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Week after Obama tap, Perino blasts him over terror trials and golf

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Talk about staying true to one’s convictions.

Less than one week after being tapped by President Obama for a key post on a board overseeing government-sponsored international broadcasting, former Bush spokesperson Dana Perino (and current Fox News contributor) 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.

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After the Fox hosts slammed Obama for playing too much golf, Perino sort of defended Obama by mentioning that former President George W. Bush was a “maniacal exerciser,” but then old habits appeared to take hold and she went on a mini-rant which alluded to — as other conservatives have charged — Obama “dithering” on Afghanistan.

“One of the ways that he kept a clear head was to be able to exercise a lot but he decided not to play golf early on in his presidency,” Perino said of former boss President George W. Bush. “In fact, I think President Obama has already played golf more than President Bush did in eight years. I don’t begrudge him for playing golf but you have to understand when you have the B roll of the video that shows the president playing golf while there is a 10.2% unemployment rate, while his senators are basically having to twist arms in order to get this party line vote, while KSM is headed to New York City for trials, while we have the Gitmo detainees possibly coming to Illinois — they have to understand that people could look at that and say, ‘Oh, and by the way General McChrystal has been waiting 86 days for a decision about Afghanistan.'”

Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy helped Perino twist the knife: “Yeah well, Dana, your boss felt that by him playing golf at a time of war in Afghanistan and Iraq it sent the wrong message. Obviously, this president doesn’t feel that way.”

Perino then claimed “Michael Moore did a whole documentary based on the president playing golf.”

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In actuality, the 122 minute Academy Award winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 — by far, the highest all-time grosser — only devoted a few brief moments to President Bush’s golfing.

“Yeah, do you think he’s going to do one on this president?” Doocy rhetorically asked.

Perino said, “Well, if he did he would probably be smart to but it would probably be a very different tone. I’m sure.”

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In regards to the terror hearings, Perino held little back: “In testimony last week, Eric Holder, the attorney general, said the he and President Obama had not even had a face to face conversation about this and so that the other thing is they have already made a mockery of what they say they want to do because their position is inconsistent. They say they want to have a fair trial here in America and yet they say they’re confident there is going to be a conviction. They’re confident that people are going to be put to death or that they’ll have life in prison but you don’t do that in our system. Look, we had a military tribunal system. We have a safe facility for them to be in in Guantanamo Bay and we should have used it.”

Last week, as Raw Story reported, Obama tapped Perino to the bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), after she was recommended by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Obama also nominated Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute leadership group and former CNN chief executive and Time magazine editor, to serve as BBG chairman. All nominees must next be confirmed by the Senate.

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The BBG’s mission is to “promote and sustain freedom and democracy by broadcasting accurate and objective news and information about the United States and the world to audiences overseas.”

RAW STORY correspondent Eric Brewer often sparred with Perino at the Bush White House briefings, over issues such as Bush remarks alluding to Qaeda allegedly plotting to steal Iraq’s oil and the Pentagon military analyst program.

Brewer accused Perino of ducking his questions, until she was “shamed” by other White House correspondents to call on him.

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This video is from Fox New’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 23, 2009.

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