Goddammit, Little Scottie is still on vacation from Chimpy’s vacation so for yesterday’s gaggle we were stuck with the made-for-Fox-News stylings of Dana Perino. I haven’t found much of interest about Perino, other than the fact that last year worked for the Bush campaign while on the government payroll (in violation of federal law) and she’s an alumnus of Colorado State University-Pueblo (obviously not a college of cosmetology).
So in order for the gaggle-obsessed among you to become better acquainted with Ms. Perion I thought it would be a good idea to add her visage to her Scottie-like answers.
Q Senator Feingold, today, I think he became the first senator to call for a complete withdrawal of troops from Iraq, he said by December 31, 2006. Your reaction?
MS. PERINO: Our reaction? The President has talked about this many times, as have many other members of the Defense Department, as well as other members of the Senate. The President believes that setting an artificial timetable would send the wrong message to the Iraqis, who need to know that we are not going to leave before completing the mission. It would also send the wrong message to our troops. We are serious about completing the mission, and they need to know that they have our full support. And it would send the wrong message to the enemy, who, as the President has said many times, would just then have to wait us out. So as the President has said, we’re going to stay in Iraq as long as we’re needed, but not a day longer.
Q Dana, do you have any reaction — does the President have any reaction to the vigils last night? Did he see anything on television?
MS. PERINO: I don’t have an update as to whether or not he saw anything on television. We were — I was aware of the vigil and I think that many Americans were, but I have nothing to add from before.
Q There’s no reaction from the White House to the vigils?
MS. PERINO: The President has said that he sympathizes with Ms. Sheehan. He has met with her before. He appreciates the opportunities that he has to meet with families of the fallen or — and families that have men and women, sons and daughters, and mothers and fathers that are serving in the war on terror. He’s listened to their — to views of people like Ms. Sheehan and he respects them, but he disagrees.
Q Dana, has the President decided that he will not meet again with Cindy Sheehan? Is she wasting her time?
MS. PERINO: The President has said she has a right to peacefully protest and to be there and to express her views, but he has met with her before and there’s no change in the schedule.
There, that’s better isn’t it? I always like to be able to imagine the face when a briefer is lyin’ for the Chimpster.