Occupy Denver confronts cloaked man who might or might not be Dick Cheney (video)

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If you can get past the fact that Dick Cheney's name is spelled wrong in the title of this video, the rest of it is still confusing. On Friday, a handful of Occupy Denver protesters visited the site of the former vice president's recent (and secretive) trip to the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver to attempt to mike-check him before he left. Near the end of the video, they shout onscreen at a man escorted out with his suit jacket over his face. Did they succeed in checking Cheney?

To be honest, Westword is not entirely sure. Although his shielded appearance suggests that the man they are admonishing is, in fact, George W's previous No. 2, the build seems too slight to match Cheney's. And a carefully planned decoy can go a long way toward avoiding an aggressive situation.

Regardless of whether it's Cheney or a lucky stand-in, the situation is an interesting one. In Denver, Cheney spoke in support of the charity Phoenix Multisport, an organization devoted to assisting alcoholics and drug addicts recovering from addiction. Although the paid stop was part of his cross-country book tour for In My Time, the event was not open to the public or the press. Organizers attempted to keep the venue a secret from those without invitations, but Occupy Denver ferreted it out.

Watch the full YouTube clip below:

The video begins with the event's attendees taking offense to the protesters' presence. At one point, a man in a trench coat and a patriotic-themed tie tells one of the protesters to, "actually read a book and learn something." This is not taken lightly: The woman in question responds that she is a college-educated individual, while she and former Westword cover subject Corey Donahue follow their heckler down the street and add to the reading list.

"Why don't you read a book," Donahue shouts. "Mein Kampf was a good book, too!"

Farther in, protester and former Westword profile subject Kenny White asks police officers in front of Cheney's venue to arrest him. Unsurprisingly, they decline. From there, the video progresses through footage of the protesters shouting allegations of Cheney taking part in treason and terrorism to shocked passersby: "If you're wondering what a terrorist looks like, it's a fat man with a defibrillator!"

Not long after, the man escorted under cover into a waiting SUV is accused of being a "murderer and a scumbag," although Donahue suggests on-camera it is not actually Dick Cheney.

What do you think?

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver greeted by Police Chief Robert White while awaiting eviction."


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Lenman_99
Lenman_99

What a waste of my tax money putting her through college. I'm sure she used public funds and never paid back any loans. I wish my taxes were spent on bombs instead. And of course we all know that the fat bearded guy never paid back his school loans as he so proudly told us in Westword. Even better I bet he used public funds from Ireland to get his useless masters degree.

Guest
Guest

I completely agree with Occupy's points.This is a totally counterproductive way of expressing them. They just look like idiots. They have a moment and they're squandering it.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

That guy is lucky Corey didn't grab his nuts!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I yelled at the man who was pretending to be Dick Cheney too, but Dick was making his exit out the east side of the Brown Palace at that very moment -- couldn't be on both sides at once!  Rob and Chelsea of freetobe.tv did see Cheney leave.  They may have video -- you might try contacting them.  Cheney left long after his fans did -- I'm sure he was aware of our presence and trying to avoid (all ten of) us.

De-Nazify America; Hang War Criminal and Traitor Dick Cheney!

(after his trial, of course)

Bill
Bill

I'm guessing it was a disguised Lindsay Lohan looking to avoid questions about the Playboy shoot. An angry protester would never be able to get that close, while screaming, to the man that was vice president of our country three years ago. Get a job, college graduate.

Irony
Irony

They decided to yell at a man they thought was a retired politician who once did something they didn't like. But they're not sure it was that person.

Why do they waste their time with activities that will have no effect on policy? I guess because it felt good to do it.

Derrrr
Derrrr

Wow, talk about misguided and inefficient!  If I were associated with Occupy Denver, I'd focus on bigger and better things than haranguing an old white man with heart disease (granted, Cheney IS Satan incarnate).  What about pitching in and renting a space to serve as a headquarters (buildings give heat and light... wow).  I don't see these hippies going anywhere unless they find a way to move above street-level shenanigans and run-of-the-mill minor annoyances.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"I wish my taxes were spent on bombs instead." -- thank-you!

Baw1967
Baw1967

 i agree as one the protesters i believe we should be more decisive and direct we hippies should remove the siver spoon fed trust fund babies from the taxpayers teat and cast them to the streets like the dogs they truely are

Guest
Guest

ah... inspiring complacency. way to go pussy

Shelby
Shelby

hey human! leave us canines out of this. we have been of service to the human race for centuries. we canines fail to see a corelation between being a faithful servant and being the devil. Dick Cheney is the latter

Shelby
Shelby

correlation. we dogs don't normally defend ourselves on message boards and as such my spelling is a bit off.

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