Dick Cheney in a Wheelchair—Blofeld, Strangelove, or Potter?

Which pop culture villain has he most come to resemble?


By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Tuesday's image of Dick Cheney in a wheelchair seems endlessly evocative, especially in terms of pop culture touchstones. My first thought, echoed I later learned by my mother, was that were he only stroking a white cat in his lap he would have completed his transformation into James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Apparently someone over at the New Yorker arrived at a different but not inappropriate conclusion (and certainly this would not have been the first time someone compared Cheney to Dr. Strangelove). And then at a Brookings Institution event this morning, former Bush (43) speechwriter Michael Gerson, trying to warm his audience, said he was surprised how much Cheney now looks like Mr. Potter, the villain from It's a Wonderful Life.

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