Monday, December 10, 2007

Dana Perino: "What's the Cuban Missile Crisis?"

This is why I love the NPR show, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. This weekend they had White House Press Secretary Dana Perino on during the Not My Job part of the show, and she admitted she didn't know what the Cuban Missile Crisis is.

Unfortunately, as she is appointed, not elected, I can't make a joke about "these are the people we elect?" I could say, "these are the people appointed by the people we elect?"

She indicated last week she was asked about the Cuban Missile Crisis in reference to President Putin's comparison of the U.S. missile defense shield program to the Cuban Missile Crisis. From the show:

"I was panicked a bit because I really know about ... nothing about ... the Cuban Missile Crisis. It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure."

She admitted he had to ask her husband and he shook his head.

I have to admit she has a decent sense of humor, even about the mortgage hotline goof by Bush last week. She also admitted her husband has told her not to talk to him in her "White House voice." She wouldn't demonstrate the voice for NPR, though.

Unfortunately, she didn't win for her contestant. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

You can here the whole segment here; click on Not My Job.


Michael said...

Should we be surprised? Visit
and then... "Wake up and smell the coffee"

Anonymous said...

Don't be too surprised. I would be surprised to find any American in the government elected or otherwise that would know about the cuban missle crisis or any event that happened more than 10 minutes ago.

Remember, America doesn't have an educational system. It just has places that it sends thier children to keep them out of the way while their parents work.

The U.S. congress hasn't given enough money for education for more than 40 years to support an educational system in the United States. Therefore 60 percent of Americans cannot read or write. Let alone understand anything about history.

Roman said...

What an idiot. I wonder if she has ever heard anything about the Cold War?

"I guess it was cold and it was a war..."

seeker12 said...

We need to get her on the show "Are you smarter than a fifth grader" She would do great with 2nd grade American History.