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I've heard gossip (not substantiated) to the effect that Dick Cheney's motorcade drives at hazardous speed and has menaced pedestrians and other motorists.  But then he also shoots people accidentally :-)  Although as a buddy at work said, when Left Blogistan was asking this morning why Cheney could shoot someone (over the weekend) and the story takes two days to come out -- "No, that's not really about Cheney, that's about Texas.  Shooting people is not such a big deal there."

Ah, those inscrutable Occidentals.  They just don't place the same value on human life as the rest of us :-)

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Tue Feb 14th, 2006 at 01:30:52 AM EST
They drive like maniacs.  Everyone is Washington drives like a lunatic -- my aunt more than all the rest (which is frightening since she drives one of those tiny Mazda sports cars that crumble like paper in an accident).

I was once walking down Pennsylvania Avenue in Foggy Bottom (George Washington U. area) on my way to see some of the "touristy" stuff when Bush's motorcade drove by at about 150 mph.  About five minutes before it passed me, I could hear the police sirens all the way from Rosslyn, and officers started clearing -- pushing really -- pedestrians from the sidewalks.

Maybe it's a Texas thing.  Texans are, I'm convinced, an entirely different species.  These are people who wear jeans and wool plaid shirts when it's a hundred and twenty degrees outside.  We really should've let it remain an independent country.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Feb 15th, 2006 at 03:09:30 PM EST
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I have lived in the DC area for years, but I have only seen one motorcade (and that was Clinton).

That being said, I haven't heard many people complain about excessive speed (or endangering the public) when these things roar through.  They usually start by temporarily closing off all side streets, then block pedestrians from walking into the street.  Then the motorcade roars through on the cleared streets, and the whole thing moves on.  5-10 minutes is about all it takes.

Not to say that there haven't been incidents though.  There might have been one a few years ago, but I only have a vague recollection of it all.  People who live up in NW DC near the Naval Observatory might have an entirely different take on the whole thing.

by ericy on Thu Feb 16th, 2006 at 10:45:28 AM EST
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