Wednesday, March 07, 2007

"[Go] fuck yourself!' --VP Dick Cheney to Sen. Patrick Leahy, 06.24.2004

WASHINGTON D.C.--Yes, it will be three-years this June, when those immortal words were vomited at Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). And what a day it was. When faced with the truth of his own corruption, this was all the Penguin could muster. Quack-quack-quack!

"Fuck yourself," said the man who is a heartbeat from the presidency. Leahy's spokesman, David Carle, yesterday confirmed the brief but fierce exchange. "The vice president seemed to be taking personally the criticism that Senator Leahy and others have leveled against Halliburton's sole-source contracts in Iraq," Carle said. As it happens, the exchange occurred on the same day the Senate passed legislation described as the "Defense of Decency Act" by 99 to 1. Cheney's office did not deny that the phrase was uttered. His spokesman, Kevin S. Kellems, would say only that this language is not typical of the vice presidential vocabulary. (Washington Post, 06.24.2004)

What eloquence, what wit. Nay (Bob, pun-intended), neither the Bard nor Oscar Wilde could find such words, such precision and civility. It was a great day for the English language, and for American politics. Abraham Lincoln was turning in his grave with envy. Cicero was feeling the same in his pagan afterlife. All the angels in heaven were jealous of these words of prose and angst. Here was a man who wouldn't take it any-longer, and nobody was going to tell him how corrupt he was. He knew better: he was many-times more corrupt than Sen. Leahy implied, and the senator's low-balling was an insult. He was a greater criminal than that.

He reflected that it had been 200-years since the last vice president had been tried for treason: Aaron Burr, though he was no-longer VP when they went-after him. It would be a cold-day-in-hell before they impeached he and the president, let alone convicted them of treason. Burr got off, they never got him, though he did shoot Alexander Hamilton, and a good thing too. But what would he do now that his former-aide was caught lying to a grand jury?

[Fuck you assholes, I...] am very disappointed with the verdict. [Creepin' Christ, ...] I am [fucking] saddened for Scooter and his family. As I have said before, Scooter has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years of public service [...,you assholes]. Since his legal team has announced that he is seeking a new trial and, if necessary, pursuing an appeal, I plan to have no further comment on the merits of this matter until these proceedings are concluded [... , so once again, go fuck yourselves].
(Whitehouse.gov, 03.06.2007)

Pardon me, Mr. Vice President Cheney, but you have a foul-mouth. But thanks, you made "fuck" part of everyday life now...well, OK, it already was. You got me. Now, we're even going to hear from Congress that "we must save the office of the president!" Well, right, so you can do the same-thing they did for the last six-years. The Executive is one-big "go fuck yourself" to the American people. We should have gutted the power of the presidency after Nixon, and now we're paying-for-it. Literally. Situation-fucked. Fuckey-fuck-fuck-fuck...

Washington Post, 06.24.2004: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3699-2004Jun24.html

Dick Cheney's "Oh-fuck!" from yesterday: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/03/20070306-6.html