Friday, February 17, 2006

What To Tell The Children by digby 


I think it's time to assess what we've learned from this business of the vice president getting drunk and shooting an old man in the face.

First, I think we can all agree that it's unseemly for the press to question their leaders when they shoot people. Unless the story involves an official's sexual practices, his private life is nobody's business.

Second, the president has officially delegated all of his most important functions to the vice-president. Good to know.

The third and most most important lesson I take from this is that what matters most in a aituation like this are the feelings of the shooter. I think the president said it best:

"This is a man who likes the outdoors and he likes to hunt. And he heard a bird flushed and he turned and pulled the trigger and saw his friend get wounded," Bush said.

"And it was a deeply traumatic moment for him and, obviously, it was a tragic moment for Harry Whittington. And so I thought his explanation was a very strong and powerful explanation, and I'm satisfied with the explanation he gave."

Bush took issue with criticism that disclosure of the incident fueled perception of a secretive White House: "I think people are making the wrong conclusion about a tragic accident."

He said that the shooting had "profoundly affected" the vice president, and that when he saw Cheney in the Oval Office on Wednesday, "I saw the deep concern he had about a person who he wounded."

He saw his friend get wounded (by who?) right before his eyes. He was traumatized and profoundly affected. It was horrible for him.

And I think we now know that when confronted with such issues, one should stonewall for as long as possible, blame the victim and only agree to take questions from sycophants. That's how real men handle it when they've accidentally shot an old man in the face.

Teachable moments like this don't come along every day. Thankfully, we have a gooood man like Dick Cheney to show us how it's done. For instance, the next time somebody accidentally runs over a pedestrian and refuses to talk to police about it until the next day, we should remember that he was traumatized. After all, he witnessed someone get run over right before his eyes and it profoundly affected him. As long as there was no fellatio involved, he is as much a victim as the wounded person.
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