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When the Revolution Comes I Suspect This One Won’t Last Long

by Prince Of Petworth December 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm 31 Comments

via United States Senate

From the United States Senate:

“Vice President Dick Cheney’s portrait bust was unveiled today:

Richard B. Cheney selected William Behrends to sculpt his portrait in marble for the Senate’s Vice Presidential Bust Collection in September 2011. Behrends met with Vice President Cheney one month later to take measurements and photographs in preparation for the clay model. Mrs. Cheney, the daughters, and the grandchildren took an interest in the artistic process and enlivened the numerous sittings at the Cheney home. The artist also relied on images of the vice president when he served from 2001 to 2009 under President George W. Bush.

Following approval by the vice president of the full-sized clay model, Behrends cast a plaster bust which served to guide the carving of the marble. Unlike Behrends’ typical process of roughing out marble sculptures in Italy and finishing them in the United States, the Cheney bust was carved completely in Behrends’ North Carolina studio. Behrends initially carved the marble with diamond-tipped saws, as well as pneumatic and hand chisels. The finer details were then rendered using a set of vintage hand-made chisels given to the sculptor by a master carver in Italy. The finished work was accepted by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration in 2015.

A nationally celebrated sculptor, William Behrends is represented in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the country. Born in 1946, the North Carolina artist studied painting and architecture at North Carolina State University, followed by a year of independent study in Europe. He completed his academic studies in fine art and sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Behrends furthered his training in Pietrasanta, south of Carrara, Italy, where carvers of fine sculpture still follow traditional methods. The vice presidential bust of Cheney is Behrends’ second Senate commission. In 1995 the sculptor completed a portrait bust of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. Behrends executed the two Senate commissions, completed twenty years apart, from the same quarry block of Italian white statuary marble.

The marble bust of Vice President Dick Cheney was unveiled on December 3, 2015 in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, and placed on permanent display in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Angry Parakeet

    Well said.

  • This doesn’t really capture his ever-present sneer.

  • Rich

    Great title. The comparisons with Sadam will surprise his dwindling number of fans.

  • Jeff

    I wish William Behrends had not forgotten the horns

  • TinkerTaylor

    Who knew you get to pick your own sculptor and approve the clay model for your own bust? Guess I’m an irredeemable plebe. But if I ever make it, my bust will look suspiciously like George Clooney. Just sayin’

  • OffTheAvenue

    Impossible for an artist to catch that disgusting smirk the subject always has. Wish it had a cartoon balloon over the head saying, “F**k off!” in the same way he said it to Patrick Leahy WHILE PRESIDING OVER THE SENATE. Stay classy, Dick.

  • KenyonDweller

    It looks like some else, not Cheney. I can’t figure out who.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Someone with a soul?

      • LittleBluePenguin


    • TinkerTaylor

      Wallace Shawn?

      • KenyonDweller

        Perhaps if Wallace Shawn and Dwight Eisenhower had a love child.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          I could see that!

    • Oderus

      Looks like a fat Bob Dole

    • Anonamom

      When I first looked at it, it looked oddly like Truman to me.

    • ledroittiger

      Probably because they got rid of the majority of the jowls and the neck chin.

    • anon

      Arnold Palmer

      • The OP Anon

        This or Eisenhower. This looks NOTHING like Cheney. I think he’s probably trying to trick future would-be vandals.

    • jaybird

      Don Rickles?

  • Firecub1

    I hope someone gives this thing the Joker treatment.

    • jenster8dc

      In my mind he always sounds like The Penguin.

    • The OP Anon

      Black and White
      Red and Greeeeeeeeen
      The funkiest thang,
      You’ve ever seeeeeeeen.
      I love that Prince scored the soundtrack to that film.

  • Anon

    This bust should be 20-times larger and placed on the Mall, so visitors from around the world can visit the “Chicken hawk Monument”

    • Mr. Magoo

      The statue should be loaned out to museums in other countries, where it will no doubt be “busted” for war crimes.

  • Truxton Thomas

    My, that sculpture certainly is a…bust.

  • anoone

    Many of the problems we have right now are his fault. But hey, Halliburton got rich.

  • William

    It looks like Arnold Palmer, which is bullsh*t bc people respect Arnold.

  • northeazy

    This captures Cheney in a very pleasant light as all memorials should. He presided over the country when we were all scared senseless. No one is perfect. But he is a patriot and was an excellent Vice President. History will treat him well after all the Democrat apparatchiks that post on this blog are long gone.

    • neighbor

      Bless your heart.

      • anon


    • anonanon

      It takes guts, an independent mind, and asbestos skin to “question authority” when that authority is hip-cool-urban progressive group-think.

      VP Cheney’s biggest failing was being weak at or indifferent to PR. Perception becomes reality, and he didn’t give off warm fuzzies. But IMO history is going to be much kinder to him than the snarky Jon Stewart opposition was.

    • MorgaNado



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