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Former White House Press Secretary and curent Fox News Channel commentator Dana Perino appeared on"Fox & Friends" Monday morning to weigh in on the 2012 election and the recent General Services Administration (GSA) scandal that led to the resignation of the agency's head following the discovery that GSA employees engaged in a lavish 2010 training conference outside Las Vegas that included luxury hotels, a mind reader, commemorative coin sets and other "team building" exercises that cost the taxpayer approximately $835,000.
As details began to emerge about the taxpayer-funded excess and vanity displayed by GSA employees, including a faux rap Youtube video of employees that was the winning skit from a competition at the conference, Obama officials responded in part to the controversy by pointing to rising costs under the Bush administration to suggest that the Vegas conference may have been avoided-- if only the Bush-era GSA had acted.
On Monday, the former top Bush White House press staffer said that if the Obama Administration wanted to say that the GSA budget increased under the previous administration, "fine."
“But nobody in the Bush administration approved this [Las Vegas] meeting – thought it would be a good idea to have mind readers and clowns," said Perino. "And nobody, career official or political appointee, raised their hand and said are we being a little extravagant here. That happened wholly on the Obama administration’s watch.”
Mediaite notes that Perino praised the Obama Administration for their actions once the incident came to light, but criticized the diversion of blame to the Bush Administration. “To try to blame the Bush administration seems silly and petty and immature,” Pernio concluded.
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