MS. MATALIN: Well, understand, whatâ€™s going on in the course of the evening, theyâ€™re in this 50,000- acre farm, it took a half-hour for the ambulance to even reach them, they had to get out, soâ€”by the time they got back and called the family, located them, got them to the hospital, and made all those machinations, itâ€™s now, what, 10 or 11 oâ€™clock back here? The vice president knew that the president had been informed within the hour, he knew that Karl Rove, whoâ€™s dear friends with Katharine Armstrong and Harry Whittington, had called, so he knew that the president had a full accounting. Iâ€™m notâ€”this questionâ€™s repeatedly askedâ€”Iâ€™m not sure what the implication of it is. What purpose would have been served by the vice president then waking up the president to say, â€œFeel my painâ€? He knew he was fully informed, and he knew he was informed from personal friends, not just from the medics and the Secret Service. I just am hard-pressed to understand what isâ€”what are we trying toâ€”what itch are we trying to scratch?
MATTHEWS: But you donâ€˜t have any problem if this was Al Gore, you wouldnâ€˜t haveâ€”if Al Gore shot a guy in a hunting accident, had never called the president for two days, that wouldnâ€˜t bother you?
Oâ€˜BEIRNE: I donâ€˜t know whatâ€˜s beingâ€”given that the president knew as of Saturday evening, I donâ€˜t know what is implied by the fact that the vice president did not speak directly to the president until Monday. I donâ€˜t know what the implication there is.
One works for Cheney and gets paid for it. The other does and doesn’t.