January 20th, 2009
08:48 AM ET
13 years ago

Dana Perino bids farewell to the press

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/20/art.perino2.gi.jpg
caption="Perino bade farewell to the press this morning."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - As outgoing Press Secretary Dana Perino handed out presidential M & M’s to the White House press corps Tuesday morning, she said that President Bush went to the Oval Office at 6:50 this morning and spoke by phone to Condoleezza Rice, Andy Card, Stephen Hadley and Minister T.D. Jakes, who is a close friend of the outgoing president, and will be giving the sermon at the St. John’s service this morning.

Perino says the President took a last walk around the South Lawn and spent the rest of the morning with his family.
When asked how the president is feeling, Perino said that this is an emotional day for everyone.


Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ulfar Norddahl

    I do not believe President Bush was to blame for all the wrong things
    in the past, it was bad advisors who was to blame for most things there went wrong!

    January 20, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. stop buying corporate products!

    walk away from your upside down mortgages now!

    start growing your own food!

    recycle everything and anything!

    stop betting against your own interest by investing in wall street!

    free yourself and your children from slavery for super rich!

    January 20, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Mick in Mesa

    Good riddance to this delusional, double talking, closet evangelical spin miester.
    Now, if we could only figure out a way to get the rest of Bushies appointments to quit and leave town our country might stand a chance of purging ourselves of the bible thumping, self-rightous neocons that have driven this country into the ground...

    January 20, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Judith

    Oh gosh bet she could write a book.

    January 20, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. KateB

    It's a tough, tough job but...Good Riddance ye forked tongued ice-witch.

    January 20, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. chuck

    IT'S TIME UP. YOU WASTED EIGHT LONG YEARS. BETTER DAYS ARE COMING FOR AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. BEST WISHES TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND VP JOE BIDEN.

    January 20, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. No more plates and buttons come Wednesday

    Take care Dana, you and Tony Snow were both grace under pressure under the enormous bias from the usual suspects.

    Scott McClellan was a hack and Bush was warned about choosing him, but he learned the hard way.

    May Obama's Press Secretary Gibbs get one tenth of the tough questions you did, but I don't even bet that many, more like the usual puffball lovey-dovey garbage that he always get's.

    Glad Bush is gone, but I will miss you.

    January 20, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Alex

    Good riddance. She was one of the most smug press secretaries I've ever seen.

    January 20, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Me

    She redefined the blondness! Good riddance.

    January 20, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Aaron Johnson

    Good riddance, the damage done by these conservative rubes is incalculable. The fact that Dick Cheney is in a wheelchair on his last day as President of Vice proves that there is partial justice in this world.

    January 20, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Buhbye....

    Good bye and thanks for nothing W.

    January 20, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. Tired of W, but not much longer...

    This woman would be an excellent poker player. She can tell a lie with a straight face, no problem. Door.....@ss.....etc.

    January 20, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Al

    Thank you George W. Bush for 8 faihful years of service to our country. You kept our country safe! Despite the left's attempts to blame the economy, Katrina, global warming, and everything else under the sun on you, we know that you did the best you could with the hand you were dealt. We will miss you.

    January 20, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. JS

    GOOBYE TO THE MOST ILL-INFORMED AND MEDIOCRE PRESS SECRETARY EVER. HOW COULD SUCH A VACUOUS MIND EVER OBTAIN SUCH A POSITION?

    January 20, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. Keith in CA

    Perino's blonde, attractive, Republican, and not too bright...she has a great future with Fox News.

    January 20, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Chuck

    We are so thrilled that Mr. Bush and his whole administration of hate mongers is leaving the white house. I'm just amazed that they didn't try to stay. A military coup wouldn't have surprised me. LOL

    January 20, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Larry C. in Houston TX

    maybe she can go down there to crawford with the "bushie" and watch CNN..

    January 20, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Al, NY NY

    see ya. Don't let the door hit your backside as you leave. And for those who continue to praise Duh-bya. your medication needs to be increased

    January 20, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Tim

    Do you think she's even aware that she has to go?

    January 20, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Barack Obama is still just B.O.

    I thought Obama meant change but judging from these posts, the hate mongers are now just idiotic dimocrats.
    Let's see what the next four years bring. I think these posters will find out just how delusional they are and what sheep they have become.

    January 20, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Jackie

    Okay everyone, let's "grow up" and stop blaming 1 administration for an entire nation's mistakes! We hear this time and again: a president is praised at the beginning of his term, then 8 years later everyone is ready to move on. It grieves my heart (and many other Americans) that people are so quick to judge, yet aren't willing to help when the going gets tough. I'd like to see some of you negative thinkers run a country under turmoil and not make ANY mistakes (well, I'd rather NOT see you run the country!). Let's please stop pointing fingers and pray for our nation right now, and moving forward. We're in a moral downward spiral, and need to change. Thanks for your up-lifting comments, Al!

    January 20, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Larry C. in Houston TX

    McClellen was the BEST "Bushie" ever had....perino / snow were just his "talking puppets"......if they were told to say the sky is black, then they had to convey that message, or whatever message they were told to.

    January 20, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Larry C. in Houston TX

    FOX NEWS will hire her in a Heartbeat, just like that dingbat Megan that is supposedly is an attorney....If she was a "good attoorney" she definitely wouldn't be on "Fox News".............Megan is not only obnoxious, but she sounds so Arrogant !!

    January 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Carol

    President Bush was successful in preventing more terrorist attacks on this country since 9/11. He did much good for the country and the world, which is largely being ignored. Much of the problem with this country is the selfishness and ingratitude of people such as those who have expressed their shameful comments on this site. I'm thankful we had a president who could see past the polls and do what needed to be done to protect us and promote freedom abroad. It will be interesting to see if Obama can do at least as well.

    January 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. So!

    Dana gives every child who quits school after the 5th. grade the hope for a good job.

    January 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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