On Fox News Sunday today, White House press secretary Dana Perino was named the “Power Player of the Week.” She explained to host Chris Wallace that, in addition to the pressure to look good, she faces an extra challenge as a woman — understanding military jargon:
Some of the terms I just don’t know, I haven’t grown up knowing. The type of missiles that are out there: patriots and scuds and cruise missiles and tomahawk missiles. And I think that men just by osmosis understand all of these things, and they’re things that I really have to work at — to know the difference between a carrier and a destroyer, and what it means when one of those is being launched to a certain area.
Perhaps this explains Perino’s confusion about the Cuban Missile Crisis.