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Video: Dana Perino, Helen Thomas Spar Over Troops, Iraqis ‘Killed’
Ian Schwartz.com ^ | Nov 30, 2007 | Ian Schwartz

Posted on 11/30/2007 5:28:24 PM PST by RDTF

Transcript:

HELEN THOMAS: Does the President want no troops out from Iraq on his watch? I’m talking about all the troops.

MS. PERINO: Well, 5,700 troops will be home by the end of the year, so that is some troops coming home. The President said that troop levels are going to be made by commanders on the ground, and that we’re going to have to talk about –

THOMAS: Why should it be? Why can’t the American people have a say?

MS. PERINO: — return on success. The American people have had a say. They elected a President who is their Commander-in-Chief and is making decisions based on what his commanders on the ground are telling him.

THOMAS: And you think that was the vote of the American people?

MS. PERINO: They elected a Commander-in-Chief, and the President is bringing home 5,700 troops, based on the recommendations of his commanders on the ground and based on return on success. Hopefully in the future we can bring home more, but it’s going to depend on what General Petraeus reports and remember he will come back in March.

THOMAS: Why should we depend on him?

MS. PERINO: Because he is the commander on the ground, Helen. He’s the one who is making sure that the situation is moving –

THOMAS: You mean how many more people we kill?

MS. PERINO: Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position, bestowed upon you by your colleagues, to make such statements. This is a — it is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.

THOMAS: Do you know how many we have since the start of this war?

MS. PERINO: How many — we are going after the enemy, Helen. To the extent that any innocent Iraqis have been killed, we have expressed regret for it.

Q Oh, regret. It doesn’t bring back a life.

MS. PERINO: Helen, we are in a war zone, and our military works extremely hard to make sure that everyone has the opportunity for liberty and freedom and democracy, and that is exactly what they are doing.

I’m going to move on.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aidandcomfort; axishelen; danaperino; enemedia; helenthomas; iraq; liberalbias; mediawar; press
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1 posted on 11/30/2007 5:28:26 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

typical liberal thinking-blame the US for the Muslim terrorists who are the ones bombing civilians


2 posted on 11/30/2007 5:30:25 PM PST by camerakid400
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To: RDTF

“MS. PERINO: Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position, bestowed upon you by your colleagues, to make such statements. This is a — it is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.”

awesome!


3 posted on 11/30/2007 5:30:59 PM PST by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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To: RDTF

Why doesn’t Helem just march in with a Hamas flag?


4 posted on 11/30/2007 5:31:20 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: RDTF

Somebody needs to kick that old sow in the ass. Rhetorically. of course.


5 posted on 11/30/2007 5:31:45 PM PST by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: RDTF

Being in that room is not a Constitutional right - it’s a Presidentially-granted privilege.

Why can’t privileges be revoked, like any unruly child?


6 posted on 11/30/2007 5:32:02 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: RDTF
Q Oh, regret. It doesn’t bring back a life.

Helen Thomas supports abortion. She has no moral leg to stand on for this.

7 posted on 11/30/2007 5:32:02 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: RDTF
Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position, bestowed upon you by your colleagues, to make such statements.

Better put some ice on that............

8 posted on 11/30/2007 5:33:06 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: RDTF

Front row seat or not...this is patently offensive. If Ms. Thomas is a reporter, then she needs to leave her politics at the door. If she chooses to be a commentator, then she should turn in her press credentials and retire to the Hamptons to pontificate on whatever her heart desires.

Kudos to Ms. Perino


9 posted on 11/30/2007 5:33:56 PM PST by PubliusMM (Just doin' my best to stay free and secure. God Bless our military personnel.)
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To: RDTF

Helen the Hun is a broken record, a scratchy 78 at that.


10 posted on 11/30/2007 5:34:38 PM PST by caisson71
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To: RDTF

The White House press room is for reporters. Helen Thomas is an activist, not a reporter. She should have been banned years ago but Bush doesn’t have the nards for it.


