I'm Dana Perino. I was the press secretary to George W. Bush when he was President, and now I'm a commentator on Fox News and I co-host a daily show called The Five.
Could you tell us about your charity?
I'm playing for Pets2Vets, also known as P2V, and this is a charity that helps connect veterans--military veterans that have PTSD--with rescue animals, and the match really helps both of them in their lives and to heal and moving forward.
What impact would $50,000 have on your charity?
This charity has very much been done in people's spare time and on a volunteer basis. They haven't had a lot of money to be able to help make the matches, and to let veterans know--and rescue shelters know--that this is possible, to bring veterans and rescue dogs--and cats, but mostly dogs--together. Um, so a $50,000 will go a long way to helping pay for the adoption process, and the shots, and a one month's food supply for the vets, so that they can help take care of their dog in the--in that first month.
Does your experience in the White House give you an advantage?
I am hoping that, uh, having to be quick-witted and on my feet, uh, at the White House podium is going to help me today. I know, uh, my for--my, uh, successor Robert Gibbs, uh, knocked it out of the park, so I'm hoping that I can follow in his footsteps and do a good job.
Which competitor is the bigger threat?
Well, certainly my tallest threat is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Uh, I'm 5' tall, he's 7'2", so I wore five-inch heels to try to even it out.
"White House press secretary under George W. Bush, she now appears as a regular co-host of Fox News' hit political discussion show The Five. Please welcome..."
2012 Power Players Week player (2012-05-15).
Playing for Pets2Vets (P2V). [NOTE: It appears the charity has since been renamed "Companions for Heroes" (C4H).]
Dana Perino joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in April 2009 as a contributor. Currently, she serves as a rotating host in the roundtable ensemble of FNC's The Five, a weekday program at 5 p.m. ET.
In addition to her work at FNC, Perino is the president and founder of consulting firm, Dana Perino and Company. She is also the editorial director of Crown Publishing Groups imprint Crown Forum.
Perino was appointed in November 2009 to the Broadcasting Board of Governors by President Obama and confirmed in June 2010. She was also a founder of various women's organizations such as Congo Story and Minute Mentoring.
Previously, Perino served as the White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush. She also worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Department of Justice.
Perino began her career as a journalist for the local CBS affiliate covering the State Assembly of Illinois. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Colorado State University-Pueblo and went on to receive a Masters in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.
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