It sometimes gets interesting living in the same small town as the Vice President and the Secretary of Defense.
Yesterday afternoon as we were driving out of down we saw one of the green-and-white presidential Marine helicopters going toward the tiny Easton, Maryland airport. (I'll bet their neighbors are just delighted to have those humungous helicopters setting down right next door.) It was flying by itself, without an escort, so it must have been either Cheney or Rumsfeld and not the Prez. It landed and taxied to the center of the airport, away from any main roads. We could just barely see some plane sitting over there, away from where all the other planes normally are tied down. On every one of the perimeter roads of the airport there were security cars sitting parked with their lights on.
Since it's only a short helicopter ride across the Chesapeake Bay to either the Pentagon or the Vice Presidential mansion, we figured that the Very Important Passenger must have been traveling someplace else yesterday afternoon on a longer-range flight.
Interesting, but I'm still glad I'm not his next-door neighbor.
Update: I see that Rumsfeld is scheduled to speak at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania today, which is only about 150 miles from Easton, Maryland. Probably wasn't getting in a plane for that, unless he went up there last night. I haven't been able to find out what Cheney is up to today - maybe he's in the famous Undisclosed Location in St. Michaels again while Bush is on a meet and greet a few blocks from the White House at the DAR.