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

Gee, Philo, I share your alarm. Just let the VP act like a real VP for just a week or two during the summer recess, rather than the puppeteer we've all become accustomed to, and let the marionette handle his own strings in the meantime, and look what happens to the country.

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