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Former White House Press Secretary Wonders Why Doctors Won’t Just Speak English Already

Who said press secretaries are dumb? Not us. Former White House media relations person/current and future Gretchen Carlson Dana Perino just felt like daring us to make some stereotypical quips last night when she offered the smartest take on the ObamaCare rollout communications fiasco:

She’s right, you know: we have a close relative who’s an ophthalmologist in Texas and he learned Spanish as a hobby because it has absolutely no relation to the job he does every day.

Ooh, nice comeback. Yes, this is a pile-on, but as a public figure she should probably stick to talking about puppies and cruising the Congo to avoid Miley Cyrus.

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Dana Perino + Dog + Runway = Glam

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Former White House press secretary to George W. Bush, and current Burson-Marsteller consultant Dana Perino strutted her stuff on the runway with her pup Henry at the Fashion for Paws event in Washington, D.C. this past Saturday.

Dana Perino: I Don’t Understand Why Obama Went On Fox News

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Dana Perino, former White House press secretary to President George W. Bush, did some Monday morning PR quarterbacking of President Obama’s sit down last night with Fox News’ Brett Baier on Fox and Friends today. “What I don’t understand, from a communications standpoint, is why the White House did the interview in the first place,” said Perino.

She said the administration should have held a press conference instead, which Fox would have covered anyway, and in which they may have had more control or could have selected the questions in advance.

In February, we noted how the Obama administration prefers sit down interviews as opposed to press conferences.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has already moved on to today’s news from the Congressional Budget Office. A report from that office said the health-care bill will reduce the federal deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years and by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years after that.

Also: Perino will guest host Fox and Friends tomorrow.

Less Laughter in White House Press Room

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs cracked a joke about Sarah Palin during his daily press briefing this past Tuesday. Former George W. Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino didn’t think it was funny.

Now, Politico reports that the media may be tiring of Gibbs’ shtick. Reports Politico’s Patrick Gavin:

Back in May, Politico analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter – as indicated by “(Laughter)” being noted in the official transcript – occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs‘s briefings.

But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89.

This could be due to the fact that Gibbs has had to address a number of serious issues in the last few months, including health-care reform stalling, Scott Brown winning Ted Kennedy‘s Senate seat in Massachusetts and continued concern about job growth and the economy.

Dana Perino on Robert Gibbs’ Palin Joke: ‘I Wouldn’t Have Done It’

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Former White House Press Secretary, and current Burston-Marsteller consultant Dana Perino was on Fox News today to talk national security. Towards the end of the segment host Eric Bolling asked her about White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbsmocking of Sarah Palin at yesterday’s press briefing for writing down talking points on her hand.

“It’s a little bit over the top…I wouldn’t have done it,” said Perino.

Friday Afternoon Quarterbacking: Obama’s Messaging On Security

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A number of PR executives have asked PRNewser over the past week, how do you think President Obama has handled himself since the attempted Christmas day plane bombing?

For three days following the attempted attack while on vacation, Obama did not speak, and since then he has conducted three televised speeches, the latest of which came yesterday afternoon.

“When you know the first day this guy’s [Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab] father had turned him in, how can you not be out there demanding that heads roll?” asked Don Goldberg, partner at D.C.-based Qorvis Communications and former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton. He said that the only conclusion one can come to is that the reaction was calculated. They tried to “hold off” and “see what public reaction” would be, he said.

Others weren’t as critical. “Whatever he does, it will be criticized,” Hill & Knowlton CEO Paul Taaffe told PRNewser earlier this week.

Either way, it seems the GOP has had their own messaging problems this week. Rudy Giuliani followed former George W. Bush secretary Dana Perino when he said on “Good Morning America” today “we had no domestic attacks under Bush.” Perino said on Fox News’ Hannity in November, “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”

Dana Perino Leaving Burson-Marsteller To Start “Strategic Communications” Company

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Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino is parting ways with Burson-Marsteller. In a 5280 magazine cover story, Perino says:

I’m going to part ways, very amicably, with Burson at the end of the year and will start my own company and have more time for the speaking, writing, strategic communications work I want/need to do.

