Cheney caught saying 'kick the press out' at Iraq briefing
John Byrne and David Edwards
Published: Wednesday May 9, 2007
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An explosion struck the Green Zone as Vice President Cheney made a surprise visit to Iraq.

Adds Washington Wire, "Once safely ensconced in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, however, Cheney appeared to reserve his toughest language for his normal target – the press. Cheney held a lot of photo ops with key Iraqi leaders like Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, but was adamant about not taking questions. At one point, Cheney emphasized to the assembled journalists that “this is just a photo spray.” Later in the day, as reporters filed into an embassy conference room for another photo of Cheney they overheard him tell his staff “then we kick the press out.”

Crooks and Liars has the video here. Cheney has been a vehement supporter of the Iraq war and has consistently argued that the insurgency is fading. In June of 2005, he said, "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."

According to the VP's pool report: "Around 5:20 p.m. (local) there was a distant explosion that rattled windows at the building where the VP and the press corps are working today. Seasoned Baghdad hands, security contractors, troops and diplomats, said this happens regularly and didn’t seem especially alarmed, though the press corps was hustled two floors down to a basement 'attack shelter.' The blast sounded like a mortar rocket."

"His business was not disrupted. He was not moved," said Lea Anne McBride, a Cheney spokeswoman.