All quotes from MSNBC.
Talking about his family roots and how he’s distantly related to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the vice president noted that he had Cheneys on both sides of his family.
“And we don’t even live in West Virginia,” Cheney quipped.
I’m sorry, I can’t stand the guy and even I thought that was funny.
But the reaction is typical:
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, quickly asked Cheney to apologize.
“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,” he said.
It’s called a joke.
This is exactly the type of stereotyping that we don’t need from our elected officials,” said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. “It’s disrespectful, and it’s certainly not funny. … As a proud state, I can say we are disappointed.
Given this reaction “proud” is not the adjective that comes to mind for describing West Virginia.
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., blasted Cheney, saying that for a vice president to openly display “such contempt and astounding ignorance toward his own countrymen” was 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,” Byrd said.
Yeah, me too. You guys are looking like fools.