The White House website hosts a photo of Dick Cheney "fly-fishing on the Snake River in Idaho," wearing a pair of reflective glasses. Eagle-eyed William Gibson noticed that there's something awfully weird reflected in them: mutant hybrid sex-slave? Tentacle creature? Elder god? Link (Thanks, Bill!)

Update: in this higher rez version, the Schwa has cleverly disguised itself as Dick's arm -- thanks, Evan!

69 Responses to “Dick Cheney's shades reflect a strange being”

  1. youaregettingsleepy says:

    Jesus, if you had told me a week ago that I’d be willingly looking at a high-rez pic of Dick Cheney’s face I wouldn’t have believed you.

  2. Bonnie says:

    I spy Xenu!

  3. BassTooth says:

    It looks like Wilford Brimley.

  4. Bonegnawer says:

    Ok, is it just me, or does the dude’s arm in high-def format look unnervingly like a penis? NO, REALLY D: Look.

  5. djam says:

    nope, its simply Dick Cheney’s next target, why do you think he’s smiling?!

  6. Anonymous says:

    somebody holding a fish?

  7. Adam Price says:

    Odd that they lowered the resolution. When I saw this photo earlier, it was even more obvious that the reflection is of a hand holding a fishing rod.

  8. Doctor Popular says:

    it just looks like a reflection of his hand to me. Holding something, perhaps a fishin’ pole.

    Maybe this could be some sort of Rorschach test.

  9. Wickedashtray says:

    I can’t wait until the conspiracy lunatics get ahold of this….

  10. detective says:

    At the White House site it says this pic is of Cheney riding horseback at his ranch in Wyoming…also, he’s not wearing his “flyfishing” outfit in this pic. Also, that’s part of his right cheek..looking like a leg…yep..it’s ALIEN!!! BIG eyes, nose, and antenna!!! Male methinks…:)

  11. SC_Wolf says:

    #11 posted by giantnegro , April 10, 2008 2:45 AM

    Does it scare anyone else that William Gibson is spending his time staring deeply into the eyes of Dick Cheney?

    There’s nothing unusual about William Gibson contemplating mirrorshades. One of the foundation blocks of cyberpunk is that people look cool and scary at the same time while wearing mirrorshades.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Like everything on the Whitehouse website (I assume), if you remove the last part of the filename it gets bigger.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/photoessays/outdoors/images/v081905db-0162.jpg

  13. ESQ says:

    It’s a streetlight.

  14. detective says:

    This is hilarious!!! Amazing what reflection and resolution can do…alien to thumb…LOL

  15. Takuan says:

    “riding horsieback” on George?

  16. teapot7 says:

    It’a a weather balloon. Or possibly a flock of geese.

  17. Jake0748 says:

    This is now on the front page of Yahoo. Almost every day I see some story on BB and then 3 or 4 days later, there it is on Yhoo. They are lazy and they really like to read BoingBoing.

  18. Maurik says:

    Get Charlie Epps and his image enhancing algorithms on it!

  19. alisong76 says:

    Adam, now why let the boring old truth get in the way of a good story?

  20. schickm says:

    could that be….I think it is…his noodly appendage !

  21. loopfiend says:

    Finally a glimpse of the evil alien overlord that has been running the country!

  22. noen says:

    Looks like he’s in a row boat. The previous pic is of a fly fishing rod.

  23. giantnegro says:

    Does it scare anyone else that William Gibson is spending his time staring deeply into the eyes of Dick Cheney? Is this the secret to his inspiration?

  24. santellana says:

    Oh my gosh fish, RUN! The VP has a gun! And he’s smile-ing!

  25. Hugh Lilly says:

    It’s a Lee Harvey Oswald sock-puppet.

  26. Pres says:

    A scantily clad lady holding the camera while taking this pic?

  27. Ocker3 says:

    See, I was going to say naked woman, which would explain the grin, but that’s probably more of a Freudian mind trick than reality. if you look at the original photo sequence (http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/photoessays/outdoors/06.html) it makes sense that it’s his hand, and the body parts line up for that.

    no naked women on Cheney’s fishing trips :(

  28. scottfree says:

    We could be in for some serious trouble. Looks like hes captured Admiral Ackbar. Alert the rebel commanders.

  29. Ocker3 says:

    See, I was going to say naked woman, which would explain the grin, but that’s probably more of a Freudian mind trick than reality. if you look at the original photo sequence (http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/photoessays/outdoors/06.html) it makes sense that it’s his hand, and the body parts line up for that.

    no naked women on Cheney’s fishing trips :(

  30. DMcK says:

    Actually methinks it’s a reflection of a hand holding a , in the process of hauling in a fishy. Or, the mutilated remains of today’s brave (but doomed) fishing partner.

  31. DMcK says:

    Actually methinks it’s a reflection of a hand holding a net, in the process of hauling in a fishy. Or, the mutilated remains of today’s brave (but doomed) fishing partner.

  32. Nelson.C says:

    What does it say about my brain, that everyone else sees a naked woman or Cheney’s undead hand, and I see a rubber chicken?

  33. Talia says:

    #4: I see what you did there ;P

  34. willy b says:

    How many times must I remind you… republicans do not have sex. ( this is the last generation of them. )

  35. Christovir says:

    Did anyone else think the oddity in this picture was not any reflection, but the fact that Dick Cheney can smile? I thought his smiling muscles would have atrophied long ago…

  36. Elysianartist says:

    Bastige belongs in a cell in the Hague. Not out flyfishing.

