Wednesday 21 February 2018

Still on hunt for the truth over Cheney gun apology

REALITY SHOW: 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' makes its debut on US TV on November 14. Photo: Reuters
REALITY SHOW: 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' makes its debut on US TV on November 14. Photo: Reuters

IT SEEMS that Dick Cheney may think that being vice-president means never having to say you're sorry -- even if you do accidentally shoot someone in the face.

Harry Whittington, the now 82-year-old Texas trial lawyer who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time during a quail hunt four years ago when Cheney unloaded some 200 pieces of metal birdshot in his body, has sidestepped in his first interview since the brouhaha the rumour that he never received an apology from the former veep.

Talking to the Washington Post for a profile that was published last Thursday, Whittington graciously calls Cheney "a very capable and honourable man . . . He's said some very kind things to me".

When asked if Cheney, who never made a public apology, ever said he was sorry privately, Whittington responds: "I'm not going to go into that," leaving unchallenged the notion that no apology has been forthcoming.

The WP also reveals that Whittington's injuries were considerably more severe than originally reported and included a collapsed lung and a mild heart attack.

Joking that he "can get through a metal detector without causing a commotion", Whittington says he feels "lucky" but does admit he's never had the urge to go hunting again.

Clinton can still make 'em swoon

Bubba still has it -- and this isn't another reference to the recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that rated Bill Clinton (with 55 per cent of the vote) the most popular politician in America.

Last Monday, Clinton was stumping for West Virginia Senate candidate Joe Manchin when a woman in the crowd fainted. After signaling for medical help, the former prez barely skipped a beat before telling the crowd: "There's nothing the rest of you can do, so pay attention to me. You'll just get in the way. She'll be fine. Believe me -- at my age rarely does a lady faint on me . . ."

Despite the fact that the lady in question was no spring chicken, Clinton reacted to the laughter that bubbled up inside the packed amphitheatre by nodding in the direction of where the lady was being revived, with a solemn "Bless you".

Biden betting on pipping Hillary

IF Clinton is the most popular politician in America, Joe Biden has to be the most optimistic. Reacting to speculation that he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will flip positions for the 2012 ticket, Biden told reporters last week that he remains positive he will remain President Obama's number two.

"I tell you what, there's real trust, that's why he's asked me to run again," a slightly exasperated Biden said last Monday. "Look, he [Obama] said, 'We're going to run together, are you going to run?' I said, 'Of course, you want me to run with you, I'm happy to run with you'." We'll see.

Michelle and Carla sing-along

So many things come to mind when considering the personal relationship between Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy -- but a Kum Ba Ya moment isn't one of them. Nevertheless, in an interview to be published in November's Harper's Bazaar, FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), who was dressed in her own raspberry L'Wren Scott sheath and perky bright-blue kitten heels, reveals that one of her most treasured memories is of a visit to Bruni to whom she had given a Gibson guitar.

"When I came to visit, she pulled it out and played the most beautiful song. We were sitting there with family, and we started singing," says the first lady, who returned to the spotlight last week, kicking off her mid-term election push with an appearance in Milwaukee -- notably, the very spot where, in February 2008, she caused ructions when she declared: "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country."

Mrs Obama is expected to hit Manhattan tomorrow when she will host a $2,500-a-head fundraiser in Donna Karan's Central Park West apartment (housed in the Art Deco block known as "Spook Central" after it was featured in the 1984 hit Ghostbusters) where the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Patti LuPone, Michael Kors and Harvey Weinstein will be among the fashion-heavy mix who, according to reports, will chow down on a dinner featuring dishes from Karan's raw food regime.

'Rogue' Palin set for a TV near you

Sarah Palin proved she can still spook the Democrats when, during a speech in Vancouver last Thursday night, she promised: "When I do run again I will be more rogue," to cheers from Tea Party and GOP faithful who will undoubtedly form the core audience for her upcoming reality TV show, the trailer for which was released last Friday.

Sarah Palin's Alaska makes its debut on November 14 (around the same time her second book, America by Heart, is slated to hit shelves) and will treat viewers to what Palin calls "flippin' fun" in the promo.

As much as fans and foes alike might enjoy watching the Palin clan hike, fish, sled and kayak in the wilderness, this isn't the only reality show coming from Alaska. Earlier this month, Bristol Palin's baby daddy Levi Johnston began filming Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office, in which the 20-year-old wages his own campaign to win the seat Palin once held in Wasila. Will people tune in to either? Industry insiders say you betcha.

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