February 14, 2006

Etiquette Tip

When one's associate has shot someone in the face, it is customary to refrain from joking about it in public until the victim has left the hospital.

Posted by Matt Weiner at February 14, 2006 07:05 PM

Wait, so do these jokes make you like him less?

Posted by: Clayton at February 14, 2006 11:01 PM

Whittington's doctor set the minimizing tone by estimating the number of pellets he had taken ("probably less than 100 to 200") and saying, "Plenty of people are walking around with pieces of shrapnel in them." Yes, thanks for reminding us.

Posted by: Matt's mom at February 15, 2006 08:11 AM

Not sure that's possible, Clayton. They do serve as reminders, though.

"Probably less than 100 to 200," that's good. Whittington's doctor was in communication with Cheney's medical team, FWIW.

Molly Ivins has an appreciation of Whittington as a "thoroughly decent man."

Posted by: Matt Weiner at February 15, 2006 08:28 AM