Harry Whittington is probably going to win some kind of humility award before too long. He has to, because four years after he took a round of gunfire from former Vice President Dick Cheney, he’s took 200 pellets, but it was never salved with an apology from the ex-veep. (See an in-depth look at how Whittington was shot.)
The Washington Post, sat down with Whittington, 82, to talk about what has always been officially looked at as a quail hunting accident in which the Texas attorney and businessman walked where Cheney just happened to be shooting. To this day, 30 pieces of birdshot are still in him and he had to undergo extended medical treatment for some time after. He says he’s just trying to move on.
So the lesson to be learned here is when Dick Cheney shoots you, just shut up about it. (So who is Whittington, anyway?)
The humility part of it is that after the accident, Whittington was the one to apologize to Cheney. Saying he’s “sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this past week.” He told the Post he didn’t want to make it seem like he’s apologizing for making Cheney shoot him. “I didn’t intend it that way. It was more of a sense of disappointment that it happened at all. I’m sure it must have been difficult for Mr. Cheney and his family. I still feel the same way.”
Hey, accidents happen, right?