Armstrong had notified Cheney earlier in the morning that she was going to inform the news media about the incident. For years afterwards, editorial cartoons and comedians continued to crack jokes about the incident. After Salinas finished his call with the Secret Service, Kirk called Salinas a second time to report that he couldn't get any information about the shooting at the Armstrong gate. He decided to give it another try this year after some encouragement from his son-in-law who wanted to see if the lawyer was still a hunting wiz. Whittington's first shot — which successfully took down a quail — proved he hasn't lost his touch. It was an accident," he told the Daily News.
White House Deferred to Cheney on Shooting.
Dick Cheney hunting incident
For years afterwards, editorial cartoons and comedians continued to crack jokes about the incident. He then asked people in the studio audience to raise their hands to indicate if they thought they would accompany a friend to the hospital after shooting him. Good news for the Republicans: The White House did not disclose the accident until a press conference on Sunday afternoon. I thought that was very impressive.