The fact that the administration tried to cover up the incident and only released the information to the public 18 hours later, after the property owner had already told the news media, is no laughing matter.
The fact that Cheney's people originally didn't even tell Bush that Cheney was the shooter is no laughing matter. (well, that sort of is funny)
The fact that Harry Wittington has now had a heart attack is no laughing matter.
So why is the White House laughing?
According to AP:
The White House has decided that the best way to deal with Vice President Dick Cheney's shooting accident is to joke about it.
President Bush's spokesman quipped Tuesday that the burnt orange school colors of the University of Texas championship football team that was visiting the White House shouldn't be confused for hunter's safety wear.
"The orange that they're wearing is not because they're concerned that the vice president may be there," joked White House press secretary Scott McClellan, following the lead of late-night television comedians. "That's why I'm wearing it."
The president's brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, took a similar jab after slapping an orange sticker on his chest from the Florida Farm Bureau that read, "No Farmers, No Food."
"I'm a little concerned that Dick Cheney is going to walk in," the governor cracked during an appearance in Tampa Monday.