"You can say those things when you're not running for re-election."As we know from my prior post, Cheney and Barack Obama are distantly related. While speaking about this during a speech at the National Press Club, Cheney noted that he had Cheneys on both sides of his family, as discovered by his wife Lynne while she researched her book, Blue Skies, No Fences, noting:
"So I had Cheneys on both sides of the family and we don't even live in West Virginia."Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia said:
"That a man who has ascended to the seat of Vice President of the United States would openly display such contempt and astounding ignorance toward his own countrymen is 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. With his trademark arrogance, the Vice President even added 'You can say those things when you're not running for re-election.'"It should be noted that Robert Byrd was hospitalized on Monday night, after feeling ill at home.
"This pitiful comment is not entirely surprising when you consider the source. Vice President Cheney's words reflect the attitude of an administration and a party that says what they must to get elected and then turns their backs on those they promised to represent."
Meanwhile, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said:
"I truly cannot believe that any vice president of the United States, regardless of their political affiliation, would make such a derogatory statement about my state or any state for that matter," Machin said in a statement. "West Virginia is home to some of the most patriotic people in the nation and our sons and daughters have answered the call to duty every time a president has needed their service. They deserve better from the vice president, and so I would simply ask for his apology."Through a spokeswoman, Cheney apologized, with Lea Anne McBride saying:
"The Vice President's offhand comment was not meant to hurt anyone. On reflection, he concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made. The Vice President apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark."