Cheney Apologizes For Quip on W. Virginia - washingtonpost.com
Vice President Cheney apologized for saying yesterday that he has "Cheneys on both sides" of his family tree dating back to the 1600s, "And we don't even live in West Virginia."VP Cheney insults an entire state and gets called on it. Normal adults might have apologized, refused to apologize or told West Virginia to get a sense of humor. But not the man a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
. . . The remark drew swift denunciations from West Virginians of both parties, with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) calling it "disrespectful" and "certainly not funny," and Gov. Joe Manchin (D) saying, "I truly cannot believe that any vice president of the United States . . . would make such a derogatory statement about my state, or any state for that matter."
Cheney quickly moved to defuse the matter, with spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride telling the Associated Press: "On reflection, he concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made. The vice president apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark."Except the VP didn't apologize - he outsourced it. Doesn't do much to jack up the Sincerity Meter, does it?