White House’s Perino gets last laugh
WASHINGTON – She got ‘em.
White House press secretaries probably dream of turning the tables on reporters and having a public laugh at their expense. Well Dana Perino got that wish.
“So much history has happened at the White House, and much of it occurred right here in this room,” she began.
Then followed a slide show of journalists in action over the years – working on a crossword puzzle during a briefing, apparently trying to grow a mustache, snoozing in chairs outside.
It was all good-natured humor and Perino probably got more laughs at her 145th and final briefing than any previous ones.
“I wish my successor, Robert Gibbs, all the very best. Please go easy on him — for a week,” Perino said.
She mentioned predecessors Tony Snow and Ari Fleischer, but not Scott McClellan who wrote a book full of criticism of the Bush White House.
Perino brushed off a question about the omission with “no harm meant, I just didn’t mention him.”
In a long tradition of White House press secretaries Perino has written a note and put it into the pocket of a bullet-proof vest that has been passed down through the years. But no word on what it says.
Asked whether she would do the job again the answer was unequivocal.
“If given a chance to do it over again, would I? Yes. But would I ever come back and do this? No. No.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Perino says good bye at last press briefing)