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VP Cheney’s iPod takes precedence on flight

On a return flight from a four-day trip to the Middle East, U.S. vice president Dick Cheney used one of the only working power outlets on Air Force Two to charge his beloved iPod, frustrating reporters who were trying to file stories.

“Working passengers began lining up their laptops to share the power from a couple of working outlets—particularly the reporters who urgently needed to prepare their articles to transmit during a quick refueling stop in England,” reports the Associated Press. “But when Cheney said his iPod needed to be recharged, it took precedent above all else and dominated one precious outlet for several hours. The vice president’s press staff intervened so a reporter could use the outlet for 15 minutes to charge a dead laptop, but then the digital music device was plugged back in.”

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1

Dick Cheney - aka NUMBER ONE Fan

Posted by Jonathan Keim on December 23, 2005 at 10:38 AM (PDT)

2

Cheney Rocks! Way to go Chene Doggy Dog!

Posted by Jason on December 23, 2005 at 10:43 AM (PDT)

3

Hey, I don’t blame him, I’d rather charge my iPOD than give up the plug to the useless bias media !

Posted by Dan on December 23, 2005 at 11:04 AM (PDT)

4

Even an evil genius needs to charge his iPod sometimes.

Posted by Workse on December 23, 2005 at 11:12 AM (PDT)

5

Dan

Gimme a break. Biased media? Surely the media would be on Cheney’s side, being in the same plane, if in fact they are biased, so allowing them to use the power would be for the benefit of Cheney. I doubt this is some sort of political conspiracy or any reason to attack the VP/media.

I may not know exactly what I’m talking about, but everytime either Bush or anyone else in his party is mentioned it seems someone is criticising them, even when the article in question is completely unrelated. Sure you weren’t directly critising the administration, but indirectly you were…

Ok, GREAT! I forgot what I was going to say since I read those comments. Whatev.

Posted by Mondayne on December 23, 2005 at 11:18 AM (PDT)

6

Could Dick just charge the ipod through the laptop?

Posted by Macromedia on December 23, 2005 at 11:22 AM (PDT)

7

The world’s most sophisticated and expensive airplane doesn’t have enough power plugs? Somehow, that’s not surprising.

No wonder why American aerospace and the airline industry is in trouble.

Even my car has 4 power-plugs (almost a 1-to-1 ratio of power to passenger).

Posted by Cellulose on December 23, 2005 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

8

This was Air Force TWO. Generally they use a Boeing 757. It’s no where close to the 747 you think of when you think of Air Force One.

Posted by Shaun on December 23, 2005 at 12:31 PM (PDT)

9

HA!  Love the blatent bias in the story, love that Cheney thwarted the spoiled idiots that call themselves reporters.

Posted by stark23x on December 23, 2005 at 12:33 PM (PDT)

10

Even this administration’s personal electronics crave power.

Posted by John on December 23, 2005 at 12:33 PM (PDT)

11

Nice, noone had a power strip?

Posted by me on December 23, 2005 at 1:27 PM (PDT)

12

To the extent reporters are biased, it seems clear that their biases would run in both directions. Claiming that they are anywhere close to unanimous in either political camp is, well, biased.

Yes, Air Force Two has little resemblance to Air Force One. But you would think it would have a power strip lying around.

Posted by elo on December 23, 2005 at 1:36 PM (PDT)

13

I don’t feel sorry for the reporters in the slightest.  Screw the media anyway, they’re nothing but a bunch of retards anyway, so I don’t blame Chaney for taking presidence with his iPod.  More power to him!

Posted by matrixsjd on December 23, 2005 at 1:39 PM (PDT)

14

Air Force 2 is not a specific plane in this instance, but a cargo plane that was deemed “Air Force 2” BECAUSE the VP was flying on it. It was actually a cargo plane as noted in one of the articles I read.

And for goodness sakes, let the second most powerful man, the second tier leader of our country, have music or whatever the heck else he wants to listen to. The things demanded of him are far more relevant and important than any reporter’s stories.

Posted by berad on December 23, 2005 at 2:03 PM (PDT)

15

Hey, it’s “his” plane. If he wants to use the outlet, he should use the outlet! Way to go Mr. Vice President, you’ve earned it!!

Posted by Kank on December 23, 2005 at 2:38 PM (PDT)

16

First, the freedom of the press hould take precedent.

Second, this is just another example of Cheney and his thugs mentality, power at all costs!

Third, if there is any bias in the press, especially as concerns those in the press that are ALLOWED to be around administration officials, it is clear that these guys are biased FOR the administration. No one with an independent/opposing idea is allowed inside the walls.

Lastly, as mentioned above, he could have just plugged into a laptop. He must be a windoze user tongue wink

Posted by SlepDoc on December 23, 2005 at 3:22 PM (PDT)

17

UCLA just a week or two ago released a study confirming the overwhelming liberal bias in newsmedia:

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/page.asp?RelNum=6664

That being said, John’s comment is the funniest thing I have read in months!

“Even this administration’s personal electronics crave power.”

Posted by micvog on December 23, 2005 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

18

shaun

air force two is just a call sign and is used on what ever plane cheney is on. just like air force one is a call sign and is used for what ever plane the pres is on.

just my two cents.

peace phil

Posted by BIGP in Texas on December 23, 2005 at 4:24 PM (PDT)

19

As a traveling reporter, I always carry a very small extension cord/splitter. It gives me an extra six feet of reach, and turns one power outlet into three. Anytime I find people using the few available outlets in airports (or wherever I am), I offer to plug in the extension cord, and then we both have power.

The thing that bothers me the most about this story is the fact that the media is reporting about their personal situation rather than the issues or events going on around them. This is the kind of information that would be appropriate for an informal blog (“Hey, a funny thing happened on Air Force Two last week ...”), but not disseminated as an actual news story.

Finally, I’d like to section the fact that the line “Even this administration’s personal electronics crave power” is absolutely hilarious!

Posted by BJ Nemeth on December 23, 2005 at 4:41 PM (PDT)

20

How Arrogant can you get!
This #### paints iPod users as Arrogant Bastards. I know it’s ‘his’ plane and all, but an iPod is still entertainment; the Laptops of the Journalists are essential business Tools; it’s not as if the Journalists were playing Solitaire or Minesweeper; they were writing their livelyhood.
Also considering the amount of Flack he’s getting for Iraq being an unjust war, and Him being just a wartime profiteer, I’d think he’d be a bit more accommodating, he should be portraying himself as very just, rather than a Selfish Arrogant Bastard.

Posted by Daniel on December 23, 2005 at 4:48 PM (PDT)

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