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Cheney goes for laughs at media dinner

/ Source: The Associated Press

Vice President Dick Cheney has shown off his lighter side, filling in for his boss Wednesday night at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington.

By tradition, the guest of honor pokes a little fun at himself before the audience of media members and guests.

The vice president worked in a reference to Democrat Barack Obama's controversial comments about "bitter" voters and his own hunting mishap. He thanked the attendees for the kind welcome, saying, "You're not the kind to look down on a bitter man who clings to his guns."

Cheney also quipped about his health issues, joking that he helps the environment by insisting on a hybrid ambulance every time he goes to the hospital.

And the Veep recounted how he asked his wife at the breakfast table if it bugs her that people call him "Darth Vader." He said she answered, "Not at all. It humanizes you."