Cheney Apologizes for Incest Joke

West Virginians furious
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 4:16 AM CDT
Former President Gerald Ford's son, Jack Ford, right, greets, Vice President Dick Cheney and wife Lynne Cheney, at the National Press Club Monday.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Vice President Dick Cheney has been forced to apologize for a derogatory incest joke about West Virginians. Cheney, speaking about his distant blood relationship to Barack Obama, quipped to the National Press Club: "I had Cheneys on both sides of the family, and we don't even live in West Virginia." 

Washington's West Virginians, as well as Gov. Joe Manchin, demanded an apology. "I truly cannot believe that any vice president of the United States, regardless of their political affiliation, would make such a derogatory statement about my state or any state," Manchin said. A Cheney aide said later he apologized for the inappropriate remark.