Speaking before the National Press Club today, Dick Cheney mentioned some of the revelations that his wife discovered when researching his family tree. Earlier press reports covered the fact that Cheney and Obama are distantly related. Today he revealed the fact that he's a Cheney on both sides of his family. "And we don't even live in West Virginia," he quipped. The West Virginians in the audience did not find his mot very bon. "This is exactly the type of stereotyping that we don't need from our elected officials," said Republican congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat was not amused: "The Vice President should be more careful about cheap shots aimed at the very people who elected him." Neither was Governor Joe Manchin: "I truly cannot believe that any vice president of the United States, regardless of their political affiliation, would make such a derogatory statement about my state or any state for that matter." Nick Rahall, a 16-term Democratic congressman added. "We may owe the vice president a debt of gratitude for yet another great West Virginia slogan: Dick Cheney is not from here."
At least he didn't call them bitter. That would have been elitist.