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Boo Birds

"AP: Greeted with loud boos and some cheers, Vice President Dick Cheney threw out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday at the Washington Nationals' home opener .

"Reuters: The vice president, whose popularity is slumping along with that of President George W. Bush, walked out on the field to cheering and booing from the near-sellout crowd. The boos appeared to be little louder than the cheers.

"The New York Times: (Pedro) Martínez, who proceeded to wave to the crowd, received a slightly warmer reception than Vice President Dick Cheney, who was jeered before and after short-hopping the ceremonial first pitch.

"The White House correspondents' pool report noted that Cheney stepped out onto field dressed in khakis and a Nats bomber jacket to the sound of thunderous boos and catcalls ."

Not only that, but The Post's own Reliable Source columnists say Cheney "drew boisterous boos from the moment he stepped on the field until he jogged off."

Time for an instant replay? Here's the video. I had a hard time hearing how much of the crowd noise was booing, but it's clear that the roar began from the moment Cheney stepped onto the field, and sort of ended when he threw his lame pitch.

I asked David Nakamura about all this, and here's his response:

"When Cheney was announced to the crowd, the booing began. I was there and heard that. When he threw poorly, the boos intensified. I was trying to make the point that he got more boos after the bad throw -- but did not mean to imply that's the only time he was booed. For my quick online story, I mistakenly left out the broader context, assuming people knew Cheney was a controversial figure. After hearing from online readers, I then added more context for my story in [Tuesday's] actual newspaper. But since Cheney's appearance was no longer the lede of my story [Tuesday] -- which dealt with fans angry that the Nats have no team owner yet -- I dealt with his boos only in one paragraph in the newspaper story."

All right, not everyone is focused on baseball. Josh Marshall is alarmed about Iran:

"President Bush's dimwit megalomania seems to have survived the disaster of his Iraq adventure wholly intact.

"Consider this passage [from Sy Hersh's New Yorker piece]. . . .

"A government consultant with close ties to the civilian leadership in the Pentagon said that Bush was 'absolutely convinced that Iran is going to get the bomb' if it is not stopped. He said that the President believes that he must do 'what no Democrat or Republican, if elected in the future, would have the courage to do,' and 'that saving Iran is going to be his legacy. '

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