Thursday, August 17, 2006
HARRY WHITTINGTON, PHONE HOME
Am I the only one wondering why we haven't heard a peep about Harry Whittington from the media in recent months?
You remember Harry. He's the fellow hunter Vice President Cheney shot back in February.
You'll also recall that, once the press was told anything at all about the incident, we were told that Harry had been "peppered." Doesn't sound so bad, does it? Any of us who has ever been on the receiving end of a BB (don't ask) might think that a not too serious episode, aside from the drinking that had been going on and the little matter of Cheney's not reporting the incident to the boss.
But then the very next day we learned that a shot had lodged itself in the heart muscle of Harry Whittington, and that his doctors wanted to keep him in the hospital for another four days. By way of comparison, that's how long people who have had multiple bypasses are routinely held.
Lo and behold, there was Harry the next morning holding a press conference on his way out the door of the hospital and headed for home. This was one of the more memorable press conferences, as it was probably the only time any of us has ever heard somebody apologize for getting shot.
So, what's his condition now? How long was he in recovery? What happened to the dude the Vice President shot?
You't think some inquiring mind in the media would want to follow up on this. After all, it's not every Vice Presdient who shoots a dude in the heart.