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US Vice President insulates himself against identification
March 2, 2007 9:45 PM   Subscribe

Interview of a Senior Administration Official by the Traveling Press. It appears that the official doesn't want to be identified. The reason is not known.
posted by lee (28 comments total)

 
I read this one first and I thought it was an Onion type story.
posted by lee at 9:47 PM on March 2, 2007


This has to be one of the dumbest things I've read about lately. What's the point?
posted by odinsdream at 9:47 PM on March 2, 2007


It is dumb, that is the point.
posted by lee at 9:53 PM on March 2, 2007


Go fuck myyourself.
posted by pruner at 9:57 PM on March 2, 2007


"The current Vice President of the United States, who refused to be identified by name". /joke

Even he is now ashamed to be part of this administration.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:04 PM on March 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


The Senior Administration Official Formerly Known As...

This is seriously the dumbest thing I've heard of in a while, not counting that Smarter than a 5th Grader crap. In all seriousness, does the Veep ever have to undergo routine psychological checkups to determine he's still mentally competent? I think the President does, but I'm starting to really wonder about Dick.
posted by hank_14 at 10:55 PM on March 2, 2007


maybe so it can't be found by keyword search?
posted by infini at 11:16 PM on March 2, 2007


If have a modicum of intelligence, how do you reconcile your vote for Four More Years knowing this douche bag and the other one were who you were championing?
posted by maxwelton at 11:18 PM on March 2, 2007


Two options: he is either insane or just messing with our heads.

Either way he doesn't give a shit what anybody thinks. Not a good attitude for a senior administration official.
posted by beno at 12:02 AM on March 3, 2007


I read an opinion that figures he did it as a childish demonstration of his ability to force the press to kow-tow to him. Give himself the feeling that he's back in control.

I'm flabbergasted that the guy hasn't been assassinated yet. Where are all your nutjobs?
posted by five fresh fish at 12:08 AM on March 3, 2007


It would be awesome if he started using a fuzzy hand puppet at all of his press conferences. "Fuck you, Helen! Direct your damned questions to Mr Brambles or I'm hauling my entourage back to the bunker!"
posted by maryh at 12:49 AM on March 3, 2007 [5 favorites]


This is a deeply weird story--made all the more Onionesque by the fact that he's travelling on a plane called The Spirit Of Strom Thurmond.

No. Seriously.
posted by EarBucket at 2:51 AM on March 3, 2007


I don't know too much about US politics, but I think it might be Cheney.
posted by sour cream at 4:44 AM on March 3, 2007


It would be awesome of if one of journalists at that interview had the balls to write the story using the the VP's actual title and noting his demands.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:53 AM on March 3, 2007


Two options: he is either insane or just messing with our heads.

One more, actually: he's finally come to realize that his public image is of a lying sack of excrement so they only way he can get his views out and have them be taken at least semi-seriously is under cover of anonymity.
posted by psmealey at 5:55 AM on March 3, 2007


The Spirit Of Strom Thurmond

It's been a week of Strom. Lennon gets deported, Sharpton manages to get attention (yet again) and now a plane bears the man's name. The Spirit of Strom lives on.

Is there an exorcist in the house?
posted by itchylick at 6:07 AM on March 3, 2007


It would be awesome of if one of journalists at that interview had the balls to write the story using the the VP's actual title and noting his demands.

You mean it would be awesome if one of the journalists had the balls to violate all journalistic standards and ethics about sources? More "ballsy" would have been to refuse the interview altogether.
posted by pardonyou? at 6:10 AM on March 3, 2007


I'm sure he knows Americans are repulsed by him, and doesn't want to taint the message which is:

If we bail from Iraq, we'll end up bailing from Afghanistan, too.

I'm sure his whole "undisclosed location" bit is really more about keeping him out of the public eye. Now their poll numbers are so low, they probably let him out to deliver bitter pills like this one.

Pelosi, et al have so far failed to use their advantage in this war, and he may be moving to negate it: They should advocate getting out of Iraq in favor of focusing on Afghanistan. That way they can't be accused of cutting and running.
posted by atchafalaya at 6:13 AM on March 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


It would be awesome of if one of journalists at that interview had the balls to write the story using the the VP's actual title and noting his demands.

I'm pretty sure the fact that the undisclosed source's quotes speak of Dick Cheney in the first person are the reporters' way of giving the VP a silent "fuck you."
posted by EarBucket at 6:18 AM on March 3, 2007


I'll ask it again: how insane does a person have to be before he doesn't get to be Vice-President anymore?

/just askin'...
posted by Aquaman at 8:26 AM on March 3, 2007


Undisclosed locution.
posted by kirkaracha at 8:30 AM on March 3, 2007


I don't know, with the Scooter-Plame thing going on, maybe Cheney's counsel just doesen't want him to say anything that could possibly attributed to him - ever again.
posted by klarck at 9:38 AM on March 3, 2007


FOX NEWS: ZOMG wink wink we figured out who the MYSTERY official is!
posted by dmd at 10:48 AM on March 3, 2007


That's not a Fox News story, that's an Associated Press story already mentioned above.
posted by emelenjr at 7:34 PM on March 3, 2007


"SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL" was a misprint. It was meant to say "OFFICIAL A."
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 7:52 PM on March 3, 2007


One more, actually: he's finally come to realize that his public image is of a lying sack of excrement so they only way he can get his views out and have them be taken at least semi-seriously is under cover of anonymity.

You're missing the craziest part, though. This isn't just about the vice president giving an interview anonymously. I'm sure he's done that before.

This is insane because right after asking them not to identify him, he makes it absolutely obvious in his answers that he's the vice president. He is not even trying to be anonymous, which is why his demand of the journalists is insane. Literally insane.
posted by odinsdream at 6:56 AM on March 4, 2007


The man drips with disdain for the press.

All y'all should be rallying your representatives for a constitutional amendment to allow a non-confidence vote to remove the Administration from power. It's nuts that you can't remove a tinpot dictator when the need arises.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:44 AM on March 4, 2007


The man drips with disdain for the press.

That wouldn't bother me so much. I don't hold journalists in very high regard either. What frightens me about this man is that his disdain seems to encompass Mankind in general (a Senior Administration Official and, maybe, a few close relatives excepted).
posted by Skeptic at 2:23 PM on March 4, 2007


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