Skip to comments.Rick Perry Says Infamous New Hampshire Speech Was 'Pretty Typical'
Posted on 11/03/2011 2:49:23 PM PDT by drewh
Rick Perry says he was just being himself when he gave a speech in New Hampshire last week that became a web sensation, and that he wasnt under the influence.
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Perry was asked about the speech, which featured a wilder-and-crazier governor than national audiences have seen. He said the talk was "pretty typical" for him.
I've probably given 1,000 speeches, the Texas governor told the Chronicle. There are some that have been probably boring, some that have been animated, some that have been in between," he said.
Perry was asked about speculation that his back surgery last summer has required him to take pain medication.
"I had spine surgery on the first of July, but I ran this morning," he said, adding that he was not taking pain medication or anything else before the speech. He also addressed Jon Stewarts suggestion it looked as if he had been drinking. It wasn't that either," Perry said. "It's not that I wouldn't love to sit down with Jon and have a glass of wine if hell buy. From his perspective, Perry said, the speech was a success. The people there were responding to the speech . . . clapping at all the right places -- and there was a standing ovation at the end," he said.
In New Hampshire on Thursday, conservative activists complained media coverage of Perry's speech had taken the focus off more substantive issues, the Christian Science Monitor reported.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
people there were responding to the speech . . . clapping at all the right places — and there was a standing ovation at the end.
Glad he noticed!
If it weren’t for the Herman Cain bomb this would have gone more than You Tube Viral.
For those that might have missed a “Pretty Typical” happy go lucky optimistic man.
I think I liked Perry The Debater better.
Rick Perry is an imbecile who thinks he can buy the election with millions of dollars of special interest money and high priced handlers. His high-priced handlers are now viciously going after Herman Cain.
Rick Perry is not of the people.
Rick Perry is what we are fighting against.
Watched the video. Perry is odd in a kind of small-town, old-fashioned way. Reminds me of confused, but pleasant, Little League umpire.
Perfect! GWB and Obama all rolled into one!
He speaks like that in informal gatherings in Texas.
But I guess sex and alcohol make better subjects than the real issues.
When SOMEONE says they SAW PERRY guzzling booze I don’t believe it. Nothing but a smear by the msm.
Don’t just talk about it.
PROVE IT. Don’t just talk about it. The reporters in TEXAS KNOW this is how Perry speaks when he is happy. You say he is drunk, PROVE IT. Where ARE the WITNESSES?
If this is typical, I’m surprised supporters have provided examples. I.e.: why is there not a youtube video w segments from various other speeches showing Perry in the same, loose, slappy-happy mood?
have = haven’t
That’s the impression I got also, and I’m not a Perry fan. I didn’t see anything scary, or crazy, or drunken...just a cheerful, somewhat corny, extroverted guy. Much less threatening or contemptible than any Demonrat candidate I can recall.
Rick Perry was stone-cold sober during energetic New Hampshire speech and drank “only water,” host says
“According to Rick Perry’s host at Friday night’s (in)famous speech in New Hampshire, the Texas governor drank “only water” at the event.
“I can tell you unequivocally he wasn’t drinking at the event and he hadn’t been drinking prior to the event,” Kevin Smith, the executive director of Cornerstone Action, the conservative group that hosted the event, told The Hill. “I was sitting with him, and I found him to be very engaging with all of the people he was talking with, he was very articulate.”
Video of full speech is also at the link above.
Perry was among friends, and gave an animated speech.
Romney couldn’t give an animated speech if his life depended on it. So is Romney better than Perry, because he is stiff all the time?
What makes you think the media would do that. This makes a good story. Well that and sex stories. If Newt would take the lead guess what the story would be...his three wives. But we have been there seen that. Who knows what they would come up with.
We are dealing with a superficial media.
Just think - if you were more polished, you might be able to get a job at MSNBC.
Well of course of the MSM wouldn’t do it, which I never suggested. I was just wondering if some of his supporters might not have footage they could post. If it is typical behavior, you’d think somebody would—maybe even somebody in his campaign. Post a youtube video, and say, ‘See; it’s just standard, happy, relaxed Rick Perry—and here are prior examples to prove it.’
I don’t know. I don’t think he’s drunk. I thought he was hilarious, down-to-earth and relaxed. Loved that dig at Tax-Cheat Little Timmy.
I guess I’m just tired of hearing of how badly someone speaks (GWB, Sarah Palin, now Rick Perry), simply because they don’t come off as some oily, slimy, two-faced Janus that reads from a teleprompter.
Perry: “I’m a Wild and Crazy Guy.”
You should know about that. Reading the pollution you continue to write shows that. Did DU kick you out for being stupid and boring?
