THE PLANK DECEMBER 10, 2007
A charming story (third item) about White House Press Secretary Dana Perino:
Appearing on NPR'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."
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.' "
It did have to do with Cuba and missiles--good guess! This counts as somewhat of a relief, however, because it confirms that Perino's general cluelessness on the podium is not in fact an act. And for that bit of authenticity we should all be grateful.