These things happen from time to time. It's not an issue with the
-White House spokesman Scott McClellan, when asked about Cheney's use
of the word fuck on the Senate floor, June 26, 2004
I expressed my self rather forcefully, fel better after I'd done it...
I expressed my dissatisfaction with Senator Leahy... He is the kind of
individual who will make those charges as if he's your best friend. I
expressed in no uncertain terms my views of his conduct, and walked
away... Instead of having a substantive debate over important policy
issues he had challenged my integrity and I didn't like that, and
didn't like that after he'd done so he wanted to act as if everything
was peaches and cream... I think that a lot of my colleagues felt that
what I said badly needed to be said, that it was long overdue...
Ordinarily I don't express myself in strong terms, but I thought it was
-Dick Cheney, June 25, 2004
When the vice president of the United States says it to a senator in
the way in which he said it on the Senate floor, readers need to judge
for themselves what the word is because we don't play games at The
Washington Post and use dashes.
-Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr., commenting on
his paper's printing Cheney's comment unedited, June 25, 2004
That doesn't sound like the kind of language that the vice president
would use, but I can confirm that there was a frank exchange of views.
-Kevin Kellems, a spokesman for the vice president, June 24, 2004
I think he was just having a bad day and I was kind of shocked to hear
that kind of language on the floor.
-Senator Patrick Leahy, June 24, 2004
Though actually Cheney was having a pretty good day. The same day, the
24th, the Supreme Court ruled that Cheney wouldn't have to make public
the records from his 2001 energy task force. As Supreme Court Justice
Anthony Kennedy said in the opinion he wrote, "We note only that all
courts should be mindful of the burdens imposed on the executive
branch in any future proceedings. Special considerations applicable to
the president and the vice president suggest that the courts should
be sensitive to requests by the government."
--- In email@example.com, "Ram Lau" <ramlau@y...> wrote:
> Cheney Utters 'F-Word' in Senate -- Aides
> Thu Jun 24, 2004 08:15 PM ET Reuters
> By Thomas Ferraro
> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney blurted out the "F
> word" at Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont during a heated
> exchange on the Senate floor, congressional aides said on Thursday.
> The incident occurred on Tuesday in a terse discussion between the
> two that touched on politics, religion and money, with Cheney
> finally telling Leahy to "f--- off" or "go f--- yourself," the aides
> "I think he was just having a bad day," Leahy was quoted as saying
> on CNN, which first reported the incident. "I was kind of shocked to
> hear that kind of language on the floor."
> "That doesn't sound like language the vice president would use but
> there was a frank exchange of views," said Cheney spokesman Kevin
> According to congressional aides, Leahy said hello to Cheney
> following the taking of the Senate group photo on the floor of the
> Cheney, who is president of the Senate, then ripped into Leahy for
> the Democratic senator's criticism this week of alleged war
> profiteering in Iraq by Halliburton, the oil services company that
> Cheney once ran.
> Leahy and other Democrats have called for congressional hearings
> into whether the vice president helped the firm win lucrative
> contracts in Iraq after the U.S.-led war that toppled Saddam Hussein.
> During their exchange, Leahy noted that Republicans had accused
> Democrats of being anti-Catholic because they are opposed to some of
> President Bush's anti-abortion judges, the aides said.
> That's when Cheney unloaded with the "F-bomb," aides said.
> With the Senate sharply divided, Democrats and Republicans have had
> numerous partisan battles in recent years on matters from taxes to
> health care.
> "Things have been pretty bad around here," said Sen. Max Baucus, a
> Montana Democrat. "But as far as I know, as far as I'm concerned,
> this is a new low."
> According to Senate rules, profanity is not permitted while the
> chamber is in session. But when the exchange occurred between Leahy
> and Cheney, the Senate was not in session so there was technically
> no foul.
> Earlier on Thursday, before word of the exchange spread, Senate
> Minority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, stood in the
> chamber and spoke of the need to improve civility with what he
> called the "politics of common ground."