"I had spine surgery on the first of July, but I ran this morning," he said, adding that he was not taking pain medication or anything else before the speech. He also addressed Jon Stewart's suggestion it looked as if he had been drinking. "It wasn't that either," Perry said. "It's not that I wouldn't love to sit down with Jon and have a glass of wine -- if he'll buy."
And a ZOT to liars does as well.
These people were in the room with Rick Perry, and they say he was not drunk. Those people who do drive by insults with nothing to back those insults up are only trashing themselves. Lying is simply wrong, and to say that Rick Perry was drunk or high simply because you don’t like him is shameful.
I watched the entire speech and thought it was just fine (quite good actually. Don’t know what the big deal is.
:: snort ::
Yeah, a friend and I both agreed he was more likeable as the “goofy” Rick Perry than as the “serious” one we’ve seen in the debates. I think a lot of the stumbling that he’s been criticized for in the debates is due to him second-guessing himself and suppressing his natural responses because he wants to look more presidential.
I agree. I’m sure it’s hard to take the jokes etc., when you would really like to just be yourself. He will never satisfy the msm, so why try. IMO
No one was able to prove Rush Limbaugh was addicted to Oxycontin until Rush came out and admitted his addiction.
And, I doubt that any Perry campaign supporters or staff are going to come out and say “Perry has a drinking and/or drug problem”.
All I can say, as many others have state, Perry looks a half a bubble off. If this is his typical way he interacts with folks I think that's a problem.
I wouldn’t mention Rush. His dealer turned him in after they were busted.
Maybe it was ecstasy. That makes you drink a lot of water and act goofy.
Look, before Perry ever ran I read about him and said, “that’s the guy we need, I hope he runs”.
When he announced, I was ecstatic (without drugs).
Then I sat through the debates, then speeches, the bloopers, the dumb remarks.
I became very depressed for awhile, especially when Sarah failed to ride in and save the day.
Then I started warming up to Cain, but I was always wary of him, his lack of experience, his inability to keep a story on-narrative (not just the stupid bimbo allegations).
Now I’m more depressed than ever.
And I don’t drink or drug, so all I can do is sit and watch the sinking of our conservative ship. Which I am on.
Nearer My God To Thee.
The organizer of the event, not necessarily a Perry supporter came out and said he had not been drinking and he had been with him before, during and after the debate.
By the way, did you watch the unedited video or are just running with the Romney splice and edit hatchet job and talking points?
You do realize he was speaking at an evangelical christian event. The most potent beverage was probably unsweet tea.
I can tell you unequivocally he wasnt drinking at the event and he hadnt been drinking prior to the event, Kevin Smith, the executive director of Cornerstone Action, the conservative group that hosted the event, told The Hill. I was sitting with him, and I found him to be very engaging with all of the people he was talking with, he was very articulate.
Over the past three days, bloggers and TV commentators have repeatedly speculated that the Texas governor was drunk or on drugs during the unusually animated performance.
Smith told The Hill that he was shocked by the national response to the speech, which has been viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube. He said the address was well-received by the conservative audience.
When I started seeing all of the blog stuff going up on Sunday and the video going viral it caught me by surprise, said Smith. He was definitely more animated than weve seen him during the campaign but the reports that he was buzzed or whatever never crossed any of our minds.
Perry said today in Iowa that he thought he had delivered a good speech in New Hampshire. His campaign aides have not responded to our questions about whether the governor had been medication for his back or had consumed any alcohol before speaking.
By the way, did you watch the unedited video or are just running with the Romney splice and edit hatchet job and talking points?I watched both and sure the hatchet job was more condensed but let me ask you this:
The hatchet job was created from a single speech. Ronald Reagan gave thousands of speeches in his life. Do you think you could create a montage of moments that would make Reagan look that bad? And I don't mean misstatements out of context, I mean just plain goofy. Take all of Reagan's speeches. Take a month off your job. Cut'n'paste, cut'n'paste, cut'n'paste. Could you come up with a "hatchet job" on Reagan that remotely resembled this?
Don't like the Reagan example? Too unfair? Ok, you say who. Who could you do this to? Whose speeches could you edit to come up with a goofy presentation like this? Who? Cain? Palin? Gingrich? Dole? Nixon? Agnew? Goldwater?
I'm really curious who else you think would be vulnerable to this kind of hatchet job?
He probably had a few more shots here, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2802276/posts
You do realize that I don’t take you at all seriously, don’t you?
I’ve just decided that instead of being annoyed with the Tiny Hyenas, it’s much more fun to laugh at them. :-D
This is the type of performance that makes independent voters go scurrying from the sinking ship.