Ah, Ricky Perry. It's so nice to have him in the race! Perry is probably the most entertaining of all the terrible people fighting for the nomination, though it's hard to keep track because there are so many and odds are another person will have signed up by the time I've published this post.
But here are some moments when Perry's statements or affect were so off, it was hard to believe he wasn't on drugs. And, this isn't just hyperbole. One 2011 speech in particular provoked speculation that the Texas governor was taking pain medication, since he had undergone back surgery. As The San Francisco Chronicle reported, one clip captured on video,
described by some as bizarre and incoherent, shows Perry mugging, joking and playing with the audience as he describes New Hampshire's motto, "Live Free or Die" as "cool" and appears to collapse in giggles over a gift of maple syrup.
Perry shrugged off the criticism and appeared flummoxed by the attention to the address.
"I've probably given 1,000 speeches. There are some that have been probably boring, some that have been animated, some that have been in between," he said.
Responding to the suggestions by some political observers that the animated Perry may have been on pain medication for his past back surgery, the governor said: "No. I was just giving a speech."
And he wasn't drunk either!
"Asked about "The Daily Show" comedian Jon Stewart's suggestion that Perry looked like he had been drinking, the governor said, "It wasn't that either."
"It's not that I wouldn't love to sit down with Jon and have a glass of wine," he said with a laugh, adding "if he'll buy."
I'm sure Jon would be down.
Without further ado, here is Rick Perry high as a kite on drugs, getting the voting age wrong, thinking Woodrow Wilson was alive ten years ago, and seemingly impersonating an effeminate gay man.