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May 20, 2009

The True Dick

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Right off the bat, how unusual is it to see Cheney without either the smirk or that smug little smile?

Credit photographer Evan Vucci and the AP photo editors for bringing us this rare, unguarded look at the former shadow president at the Phillies – Nationals baseball game on Sunday. Sure, the expression could have been because his team was going down, or he wasn’t sure whether or not he left the stove on, or the hot dog didn’t agree with him.

Just as likely, however, is that Vucci captured a rare psychological portrait. Underneath the intense aggression and paranoia, one would reasonably expect to find a mountain of depression.

(image: Evan Vucci/AP. Sunday, May 17, 2009. Washington, D.C.)

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