Wednesday, February 15, 2006

WASHINGTON--Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ted Kennedy publicly mocked Vice President Cheney's hunting accident, the same day that the shooting victim suffered a mild heart attack brought on by the incident.

According to New York Newsday:

Clinton stopped by the Senate Armed Services Committee listen to ...Kennedy...ask questions about Humvee safety. During the session, both shared a public chuckle at Cheney's expense.

When one general used the expression "shooting ourselves in the gut," Kennedy interrupted to say, "I'm not sure that's a good analogy today."

Clinton threw back her head and laughed so heartily it echoed through the cavernous committee room.

Kennedy and Clinton's comments came the same day that Cheney's friend and hunting partner, Harry M. Whittington, age 78, suffered a minor heart attack caused by birdshot lodged in his heart. According to the the New York Times:

Whittington, was moved back into the intensive care unit at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Tex., to be monitored for up to a week in case the birdshot shifted or additional pellets in his body moved into other organs

Neither Clinton nor Kennedy are strangers to gun-related tragedies.

Kennedy's brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, were both assassinated in the 1960s.

And Clinton's good friend and co-worker Vince Foster allegedly took his own life while working for the Clinton White House.

The press reports today that Cheney's friend is expected to make a full recovery.

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