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Crossed Wires About VP Hide-Out

Dick Cheney and Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo; AP Photo/CBS, Karin Cooper)

Pssstt! Did you hear about Dick Cheney's fortress hideaway under the Naval Observatory? Pass it on!

What seemed to be a bombshell national-security story of the weekend -- how Joe Biden blabbed about a secret bunker under the VP's residence -- began when a bit of secondhand dinner chatter hit the Internet and moved quickly through the blogs. Alas, it pretty much fell apart the minute we started making calls to ... you know, check what turned out to be a game of Telephone, Washington-style:

In March, Biden attended the Gridiron dinner (an annual off-the-record media schmoozefest) and made small talk with club President Dick Cooper of the Tribune Co. At one point, Biden casually mentioned a secure room in his new home, previously used by Cheney and his aides. Per tradition, Cooper recapped the evening for the club newsletter, which was sent out this month.

Last week, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift read Cooper's summary and posted her juicier version on the magazine's blog: "Ever wonder about that secure, undisclosed location where Dick Cheney secreted himself after the 9/11 attacks?" Biden, she wrote, saw the "bunker-like room" when a young naval officer in the residence showed him the hideaway "behind a massive steel door secured by an elaborate lock with a narrow connecting hallway lined with shelves filled with communications equipment." ran with the story and chided Biden for "divulging potentially classified information meant to save the life of a sitting vice president" and speculated it was part of a long-rumored underground construction project.

However: The veep's office said yesterday that he simply described an upstairs workspace that was converted into a guestroom when the Bidens moved in. No security gaffe -- at least that's what they're telling us. In fact, it's long been reported that Cheney used a Cold War-era bunker in Pennsylvania as his undisclosed location.

Cheney didn't return our calls. Cooper declined to comment, citing the off-the record tradition of the club.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 19, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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Biden may be many things, but Cheney is a sociopath. Bunker, schmuncker.
It's irrelevant.
In the old days Furies would have pursued Cheney until he perished.
Nowadays, the castrati of the press corps dignify his ravings with coverage.
Ignore Cheney.
He's a nullity. An empty husk.
His gaseous ravings poison the body politic.

Posted by: 3amoeba7 | May 18, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

You know, I have a guest room with a massive steel security door, secured by an elaborate lock too! The communications equipment is just around in case my guests need to call home.

Posted by: mramsour | May 18, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the front door to CONTROL.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 19, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Everyone remember how dear old Joe told us Obama would face a security challenge within the first six months?

Those who will can cover up all they want, (interesting how "investigative" the WaPo is about Republicans - which is good - and how "cover with official explanation" they are for incompetents like Biden - which is telling.)

The truth will come out some day. The man is a danger to all and should be replaced.

Posted by: sally62 | May 19, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

3amoeba7...I bet you still believe in the tooth fairy and that elves really do make keebler cookies. you really need to lay off the koolaid and hiding you pelosi spreads under your matteress.

Posted by: JWx2 | May 19, 2009 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Biden begins 3-day Balkan tour in Bosnia.

after three days with this moron...they will be back into a full fledged war again.

Posted by: JWx2 | May 19, 2009 3:13 AM | Report abuse

The Wash Post will do whatever it takes to spin a story to cover for this administration. It really has become quite pathetic.

Posted by: tcdifla | May 19, 2009 4:44 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it kind of obvious. During de jure disaster, you wouldn't want the VP to be caught in traffic driving from his/her home at the N/O to some secure bunker across town. You would want them to be able to just go down to a subbasement. That way they don't have to go far and they can sit around and stare at their navels while all hell breaks loose at ground level.

Posted by: cyberfool | May 19, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

From faraway Pennsylvania, I recall reading several years ago about mysterious blasting going on up there on Observatory hill...all hush hush, top secret, no comment. Never read any more about it. Did the complaining neighbors get resolution?

Posted by: Rivery | May 19, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Biden has hired Pelosi's spin Doctors. Just two loose cannons at the top!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | May 19, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse


The dangerous man was replaced, his name was George W. Bush, the man who failed to protect us from the September 11th attacks....

Posted by: rharring | May 19, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Shocking revelations! There is a secure room in the V.P. mansion that has a steel door and lock. Call the Pulitzer committee.

Posted by: buffysummers | May 19, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

here are the Republican tricks at play again via FOX News. Republicans think most Americans are stupid and the headline news, 20-seconds of information has lasting impacts in folks memory. does not matter that the 20-seconds does not really inform or is misleading.

Common sense would say the Whitehouse, the Naval Observatory (the VP residence) have secure rooms and massive arsenals too. but let's try to make Biden look stupid. let's make Chaney look like the real hero and brave American.

I still want to know why Chaney disappeared so much like he was the one that needed to be secure after 9/11.

Posted by: oknow1 | May 19, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

oknow: "I still want to know why Chaney disappeared so much like he was the one that needed to be secure after 9/11."

Well, he was the President -- wasn't he?

Posted by: Samson151 | May 19, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Did any of you right-wing numbskulls READ THE ARTICLE?

Where did Eleanor Clift get this story? How accurate is it, in the face of the fact that Cheney's "bunker" was underground somewhere along Pennsylvania Avenue?

Hey, but let's not let facts get in the way of a good knee-jerk rant, shall we?

JWx2, your master is calling from the RNC.

Posted by: phoenixresearch | May 19, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, whatever bunker there may or may not be under Observatory Circle, is an open secret. Sometime in 2002 there was massive construction going on of a "sensitive" nature. In fact they blasted so much that the foundations of some of the houses in that neighborhood were damaged, and the neighbors sued.

Posted by: el_barto | May 19, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse


How about if he follows his own advice?


"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP candidate Joseph Biden, Aug. 27, 2008, Democratic National Convention


Mr. Vice President, Atty, Gen. Holder (staff, please forward):





Federally-funded community policing and related volunteer programs you have championed have been hijacked by "community gang stalkers" who stalk and terrorize unjustly "targeted" neighbors with a covert GPS system that violates their constitutional rights...

...destroying the livelihoods and degrading the health of entire families with classified microwave radiation "directed energy weapons."

When victims complain, they are told there is "nothing to investigate."

True -- because federal and local authorities KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.

Will the national press corps -- and Team Obama -- wake up and realize that democracy is being stolen at the GRASSROOTS?

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 19, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Everyone that has lived in this area for any length of time knows where the heads of the Gov't are evacuated to. They even said where the VP went during 9/11, Raven Rock. You can look at it in Google Earth and it is not that far away. from Camp David.

As usual, a blow-up of a non-news story.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | May 19, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember the Post story about the huge construction project that began back in the early '80s in the Rockville area to dig a massive tunnel to carry water from West Virginia (or thereabouts)to the District? As I recall, that tunnel was supposed to be so big it could accommodate a four lane highway. Wonder if they're still digging...

Posted by: nashvillemykl | May 19, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"The veep's office said yesterday that he simply described an upstairs workspace that was converted into a guestroom when the Bidens moved in. No security gaffe --"

Since when do guest rooms need to be TEMPEST compliant and secured with a steel door + coms equipment?

Also, the complaints from the neighbors from the digging were constistant and truthful.

Its like trying to plug a leak with a piece of Washington Post Paper... Stop trying and just move the location to a new super secret spot...

Posted by: indep2 | May 19, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Nakamura, David. "Cheney's Home Sending Bad Vibrations; Construction Blasts Have D.C. Folks Shuddering, Speculating". Washington Post, 8 December, 2002: A1.

Yeah, this is no big surprise to people who read the obscure front page of the newspaper.

Posted by: anaximander471 | May 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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