Monday, August 29, 2011

NBC Dateline interviews Dick Cheney, then a boy who describes a trip to Heaven

On NBC’s Dateline Aug. 27, Jamie Gangel interviewed former Vice President Dick Cheney, in the living room at his ranch in Wyoming, about his new book “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir” (Threshold),  written with his wife Liz, the book that would make heads explode in Washington, as he left it behind.

Cheney talked about his heart failure and five heart attacks (refer to last night’s CNN program for the zipper club – and Cheney has had both bypass and multiple stents), and that he is in line for a heart transplant, only at age 70. Cheney has always sought emergency medical attention for the slightest chest discomforts. Cheney looked paler and thinner today than in the Bush administration shots. 

Cheney gave his account of the morning of 9/11, and takes “credit” from authorization of a possible shoot-down on that morning. He describes how he was tugged physically by Secret Service that morning and dragged down to a bunker in the bowels of the White House.

Another interview depicted a boy Colton Burpo, who almost died of a ruptured appendix, and later told his parents that he had been to Heaven.  The story became his pastor father Todd Burpo’s book “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of his Trip to Heaven and Back” (Thomas Nelson).  The boy described Heaven as like a growing city with colors not visible to humans (higher and lower wave lengths, implying that normal humans are partially color-blind – the description reminds me of the First Dominion in Clive Barker’s “Imajica”.).  People are at their optimal ages. Colton said he met an unborn sister whom he had never known about (she had died of miscarriage).  He did describe Jesus.  

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