Monday, July 28, 2008


James Gordon Meek, NY Daily News - Vice President Cheney's invitation to address wounded combat veterans next month has been yanked because the group felt his security demands were Draconian and unreasonable. The veep had planned to speak to the Disabled American Veterans at 8:30 a.m. at its August convention in Las Vegas. His staff insisted the sick vets be sequestered for two hours before Cheney's arrival and couldn't leave until he'd finished talking, officials confirmed. "Word got back to us . . . that this would be a prerequisite," said the veterans executive director, David Gorman, who noted the meeting hall doesn't have any rest rooms. "We told them it just wasn't acceptable." When Cheney spoke to the group in 2004, his handlers imposed the same stringent security lockdown, upsetting members, officials said. . .

"It was a huge imposition on our delegates," added David Autry, another Disabled American Veterans official. Autry said vets would've had to get up "at Oh-dark-30 and try to get breakfast and showered and get their prosthetics on." Once inside, they "could not leave the meeting room, and the bathrooms are outside," he said.

Spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said the two-hour rule is "a recommendation, not a requirement," and "we always work to make sure the bathrooms are within the security perimeters."


At July 29, 2008 10:10 AM, Anonymous robbie said...

When did Obama "avoid" wounded vets?

See Sam, it bothers me that you repeat false right-wing talking points as truth.

At July 30, 2008 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really that much more flattering to Obama to say that he cancelled a trip to visit wounded vets when he found out there wouldn't be any cameras allowed?


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