Lisa De Pasquale

If you follow Fox News host Greg Gutfeld on Twitter, you’re privy to the secret life of Dana Perino, his cohost on “The Five” and a frequent guest on “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.” Among his tidbits on Perino:

- Just saw Dana Perino at a Jamba Juice asking for a smoothie made of glitter and kitten whiskers. #disgusting

- Wow. Dana Perino just muscled into a photo I was asked for by fans. She can't resist the sound of a camera.

- Fun fact: Dana Perino 's glittery backpack is temperature cooled to preserve 4 koala head

Now you may be thinking Gutfeld is just being silly, as Perino is universally known as one of the nicest people in the political world. However, for nearly eight years Perino held positions that required her to deal with the D.C. press every single day. In 2001 she served as spokesperson for the Department of Justice. Two years later she joined the communications team for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Beginning in 2005 she served as Deputy Press Secretary for George W. Bush. Then in 2007 she replaced the inestimable Tony Snow and was promoted to Assistant to the President, effectively making her the White House Press Secretary.

For 15 months Perino interacted with the press on a daily basis. And if that wasn’t bad enough, during President Bush’s infamous press conference in Baghdad when a TV journalist threw two shoes at the him, she was injured by a microphone stand during the scuffle. She put on a cheerful face, saying “Sure I would take a shoe for the President.”

Finally, she now spends five days a week with Bob Beckel on “The Five.” In other words, it seems perfectly logical for Perino to have a secret dark side after all she’s been through!

Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. What one thing would you do as President "just because you could"?

I once asked President Bush about this - whether when he took over he asked to see the Roswell files. He just winked. I don't know if that's because he had asked to see the file, or if he was just amused by me. I'll tell you what I would not do - go on a date in another city using Air Force One and all of the government assets that comes along with it.

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.


Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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