Asked during a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club about the fact that a search of his family tree found he is a distant relative of Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential front-runner, Cheney said the two politicians were unlikely to hold a family reunion. He said that the Cheney line on his father's side of the family dates to 's, and a Cheney family line on his mother's side dates to the 's. After pausing for laughter from the crowd, Cheney added, "You can say those things when you're not running for re-election.
Cheney apologizes after West Virginia joke
Cheney apologises for West Virginia quip
He has been cited as the most powerful vice president in American history. Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska , and grew up in Casper, Wyoming. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger , eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he later served as the White House chief of staff , from to In , Cheney was elected to the U. House of Representatives representing Wyoming's at-large congressional district from to ; he was reelected five times, briefly serving as House minority whip in
Cheney forced to apologize for incest joke about West Virginians.
Cheney was explaining how he is a distant cousin to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. My grandmother was named Tyler but it turned out she was descended from a Richard Cheney, same last name, who landed in Maryland in the s," Vice President Cheney said. You can say those things when you're not running for re-election.
Vice President Dick Cheney has apologized through his spokeswoman for making an offhand joke during a speech at the National Press Club Monday stereotyping West Virginia as a state prone to incest. On reflection, he concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made. The Vice President apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark. Cheney was at the Press Club to congratulate this year's winners of the Gerald R.