Cheney Cracks Joke About Waterboarding Interrogation technique a punchline for Cheney, Rumsfeld at roast By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff Posted Oct 9, 2013 10:50 AM CDT 88 comments Comments Former Vice President Dick Cheney is introduced during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in 2013. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Newser) – Hey, did you hear the one about strapping people down and forcing them to inhale water so they feel like they're drowning? Waterboarding was just one of the questionable punchlines at a recent roast of Dick Cheney, according to attendees. Cheney told a joke—which he attributed to Jay Leno—about wanting to waterboard an antelope, reports Buzzfeed. And Rumsfeld joked about Cheney waterboarding fish. "I can see the case for enhanced interrogation techniques after Sept. 11," says one attendee, "but I can’t really endorse sitting there drinking wine and fancy dinner at the Plaza laughing uproariously about it." Another joke reportedly centered around Cheney shooting his friend in the face. Good times!