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I met Helen Thomas–Madame of the White House Press Corps!

October 27, 2008

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Speaking of eventful autumnal times, I want everyone to know that I had dinner with Helen Thomas! I was invited to a fancy gala event, filling in for an undoubtedly Very Important Person and ate dinner with Helen Thomas. She is the most senior White House press correspondent who has covered press conferences for every president since Kennedy. She has asked far and away the most critical questions before we invaded Iraq, and continues to ask the hardest questions of Dana Perino throughout the occupation. To give you a taste, here is a little clip of an exchange between these two women that Democracy Now picked up:

Helen Thomas: “Yesterday, according to the New York Times, we dropped a bomb on a home in Sadr City and burned alive a pregnant woman and her children. How long is the siege of Sadr—how long are we going to keep bombing Iraqis?”

Perino: “Well, I’m not aware of that particular report. I have not—I’ve not seen it.”

Thomas: “Well, it was pretty buried in the stories.”

Perino: “OK. Well, the operation against the militias in Sadr City will continue until they root them out. And that is expressly in order to protect people like you just mentioned.”

Thomas: “Root who out? The Iraqis? In their own country?”

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