Alex Blaze

GWB on Mary Cheney

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 17, 2007 3:28 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Dick Cheney, Eartha Kitt, George W. Bush, Mary Cheney

From TNR's transcription of Stephen Hayes's new book on Cheney, we get this quotation from an interview with GWB on the subject of Mary Cheney:

"My only ask was that if his daughter doubted my tolerance to her orientation that I would hope that he would help make it clear to Mary that this is a--I was just worried about--the reason I'd federalized the issue is because I was worried about the courts' defining the issue and that we'd end up with de facto marriage that was not traditionally defined, I guess is the best way to put it."

Andrew Sullivan says:

Notice also how he doesn't have the courage to confront Mary Cheney directly.

Well, that's definitely what stands out about that quotation, even though I think that if she had any doubts about his "tolerance to her orientation" that her paycheck for her work on her father's campaign would have alleviated them.

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I like the way he says, "If she doubts I'm tolerant, look at how I fucked her over in the marriage department, the non-traditional bitch."

I had always hoped that Mary Cheney would end up as the gay Esther:

Esther 3:8-9

Then Haman said to King Xerxes, "There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king's laws; it is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put ten thousand talents of silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out this business."

Esther 4:10-16

Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, "All the king's officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that he be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter to him and spare his life. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king."
When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."

Unfortunately, I was wrong. I guess she doesn't need to worry about how these issues affect "the little people"