5280 is dubbed “Denver’s magazine.” Perino grew up in the city.

After joining Burson-Marsteller this past April as “Chief Issues Counselor,” Perino was also named a contributor to Fox News in May. She is contracted to work at Burson “27 and a half hours a week (though she often doubles that),” reports 5280‘s Robert Sanchez.

UPDATE: A Burson-Marsteller spokesperson tells PRNewser, “Dana Perino is going to continue her association with the firm, while starting up her own boutique firm and continuing her media and speaking commitments. She will continue to work on current clients and be available for future assignments. Burson-Marsteller is the only large PR firm with which she will be working. She has served our clients extremely well and will continue to do so in this new role.”

“Speech-Less” Author Blames Bad Communications and Blind Loyalty for Bush Problems

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Former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer told Red State today that the same blind loyalty he saw during his time in the White House is also fueling the attacks against him for his tell-all book, “Speech-Less”:

“The fact is that appallingly bad communications strategies crippled the president, and the people attacking me were the ones responsible for it.”

The book with its dishy anecdotes about George Bush and his inner circle (see Reliable Source’s rundown), slots neatly into the debate about the future of the GOP. It’s currently sitting 27th on the New York Times bestseller list.

Former press secretary Dana Perino dismisses Latimer as a nobody, “I’m pretty sure that almost everyone who worked in the White House could not pick Matt out of a lineup”.

The attacks and counterattacks reached fever pitch two weeks ago when Latimer’s former boss Bill McGurn slammed his disloyalty in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Politico in turn, got in touch with Kevin Kellems, a friend of the author’s and Dick Cheney’s communications director at the time. Kellems produced emails for 2007 deflating the premise of McGurn’s argument:

Latimer was promoted to Deputy Director of presidential speech writing AFTER the period McGurn cites–which destroys his argument. There are higher obligations in public service than loyalty to the buddy system. In fact that’s what this book is about–so people can read SPEECH-LESS and make their own mind up. When Bill has time to think about this and rereads some of his old emails contradicting his Journal column, he’ll probably want to retract a few things like any decent manager would.

Robert Gibbs and Dana Perino Reflect on Grueling White House Schedule

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Think your agency job is stressful? It’s nothing compared to working at the White House. The Washington Post‘s Michael D. Shear digs into the intense demands of working at the highest level of government, including thoughts from Press Secretaries past and present.

From Dana Perino, President George W. Bush‘s last Press Secretary:

“There’s the pace. There’s the hours. There’s the intensity. There’s the anxiety. There’s the pressure for results…I used to get up at 4 a.m. every day. It was like being shot out of a cannon.”

From current White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

“This is a place, because of the stress, the schedule and the sheer hours, that just chews people up and spits them out.”

“You go down to the mess [the White House cafeteria]. You have your coffee at five in the afternoon, and it just doesn’t do anything…Because you realize you’re so far behind [in sleep] that a jolt — you don’t even feel it.”

Read the full story here.

Dana Perino Remembers Tony Snow, One Year Later

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It’s been one year since former White House Press Secretary and Fox News anchor Tony Snow died of colon cancer. His replacement Dana Perino, George W. Bush’s 4th and final press secretary has a one-year remembrance of Snow in Politico today, foibles and all. Perino is now chief issues councelor at Burson-Marsteller as of April.

We agree Snow had star quality and flamboyance not often seen in the press room, and it only makes sense it didn’t wring his hands over details very much. He apparently lost his wallet and blackberry all the time, and couldn’t choose a tie to save his life. There is little detail about the job itself except for Perino reinforcing her rep as a 24/7 grinder, and how they had Snow hit the phones to work the conservative radio stations to explain the administration’s immigration policy.

She also remembers the day he passed the baton: “You are better at this than you think you are.”

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