Meet Harry Whittington. He's the man former Vice President Dick Cheney shot in the face four years ago on a hunting trip. Now 82, Whittington discussed the incident for the first time in today's Washington Post. It seems getting blasted at close range with 200 pieces of birdshot was not the highlight of this elderly Texan's golden years. The incident did not bring him any closer to Cheney. In fact, he's kind of mad at the guy. Not because he shot him (in the face), but because he was rude about it after. It's this revelation that serves as the climax to Post staff writer Paul Farhi's article. Writes Farhi:
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.