Cheney: I Told Leahy To ‘F*ck Himself’ Because He Was ‘Close To Kissing Me’

This post, written by Amanda Terkel, originally appeared on Think Progress

In a "chance meeting" on the Senate floor with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in June 2004, Vice President Cheney told Leahy to "f*ck yourself." According to Leahy's spokesman, the "exchange began when Leahy crossed the aisle at the photo session and joked to Cheney about being on the Republican side." Cheney then "'lashed into' Leahy for remarks he...made criticizing Iraq contracts won without competitive bidding by Halliburton."

In the new biography of the Vice President by Stephen Hayes, Cheney claims that the reason he shouted the expletive was because Leahy had been too "close" to him:

Leahy came over and put his arm around me. And he didn't kiss me but it was close to it.
So I flashed and I told him -- I dropped the F-bomb on him. ... It was heartfelt.Leahy was not "close" to kissing Cheney; all he did was try to shake his hand. One congressional source with knowledge of the event explained what happened to ThinkProgress:
There were several witnesses from both parties. Leahy walked over in a friendly way and said the Vice President should feel free to come over on the other side of the aisle too, that Democrats won't bite, and he held out his hand. The Vice President started to stick out his hand in response and then drew it back, and that's when he unloaded his expletive.
#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Happy Holidays!