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What's that in Dick Cheney's Sunglasses?

By April 11, 2008

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David Bohrer / White House Photo - What's that in Dick Cheney's sunglasses?Is it a naked woman? A space alien? Some gangly dude smoking a cigar? Or is it nothing more mysterious than the vice-president's arm holding a fishing pole?

The photo that's got everyone buzzing, shot by White House photographer David Bohrer, is a close-up of a grinning Dick Cheney on a fly-fishing trip in Idaho. Some folks insist the blurry, flesh-colored shape reflected in Cheney's sunglasses is either the tanned body of a naked woman or something not of this earth.

Cheney's spokesperson Meagan Mitchell says it's a hand casting a fishing rod. Diabolical!

The original photo
Hi-res enlargement

Sound Off: What do you see reflected in Dick Cheney's glasses?
1) A naked woman.
2) An extraterrestrial being.
3) A guy with a cigar.
4) A hand holding a fishing rod.
5) A slooowww news day.

Read more about it:
Is Some Naked Gal in Cheney's Sunglasses? - Wonkette
Is that Really a Naked Woman in Dick Cheney's Sunglasses? - McClatchy Newspapers
Dick Cheney's Shades Reveal a Strange Being - Boing Boing
Photo of Cheney Creates Web Chatter - New York Post

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(White House photo by David Bohrer)


April 11, 2008 at 7:52 am
(1) mike says:

It is clear to see that he is holding a fishing pole in his right hand. Your mind is going to perceive it being a naked person but it’s only his right hand and a fishing reel.

April 11, 2008 at 8:24 am
(2) KAB says:

“A dirty mind is a perpetual feast”
- Oscar Wilde
..for what else can make you think it is a naked women reflected in the sunglasses?

April 11, 2008 at 8:35 am
(3) TuCats says:

I think I’m disappointed.

If the naked woman was also a lawyer and friend of the family, released on the game preserve for hunting sport…. Now that’s a story!

April 11, 2008 at 8:49 am
(4) Myke Ashley-Cooper says:

Could swear that I have the ORIGINAL picture that others have tried to make more discrete!

How do I send it to you???

April 11, 2008 at 9:48 am
(5) Irv Brown says:

Whatever it is; let’s worship it!

April 11, 2008 at 9:59 am
(6) Thomas says:

It is just a fishing pole. They don’t let him hunt anymore. Bet he has a barbless hook too!

October 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm
(7) Parsippany Limo says:

Nothing but a fishing rod and hand.

April 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm
(8) Jack Jones says:


As you can clearly see, it’s his hand… let’s drop the discussion.

April 11, 2008 at 1:51 pm
(9) Bryan says:

I find it hard to believe that 32% of responders actually think that’s a naked woman in Cheney’s shades. Would the VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, especially one as secretive as Cheney, allow that pic to be published? Come on. It’s just a fishing pole. And in light of past events and Thomas’ comment, I’m surprised he even gets to use THOSE anymore.

April 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm
(10) Rhoda says:

To start with it doesn’t even look like Chaney.

April 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm
(11) Padwaan says:

Looks Alien to me… Or some form of Advanced Reptile…

April 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm
(12) Daniel says:

Whatever it is – let’s hope Cheney isn’t armed tis time!!!

April 11, 2008 at 6:32 pm
(13) Bree says:

Are people so ready to create a scandal that someone says “Goodness, it’s a naked woman!” and people just eat it up and blow it WAY out of proportion. First of all, it does not look like a naked woman, even without enhancing the photo. If people would get their heads out of their “you-know-whats”, it would have been obvious that it is what it is.

Besides, why would Vice President Cheney have a naked woman on the boat if there was a cameraperson close by ready to snap a shot or two? And why would they have released this photo to the public if the reflection truly was a woman?

God, people are so screwed up in the head sometimes… Think with your upstairs brain, America!!! Our president and vice president are NOT perverts… and they’re NOT idiots, like some people in this country.

April 11, 2008 at 6:43 pm
(14) Karen Harvey says:

The fact that anyone THINKS they see a naked woman or anything other than what it is (an arm-hand-fishing pole) is proof that society has hit a new moral low. The image is clear, minimally distorted and obvious!!

April 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm
(15) peter says:

this is much ado about nothing.it is a sad commentary about us and the media, where we take little things out of proportion and make a big news deal out of it with out checking the facts. its is also sad for the media to report it without finding out the truth and just letting it grow, i think they should investigate and correct false pretense.

April 11, 2008 at 7:59 pm
(16) A True Patriot says:
April 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm
(17) derek says:

Nice tits!

April 19, 2008 at 4:47 pm
(18) Hasahna Hanana says:

I have studied alien life phenomena for over 18 years and am convinced this is the same alien that met with Dick Chenny at the end of the Desert Storm invasion while he was Sec. of State for Bush Sr. An associate of mine who was a resident Whitehouse photographer captured a shot of an angry Chenny meeting with this same alien as a decision was made to pull out of Iraq. This photo and negative roll was taken by the Secret Service. We believe that its now payback time and Chenny has come to terms with the aliens to supply them with oil. Ask yourself, where did all that Iraq oil go that was supposed to fund their economy? The tax payers are funding a war while Chenny sales oil to the aliens!

April 23, 2008 at 8:01 am
(19) Resident alien says:

She’s so hot. Hillary wasn’t campaigning that day!

May 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm
(20) 2pies says:

Tits oot for the lads!

July 15, 2008 at 7:19 am
(21) Lisa says:

If you look at the high resolution close up, there is no doubt at all that he’s holding a fishing pole. Oh my goodness! You all who chose “naked woman” on the survey should be ashamed of yourselves. This is how rumors start.

August 19, 2008 at 11:50 am
(22) Shirley Starke says:

It’s so obviously an arm holding a fishing rod that it’s hard to believe anyone could mistake it for anything else. Take a look at the high-res enlargement. The thumb side of the hand is towards you; the thumbnail is at left. An arm in a white sleeve is at right. The fishing rod looks curved due to the curve of the sunglass lenses. See it now?

December 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm
(23) g says:

If you look up close, it’s actually his hand. It did look like a naked woman at first

February 9, 2009 at 11:57 am
(24) core. says:

The mans a criminal..
Burn him.

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