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Your Moment Of Administration Ignorance

Appearing on National Public Radio’s light-hearted quiz show “Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me,” which aired over the weekend, 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.’ ” ~The Washington Post [1]

Via Isaac Chotiner [2]

Not exactly the best messenger for delivering warnings [3] about Iran’s nuclear program and the dangers of WWIII breaking out, is she?  It’s enough to make you miss Tony Snow.

Audio here [4].

P.S.  She said later, “I feel like I’m in school everyday.”  I’m sure that’s true.

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#1 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On December 10, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

Yikes.

#2 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On December 10, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

On second thought, she probably doesn’t know what happened in 1938, either.

#3 Comment By Dennis On December 11, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

But that fair, flawless skin. That charming, demure turn of the mouth. The disarming, slightly girlish demeanor. Pale blue eyes you just get lost in.
Yeah, I’ll admit it, I miss Tony Snow.