Happy “Cheney Shot a Man in the Face” Day!

February 11, 2008

Awww, how time flies…it’s hard to believe it’s already been a year…



On February 11, 2006, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old Texas attorney, while participating in a quail hunt on a ranch in Kenedy County, Texas. Whittington was shot in the face, neck, and upper torso with birdshot pellets from a 28-gauge Perazzi shotgun.

First public news of the incident was called in to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on February 12, 2006, by ranch owner Katharine Armstrong. [1] The Bush administration disclosed the shooting incident to the public the afternoon of February 12. Local authorities released a report on the shooting on February 16, 2006 and witness statements on February 22. All of the witness statements conflict with the Sheriff‘s reports over the time of the shooting. (see ‘Time of Shooting’ below).

On February 14, 2006, Whittington suffered a non-fatal “silent” heart attack and atrial fibrillation due to at least one lead-shot pellet lodged in or near his heart. [2] Cheney did not speak publicly about the incident until February 15 in an interview with Fox News.

**UPDATE – You gotta check out this video clip from the Daily Show – at Crooks and Liars

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