Don’t Know Nothin’

DON’T KNOW NOTHIN’….On NPR this weekend, White House press secretary Dana Perino recounted a recent press briefing in which a reporter referred to the Cuban Missile Crisis:

“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.’ “

Italics mine. I thought it was only the kids who didn’t know any history these days?

NB: JFK, of course, is famous for resisting military advice during the Cuban Missile Crisis from insane hawks like Curtis LeMay. Not knowing anything about this probably helps Perino fit right in to the Bush White House.