Dana Perino spilled the details of what led former President George W. Bush to kick her out of the Oval Office during her early days in his administration.
The Fox News host said it happened when her boss, Communications Director Dan Bartlett, told her to go to the Oval Office as the White House Press Secretary in 2006 for an interview between Bush and a journalist that apparently the president hadn’t agreed to do which resulted in him telling her to “see herself out,” Page Six reported in a piece published Tuesday. (RELATED: Here’s A Look Back At George H.W. Bush’s Life In Pictures)
“I don’t even think President Bush knew my name at the time — I’m not sure,” Perino explained while promoting her new book, “Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons For Young Women (From A Former Young Woman).” (RELATED: Barbara Bush Dies At Age 92)
Why George W. Bush once kicked Dana Perino out of Oval Office
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“The president says, ‘Wait, I’m not doing an interview with that guy,” she added. “No, Dan, I said I would talk to him, I didn’t say I did an interview with him. Well, that was a big miscommunication. You can imagine who won that argument.”
The Fox News co-anchor said after it was clear the interview wasn’t going to happen, she said Bush, “cocked his head” and “basically said, ‘See yourself out.'”
“Of the Oval Office on my first time!” she added. “I called [my husband] Peter, and I was tearful. He said, ‘Well just think, for the rest of your life, you can say I’ve been kicked out of better places than this.'”
Despite that awkward start, Dana and GWB ended up having a good relationship and he became a “great mentor” to her.
“George Bush loves career counseling,” Perino shared. “I think it just comes naturally to him. He has a natural desire to help people figure out what is their next step. How can they become better managers and better leaders?”