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July 17, 2006

Here comes the Veep ... and there he goes

Dick Cheney's come and gone, and everyone's survived so far as I know, though I was worried about some of the people who trudged up and down the hills of Davenport's McClellan Heights in the protest march. It was beastly hot and humid and a fair number of the 100 or so marchers were, well, past middle age.

The marchers gathered in Lindsay Park, in the Village of East Davenport, for speeches and sign-waving, then hoofed it along River Drive to Forest Road, then up the hill on Forest Road to a point catty-corner from the exit of the home where Cheney appeared at a $500/$1000 fund-raiser for Mike Whalen.

The Veep probably didn't catch sight of the protestors; he apparently was on his way a few minutes before the group arrived at the spot where they would have been in view.

A good many of the guests at the private reception at the home of Chuck and Jodi Ruhl did see and hear the protestors as they left. None seemed perturbed.

A fair of number of drivers who passed the marchers honked and waved; I only heard one cat-call and it was pretty mild: "We won, you lost, get over it." one driver yelled.

There was quite a bit of grumbling among the group about the amount of money it cost Davenport to provide all the cops who were thicker than flies around the neighborhood to bolster security so the Veep could attend a private fund-raiser.

I'd just as soon not pay for it either, with my Davenport tax dollars or my federal tax dollars. Will probably catch it on both ends though.

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Earlier stuff:

I'm kind of caught in-between events related to Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Davenport in an hour or so.

It's about five blocks over to 2740 Nichols Lane, where Mr. Cheney will be appearing at a $500/$1000 per person fund-raiser on behalf of lst District congressional hopeful Mike Whalen.

It's a long block in the other direction to Lindsay Park, where anti-Cheney protestors plan to gather. I'll probably walk down there and check out that aspect of the visit, since the fund-raiser at the home of Chuck Ruhl Jr. and his wife, Jodi is closed to the media. (If I had $500 to blow, I'd find out whether a media person could buy his/her way into the veep event.)

The area over around Nichols Lane already is swarming with police vehicles and various security personnel.

I can only hope the considerable public expenditure on security helps assure Whalen a successful fund-raiser.

Posted by jcb at July 17, 2006 03:21 PM

Comments

The Colonel says he was there, and all was less than perfect.

Update: Interesting ... the Colonel's entry on the Whalen fund-raiser is no longer on his site. hmmmmm....

Posted by: jcb at July 17, 2006 10:57 PM

I'll be sure to remember who hosted all of this when I put my house on the market next Spring.

Posted by: t at July 18, 2006 11:55 AM

Fascinating photo in the QC Times this morning concerning Cheney's visit. . . the one where the police officer is confiscating miniature American flags from a couple of elderly women along River Drive. The caption said the flags were being confiscating as a "security precaution." What a sad state of affairs.

Am I correct that our vice president traveled here (at taxpayer expense, of course), attended a private Republican fundraiser, and didn't so much as answer one question from our governmental watchdogs, the fourth estate?

Posted by: greg at July 18, 2006 10:12 PM

Greg --yes, that would pretty much be the case, not even so much as two minutes at the airport.

And God pity the enterprising reporter who might have attempted to push his way through security to a get in a question.

The Times picture did perfectly capture the disgraceful nature of the "security" measures taken to "protect" our fearless leaders. I'm assuming the heavily manned perimeter could readily have stopped a charge by picket-wielding ladies of dignified age.

I'm sure the episode did nothing to alter the views of two ladies being deprived of their little wooden flagstaffs. In connversation in the park before the march began, the two had agreed that "Cheney is evil. Bush is just stupid."

I would hope that in the future, the city of Davenport would tell the secret service or whoever that they need to handle their own flag-staff snatching; that we're not in for that here.


Posted by: jcb at July 18, 2006 11:25 PM