Patrick Leahy earlier this week, and said he felt better after the incident. In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Cheney said he was "forcefully" expressing his unhappiness with the conduct of the Democratic senator from Vermont -- who Cheney said had publicly questioned his integrity, and then wanted to be friendly when he saw him in person. Sources who related the incident to CNN said the vice president had told Leahy either "f off" or "go f yourself. Cheney is the former chief executive officer of the oil field services company, and Democrats have suggested he has helped win lucrative contracts for his former firm while serving in the Bush administration.
Cheney says he felt better after cursing at Leahy
A Brief History of Presidential Profanity - Rolling Stone
Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who was on the receiving end of Cheney's ire, confirmed that the vice president used profanity during Tuesday's class photo. Using profanity on the Senate floor while the Senate is session is against the rules. But the Senate was technically not in session at the time and the normal rules did not apply, a Senate official said. Cheney, who as president of the Senate was present for the picture day, turned to Leahy and scolded the senator over his recent criticism of the vice president for Halliburton's alleged war profiteering. Cheney is the former CEO of Halliburton, and Democrats have suggested that while serving in the Bush administration he helped win lucrative contracts for his former firm, including a no-bid contract to rebuild Iraq. Cheney's office has said repeatedly that the vice president has no role in government contracting and has severed all financial ties with the Texas-based oil services conglomerate.
A Brief History of Presidential Profanity
Vice President Dick Cheney, long portrayed by his aides as unperturbed by partisan attacks, admitted Friday that he ''probably'' cursed at a senior Democratic senator this week, said he did not regret it and added that he ''felt better afterwards. Then Mr. Cheney quickly reverted to type, flying here for a tightly scripted campaign rally where he never mentioned the incident in a speech on terrorism and the economy to an adoring Republican crowd.
Senator Leahy responded by complaining about alleged administration's smears of Democrats. Kevin Kellems, a spokesman for Cheney, confirmed that the the two men traded remarks, but called it a "frank exchange of views. The Washington Post, a self-described family newspaper, printed the entire expletive on Friday. Editors said they broke with long-standing policies because the vice-president made the remark on the Senate floor. We would have all the money in the world!