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April 11, 2008

Naked Power

Cheney-Naked-Woman

I think the story that’s been flying around the echo chamber the last two days really has little to do with whether a naked woman might have actually been reflected in Cheney’s shades.  In my mind, at least, the real story has more to do with all the hoo-ha over it, demonstrating how Cheney’s naked exercise of power over the past seven years tends to be equated with being a stud.

The fact that so many people are also teheeing over the sexual innuendo based on the true reflection — involving the broadly grinning Dick holding his fishing rod — seems like no accident either.  In November of ‘04, the wingnuts at Wizbang made a telling connection between the vicious air campaign unleashed on Baghdad and a news photo supposing to evidence Cheney’s prodigious physical endowment.  They titled their post: “Dick Cheney’s Shock And Awe.”

Is that really a naked woman reflected in Cheney’s sunglasses? (Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

Blow up of original image (whitehouse.gov)

Dick Cheney’s Shock And Awe (Wizbang)

The Outdoors (White House photo essay – Cheney’s fishing trip to Idaho)



(image: David Bohrer/White House. April 2008.  whitehouse.gov)

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