Update at bottom: Perino says she meant ‘Bush’s second term’
President Bush’s last press secretary, Dana Perino, is almost as forgetful as Vice President Dick Cheney, who repeatedly told investigators he’d forgotten details about the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Perhaps more so.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night, the onetime Bush spokesperson attacked President Barack Obama’s administration for not labeling the recent killings at Ft. Hood a terrorist attack.
She then took one step further — and claimed there had been no terrorist attacks under President George W. Bush.
“We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during president Bush’s term,” Perino quipped. “I hope they’re not looking at this politically. I do think that we owe it to the American people to call it what it is.”
Either Perino was deliberately lying — or she forgot about the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the United States: Sept. 11, 2001.
In addition, a July 4, 2002 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was determined by federal investigators, the Department of Justice and the FBI to fit the “definition of terrorism.”
CNN reported in April of 2003:
Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a 41-year-old Egyptian national, opened fire at the airport, killing two Israelis and wounding four others before being shot dead by a security guard for the Israeli airline.
The earlier report concluded that Hadayet hoped to influence U.S. government policy in favor of the Palestinians.
During the extensive worldwide investigation, sources said, investigators found no evidence linking Hadayet to any terrorist group. They characterized the shooting as an act of terrorism because Hadayet espoused anti-Israeli views and was opposed to U.S. policy in the Middle East, the sources said.
Despite being tapped by President Obama last week, for a key post on a board overseeing government-sponsored international broadcasting, former Bush spokesperson Perino (and current Fox News contributor) hasn’t stopped attacking the Obama administration on Fox.
Earlier this week she blasted the current administration for creating a “mockery” out of the justice system and suggested that the president should know better than to be captured on video playing golf during wartime.
Perino is now disputing that she meant to say that no terrorist attacks occurred during President George W. Bush’s tenure. In a Twitter posting on Wednesday afternoon, Perino wrote: “Last night on Hannity, I obviously meant no terror attack on U.S. post 9/11 during Bush 2nd term.”
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