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 June 13, 2003
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Vice president cracks jokes, gets serious at correspondents' dinner
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Washington-AP -- Vice President Dick Cheney got to take a few digs at his boss, President Bush, and himself during an appearance before radio and T-V reporters in Washington Wednesday night.

Cheney stood in for Bush at the Radio-Television Correspondents Association dinner.

Cheney drew laughter when he referred to Bush's dramatic arrival aboard a Navy jet on the aircraft carrier U-S-S "Abraham Lincoln" more than a month ago. Cheney said the president "probably would have canceled his overseas trip and come tonight if you had told him he could wear his flight suit."

Cheney went on to say, "He loves that thing. He even has pajamas that look like a flight suit."

Cheney joked about his own health, saying that "except for the occasional heart attack, I never felt better."

On a more serious note, Cheney had words of praise for the broadcast journalists, and spoke highly of the "embedded" reporters during the Iraq war, saying: "You did a great job."

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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