I’m surprised that Fox television, which is usually pretty loyal to the Bush Administration, is portraying Vice President Dick Cheney as such a coward in its hit show “24.” The show has been dealing with a string of terrorist attacks modeled on 9/11. Most recently, Air Force One was shot down, with the President left incapacitated and the Vice President forced to take over. These are events not too unlike when a petrified Bush got in Air Force One on 9/11 and flew off to hide in the sky, Louisiana, Nebraska, wherever — while Cheney took charge from a bunker under the White House, the same one the fictional VP is operating from in “24.” The VP in “24” appears scared and afraid to come out of the bunker. Is this art imitating life, when Cheney disappeared into the bunker, and then stayed out of view for months? So far, Fox makes Cheney look pretty bad.
Cheney was a coward and dodged the draft during Vietnam. During 9/11 he went underground and stayed there. Let’s hope he never really has to try to lead the country.