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Dick Cheney has his needs when he travels...and, of course, his needs include Fox News all the time. He loves his Fox. The Smoking Gun has the actual document prepared by the Veep's office to insure his comfort. These are the things your White House worries about. No need for an Iraq strategy, but dammit, make sure the coffee is decaf and Mrs. Cheney has her Perrier.

This is how the NY Times described the "Vice Presidential Downtime Requirements":

The document listed 13 requirements. Among them were these: All televisions sets in Mr. Cheney's hotel suite should be tuned to Fox News, all lights should be on, and the thermostat set at 68 degrees. Mr. Cheney should have a queen- or king-size bed, a desk with a chair, a private bathroom, a container for ice, a microwave oven and a coffee pot, with decaf brewed before arrival.

The vice president should also have four cans of caffeine-free Diet Sprite and four to six bottles of water. He must have the hotel restaurant menu, with a copy faxed ahead to his advance office. If his wife is with him, she should have two bottles of sparkling water, either Calistoga or Perrier.

For his reading material, Mr. Cheney should have The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and the local newspaper.
There's no mention of the punishment for what happens if the caffeine-free Diet Sprites aren't available. But, you think anyone is going to screw with Cheney? He shot a guy in the face for no reason. What do you think will happen if the room temp. isn't 68 degrees?

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