Thursday, December 13, 2007

And what exactly are the requirements for being a Presidential Press Secretary?

Oh, yeah. Complete and utter toady, willing to say anything and stonewall, even in the face of looking completely ridiculous. However, they really shouldn’t make it this easy.

Appearing on National Public Radio's light-hearted quiz show "Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me," which aired over the weekend, (Dana) Perino got into the spirit of things and told a story about herself that she had previously shared only in private: During a White House briefing, a reporter referred to the Cuban Missile Crisis -- and she didn't know what it was.

"I was panicked a bit because I really don't know about . . . the Cuban Missile Crisis," said Perino, who at 35 was born about a decade after the 1962 U.S.-Soviet nuclear showdown. "It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure."

So she consulted her best source. "I came home and I asked my husband," she recalled. "I said, 'Wasn't that like the Bay of Pigs thing?' And he said, 'Oh, Dana.' "

Yes, making light of the fact that she knew absolutely nothing about one of THE most important events of the entire Cold War. "It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure." Yep, now THAT’S a stretch of the imagination. Nothing really important. She really wants to get back to her day job of ridiculing reporters for asking what she thinks are impertinent questions.

At least Tony Snow knew what the heck he was talking about. Ms. Perino seems sadly out of her league. Actually, I just had a thought. Reporters should start throwing in historical bits into their questions, just to see if she knows what they are talking about. “Dana, would you care to compare Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Premier Nikita Khrushchev, in their willingness to threaten other nations with nuclear weapons?”

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