Saturday, December 24, 2005

Cheney's iPod: There Is So Much That is Troubling About This Story

From the AP, via Boing Boing:

"[Cheney] is an iPod fan, and keeping it charged is a priority for his staff. Normally that isn't an issue, even when he's flying around the world. Air Force II is equipped with outlets in each row of seats. But when Dick Cheney was traveling home overnight Wednesday from his diplomatic mission, most of the outlets went on the fritz.

"Working passengers began lining up their laptops to share the power from a couple of working outlets — particularly the reporters who urgently needed to prepare their articles to transmit during a quick refueling stop in England.

"But when Cheney said his iPod needed to be recharged, it took precedent above all else and dominated one precious outlet for several hours. The vice president's press staff intervened so a reporter could use the outlet for 15 minutes to charge a dead laptop, but then the digital music device was plugged back in. That way, Cheney got his press coverage and his music, too."

Okay, so... Some of the most salient questions for review:

1. It's possible -- after 9/11 -- on Air Force Two for almost all the outlets to go "on the fritz"???

2. There's no back-up plan for this? Like a frickin' ten buck power strip?

3. No one on the plane thought to plug Cheney's iPod into one of the laptops instead of into the outlet????

4. No one on the plane had read my Cellboost post??

5. Cheney is that much of a prick?

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