Perry does Letterman’s “Top Ten” excuses for gaffe

November 11, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry wrapped up his apology, explanation, damage control (take your pick) tour where it started — on TV with an appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show.”

Instead of sitting in the guest seat, the Republican presidential hopeful stood center stage presenting the “Top Ten Rick Perry Excuses” for an embarrassing 53-second brain freeze live on national TV at the Michigan debate.

Here’s the Top Ten in Reverse Order:

  • 10 “Actually there were 3 reasons I messed up last night 1) was the nerves and 2) was the headache and 3) uh, uh.”
  • 9 “I don’t know what you’re talking about I think things went well.”
  • 8 “I was up late last night watching ‘Dancing With the Stars’ “
  • “I thought the debate was tonight”
  • 6 “Hey listen, you try concentrating with Mitt Romney smiling at you. That is one handsome dude!”
  • 5 “Uhhhh, El Nino”
  • 4 “I had a five-hour energy drink six hours before the debate.”
  • 3 “You know I really hoped it would get me on my favorite talk show but instead I ended up here.”
  • 2 “I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.”
  • 1 ” I just learned Justin Beiber is my father.”

Anyone tuning in for another Perry moment would have been disappointed. The  Late Night performance went well. His delivery, facial expressions and hand gestures were just right — not too stiff, not too overdone.

Perry was at a loss for words Wednesday night when he tried to present his own Top Three list of government agencies he’d cut if he becomes president.  The governor was done in by three words: “Department of Energy.”

Perry’s Thursday TV tour began on the morning talk shows, where he chalked up his memory lapse to human error.

Photo Credits: REUTERS/Jim Young (Perry waves at  Republican dinner in Iowa) REUTERS/Mark Blinch (Perry, Huntsman and Paul at Michigan debate)


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He’s only human,
and showing that is scoring points.

Posted by barrydevil | Report as abusive

Well written piece. Informative, funny, non-partisan. Thank you.

Posted by Boorad | Report as abusive

I couldn’t be happier with the Republican wanna be’s. Between them all they have about the same amount of charisma and character as a wet rag; every time one of them opens their mouth, another Independent moves toward Democracy. McCain is right, it’s time for a third party. The brain trust in the Republican party is empty.

Posted by U-Dont-no-me | Report as abusive

Three is a tough number for all the Republicans:

Mr. Gingrich, which of your three wives did you have sex with while married to the second?
Mr. Romney, what is your third position on abortion?
Mr. Cain, besides the U.S. and Russia, can you name a third, large nuclear power?
Mr. Huntsman, how do you count to three in Mandarin, or have you been inflating your resume a little?
Mr. Santorum, in the top Google search result for “Santorum,” are you the third ingredient?
Mrs. Bachmann, what are the top three dumb things you have said that you would like to take back?
Mr. Paul, you aren’t a Republican or a Democrat, so what is that third party that you belong to?
Mr. Perry, what are the three branches of the federal government? Let’s make it easier for you; you can forget about the executive branch…obviously.

Posted by RitchInvestur | Report as abusive