Rick Perry’s animated speech

November 1, 2011

A video of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s speech Friday in New Hampshire became a popular online and cable television attraction, with viewers drawn in by the Republican presidential candidate’s animated performance.

The head of the group that hosted the event says Perry’s speech was well received by the audience and that there was nothing wrong with the governor, thehill.com blog Ballot Box reported on Tuesday.

“When I started seeing all of the blog stuff going up on Sunday and the video going viral it caught me by surprise,” Kevin Smith, the executive director of Cornerstone Action. “He was definitely more animated than we’ve seen him during the campaign but the reports that he was buzzed or whatever never crossed any of our minds.”

Star-Telegram.com’s Politex blog says “a spirited and giggling Gov. Rick Perry showed up to deliver a speech in Manchester.”

Huffington Post says the Republican presidential candidate’s performance was “unusually expressive.”

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said in an email to the Huffington Post: “The Governor is passionate about the issues he talks about.”

Here’s the 8 1/2 minute video edited down from a speech that ran over 20 minutes.

Here’s an uncut version.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Mary Ann Chastain (Perry at ISO Poly Films in Gray Court, SC, 10/25/11)

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I thought he might have taken a hit of Ecstasy before this speech, or maybe he was just giddy because he just got the news that the whole Cain sexual harassment story was getting big. After all his campaign is the most logical perpetrator in this case.

Posted by USAPragmatist | Report as abusive

It would be better to see the whole speech, then make a judgement. I well remember the hatchet job the media did on Howard Dean and his “scream,” and look what that got us! Not that I think Perry would make a good president, but “full” context is important.

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He will be great at State of the Union Speeches. Both sides of the aisle laughing their heads off.

He will be remembered as President Comic Relief.

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