POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dana Perino And Cuban Missile Crisis

But that would not be the last time that she provoked critics. On Saturday, she appeared on NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" during a segment that guarantees embarrassment for its well-known guests, or as the introduction gamely puts it:

The subjects are "asked ridiculous questions about completely random topics and then being mocked and punished for your wrong answers."

And mocked and punished she was, but not for batting 1-for-3 on the subject of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer minutiae. Instead, it was for volunteering up front the kind of canned tale of self-deprecation that is often seen on late-night-television. The Washington Post retells the relevant passage about a recent question in the White House briefing room that uncovered a glaring historical blind spot for her:

"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."

So she consulted her best source. "I came home and I asked my husband," she recalled. "I said, 'Wasn't that like the Bay of Pigs thing?' And he said, 'Oh, Dana.' "

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