11 posted on 11/30/2007 5:36:21 PM PST by navyguy (Some days you are the pigeon, some days you are the statue.)
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To: RDTF

Dana Perino is terrific. I hope she stays until the end of Pres.Bush’s term.


12 posted on 11/30/2007 5:38:24 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: caisson71

Twas Beauty killed the Beast.


13 posted on 11/30/2007 5:38:24 PM PST by trimom
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To: RDTF

14 posted on 11/30/2007 5:38:27 PM PST by nuconvert ("Terrorism is not the enemy. It is a means to the ends of militant Islamism." MZJ)
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To: RDTF

Please, no pictures. You know what I’m talkin’ about.


15 posted on 11/30/2007 5:38:51 PM PST by bubbacluck
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To: RDTF

THERE ARE RULES!!!


16 posted on 11/30/2007 5:39:09 PM PST by OldEagle
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To: navyguy

Agreed.


17 posted on 11/30/2007 5:39:23 PM PST by dadgum
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To: liege

we’ve been lucky so far! lol


18 posted on 11/30/2007 5:39:30 PM PST by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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To: pgkdan
Somebody needs to kick that old sow in the ass. Rhetorically. of course.

Yeah. And it would be so easy: "What part of 'Constitutional, Representative Republic' don't you understand, Helen? Didn't you ever take 7th grade civics?!? Or are you just so f*&$ing senile that you can't remember? The "will" of the American people is determined by a Constitutionally-mandated schedule, Helen. Not the Gallup organization: 2 years for Representatives, 6 years for Senators and 4 years for the President. Or do you think that the President should govern according to whatever the CNN poll says this week? No, wait, don't answer that ... I think we all know the answer. By the way, the WH Press staff has left a case of Depends in your cubicle: it smells like you need some."
19 posted on 11/30/2007 5:39:35 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: nuconvert

Her WH press pass needs to be withdrawn quietly and finally.


20 posted on 11/30/2007 5:39:39 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: OldEagle

21 posted on 11/30/2007 5:41:16 PM PST by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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To: RDTF

I’d be smiling, too. She sure has a lot of class.


22 posted on 11/30/2007 5:43:06 PM PST by bubbacluck
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To: RDTF

Helen gets a pass because she’s, well, Helen Thomas. Ms. Perino handled this very well. Too bad they let her ask questions. I’d like to see them ignore the old twit.


23 posted on 11/30/2007 5:43:23 PM PST by Theresawithanh (FRED!)
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To: pgkdan

Looks like someone did.


24 posted on 11/30/2007 5:43:33 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: RDTF

Run Dick, run!

25 posted on 11/30/2007 5:43:54 PM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I'm so anti-pc, I use a Mac)
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To: RDTF
Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position, bestowed upon you by your colleagues, to make such statements.

For the life of me, I don't understand why the Administration tolerates these hateful bastards in the briefing room. Might as well bring in "reporters" from al Jazeera, Pravda and the Daily Worker. It's absurd. They should be forcefully thrown out of the room on their a**.

26 posted on 11/30/2007 5:45:35 PM PST by LibWhacker (Democrats are phony Americans)
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To: RDTF

27 posted on 11/30/2007 5:45:48 PM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Andy from Beaverton

I like how you think...


28 posted on 11/30/2007 5:46:42 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: RDTF

Thank you. Looks like she made a good impression on her honor guard.


29 posted on 11/30/2007 5:47:50 PM PST by OldEagle
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To: OldEagle

30 posted on 11/30/2007 5:49:39 PM PST by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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To: RDTF
DEMOCRATS


REPUBLICANS


31 posted on 11/30/2007 5:50:04 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Doctor Raoul

She should! She gets the old lady allowance despite being an Arabist hack.


32 posted on 11/30/2007 5:51:22 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: All; Gary Aldrich
By the way - Bill Clinton does not have a "Drinking man's face" as FBI Agent Gary Aldrich said he did.

No sir eeee Bob!

