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December 01, 2005

Hey, Let's Place The Great Events And Figures Of Our History Into Context!

(Pointed out by Ess Jay in The Poorman's comments.)

Yesterday Lynne Cheney went on the Diane Rehm Show on WAMU in Washington to promote her new book A Time for Freedom. The publisher's description explains that "A Time for Freedom places the great events and figures of our history into context..."

Here's an informative exchange between Cheney and a purported "Vietnam" "veteran" who called in. Note the relentless belligerence with which Diane Rehm demands that Cheney answer his preposterous questions. It's yet more proof of the media's vicious, irrational hatred of the Bush administration.

It begins at 37:55 of the show.

DIANE REHM: To Tim in Detroit, Michigan, good morning to you.

TIM (CALLER): Hello, how are you?

REHM: Fine, thank you.

TIM: I've been listening to your interview with Mrs. Cheney. She seems to have a very selective memory on things. It was Jean Schmidt, a Republican from Portsmouth, Ohio that made those statements about Jack Murtha in the House of Representatives. Matter of fact, the House was so upset with those remarks that they actually struck it now from the Congressional Record. But she does know where Condi Rice will go when she retires.

I just want to clarify two issues. Number one, that her husband actually did receive five deferments from the draft. Personally as a Vietnam veteran who had to serve two terms, two tours over there, I'd just like to confirm that her husband got out of the draft. And secondly, I was just curious: how many of her personal relatives, how many relatives of hers are currently serving in Iraq right now?

Thank you, Diane.

REHM: Thanks for calling.

LYNNE CHENEY: Well, Tim, I want to first of all thank you for your service to our country, I think that, uh, anyone who has served, um, deserves the thanks of the rest of us, and, uh, I have, um, um, been honored to be able to meet with young men and women who are serving in Iraq and to, uh, thank them for our service.

I did forget Jean Schmidt's name. Diane reminded me during the break that these were not her words. They were words that she had read. But you're right, they were very controversial, and I know that, uh, Dick was very glad to go out the next day and say what I just said to you. And that is, uh, thank you for your service, and he honored, uh, Congressman Murtha for his.

(brief pause)

REHM: Here's an email from Arthur, who says, do you ever disagree with your husband about national matters...

Posted at December 1, 2005 07:13 PM | TrackBack

The truly amazing part is that you managed to listen to 37 minutes and 55 seconds of the Diane Rehm show.

Posted by: hedgehog at December 1, 2005 07:32 PM

i listen to the diane rehm show, and curiously enough i become stupider every time i listen to it.

Posted by: almostinfamous at December 1, 2005 08:32 PM

I'd like to honor Tim for the service to his country which he continues to provide by, uh, listening to the Diane Rehm Show.

Posted by: Aaron at December 2, 2005 05:40 AM

I liked the phrase "...these were not her words. They were words that she had read."

That suddenly makes the administration's lies more explicable. Apparently, they believe it's ok to say any crazy-ass nonsense, as long as it's just nonsense that is being read aloud. Political utterances that are actually written down have no meaning whatsoever, and the poor dumbass who actually reads the words out loud should in no way be held accountable for them.

That'll certainly make things easier for Scott McClellan. It gives him an easy out. "That's not the President's plan. That's just the plan the president read."

Posted by: clete at December 2, 2005 07:52 AM

She effectively refuses to answer the questions about Cheney's deferments and how none of her relatives are 'serving their country' in Baghdad.
Now there's a family any self respecting Lesbian would be proud to belong to.

Posted by: pjr at December 5, 2005 11:45 AM

Lesbian? Now, now. In an interview with Terri Gross, Mrs. Cheney claimed that her novel was about "close friends," not lesbians. Given the honest, upstanding government official she's married to, I'm sure she was telling the truth.

Posted by: Rob at December 6, 2005 04:09 PM