Friday, September 02, 2005
Bunker Or ICU?
John at AmericaBlog makes an excellent point regarding the Bush administration's ham-footed response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Where is the acting President Dick Cheney?
AmericaBlog wonders "Is Cheney ill?":
We've heard nothing from him for weeks.
And now that New Orleans, and the entire Bush administration, is a massive disaster, no word from Cheney at all?
Is that because he's on super secret double background vacation, or because he's seriously ill?
Thusfar no one in national politics or the mainstream press has raised this issue but AmericaBlog's Michael does link to Charlie Rangel's curious late August remark on the NY1 cable channel:
The further Bush is away from Washington, the better it is. And sometimes I don't even think Cheney is awake enough to know what's going on...he's a sick man you know...He's got heart disease, but the disease is not restricted to that part of his body. He grunts a lot, so you never really know what he's thinking...Why do you think people are spending so much time praying for President Bush's health?
Now Mr. Rangel, if I'm any judge of a frank politician with an excellent sense of humor, was being facetious, but I suspect he formed his remark around a real kernel of political truth, Cheney's recently precarious health.
This past June a modest flurry of eyewitness reports had the White House seriously spinning Cheney's QT visit to a Vail, Colorado hospital.
The last few times I saw video of acting President Cheney, I remember remarking that, as in the photo above, he was, perhaps, too liberally smeared with rouge and pancake make-up, but also, the last time I remember seeing footage of Mr. Cheney I particularly remarked that the artificial face coloring didn't really obscure the Vice President's apparent exhaustion.
Is the Vice President hale and hearty?
Or, is he in the hospital wing of the bunker?
America, in this time of crisis, needs to know.
This little item appeared near the bottom of Dan Froomkin's 1:51PM post on WashingtonPost.com:
Vice President Cheney, who had been spending part of August at his home in Wyoming, returned to Washington yesterday.
So, I'm imagining he's in such a state that he dare not be photographed or videotaped making any kind of Katrina statement or he just doesn't give a rat's ass about the biggest disaster in American history.