Former Bush spokesperson Dana Perino says that President Barack Obama’s White House has been dismissing advice from their “friends” like Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who called an Obama ad “nauseating,” and Campbell Brown, who wrote that that the president was “condescending” toward women.
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Booker had said that the Obama campaign should stop criticizing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for job losses caused by Bain Capital, a firm that he founded. The Newark mayor later released a YouTube video walking back his remarks.
“Cory Booker is a friend of the White House,” Perino told Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on Monday. “In some ways, your friends give you the best advice. They could have taken that yesterday as some friendly advice. A brush-back pitch to let them know that what he is hearing across the country—what Cory Booker is hearing is that this isn’t working.”
Carlson pointed out that “there are a lot of Democrats that don’t agree with the tactic that this administration is using because all it does is promote class warfare.”
Fox News host Clayton Morris asked Perino if it was “going to be a problem for the administration” that former CNN host Campbell Brown, the wife of a Romney adviser, had written a New York Times op-ed accusing the president of “condescending” to women.
“Yesterday, the White House gets these two broadsides and instead of saying, ‘That’s good advice. Let us take some time to think about that and come back out and have a strong commencement address that President Obama is going to give today.’ Instead they basically trashed two of their friends,” Perino explained. “It looks like they have nothing else to go on.”
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends via Mediaite, broadcast May 21, 2012.