Rick Perry imploded today when during a Fox News Sunday interview he tried to blame his stupidity on the fact that he has a bad back.
Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace asked Perry what went wrong in 2012, and Perry answered with the lamest excuse possible.
Perry said, “I would recommend anybody running for the presidency make sure you’re healthy. I’d had major back surgery, and I didn’t prepare properly, and I think the real issue there was I thought being governor of the state of Texas for twelve years was enough preparation to run for presidency and the fact of the matter is, there’s nothing like it, and until you’ve done it, you don’t even realize what a challenge it is. These broad array of issues that you have to have more than just passing knowledge of.”
Wallace asked Perry what he learned, and the former Texas governor responded, “Well, number one, you gotta be healthy, and secondly, you gotta prepare, and it takes years of preparation, I would suggest to you.”
In this interview, Rick Perry admitted that he is lazy, makes bad decisions, and he is unprepared. The foundation of his presidential campaign appears to be vote for me because my back doesn’t hurt, and I studied this time.
President Kennedy had a bad back, but that didn’t cause him to start World War III during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Millions of Americans have bad backs, but their back pain doesn’t make them lazy and stupid.
What would happen if Rick Perry were president and his back acted up again? Would he blow up the world, and then apologize later because his back was hurting so he didn’t study up on the issue?
Perry’s faceplant was even more stunning because he planned it. He blamed his back during the first question of the interview. Perry didn’t make an ill-advised gaffe. His reason for his horrible 2012 campaign is that he was coming off of back surgery and didn’t prepare to run.
Rick Perry is wearing his smart glasses and wants everybody to know that he isn’t dumb. His back hurts.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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