For Dick Cheney, Shooting Your Friend In The Face Face Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry
Harry Whittington is the man then-Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot on a hunting trip. Since then, Whittington’s voice changed. There are pellets, thirty in all, lodged near his right eye socket and hairline. Four days after being shot, doctors believe he suffered a mild heart attack. Later there was a collapsed lung. When he got out of the hospital there as an apology; from Whittington to Cheney: “My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this past week.”
Contrary to reports at the time, Whittington and Cheney barely knew each other, and have seen each other only once since the incident. Whittington expresses no negative feelings about Cheney and calls him “a very capable and honorable man.”
But did Cheney ever say in private what he didn’t say in public? Did he ever apologize?
Whittington, who has been talking about his life and career for hours, suddenly draws silent.
“I’m not going to go into that,” he says sharply after a short pause.
Harry Whittington is too gracious to say it out loud, but he doesn’t dispute the notion, either.
Nearly five years on, he’s still waiting for Dick Cheney to say he’s sorry.Click here for reuse options!
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