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The person US Vice President Dick Cheney shot the other day has now had a heart attack. Which tends to suggest that ‘peppered’ shouldn’t have been the adjective of choice. Perhaps a word with a bit more force behind it – may ‘gunned down’ – might have been more appropriate. Who’s to say?
Anyway, as you’d expect, Jon Stewart’s been covering the incident in some detail. Given that we only get The Daily Show the day after it’s broadcast in the US, here’s what he had to say on the incident:
Stewart: Rob, obviously a very unfortunate situation. How is the vice president handling it?
Corddry: Jon, tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Whittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington’s face.
Stewart: But why, Rob? If he had known Mr. Whittington was not a bird, why would he still have shot him?
Corddry: Jon, in a post-9/11 world, the American people expect their leaders to be decisive. To not have shot his friend in the face would have sent a message to the quail that America is weak.
Stewart: That’s horrible.
Corddry: Look, the mere fact that we’re even talking about how the vice president drives up with his rich friends in cars to shoot farm-raised wingless quail-tards is letting the quail know “how” we’re hunting them. I’m sure right now those birds are laughing at us in that little “covey” of theirs.
Stewart: I’m not sure birds can laugh, Rob.
Corddry: Well, whatever it is they do — coo — they’re cooing at us right now, Jon, because here we are talking openly about our plans to hunt them. Jig is up. Quails one, America zero.