It’s Never too Late to Say it (unless your victim dies).
A friend brought up the fact that Dick Cheney has never apologized to the guy he shot in the face on a hunting excursion in 2006. Because I’m sure Cheney has a heart of gold (or is it medical-grade stainless steel?) I decided to help the guy out by making the kind of courtesy card you can’t find in the Hallmark aisle of Wal-Mart.
ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: Nearly five years after being shot by Vice President Cheney on a hunting trip, Harry Whittington is still waiting for an apology. Now 82, Whittington tells The Washington Post’s Paul Fahri in an extensive interview that he still has about 30 pieces of birdshot inside him, remnants from the Feb. 2006 shooting incident that happened on a south Texas ranch. Fahri reports that Whittington’s injuries were “more dire than previously disclosed.” Four days after the shooting, the birdshot near his heart cause it to “beat erratically” and Whittington was admitted back into the intensive care unit. Whittington’s doctors said he suffered a mild heart attack, but he downplayed it as a heart “event.” He also suffered a collapsed lung and doctors performed invasive exploratory surgery to check his vital organs for damage. “The load from Cheney’s gun came close to, but didn’t damage, the carotid artery in his neck,” Fahri reports. “A rupture could have been fatal, particularly since it took the better part of an hour to transport him from the vast Armstrong ranch to the Kingsville hospital.” But perhaps the most stunning revelation in the article is that nearly five years later, Whittington is still waiting for an apology from Cheney. When asked if Cheney ever said sorry to him, 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. Fahri writes that Whittington is “too gracious to say it out loud, but he doesn’t dispute the notion, either.”
This card includes an uplifting limerick to take the bite out of this long-sought friendly gesture. Also, a tastefully done clown-makeup of Rep. Paul Ryan’s sad face helps emote the feelings that cyborg Dick Cheney is unable to (which is every human emotion).
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