Calvin Freiburger

No, Dana Perino Hasn't Forgotten September 11

Posted on November 28 2009 3:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the Left’s utter inability to manufacture a convincing scandal.  The latest is former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino’s latest appearance on Hannity, where she said:

You know, they want to do all of their investigations, I don’t know all of their thinking that goes into it. But we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term. 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. [Emphasis added]

Obviously, George W. Bush was president on September 11, 2001, sending liberals into an uproar over Perino’s supposed stupidity and/or dishonesty.  As the Detroit Examiner’s Julie Farby put it in a very, very eloquent post:

Dim-witted golden-haired starlet Dana Perino was apparently too busy dusting Ronnie Reagan figurines in the White House attic to remember a certain Tuesday in September, 2001 when some real meanie terrorists decided to crash two planes into the twin towers, killing some 3,000 people, sending the nation into panic, and forever altering the course of history…

…since the network behind Dana’s mind-blowing revelation happens to be Fox News, it naturally doesn’t matter if the statement is true, rational, or in Ms. Perino’s case, the biggest load of bullsh*t ever told, so long as the lingering effect is lightly-veiled racism masked by ignorance…

Welcome to the new Fox News reality, that magical happy place where some brainless testosterone ball with a thick neck and even thicker New Jersey accent passes as a respectable journalist and hot former press secretaries can sound more insane than the drunk homeless schizophrenic woman who lives in the ally across the street.

Did Perino really either forget about the worst terrorist attack in American history, or think she could get away with writing 9/11 out of the Bush Administration’s history for political advantage? Farby’s sure of it, and the Democratic Underground crowd is hopping mad, but both of those scenarios are so manifestly preposterous that even a Daily Kossack has reconsidered his initial hyperbolic reaction and thinks she may have simply misspoke.

The next day, Perino explained precisely that, clarifying that she simply meant there hadn’t been any terrorist attacks after 9/11, during Bush’s second term—hardly a major blunder in American politics’ long, proud history of rhetorical gaffes.  You’d be hard pressed to find anyone on the Right who would deny that our government failed us in the months leading up to 9/11, but it’s a major stretch to suggest that she was trying to deny that it ever happened, and it’s entirely legitimate to distinguish between the times before and after the attacks, which drove home the fact that America was in a war, whether we liked it or not.

Liberal faux-outrage about the occasional misstatement by former Republican officials is little more than a nuisance meant to draw attention away from the real issue: the obsession with diversity that has infested our government, blinding us to the true nature of our enemies.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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