  37. GuidoMescalito says:

    if you look closely, it’s actually osama…
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/guidomescalito/2402484995/)

  38. Anonymous says:

    Its someone holding up a fish in front of himself/herself–fairly clear in the right lens (the left one in the photo).

  39. serpent says:

    If I remember well, Bush takes advice from an Grey Alien, so it’s not suprising that Cheney goes fishing with Cthulhu.

    http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/07/bushs-alien-overlord.html

  40. Anonymous says:

    At higher resolution, you can see that its just a fishing rod and he has disgusting teeth with bits of stuff in them.

  41. chgoliz says:

    @18: from your mouth (keyboard) to God’s ears!

  42. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s Jamie Hyneman! :-)

  43. ratbastid says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s a reflection of a fellow fisherman. I put an analysis of it up on my blog that demonstrates that.

    http://www.danray.net/2008/04/10/whats-in-dicks-glasses

  44. Slowermo says:

    I see Wilfred Brimley turning into The Thing.

  45. somnambulant says:

    No, no, no… It’s obviously the Flying Spaghetti Monster! He touched Dick with his noodly appendage! Err…

  46. PMF says:

    I recognise those googley eyes. Cheney’s fishing with Homer Simpson! It would explain where a lot of his opinions come from.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a prisoner from Abu Ghraib, bound and naked with a hood covering his head. That smile would fit the situation. Now if you really stretch your eyes, his hand looks like it is making a gun sign.

    Or this is photo of him fishing :)

    In my heart of hearts I believe the former.

  48. tmattoneill says:

    the man pictured here is smiling–definitive proof that this is not cheney but an impostor. maybe the alien disguised as a hand holding a fishing rod is controlling cheney’s cerebral cortex. i can think of no other explanation.

  49. e_to_the_m says:

    It’s just his hand on the fishing rod. Here’s a higher res photo.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/photoessays/outdoors/images/v081905db-0162.jpg

  50. Moon says:

    What kind of a claw does Dick Cheney have on the end of his arm?

  51. Anonymous says:

    Dick Cheney eats children like a gourmand an orlotan

  52. onefreeliberal says:

    It looks a bit to me like a statue resembling the Venus of Willendorf:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_of_Willendorf

  53. Anonymous says:

    McClatchy Newspapers did this: on the subject.

  54. genericvox says:

    Looks to me like a big ass praying mantis…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ameles_decolor01.jpg

  55. Takuan says:

    no, no,… the simple, awful truth is that the image is what happens after Cheney hears the latest casualty figures and has time to unzip his fly

  56. Anonymous says:

    It’s actually Cheney’s hand holding his fishing pole.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/photoessays/outdoors/images/v081905db-0162.jpg

  57. Jacques says:

    Looks like a naked woman to me, mind you I’m usually on the lookout for naked women. That prick Dick Cheney definitely does detract from the experience.

  58. cheneyburton says:

    No matter what the reflection is, why is this man fishing and having fun while our soldiers are getting blown up in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    Shame!

  59. Takuan says:

    why? because it gives him sexual gratification.

    Count on it: In the honey moon years when Saddam Hussein was an ally and well-supported friend of America, Cheney would visit Iraq and share the pleasures of the private torture rooms. Look at his face.

  60. teknocholer says:

    #18: “How many times must I remind you… republicans do not have sex.”

    At least, not as we know it.

  61. Anonymous says:

    Its CTHULHU! All is LOST verily!!!

  62. Ogre Lawless says:

    Oh come on, that’s reel. (Tho, at that size, I think he’s going to need a bigger boat.)

  63. Torchwood says:

    Cheney = Darth vader
    in three easy steps
    1. is more machine than man.
    2. serves a dark lord of the sith
    3 shoots people in the face

  64. Mikey Likes BoingBoing says:

    Yeah, it’s a hand holding a fishing rod.

    Even without the high res photo someone linked to, I knoew it wasn’t a naked woman. Dick Cheney wouldn’t smile at the sight at a naked woman. It would just be a reminder he couldn’t do anything with said naked woman anyway. You know how all the erectile dysfunction drug ads say their drugs are not for men too unhealthy for sex? They have half-undead old farts like Bum Ticker Cheney in mind when they say that. Besides, does this angry, misathropic crank even kiss the missus on the cheek any more?

    Given the predominatly gay peccidillos of various and sundry right wingers, I would have sooner guessed the reflection was that of a well-oiled naked cabana boy.

  65. Pablissimo says:

    #16 == By far the most awesome interpretation!

  66. edwinx2 says:

    You know, the largely benign Jimmy Carter was menaced by some sort of talking aquatic bunny; it makes sense that now that full-on Batman-style arch-villains are in charge of the country, the Old Ones are taking an interest. It is a bit chilling to see the lunatic ecstasy on his face as Father Dagon or whomever rises from the frigid deep to devour the last rancid morsels of his sanity and soul.

    P.S. On closer inspection, I think it’s a mandrake root, or maybe his arm holding a rod and reel. At any rate, it’s good to see that vice-Nero can enjoy himself as Rome burns. Must be thinking about kicking a puppy or something.

  67. Shawn Wolfe says:

    Republicans only have sex with men in airport toilets in Minnesota.

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