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Harry Whittington: The man Dick Cheney shot (Video)

Harry M. Whittington in Austin. (Nuri Vallbona/The Washington Post)

He still has a tiny lead pellet lodged in his throat, a pellet near his heart and 28 other pieces of lead scattered beneath his skin, all thanks to a gunshot fired by the former vice president of the United States.

It has been almost five years since Dick Cheney missed a bird and ended up firing at Harry Whittington. Whittington has stayed as much out of the public eye as he could after being thrust into the spotlight. Until The Post's Paul Farhi tracked him down in Austin and asked the man how he was doing.

It's a fascinating story to revisit, revealing how much more danger Whittington had been in than was previously reported. And Farhi asks the question most people want to know: Did Dick Cheney ever apologize to the man he shot?

Read the whole article here to find out.

And watch the original ABC report on the shooting:

By Melissa Bell  | October 14, 2010; 9:33 AM ET
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Harry Whittington is a good man. Like Christ Himself, he forgave the man that almost killed him. Indeed, his grace and outlook on life is an example to us all.

Moreover, the fact that he is still working is proof positive that "comfortable retirement" is but a myth. Like it or not, we need struggle and purpose to exist. Those who insist that retirement is also busy should reflect that they could just as easily choose to be idle. It is that choice to do nothing that relegates retirement to a casual existence. We need the rough and tumble of life to be around.

Anyway, Dick Chaney should apologize to Harry. There are no more political repercussion from an apology and it will ease his heart. It will also comfort his friend who has been most understanding all these years.

Posted by: Kafantaris | October 14, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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