No nose candy here either!

33 posted on 11/30/2007 5:52:26 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: pgkdan

Somebody needs to kick that old sow in the ass. Rhetorically. of course.

I recommend that kick be actual. Remember to wear hip boots because you will likely encounter some deep brown substance.


34 posted on 11/30/2007 5:53:00 PM PST by hdstmf
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To: SkyPilot

gin blossom bubba


35 posted on 11/30/2007 5:53:09 PM PST by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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To: RDTF

The lovely and intelligent Dana Perino continues to do an outstanding job for the President and for this country.

Thanks for posting this.


36 posted on 11/30/2007 5:53:17 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: RDTF

“Spar”? What was she doing? Being ugly and stupid at him?


37 posted on 11/30/2007 5:53:53 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Islam: Imagine a clown car......with guns.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

I think she used it to make her new underware.


38 posted on 11/30/2007 5:54:20 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: RDTF
MS. PERINO: Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position, bestowed upon you by your colleagues, to make such statements. This is a — it is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.”

Well said. Let's be frank: Helen Thomas is old, and has been a "journalist" for a long time, so she gets a pass in much the same way that a baby gets a pass for behaving crudely.

It's time to get over that with Helen Thomas. She knows exactly what she's doing. She is not a journalist, she is an advocate. She does not view press conferences as a chance to ask questions, but rather to make speeches and get her point across. She abuses the privilege of attending White House press conferences. It isn't funny anymore. It's ridiculous and an abuse of status.

Helen Thomas should have her credentials yanked, and be barred from entering the White house.

39 posted on 11/30/2007 5:55:25 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Doctor Raoul
-we could just put it out on the internet that she named her teddy bear Mohammad. Ya never know.
40 posted on 11/30/2007 5:57:27 PM PST by tioga (Dear Santa..........I can explain....)
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To: liege
Was Helen Thomas a looker in her day?????
41 posted on 11/30/2007 5:58:01 PM PST by Defendingliberty (www.gulagthebear.com, www.DraconEarthsavers.org)
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To: RDTF
DEMOCRAT

_____________________________________________________________________

REPUBLICAN


42 posted on 11/30/2007 5:59:22 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: RobbyS
Thought you might like this thread.

Dana was/is superb!

43 posted on 11/30/2007 6:00:28 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Just A Nobody
underware=underWEAR

geez

44 posted on 11/30/2007 6:01:08 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Old Sarge; All

in case you missed this -

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2007/mar/31/coloradan-steps-right-into-the-media-spotlight/?printer=1/

Coloradan steps right into the media spotlight
Dana Perino, 34, fills in as Bush’s press secretary

-snip-

When Schaefer retired, Perino moved to England to marry businessman Peter McMahon, whom she had met on a flight. While there, she spent time training their short-haired Vizsla, named Henry.

Now, when she says, “Tell us what you really think about John Kerry,” Henry fetches a flip-flop.

Asked if “anybody thinks that Bill Clinton should be in jail,” Henry barks.

-snip-


45 posted on 11/30/2007 6:01:11 PM PST by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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To: RDTF
THOMAS: Why should it be? Why can’t the American people have a say?

Because this is a republic (thank God) not a democracy you supercilious old gasbag.

46 posted on 11/30/2007 6:03:58 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: Defendingliberty
Was Helen Thomas a looker in her day?????

I am not going there.

47 posted on 11/30/2007 6:04:04 PM PST by bubbacluck
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To: SkyPilot

Geez, it amazes me every time I see her picture, just how ugly Helen Thomas really is. It’s got to be the reason she’s so angry all the time. (((shudder)))


48 posted on 11/30/2007 6:06:12 PM PST by CAluvdubya (DUNCAN HUNTER '08)
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To: RDTF
ROTFLOL! I love this woman's ability and sense of humor.
49 posted on 11/30/2007 6:08:22 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: ianschwartz

Ian you rock!


50 posted on 11/30/2007 6:13:10 PM PST by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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