At the National Press Club today, Vice President Dick Cheney raised the ire of West Virginia lawmakers when he made an offhand incest joke about the state, saying he “had Cheneys on both sides of the family and we don’t even live in West Virginia.” West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, Sens. Robert Byrd (D) and Jay Rockefeller (D) and Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R) and Nick Rahall (D) all condemned Cheney’s attempt at humor. This evening, Cheney’s spokesperson, Lea Anne McBride, put out a statement apologizing for the Vice President:
The Vice President’s offhand comment was not meant to hurt anyone. 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.
(HT: Huffington Post)