03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cheney Skips White House Holiday Party To Go Hunting

Missing from Monday night's black-tie White House holiday ball for all three branches of government was one very prominent official of the executive branch: Vice President Dick Cheney. He was away on a life-threatening mission - at least for the brave souls who joined him.

Members of Congress flocked to the White House in their tuxedos and gowns for well-spiked eggnog, gourmet nosh (the crab cakes and chicken fingers were big hits) and photos with President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. And some of them noticed that while the Bushes stood for hours on end saying "cheese" with hundreds of lawmakers, justices, Cabinet officials and select staffers - Cheney was nowhere to be found.

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