Dana Perino: There’s a fraternity of White House press secretaries
Dana Perino is a Fox News host and the first
Republican woman to serve as White House press
She says there’s a “fraternity” of former White House
press secretaries that includes Sean Spicer.
Perino says the former press secretaries don’t
often criticize each other.
“You will be very hard pressed to find any press secretary
criticizing another,” says Dana Perino.
Perino was the first Republican woman to serve as White House
press secretary, from September 2007 until the end of President
George W. Bush’s term in 2009. Today, she’s a Fox News host.
On an episode of Business Insider’s podcast, “Success!
How I Did It,” Perino told US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell
that there exists what she calls a “fraternity” of former White
House press secretaries.
And in case you were wondering,
Sean Spicer — who left his position as President Donald
Trump’s press secretary in July 2017 — is in that fraternity too.
“I never suggest a press secretary, whoever they are, to do
something differently. We have an interesting — I call it a
fraternity of former press secretaries. You will be
very hard pressed to find any press secretary criticizing
another. This whole time. It’s really quite remarkable.
“Partly because you just know what it’s like to be up there and,
you know, walk a mile in her shoes before you criticize. But that
said, I think [current White House press secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders] is doing great. She’s the first working
mother to have the job. That’s a big difference … she’s got
three little ones under the age of 5.”
Perino did, however, share some words of wisdom for Sanders in an
article for Fox News.
For example, she wrote: “Be the most knowledgeable person in the
room. Read more than anyone else.” In the interview with Business
Insider, Perino said she “always wanted to be the most well-read
person in the briefing room,” which was one reason why she was
Another tip Perino gave Sanders: “Share the personal side of your
life in your job. … Being a mom is definitely a plus in this job.
It helps you be more empathetic regarding the big policy
decisions that are being made by the president.”