Paul Simms, writing in The New Yorker, presents, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story on the infamous exchange:
Vice President Dick Cheney cursed at Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, in a confrontation on the Senate floor while members were having their annual group picture taken earlier this week. . . . According to [an] aide, Mr. Cheney . . . responded with a barnyard epithet, urging Mr. Leahy to perform an anatomical sexual impossibility. Ã¢€”The Washington Times.
After Mr. Cheney successfully delivered the epithet and started to walk away, Mr. LeahyÃ¢€”sotto voceÃ¢€”referred to the Vice-President using a term more often heard in taverns and locker rooms than in the august Senate chamber, a term that refers to a sexual act commonly acknowledged as taboo among all cultures that proscribe incestuous contact between a mother and a son.
Mr. CheneyÃ¢€”apparently hearing Mr. LeahyÃ¢€™s remarkÃ¢€”stopped, turned, and invited his colleague from across the aisle to engage in a sexual act that is considered a felony in some states, and which involves oral-genital contact.
Mr. Leahy then suggested that the president of the Senate take his gavel and use it to perform an act that, while not technically impossible in anatomical terms, would certainly be considered both unseemly and unhygienic, and which would require an unusual combination of single-minded ambition and physical relaxation.
Mr. Cheney wasted no time in informing Mr. Leahy that he should feel free to perform yet another anatomical impossibilityÃ¢€”this one involving aviation, a standard sexual act, and a rolling doughnut.
(Hat tip: Howard Bashman)