Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano received poor reviews yesterday for her star turn on ABC's This Week.
Napolitano, who according to the script was set up as foil for substitute host Jake Tapper, flubbed her lines and gestures when instead of squirming and gaining some viewer sympathy under the tough questioning of a rightfully dismayed Tapper, simply wore a "what, me worry?" grin.
"Napolitano was terrible, she was in CYA mode when a little humility was called for. I give the performance one-star and suggest she go back to acting school," said one television critic.
Another argued that her appearance might've been the textbook example of a politician saying nothing.
"I think we've got to be close to the tipping point as far as tolerance of a politician's decision to say nothing in an interview. I think we're getting close to where it will do more damage for someone to come on a show as Janet Napolitano did on ABC's This Week, versus the alternative of not going on at all. The script called for her to say that from now on if your father rats on you and your name is Abdulmutallab, then at least you're gonna get wanded. But when the curtain went up she forgot her lines."