'Holy sh*t, Rick Perry is insane': The Internet gobsmacked by energy secretary's press conference
Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Rick Perry, photo tweeted by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent @jonkarl

The tense mood at the White House was interrupted on Tuesday with the wild antics of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who took to the lectern to brief reporters.

It had been expected that today would be Press Secretary Sean Spicer's return to televised press briefings. Instead, Spicer fled reporters while Rick Perry brought laughter to the weary White House press corps.

Read a selection of the best reactions below: