Whittington to Give Statement

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:56 AM

He's scheduled to speak around 1 p.m.

Bloomberg has a bit of the statement, which I missed because I was in a meeting:

The man wounded by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident at a south Texas ranch left the hospital today, calling himself ``lucky'' and expressing regret for the controversy sparked by the shooting.

``You can see what a lucky person I am,'' Austin attorney Harry Whittington said, adding that he and his family are ``deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through'' in the aftermath of the Feb. 11 accident during a quail hunt.

``We send our love and respect to them as they deal with situations that are much more serious than what we have had this week,'' Whittington said after being released from Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi. The accident was ``not easy to explain, especially to those who are not familiar with the great sport of quail hunting.''

UPDATE: Here's the video of his statement. You should really watch it. He looks dapper and he could not possibly be classier. Puts the press corps to absolute shame.