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Ron Edmonds  /  AP
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino waves good-bye to a reporters after giving her final daily briefing on Friday.
updated 1/16/2009 5:25:29 PM ET 2009-01-16T22:25:29

In her final briefing, outgoing White House press secretary Dana Perino offered best wishes to Robert Gibbs, the incoming press secretary for President-elect Barack Obama.

"Please go easy on him," she told the White House press corps of Friday. Then she quickly added: "For a week."

Taking the podium one last time as Bush's spokeswoman, Perino turned the tables on the press with a slide show, roasting reporters, photographers and cameramen.

She joked how Bill Plante from CBS News multitasks during the briefings, doing a crossword puzzle while taking notes. She showed a photo of longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas wearing the dour look of a reporter whose question had just been dodged. And she made fun of Terry Moran of ABC News who, in one slide, appeared to be eyeing another reporter's notebook.

"People always ask me, 'What is one myth you wish you could clear up about the president?'" she said.

"I think it's that he doesn't appreciate the role of the press. Well, I am here to tell you that he really does. ... He wishes you all nothing but the very best."

With that she flashed a photo of President George W. Bush walking toward a reporter clicking a pair of scissors.

On a more serious note, she recalled her predecessor, Tony Snow, who died of cancer last summer.

"I know I had some big shoes to fill when I got here, and I still only wear a size 6," Perino said.

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