Friday, July 27, 2007

Cheney watch ends .. or begins?

In his first public appearance in nearly 2 months, Dick Cheney spoke today at the retirement ceremony for the Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, whom George Bush had creatively nicknamed "G." As usual with Cheney, you couldn't tell from his remarks that his senior military officers have gone from one mistake to another in Iraq e.g. --

It will be said, as well, that the years of General Pace [chairman] and Admiral G were years of extraordinary leadership and accomplishment. These two officers, with combined service of more than seven decades, have been a remarkable team for the United States of America.

So remarkable that they're both being replaced. But anyway, it's news simply that Cheney showed up and left evidence of his presence, unlike his stint as acting President last week in what is clearly medical procedures week for the 2 Deciders.

It's strange timing though, because Cheney will go to hospital tomorrow to have his heart defibrillator replaced -- surely he wouldn't want to give the impression of squeezing in one public event just in case the worst happens.

UPDATE: Dick got the battery replaced and its shows. A burst of events includes an opening at George Washington University Hospital, and two interviews -- one with Mark Knoller and one (coming tomorrow with Larry King).