Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Rick Perry

Here’s another nominee for the chutzpah hall of fame. Rick Perry told Sean Hannity this week that President Obama has no insight into how unemployed people are suffering because he was a child of privilege. With a straight face.

“It reveals to me that he grew up in a privileged way,” Perry said of Obama when asked by host FOX News host Sean Hannity to comment on the president’s recent comment that American business interests have been “lazy” in their approach to the global economy. “He never had to really work for anything.”

“This president has never felt that angst that they have in their heart,” he added, referring to the nation’s 14 million unemployed. “And I think he’s always, when he has had problems, he’s always pointed to somebody else and said it’s their fault, not mine.”

Seriously? The child of a single mother and an immigrant father who abandoned them is growing up in a privileged way? And growing up white in Texas with a family that owned a un

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  • Michael Heath

    It’s even more ironic given that Mr. Obama clearly used a lot of energy to excel in life while Mr. Perry ambled his way to governor by selling out, e.g., their respective grades in college.

  • http://religionsetspolitics.blogspot.com/ joshuaz

    Ed, on my browser this cuts off at “And growing up white in Texas with a family that owned a un”.

  • johnnevill

    And growing up white in Texas with a family that owned a un

    Underwear Factory?

  • d cwilson

    This is more of the Lee Atwater model of trying to minimize every one of Obama’s accomplishments. They can’t call him a “lazy n*gger” or even an “affirmative action hire”, so the new code word is that he’s had everything handed to him. It’s just the latest iteration of denigrating him as a community organizer.

  • janine

    Rick Perry does not seem to understand the angst in the hearts of the many people who hold minimum wage jobs, the jobs he is so proud of having “created”.

  • jeevmon

    It’s the standard affirmative action framing, i.e., Obama only got where he is because of the “privileges” that he enjoyed. They trotted out the same framing for Sonia Sotomayor. But for racist affirmative action policies, Obama and Sotomayor’s slots in Ivy League schools would have gone to more deserving legacies.

  • Who Knows?

    It’s the educational/success equivalent of driving while black. There is no way that negro could earn or afford the education and success he has. He must have stole it, let’s pull him over.

  • Dennis N

    One of these days, they’ll cut out the middle-man (words), because that’s where they fumble so often, and build a literal dog-whistle that only certain people can hear.

  • Ben P

    This is more of the Lee Atwater model of trying to minimize every one of Obama’s accomplishments. They can’t call him a “lazy n*gger” or even an “affirmative action hire”, so the new code word is that he’s had everything handed to him. It’s just the latest iteration of denigrating him as a community organizer.

    Like all well done smears, it has just the barest hint of truth behind it, so people can point to something.

    In this case, I suspect it’s that when he returned to Hawaii and until he graduated High School, Obama lived with his grandparents and attended the Punahou School, which is the elite private high school in Hawaii. I believe that he had a scholarship, but that’s also enough of a root that I bet this was a deliberate talking point concocted by someone.

  • Aquaria

    And growing up white in Texas with a family that owned a un

    Underwear Factory?

    Well, they needed to make sure little Ricky would have something to put on his head in his stupidest moments, to let people know he was being “that way” again.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I am curious as to what the “un” is that Perry grew up with. (Ed, do you ever proof-read your posts?)

    As near as I can tell with Wikipedia, Perry’s father owned cotton farms and ranches, and was county commissioner and served on school boards. The Perrys may have made a lot of money doing this or only a little, it’s hard to say, but they were certainly well-connected politically. And in the good-ole-boy network of southern politics, this counts for a lot.

    While Rick Perry does not appear to have had a silver spoon elite upbringing comparable to say, George W. Bush, he undoubtedly had a lot more money and privilege growing up than the average white Texan, to say nothing of the average black.

  • wheatdogg

    And growing up white in Texas with a family that owned a un

    -ion suit.

    -used oil well.

    and I forgot the third thing.