"I was panicked a bit because I really don't know about … the Cuban Missile Crisis," said Perino, who at 35 was born about a decade after the 1962 U.S.-Soviet nuclear showdown. "It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure."Dana Perino, Press Secretary to the President of the United States, on the time she was asked about the Cuban missile crisis at a press briefing.
In October, a White House correspondent asked Perino, "Do you want to address the remarks by President Putin, who said the United States setting up a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe was like the Soviet Union putting missiles in Cuba, setting up a Cuban missile crisis?"Santayana, eat your heart out.
"Well, I think that the historical comparison is not --- does not exactly work," Perino responded at the time.
So, as is the course of formulaic evasions at the Bush White House, Perino asserted that a comparison of which she had no knowledge didn't work.